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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Reel Tech Custom Steelhead Float Rods in action

Summer time, willing Steelhead, and Bent rods. Fantastic time of year to live in Oregon 🙂

10’6″ 4-8# Float Rod BENDO!!!

Tight lines and BENT rods my friends !!

REEL TECH CUSTOM – Split Grip Salmon Rod with Custom Marbling

Another custom rolled off the dryer. This one has all the bells and whistles, and some special custom marbling decor on the split grip section. This rod came out AWESOME !! Almost dont wanna get it dirty……almost 🙂

Rogue SM 827 8’2″ 12-25# blank, Split grip carbon fiber handles, Fuji ECSM blank through reel seat, American Tackle Ring Lock Holographic Nanoplasma guides, wrapped in Shamrock metallic thread with copper trim, green/copper glitter epoxy, and finished with custom marbling on the split grip section.

Front of split grip section with Chinook decal, wrapped in shamrock metallic thread with copper trim, green/copper glitter epoxy:

American Tackle Ring Lock Holographic Nanoplasma guides, wrapped in Shamrock metallic thread with copper spiral trim, green/copper glitter epoxy:

Custom marbling done in the split grip section adds special character to the rod. Definitely CUSTOM:

Tight Lines!!

REEL TECH CUSTOM – Bass Spinning Rod and Casting Rod

Customer took delivery of his two Reel Tech Customs. These rods came out awesome, and they will be put to good use in the tournament circuit.

Rogue 7′ 12-20# casting rod, Fuji ACS reel seat, American Tackle Blue Ring Lock Nanoplasma Guides, split grip handle design with blue aluminum winding checks and butt cap, wrapped in electric blue with pearl metallic trim.

Rogue 7′ 6-10 Spinning rod: American Tackle Blue A-Frame Ring Lock spinning guides, American Tackle AERO spinning seat, split grip handle design with blue aluminum winding checks and butt cap, wrapped in electric blue with pearl metallic trim.

Close up of the American Tackle Blue Ring Lock Nanoplasma Guides:

Split grip handle with blue aluminum winding checks and butt cap trim:

Tight lines and Bent Rods 🙂

DRAGS – Wet vs Dry

Through the many years of being a professional reel technician, there has been much discussion on drag systems, as well as some confusion on the part of my customers. Here I will try to clear up some confusion and explain a bit about the differences. There are basically 2 types of drag systems, wet and dry, and each has its benefits. Either way, there is nothing worse than a jerky drag system. Drags not working in top form can cause you to lose that fish of a lifetime.
“Dry” drags are drags that require no modification and are designed to be installed as is. What makes a drag a “wet” drag is the addition of a lithium drag grease such as the Shimano drag grease or
Cal’s drag grease. The confusion I see alot is fact that not just any old grease will work, it must be a grease that is made for drag systems. Putting any old grease or oil on a drag washer will destroy its smooth fish stopping properties, and simply will not work. Also, it must be understood that not all drag material is able to be modified to a wet system.
Some drag materials are simply made to be just installed dry, and some are designed to be used with grease. Others materials are designed to be used both ways, depending on the persons preference.

Lets for example talk about the carbontex drags made by Smooth Drag Co. in Oak Hills, CA. These are a fine example of a drag that can be either installed wet or dry.
When you choose a “wet drag system” what you gain is a much smoother start up, and overall smoother performing and longer lasting drag in my opinion.
Installing the carbontex drags dry with no modification will give you a higher top end drag setting, but over time, you will not have as smooth of a startup over the entire range of drag settings.
Some people for example that fish from the river bank for hard pulling fish may opt for a dry drag system, so they can really button down on the drag to try and stop a fish they cannot follow, and keep it from going over the break. I personally am one of the guys who likes a butter smooth drag, all the time, so my personal choice would be for the wet system.

In this photo, there are 3 different examples of drag materials.
Left: Carbontex drag material that can be either installed as is, or with the addition of drag grease.
Center: Drag material designed to be installed as is with no modification.
Right: Cloth drag material designed to be used in conjunction with drag grease.

Any questions at all, feel contact me 🙂

Tight lines and screaming (not jerky) drags to ALL!!

REEL TECH CUSTOM for my nephew Ryan’s 8th Birthday

It was my nephew Ryan’s 8th birthday this past weekend and I decided to make him his own custom fishing rod. He has come such a long way in his fishing ability and his passion continues to grow which makes this uncle VERY happy. His Dad got him a brand new Symetre 2500 for his birthday to put on this rod. Ryan was so excited for his first fishing outfit, and is excited to continue to learn more and more about fishing. Tight lines Ryan…..I am a very fortunate and a proud uncle!

Rogue 7′ 6-10# blank, Fuji VSS Reel Seat, split grip cork handle, Fuji Alconite guides, wrapped in electric blue with blue/silver metallic twist thread.

Ryan — One happy and excited Dude!! He cant wait to get a bend in it 🙂

Tight Lines and screaming drags!!