LowRange wrote: toddmc wrote: LowRange wrote: toddmc wrote:
LowRange wrote:Can someone explain to me why we would stiffen the spring on the inductor on an Alphas SV rather than purchase a 2nd hand Magforce Z or V spool? It would seem to me like we are trying to un SV an SV spool. That low spool speed control is what they are known for and would be why one would purchase the reel in the 1st place instead of say, another non SV Alphas or Pixy. Am I off base on this?
Not all SV spools are the same. The SV105 spool is more braked than say an SV103 spool. The SV105 spool is over-braked enough that it doesn't cast the lighter stuff very well compared to other lighter spools.
I think I get it. There are not any Magforce Z spools for the Alphas that are as light as the SV so the inductor spring is changed to make the SV spool behave more like a Magforce Z spool. I think my Alphas SV casts great. It cast differently than my Pixy Airy Red in that it is more controlled at low speed. It doesn't cast light weight baits nearly as far but it can skip them thumb free under docks unlike the Airy Red. They're very different animals. Different tools to be more accurate. I bought my 1st Alphas SV to skip small jigs and plastics after the vid below blew my mind and I have the Airy Red to distance cast small baits like ned rigs and such. Messing with the inductor to change the behavior of the Alphas SV spool still strikes me as a little odd. I get it if the reel had some weird spool that was unique to the reel and couldn't be changed but it is an Alphas and there are a ton of 2nd hand non SV spools that are less braked but at the cost of being a little heavier. Am I misunderstanding the appeal of the SV spools? I thought it was all about control. When distance is valued in a braking profile I skip SV spools all together. Every SV spool I have has a Magforce Z or V equivalent that will outcast it.
I'm not saying I disagree with modding reels. That stuff is fun. If anyone cares you can buy the tapered inductors from the Ray's DIY spools and this can also change the braking profile of an SV spool into a more distance orientated one.https://youtu.be/b6NxIFMtRT4
The lighter baits seem to float throughout the cast without achieving much distance. This is how my SV105 behaves with lighter baits. This floating sensation tells you that is it over-braked. It also doesn't need much thumb. It's really hard to get the magnets adjusted to achieve distance without a backlash. A heavier spring will help this.
I think it casts as designed. That floating sensation at the end of a cast is what allows it to skip difficult and light weight baits so darn well. For me at least, that was the whole appeal of the reel. I can skip baits I didn't even think we're possible on casting gear including other SV spools. The fact that it skips as insane as it does like an SS SV spool and can still make casts with useable distance I still think is impressive today. Any change to the braking profile to gain more distance would compromise the ability to skip to some degree. If I didn't care about skipping I wouldn't be looking at Alphas SV but if I bought one without knowing what I was getting into and was a expecting a longer casting reel I understand why some one would want to modify the spool to alter braking profile. I would urge anyone in this situation to try and use the reel as intended and skip some small baits and see if they like it before missing the spool. They might end up liking the stock spool and purchasing another non SV Alphas or Pixy for regular finesse casting use. The Airy Red spool is anti-SV btw. That thing is FAST and will launch light weight baits. I highly recommend it.
Yes, it does work well as a skipping reel, but a small profile reel with a light spool screams light baits to me. Light baits go with clear water, and distance is a must, unless you are dock fishing. I fish heavier line around docks, and heavier FC line isn't great on a 33mm spool. I would keep the stock spool as is if I wanted to fish 3/8oz. and up, but I've got several different 34mm SV spool reels that do this.
I don't get the distance that I want with small topwaters and jerkbaits, which is what I bought the SV105 for. The cool thing is, as you said, that extra spools are reasonable for this reel. I would buy a DIY spool if I didn't already have so many reels. I was also looking at DIY inductor. That is a no brainer to have around.