Fishing wader is one of the most important and necessary fishing equipments for both serious and occasional fisherman. If you going for fishing in any stream or water flow, you must occupy one. Without it, you cannot do your job for a long a time and you will be all wet and tired as well. Now let’s take a look a best breathable waders for fishing! [Read more…]
Everybody knows that a motorcycle helmet is very important for a rider’s safety and protection. There are motorcycle riders who prefer simple motorcycle helmets, while there are also those who would love to have best full-face motorcycle helmets with the best design and features. Whatever type of motorcycle helmet you want, always remember that you need to aim at the same things. That is the comfort of wearing it and the safety that you get from it.
Motorcycle Helmet Features
When it comes to a motorcycle helmet, you have all the options available on the market. So, can you actually point out the one that you need the first time you see it? It is easy to point out without considering the features and functions of the motorcycle helmet, but it is necessary for you to have a closer and deeper look at these motorcycle helmets.
When you are considering the comfort of wearing this motorcycle helmet, then you have to consider some essential factors. First, check the weight of the motorcycle helmet. If it is heavy for you, then it is not cool. You better get a lightweight motorcycle helmet with high quality materials, so that you will not feel much burden carrying it and you will feel more relaxed. Go for a motorcycle helmet that fits the size and shape of your head. You can do that by fitting it and trying it on before buying it. [Read more…]
For the past ten years, reels have steadily (and quietly) been getting better and better. Today, the average angler will find a wide assortment of quality reels — and at affordable prices.
NEW TWISTS ON AN OLD PROBLEM
One especially bedeviling problem that reel manufacturers are tackling in earnest is line twist. At last summer’s American Sportfishing Association trade show I stopped by the Marado booth and spotted what may be a harbinger of things to come. Marado, a newcomer on the North American fishing tackle scene, has a product called Helix with a novel approach to reducing drag-induced line twist: unlike other spinning reels, which oscillate only when the gears and the handle turn, the Helix spool also oscillates when the drag is operating.
According to Marado, the benefit of this is that the line continuously feeds in a straight path from the spool to the roller no matter how far a fish runs or what the line level is. Thus, force on the line doesn’t vary due to changing feed angles. This lessens the chance of twisting, since the line is less likely to roll over itself. Helix reels are available in twelve models, four of which have seven ball bearings. All models feature a 5.2:1 gear ratio, long cast spool, and continuous anti-reverse. (Price: $59.95 to $101.95.)
Although twist, balance, and anti-reverse have dominated most aspects of spinning reels recently, two new products sport features that may become more common in the future. One is the new Fin-Nor Ahab Mega-Lite spinning reel, a lightduty saltwater model with a detached front drag design that allows for drag adjustment and spool replacement independent of the spool retaining knob. (On most front-drag reels, spool retaining knob also adjusts drag tension; changing spools requires resetting the drag tension.) Each of the four models in the MegaLite series has five ball bearings, heavy-duty gears, large cork drag washer, balanced rotor, continuous anti-reverse, and long-cast spool. (Price: $139 to $179.)
Spool removal is also facilitated in the front-drag Johnson Spidercast Pro reel, which has a quick-release cartridge system in which the spool is removed by rotating it counterclockwise. (In the past, anglers had to unscrew the drag-adjustment knob to release the spool.) There are three Spidercast Pro Reels, each of which is primarily designed to accommodate microfilament lines with cross-web line winding. Other features include a titanium nitride bail roller and unique carbon ball, five ball bearings, continuous anti-reverse, and a balanced rotor. (Price: $79.95 to $89.95.)
BENEFITS FOR BAIT-CASTERS
On the bait-casting front, the interest in smooth casts and long casting distance has led Daiwa to a one-of-a-kind component in its Extreme family of four bait-casting reels. This is a Super Speed Shaft feature that permits the pinion gear to retract and completely disengage from the shaft as well as from the drive gear during a cast. In other reels, the pinion disengages from the drive gear but rides on the drive shaft. This extra disengagement allows the spool to turn as freely as possible, thereby improving casting efficiency and distance. Daiwa’s Extreme bait-casting reels also have continuous anti-reverse, 5.0:1 gear ratio, anodized aluminum spools, and a “total-off” magnetic cast-control feature. (Price: $79 to $99.)
Ultralight fanciers should check out the small but tough and smooth Pinnacle Vision VS5, an ultralight bait-casting reel ($89) that gives real meaning to palm-sized quality. This reel is loaded with features, including one-piece machined aluminum frame, aluminum spool, continuous anti-reverse, six-pin centrifugal brakes, multi-bearing drive, and audible drag. It sports a 5.0:1 gear ratio, weighs 7.5 ounces, and holds 170 yards of 8-pound line.
Classic or traditional bait-casting reel fanciers should look over the mid-sized round-sided Corsair 300 bait-casting reel from Shimano ($69). This features continuous anti-reverse, optional-use variable-control centrifugal braking, two ball bearings, metal frame, and aluminum spool. It sports a 4.7:1 gear ratio, weighs 10.4 ounces, and holds 240 yards of 12-pound line.
