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John E Powell

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  • Gender
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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. When I hooked my first three year old salmon it broke my brand new Berkley downrigger rod like a twig. I was hooked for life. That very day, I decided I could build a better rod than what you could buy, so I became a student of rodbuilding. In 1980 I opened my rodbuilding business, Custom Rod Designs by John, and have been crafting task-specific Great Lakes trolling rods ever since.
  • Home Port
    Wilson, NY
  • Boat Name
    Coho Queen

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  1. John E Powell

    Best dipsy rod 10.5'

    Send me a message, don’t want to hijack the post. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  2. John E Powell

    Best dipsy rod 10.5'

    If you’re handy and know how to retie on a guide, the talora’s guide spacing allows you to assemble the rod tip upside down and create a spiral wrapped diver rod by turning the 2nd guide 60 degrees clockwise around the blank and the 3rd 120 degrees clockwise. A spiral wrapped talora is about as close as you can get to a custom diver rod. I’ve modified many taloras like this. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  3. I’m looking for ideas on how best to set up a 24’ twin inboard boat. I’d like to bracket mount a 10-15 hp trolling motor down the centerline with helm and autopilot steering and full remote controls controls - start, shift, throttle, and power tilt. I’m also leaning toward an iTroll for fine throttle control at the helm. I want gps interfaced autopilot steering while underway both on the mains and when running the trolling motor. Im also open to both fixed and hydraulic power lift brackets for ease of use and maintenance for the outboard. I’m more interested in an approach that will perform flawlessly in all scenarios rather than saving a few bucks here or there and sacrificing aspects of functionality. While not an open checkbook scenario, I do expect to commit to a serious investment of funds to get what I want. I’d like to hear from people who have done something similar or who have experience with autopilot installs and/or upgrading steering systems. Electronics install will all be new so there’s no need to integrate with older electronics. I’m open to any brand platform of components, but would like to avoid mixing brands that need to talk to each other. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  4. John E Powell

    Copper set up question

    I’m not going to share an opinion on the rod/reel choices, but I’d recommend the newer weighted steel lines over copper. Sink rates are effectively very similar, but it’s so much easier to work with than copper. I’d recommend a 300 and a 400 if you are doing just two. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  5. John E Powell

    Diesel mechanic

    I think it’s Toromont cat in Canada. I do think the Batavia dealer does marine work also. Not sure if they travel. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  6. John E Powell

    Diesel mechanic

    I think the closest certified cat marine diesel guy at the west end is on the Canadian south shore. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United mobile app
  7. Two riggers, one rod each. 1-2 wire divers per side (reg and mag size for deep and slide diver for upper), 1 weighted steel per side (rather than copper) off big boards or lead core (when fish are shallower) off inline boards. Keep in mind that often 2 well run rigger rods will outfish 4 riggers and 8 rods that are overpowering your presentation. Spreading out a pattern with a couple rods each riggers, divers, and weighted long lines will up your catch on big kings that are often put off by two much gear being pulled through a small area of water. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  8. John E Powell

    Advise on 1999 Evinrude 225HP

    Fran at Brobiel (spelling?) in Buffalo. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  9. John E Powell

    Advise on 1999 Evinrude 225HP

    Not every ficht had problems, the ones that did died a long time ago. Treat it like any other nearly 20 year old outboard when making a decision to repair or replace. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  10. John E Powell

    First Copper Rod???'s

    The 19 strand is one way, there’s also bulk sources for 300’+ lengths. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  11. John E Powell

    First Copper Rod???'s

    If I was going to do just one “copper” rod it would be a weighted steel (rather than copper) at 350’ Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  12. John E Powell

    best knot for wire

    You didn’t specify 7 or 19 strand wire. If you’re using 7-strand wire, I think most people use crimp. Make a loop through snap swivel eye and then fit swivel through loop and pull tight working the wire loop back so you end up with double wire from crimp to snap. Crimp after wire loop is pulled tight. If you’re using 19 strand double the line making a loop. Fold the doubles line onto itself and feed the end loop through the double loop (you’re doing an overhand knot). Slide to adjust the size and pull the overhand knot tight. Add the snapswivel as described above. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  13. John E Powell

    Auroralite Boards

    If you’re wondering if Amish composite boards will pull long coppers well, we run two long coppers on them and the tow line barely bends where the release sits. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
  14. John E Powell

    Wilson 7-8-18

    Weighted steel lines off boards usually only light fleas. Wire divers hold more fleas, but the wire easily cuts them when you rub a bunch up and down the wire. For rigger lines I switch over to Flea Reels. Each has about 150’ of 40lb big game on and then a lighter fluorocarbon leader. The big game is between the release and rod tip, the fluoro trails behind the release to the bait. 40lb big game is big enough diameter that most fleas can’t get hooked on it. Splices to the backing and big game and the big game to leader are both Albright knots, the big game is the loop line and the smaller backing or leader is the end you wrap around the loop. I use a flea file to get stubborn fleas off. A flea file is a plastic ruler or similar size water resistant stiff material with the male side of adhesive backed Velcro applied to it. To use, pull the line tight from both ends and rub the Velcro across the line like a musician would use their bow to play a string instrument. A moderate pressure sends the fleas flying as the Velcro rips them from the line. They do fly everywhere, but you just wash them down after with your deck hose. ________________________ Owner John's Custom Rods Specializing in building Great Lakes trolling rods since 1979 First place winner of the 2016 World Rod Building Challenge
  15. John E Powell

    Wilson 7-8-18

    We had a 15ish fix box from 180-280 ft of water straight out of the harbor, including 3 in the low 20s. Mix of spoons and flies, meat went untouched all day. Sent from my iPhone using Lake Ontario United
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