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by VAsmallies
Sun Sep 12, 2021 6:44 pm
Forum: Maintenance & SuperTuning Q&A
Topic: Calcutta 201 te DC gear swap?
Replies: 1
Views: 314

Calcutta 201 te DC gear swap?

Are there any compatible higher ratio brass gears? I love the casting ability and solid, smooth, precision of this old school reel, but I rarely use it. I've had too much success speed cranking, even with deep divers. Any way to speed it up?
by VAsmallies
Sun Jul 18, 2021 6:51 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Nrx+ 872 vs steez 76mml
Replies: 13
Views: 1443

Re: Nrx+ 872 vs steez 76mml

TravisNY, yes on the James and 'doah. Fish the New River quite a bit too, plus Smith Mountain Lake a a couple other deeper mountain reservoirs. You are right about the extra length coming in handy to launch and keep slack line out of faster water when quarter casting. Doesn't hurt to drive the hooks...
by VAsmallies
Fri Jul 16, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Nrx+ 872 vs steez 76mml
Replies: 13
Views: 1443

Nrx+ 872 vs steez 76mml

I want one high end spinning rod to replace a previous generation nrx852s that was stolen [-( [-( I always felt the 852 was a little too powerful for my preferred spinning applications. I'm looking for a rod a pick up in power where my st croix avid 76mlxf can't handle it, but with a similar lively ...
by VAsmallies
Tue Apr 14, 2020 5:41 pm
Forum: Plastics
Topic: drop shot plastic for bedding smallmouth
Replies: 6
Views: 3221

Re: drop shot plastic for bedding smallmouth

Ive got a supply of crosstails, and they are great, but yes, not durable. Im not a fan of z-man for drop shot because of their flotation, but havent explored many hook options. Maybe if i went with a medium wire roboworm hook texas rigged it would add enough weight to even it out. Anyone experimente...
by VAsmallies
Sun Apr 12, 2020 8:58 pm
Forum: Plastics
Topic: drop shot plastic for bedding smallmouth
Replies: 6
Views: 3221

drop shot plastic for bedding smallmouth

What's your go to drop shot plastic for bedding smallmouth? I have a little trip planned to the mountains of eastern Tennessee with my son and am trying to prepare. Looking for something compact in size. Have some 3.5 Reins bubbling shakers and 2.8 fat impacts im taking with me. What else would you ...
by VAsmallies
Fri Jan 25, 2019 1:49 pm
Forum: Hardbaits
Topic: Showerblow help
Replies: 8
Views: 4093

Re: Showerblow help

Another vote for the 105. I throw mine on a dobyns 705cb with a chronarch d7 and 30lb 832 braid with a 2ft 16lb mono leader
by VAsmallies
Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:07 am
Forum: Hardbaits
Topic: USDM/JDM baits similar action to Wiggle Warts
Replies: 10
Views: 8586

Re: USDM/JDM baits similar action to Wiggle Warts

Evergreen wild hunch is a go to for me
by VAsmallies
Sun Nov 18, 2018 4:42 am
Forum: Hardbaits
Topic: Cold water/ cold front -fall / winter JERKBAIT
Replies: 18
Views: 8890

Re: Cold water/ cold front -fall / winter JERKBAIT

Lucky craft staysee 90 ver. 2 for me. In years past ive been throwing my jerkbaits on a champion 705cb (graphite). I swithched it up and went with the much faster action, shorter 802c glx. Not sure which i like better. Ideal rod would be somewhere in between the two i think. I use a curado 51e with ...
by VAsmallies
Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:40 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Dobyns 742c
Replies: 5
Views: 3979

Re: Dobyns 742c

Thank you both for the input so far! I'm in Wisconsin so i can't get my hands on this rod unless I order one. Could either of you compare it to a 852 g loomis casting rod, in terms of action and power? Or any other rod that is similar? The comment about long distnace hook setting power has me just ...
by VAsmallies
Wed Nov 14, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Dobyns 742c
Replies: 5
Views: 3979

Re: Dobyns 742c

I've been throwing under spins in similar weights with small keitechs all fall. My 742c hp has handled them pretty well, with 1/4oz heads being the sweet spot for me. Long distance hook-setting power left something to be desired when using straight fluoro. With 20lb braid to leader power was suffici...
by VAsmallies
Thu Jun 28, 2018 9:11 am
Forum: Show and Tell
Topic: New combo- carbon head Hien
Replies: 30
Views: 15632

Re: New combo- carbon head Hien

As someone who loves to cook as well as fish, I'm almost more impressed with the oven range in the background! :big grin:
by VAsmallies
Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Rods
Topic: Phenix Recon PHX-C682 and PHX-C712 differences
Replies: 14
Views: 5138

Re: Phenix Recon PHX-C682 and PHX-C712 differences

Interesting observation about the Recon 2 C713. I have a recon 2 c683 and think its too slow in action and light in power for everything but treble hooked hard baits. I use it for pin point casting 1/4 poppers and small jerkbaits with light braid.
by VAsmallies
Fri Jun 08, 2018 6:53 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Rod similar to NRX 901s
Replies: 11
Views: 6930

Re: Rod similar to NRX 901s

St Croix legend elite 7’6 mlxf would be worth looking into. I have this rod only in the avid line and love it for drop shot and Ned rigs. Also great for throwing Shad rap 5s early in the season.
by VAsmallies
Thu Mar 15, 2018 11:43 am
Forum: Rods
Topic: Heavy or extra heavy rod for 12 exsense dc
Replies: 2
Views: 2003

Heavy or extra heavy rod for 12 exsense dc

I’m looking for a rod to pair with a exsense dc. Current heaviest power bottom contact rod is a dobyns 744 hp. Looking for something a notch up in power from that. I’ll be using it primarily for heavy football jigs, big worms, and Carolina rigs where distance casting is a priority. Secondary uses ar...
by VAsmallies
Thu Jun 08, 2017 11:15 am
Forum: General
Topic: New one man fishing boat!!
Replies: 43
Views: 25839

Re: New one man fishing boat!!