Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week
The entire set fits quite nicely into the glowe compartment of any car, which means you can fish just about anywhere.
The reel is solid, and looks well-machined, if somewhat simple.
The keychain reel, while completely useless is cool, and is a must-have for any serious sports-fisherman. Maybe sell them separately? ;-)
The eyelets you thread the line trough are too small. There's a lot of space inside te cap, so why not make them large enough to slip a swivel-fastener through?
As it is, you need to cut the line when packing up.
Also, the reel doesn't have a 'free' mode for casting.
If you loosen the brake, and set the directional control to centre, it's possible to cast with this rod and reel, but you'll need a 25 - 30grams weight on the line to do it.
(I wouldn't use anything bigger than a 8gram hook/lure, so the rest must be made up for with a lead weight. Attatch the weight at the end, and the hook a good foot or so higher up, with an extra piece of line.)
Also, I reccommend taking a set of pliers and gently bend the eyelet at the tip of the rod. With a greater angle it may work better for casting, as the line will run more freely without rubbing the metal casing on the tip.
Very nice looking fishing rod, and is bound to make you the centre of attention when you unpack it at your favorite fishing spot.
Of course, they may laugh a bit when the limitations are revealed, but after that, they'll probably approach you one at a time when they think no one else is looking, and ask where you got it...
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