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by Allsorts
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: What’s In Your Rod Rack?
Replies: 16
Views: 4083

Re: What’s In Your Rod Rack?

Good to hear again from you Brian! I see that you have a slight bias towards G.Loomis... :lol: You really need to do yourself a favour and try a JDM UL rod...I spent many years using UL/L Loomis rods and after my first mid-range Japanese rod there was no going back, especially for fishing SPs. The ...
by Allsorts
Sun Sep 01, 2019 1:26 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: What’s In Your Rod Rack?
Replies: 16
Views: 4083

Re: What’s In Your Rod Rack?

Good to hear again from you Brian! I see that you have a slight bias towards G.Loomis... :lol: You really need to do yourself a favour and try a JDM UL rod...I spent many years using UL/L Loomis rods and after my first mid-range Japanese rod there was no going back, especially for fishing SPs. The S...
by Allsorts
Fri Jul 12, 2019 11:40 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Looking for bfs blank or rod LXF 2 piece
Replies: 7
Views: 1378

Re: Looking for bfs blank or rod LXF 2 piece

Check out Matagi's line of JDM blanks, I forget the trade name but very popular in EU and Russia. You will definitely find something suitable.
by Allsorts
Tue May 14, 2019 12:16 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Circle or Octopus Hooks and BFS
Replies: 4
Views: 645

Re: Circle or Octopus Hooks and BFS

Have a look at https://crazyfish.com.ua/ , a Ukrainian business that has a wide range of small SPs and more importantly a weedless rigging system (Texas style) with hooks down to #10. The rig marked 'B' uses a 'cheburashka', an Eastern European jig head system which allows one weight to be used with...
by Allsorts
Tue May 14, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Reflection - JDM UL Rod Ratings & Going X- or S-UL.
Replies: 7
Views: 912

Re: Reflection - JDM UL Rod Ratings & Going X- or S-UL.

I did a lot of testing with the Bouz drag checker on soft rods...area trout rods......mebaru rods and ajing rods. In the end as you say drag is drag...except.....when using a 2# test polyester line on an ajing rod it is going to get you into trouble real fast with a 5 pound Smallie. A 20 percent dr...
by Allsorts
Wed May 08, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Enthusiast & Import Tackle
Topic: Tulala blanks?
Replies: 29
Views: 3404

Re: Tulala blanks?

I too have been keeping an eye on Tulala and associated gear, tempted by the 'old school' short baitcaster thing despite using Evergreen rods to chase bass. The Fishman stable is also worth looking at, only baitcasting rods offered, from trout to GTs....
by Allsorts
Thu May 02, 2019 10:50 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: BFS rods: JDM v CDM
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

Re: BFS rods: JDM v CDM

So I messed around with the Kingdom Micro Expert 632UL a friend brought back for me (we do some business with Kingdom). Rod looks good, workmanship is ok, bit too much epoxy but neat enough. The solid tip was really noodly but does allow casting of lighter lures than my Smith Be Sticky 5'7". Good ba...
by Allsorts
Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:48 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: JDM Area Rod Goes Native
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: JDM Area Rod Goes Native

True, tight, narrow brushy creeks are not something I've spent a lot of time fishing, I defer to you guys in the NE on that. Out West and most other places I've fished, a little extra length has made fishing spinners, small jigs or floating minnows easier, even on smaller streams. WRT to fine solid ...
by Allsorts
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:36 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: JDM Area Rod Goes Native
Replies: 5
Views: 901

Re: JDM Area Rod Goes Native

Thanks, interesting write up! I think that you may find that a native style rod won't fish those micro jigs as well as the Presso. Typically the native rods are designed with twitching sinking minnows in mind so tips are quite stiff relatively speaking. I am pondering my next purchase and am thinkin...
by Allsorts
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:18 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Graphiteleader UL Rods.
Replies: 7
Views: 993

Re: Graphiteleader UL Rods.

Lovely fish Randy! Thanks for another great video. Always enjoy them...
by Allsorts
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:16 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Shorter rod recommendation
Replies: 7
Views: 885

Re: Shorter rod recommendation

Tenryu Rayz are definitely made in Japan and worth a look if your budget can stretch...
by Allsorts
Sun Apr 07, 2019 1:54 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: BFS rods: JDM v CDM
Replies: 5
Views: 1079

BFS rods: JDM v CDM

I've just been playing with one of the better known CDM (China Domestic Market) BFS rods, the Kingdom Micro Expert 632UL. Having now used JDM 'bass' style BFS as well as native trout game BFS rods, I think I would be safe in suggesting that we consider CDM BFS rods as a new BFS rod style rather than...
by Allsorts
Wed Mar 13, 2019 6:25 am
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Observations 1 year of use of ester line.
Replies: 11
Views: 1389

Re: Observations 1 year of use of ester line.

Thanks Alphahawk, really appreciate this feedback, very helpful indeed! Your comment about multiple 21" smallies has got me thinking about possibilities in some of our tough clear lakes. Caught a dink smallie yesterday in a gnarly river section with good current and he would have done me on 6lb, as ...
by Allsorts
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:52 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: Gloomis Classic Trout
Replies: 8
Views: 1405

Re: Gloomis Classic Trout

I used the old IMX 842-2, assuming taper unchanged, not dissimilar although 6" longer. Great rod for spoons, spinners and plugs for straight retrieves. Taper too slow to properly work soft plastics / jigs, doable with braid but not great.
by Allsorts
Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: Ultralight Fishing
Topic: 2019 Shimano Vanquish; 1000SSSPG or 2000SSS?
Replies: 12
Views: 3247

Re: 2019 Shimano Vanquish; 1000SSSPG or 2000SSS?

I think reel retrieve speed and handle length are sometimes more important in practice than given credit for. Slow reels in running water are IMO less useful than quick ones, especially if chasing trout. It's easier to keep up with a drifting lure and pick up slack with a faster reel. Benefits might...