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  1. I just purchased two of these rods. I have a lead core reel for one rod but no copper reel spooled yet. I do have another reel already spooled with 1000' of 7 strand wire line.

    My questions are, could I use this rod as is for steel line, or does it need to be modified with either a twili tip or roller tip? The rod, as configured, has all stainless steel guides and tip.

    My last question is, if I changed the rod to a twili tip, could it be used for both copper and steel line if I decided to spool a reel with copper? Thanks in advance for any advice. This site

    has given me a lot of useful information.


  2. I really want to add a wire dipsy rod to my spread. I have the wire and a reel but can't find an 8-1/2 or 9' rod. Don't think I could handle anything larger when I fish solo. I hope the fishing improves and I can make it to Lake Ontario before you head back to Ohio. Looks like you might have some decent weather through early next week. Enjoy your vacation.



  3. On 6/24/2021 at 7:32 PM, littlemack01 said:

    Fished 6-12 on wavy lake with little boat . 100 to 400 and all water put about a foot of fleas on my 12lb test per hour .Next trip the heavy line and big reels will be on boat. Last release the fleas clogged the guides and before I noticed the gears broke in reel and lost fish. By the way , that was out of Oswego.

    What brand and lb. test of line do you switch to on your riggers and dipsies to combat the fleas. Planning a trip in the next couple of weeks and want my rods ready. Thanks.

  4. On 7/1/2021 at 9:43 PM, Jomat said:

    Shortbus makes the triangle rotary flashers but they also make 11” paddles, check out their website.  Big paddle flashers are a staple out on the west coast/Columbia river and also the ocean fishery with cut herring behind them.  I run meat rigs behind the 11”ers.  Behind the triangle rotary flashers u can run pretty much whatever u want (I like to run meat with no teasers).  If u walleye fish try running the small rotary flasher directly off ur bottom bouncer rig with a worm harness or gambler rig behind it.

    What colors on the 11" shortbus flashers have you had the best luck with? I bought some 11" blanks and have been putting my own tape variations on them.

  5. On 4/29/2021 at 2:03 PM, Sk8man said:

    Yes 20 with spoons and 40 -50 for flies. I make my own flies and on them usually 50 lb Big game mono (strong enough for big hits yet having a bit of stretch to absorb shock)

    I'm getting ready to tie up some tournament fly rigs and wondering what size hooks you use on your rigs. I have both 4/0 & 5/0 Gamakatsu octopus for the single hooks but still trying to decide on the trebles. Thinking about #1 or 1/0 VMC 9651 short shank or Owner ST-41. Also, do you think it matters what the color of the trailing treble hook is? Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks.

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