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John E Powell

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    Niagara Falls, NY
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    I started fishing for trout and salmon with my dad in the late 70s. In 1980 I opened my rod building business, John's custom Rods, and have been crafting Great Lakes trolling rods ever since.
  • Home Port
    Wilson, NY
  • Boat Name
    Rodmaster

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  1. You will want a ceramic ring rod tip instead of stainless if you plan to run braid instead of only mono. Braid will groove a stainless rod tip over time.
  2. 20 Evil Eye spoons, (Small 2 7/8" size) All lures have been cleaned, all chrome surfaces have been buffed with polishing compound, and washed multiple times in dishwasher. Some are unused, most are VG, and 6 have been repainted (1 on top left and 5 on bottom right) I accept PayPal (or cash if you want to pick up in Niagara Falls, NY) $45.00 (friends and family) - or - $46.65 (if run through my PayPal business account) - your choice - I will ship spoons loose (not in individual bags) inside a bubble-pack envelop to your USPS mailing address. I will ship with USPS tracking and provide the tracking number to you.
  3. Built by a friend who recently passed, I'm selling his custom made Lamiglas 10' 1-piece mod/fast action, MH power surf/pier spinning rod. Please note that I do not know what the blank model number is as I did not make this rod. The rod has cork grips, a Fuji graphite seat, Fuji Silicon Carbide (SiC) surf guide set (8 + tip). This rod features a traditional "cone of flight" guide layout with guides sized for a large frame spinning reel (40mm collector guide). The rod has a "Thunderbird" pattern decorative butt wrap in metallic gold (see photo). Guide wraps are a complimentary brown, black with gold trim. The rod's overall condition is very good. It does have some cosmetic blemishes typical of a well cared for but used rod. A new rod made with equivalent components (Lamiglas surf rod blank, Fuji SiC guides, Portuguese flor grade cork grips) and similar thread artwork would cost $600-$700 I'm selling this rod for $200. The rod cannot be shipped for a reasonable cost due to it being overlength. You must pick it up in person. A $50 refundable deposit, by PayPal, will hold the rod for a reasonable period of time (up to 10 days). You can inspect it in person in Niagara Falls, NY and decide if you want it. Bring your reel and a casting weight and you can test cast it with your specific reel. If you decide you want it you can pay the balance at that time, cash or PayPal. If you decide it's not what you wanted, I'll issue a PayPal refund and relist it. If you have any specific questions, message me through LOU and give me your phone number, I'll call you and we can talk about the rod.
  4. 21 Evil Eye spoons, (Small 2 7/8" size) All lures have been cleaned, all chrome surfaces have been buffed with polishing compound, and washed multiple times in dishwasher. Some are unused, most are VG, and 5 have been repainted (5 on bottom right) I accept PayPal (or cash if you want to pick up in Niagara Falls, NY) $45.00 (friends and family) - or - $46.65 (if run through my PayPal business account) - your choice - I will ship spoons loose (not in individual bags) inside a bubble-pack envelop to your USPS mailing address. I will ship with USPS tracking and provide the tracking number to you.
  5. 21 Evil Eye spoons, (large 3 3/4" size) All lures have been cleaned, all chrome surfaces have been buffed with polishing compound, and washed multiple times in dishwasher. Some are unused, most are VG+, and 5 have been repainted (1 on top row right, and 4 on bottom row right). I accept PayPal (or cash if you want to pick up in Niagara Falls, NY) $45.00 (friends and family) - or - $46.65 (if run through my PayPal business account) - your choice - I will ship spoons loose (not in individual bags) inside a bubble-pack envelop to your USPS mailing address. I will ship with USPS tracking and provide the tracking number to you.
  6. Slide divers are stealth presentations. Regular divers are an aggressive presentation. When the bite slows on the regular divers you can either lengthen leads and hand line fish to net or switch to a slide diver. IMO you need to decide how you want to run both short (aggressive) and long (stealth) rather than choosing between one or the other. When I start out in the morning and I expect the bite to be on I run mag wire diver inside short (aggressive) and reg wire diver short (aggressive) outside that. If the bite slows, I switch to a longer lead behind the mag and I switch out the outside regular diver for a wire slide diver making both stealthier.
  7. If you check both sides with a cell phone and determine the average of the two readings, the boat doesn’t have to be level (nor does the line you check against) so there’s no need to jack a boat and check it with a level. You can also hold a straight edge along one side so it extends past the keel and measure the angle and divide by two, and/or rotate the image so the straight edge and hull match the horizontal grid. This method also doesn’t require the boat to be level.
  8. After using weighted steel on a couple rods I replaced all but one of my coppers a couple years ago.
  9. I highly recommend contacting Larry Goltz for boat insurance. Larry is an avid boater with a fleet of museum quality classic and antique boats he’s personally restored. He’s an independent agent so he can tailor a policy to your specific needs from a large number of companies he works with. He understands insuring newer and older boats with lots of high value gear aboard. Lawrence C Goltz | Producer The WAYNE OAKLAND Agency Insurance Since 1954 619 Enterprise Drive, Suite 200 Oak Brook IL 60523 Office: (248)649-6006 [email protected]
  10. I prefer 19 strand to 7 strand. I find it’s diameter difference irrelevant. It’s softer, easier on guides, frays before breaking giving you an opportunity to affect a repair instead of losing gear; it’s extra initial cost is saved the first time you find and repair a bad spot instead of losing gear. You can also tie some knots in it without linking and breaking. Other people will tell you they prefer 7 (or something else) and they will have their reasons. What really matters is what you think, why not give it a try and find out if you like it.
  11. In reels, torque and speed are an inverse relationship, you can’t get both - it’s simple physics of mechanisms. Reels don’t create power, they use the power you supply. I don’t recommend high speed reels for rigs used to tow heavier gear. It’s like riding a bike up a hill in a high gear - too steep a hill in too high a gear and you struggle. High speed reels are better used for light rigger and planer board lines. Longer (heavier) weighted lines and big divers pulling attractors need torque not speed.
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