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Monthly Archives: January 2013

Reel Tech Tip: Maximizing Casting Performance

As a reel technician, I get lots of customers who are wishing to achieve better casting distance or better “free spool” from their bait casting reels. During my troubleshooting process, I often notice that the reels are not adjusted properly to maximize the casting performance of the reel. An extensive cleaning and proper lubrication combined with proper reel adjustments will deliver all the desired free spool the customer could want.

The common mis perception regarding the cast control knob is that if backing it off is supposed to increase the free spool, the more you back it off, the more freely the spool will spin. This is not the case. To properly adjust the reel for the most optimum free spool, you need to first depress the thumb bar, or disengage the reel as if you were to make a cast. Place your thumb on the spool. Wiggle your thumb from left to right while depressing on the spool. There will likely be “knocking” sound as you move your thumb left to right. This noise is caused by the ends of the spool shaft knocking against the shims that lay under the bearings inside the side plate on both sides of the reel. Slowly tighten down the cast control knob while moving the spool back and forth with your thumb. The side to side movement of the spool will diminish as you tighten down the cast control knob. The idea is to tighten to the point where there is just the slightest movement back and forth. You will barely be able to hear or feel any more knocking as you move the spool under your thumb. THIS is the setting where your reel will have its greatest free spool performance. Further adjustments can be made by tuning off the centrifugal casting pins on the spool, or turning the magnetic backlash control to the “off” or “0″ position.

Shown here is an Abu Revo. The cast control knob is located just behind the handle on the sideplate:

Further tightening of the cast control knob beyond the optimal point will result in more pressure on the tips of the spool shaft, and slow down the spool. Further loosening of the cast control knob beyond the optimal point will result in the spool knocking back and forth during the cast as the line is coming off of the spool. This will also slow down the spool and adversely affect casting distance.

Give it a try on your reels at home and see what you have been missing.

REEL TECH CUSTOM – Raiders Theme Steelhead Spinning Rod

Custom just completed for Barry Filippone. Though he has lots of rods, like all of us, he wanted a special one to dedicate to float fishing. He came to me with an idea and I made his vision into a Steelhead Slayin’ float rod. I know this rod will have a bend in it shortly 🙂

Rogue SS 904 9′ 6-10# blank, American Tackle AERO Spinning Seat, American Tackle Ring Lock A-Frame Nanolite Guides, Split Grip Carbon Fiber handle, Silver Aluminum Winding Checks, wrapped in metallic black with silver/black metallic twist thread. Custom Raiders decal set in the exposed rear grip section:

Custom Raiders decal set in the exposed rear grip section:

American Tackle Ring Lock A-Frame Nanolite Guides, wrapped in metallic black with silver/black metallic twist thread:

Have fun with this one Barry. Enjoy your custom float rod 🙂

Tight lines !

REEL TECH CUSTOM – Tribute to an American Hero

Special build for SFC Duane Stacher, who just returned home from a tour in Afghanistan serving with the Army National Guard. A perfect gift from his wife, for a man with true dedication to his country. Thank you Duane for your service to this country, and for your unselfish bravery while keeping this country safe. WELCOME HOME!!

Rogue SS 904 9′ 6-10# blank, American Tackle AERO Spinning Seat, American Tackle Ring Lock A-rame Nanolite Guides, Split Grip Carbon Fiber handle, Gold Aluminum Winding Checks, wrapped in metallic black with gold/black metallic twist thread. “Go Army” decal with a special “Thank You for your service” message in the exposed rear grip section. SWEET!

American Tackle Ring Lock A-rame Nanolite Guides, wrapped in metallic black with gold/black metallic twist thread.

Enjoy your new toy, and I wish you tight lines and screaming drags my friend!

Winter Steelhead – Jig gets it done

Gotta love a tough day of fishing in the cold, finished off with a bobber down. This dandy fell for a pink/orange Reel Tech Custom Steelhead Jig at the top of a break in some pocket water. The season is just starting, looking forward to more fun !

Perfect drifts and bobber downs to all!

Happy Customer – Nice job Tim!!

Thanks for the new rod John! Reel tech rods rock!

Words and photo photo from a happy customer. He caught a DANDY steelhead today on his Reel Tech Custom wrapped G.Loomis STR 1141. Thanks for the photo Tim! I always enjoy seeing my customers enjoying their custom rods.

Tight Lines to all!

REEL TECH CUSTOM RODS – NWK Crew Customs!!

The Reel Tech is proud to present Chris Blanchard, Carlin Sage, Kenny James, and Garrett James of the NWKFishing Crew, their own Reel Tech Custom Fishing Rods. The Reel Tech is also a proud sponsor of NWKFishing.blogspot.com. I know these rods will be in very capable hands and is destined to a life of hard use by these gentlemen. Be sure to watch for upcoming NWKFishing video episodes where you are sure to see these beautiful custom rods in the hands of the NWK crew in full BENDO!!. Thank you for all you do Chris, Carlin, Kenny, and Garret. Your passion for fishing and the entertainment you provide through your videos is FANTASTIC!!

7′ graphite 8-17# blanks, split grip carbon fiber handles, American Tackle AERO comfort reel seats, Rubber Butt Cap, American Tackle Ring Lock A-Frame spinning guides, Steelhead decal, wrapped in NWK black main wraps with white trim.

The custom NWK colored marbling in the split grip sections put a defining signature on these great sticks!

Happy Customer – Reel Tech Custom Rods – Words from the water

“Hi John, thought I would let you know what a fantastic rod you built. I only drifted 20 ft when this first one took it, which was our largest today. landed another to finish out the day. I really like the rod and especially your detail work. Many Thanks! “

Reel Tech Custom broken in the first day, the first cast, first drift. I think that may be a new record for time it takes to break one in. LOVE IT! Makes me VERY HAPPY!

Enjoy the rod my friend, wishing you many more steelhead on your new rod!

Tight Lines….Keep em BENDO!!!

REEL TECH CUSTOM – 9’6″ Side Drifting Rod

Custom Side Drifting Rod delivered to a customer, and already landing fish the next day. Just Awesome! This rod will see alot of action this winter Steelhead season!

Rogue SS 963 9’6″ 4-8# blank, American Tackle AERO Comfort Reel Seat, American Tackle Ring Lock A-Frame Nanolite Guides, Full lenght carbon fiber handle, Steelhead decal, wrapped in green main with green/silver metallic twist thread. Sweet!

American Tackle Ring Lock A-Frame Nanolite Guides, wrapped in green main with green/silver metallic twist thread: