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  • Cool conversation piece at the lakeside.

    posted by GeekfromNorway on 08/10/2008
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    Involvement:General (knows how to use it) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    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? ;-)

    Cons:

    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.

    OtherThoughts:

    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.

    Bottomline:

    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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