For the lighttackle inshore saltwater and heavy-duty freshwater bait-caster there are notable new level-wind products from major manufacturers that have ample line capacity and are compact enough for palming.
Penn Reels has a sweet-feeling 965 International that can take a licking. It features a forged machined-aluminum one-piece frame, aluminum spool machined from solid bar stock, stainless-steel pinion and bronze drive gears, dual grip handle, audible clicker, continuous anti-reverse, two ball bearings, and the same carbon drag washer material found on its renowned big game reels. (Price: $190.)
The Quantum Big Iron is a notable and similarly heavy-duty series of six bait-casters from Zebco. These feature a forged machined-aluminum one-piece frame, forged aluminum spool, brass gears, counterbalanced single-grip handle, audible clicker, continuous anti-reverse (on three models), three ball bearings, oversized multi-disc drag washer stack, and large line capacity. (Price: $89 to $119.)
MONOFILAMENT “SUPER” LINE?
Stren has a new multipurpose line made of nylon monofilament with the same extremely low stretch that characterizes braided and fused microfilament lines. This new Sensor line has about 10 percent stretch — far less than other nylon monofilaments — yet is said to have better abrasion resistance and higher knot efficiency than the so-called superlines. The low stretch translates into greater hook-setting force and more sensitivity, meaning enhanced ability to detect strikes. Sensor is a clear line with conventional diameter; it’s available in 4-through 20-pound strengths.
Another line worth a look comes from Sufix, an import company unfamiliar to most North Americans. I’ve recently tried and been pleased with their Synergy product, which is an especially abrasion-resistant nylon monofilament available in 6- through 43-pound strengths. Sufix also produces InvisiLine, a premium-quality fluorocarbon leader product with a fast sinking speed; it’s available in a wide range of strengths and diameters.
Since its inception in the early 1950s, the spin-casting reel has been viewed as gear for kids or for “casual” adult anglers. But times change. Today, some spin-casting reels rival spinning and bait-casting reels in features and function.
In the past, although the spin-casting reel was easy to use, fairly trouble-free, and capable of one-handed casting, it had an unreliable drag, poor cranking ability, and mediocre gears. While some of the cheaper spin-casting reels today may have similar problems, a lot of products have improved measurably in these areas.
Take the Red Rhino, for example, a computer-designed reel introduced by Zebco a year ago that might be considered state-of-the-spin-casting-art. This reel has a ball-bearing drive, continuous anti-reverse, knob-wheel drag adjustment, 4.4:1 gear ratio, convertible right/left retrieve, soft-touch pushbutton line release, and heavy-duty helical gears.
With continuous anti-reverse there is no backward travel of the drive shaft, so no extra slack is developed when the retrieve is stopped. This translates into instant hooksetting and less chance of getting an errant loop of slack line during a slow-motion retrieve. Only the better and most expensive spinning and bait-casting reels, and just a few spin-casting reels, have this feature.
The Red Rhino is also notable for its gearing. Again, like the better and most expensive spinning and bait-casting reels, it sports a chrome-plated zinc face gear and brass pinion gear, both with helical design. The result of this is strength and smoothness that is uncommon among spin-casting reels as a whole. It translates into pretty good cranking power because the helical design really puts some grab in the gear set. Combined with a generally low retrieve ratio, this means that you can more easily retrieve greater loads, such as strong fish and lures that offer a lot of resistance.
Finally, the Red Rhino has a drag system that provides uniform pressure on drag washers on the top and bottom of the spool, instead of the side (as found on many spin-casting products). This makes the drag work smoothly at higher loads and it puts less stress on the other components of the reel.
Another example of improved features on spin-casting reels is found in the AccuCast model produced by Johnson Reels. This item has a ball-bearing drive, low-profile “palming” design, star-wheel drag adjustment, 3.25:1 gear ratio, dual pickup pins, counterbalanced handle, rotor-brush feathering system, and a no-twist drag.
The no-twist or tangle-free aspect derives from Johnson’s DriveTrain drag mechanism, which is built into the face gear. With this design, the spool remains stationary when the drag slips (it moves on other reels) but the rotor (or spinner head,) turns backward as the center and face gears turn. This produces less twist, because when the handle is turned against a moving drag, only the gear set slips. Naturally, this does not prevent twist from developing because of improper lure use, but in theory it eliminates one significant way that twist occurs: reeling against a slipping drag.
The rotor brushes on the AccuCast are meant to help control casting accuracy. These brushes are located on the front of the rotor; pressing the pushbutton during the cast causes the outgoing line to contact the brushes and affects the speed of the line and lure being cast.
Yet another example of the changing state of spin-casting reels is Daiwa’s Goldcast line. These reels feature ball-bearing drive, a drag-adjustment dial, 4.1:1 retrieve, convertible right/left retrieve, and an oscillating line-winding system. The latter feature, which is found on most spinning reels but very few spin-casting reels, reduces line bunching on a spool and primarily aids casting, both in terms of ease and distance.
The convertible retrieve system on this reel (and others) allows you to attach the handle so you can reel with your left or right hand.
These reels, as well as other top models, have some other significant virtues, including a drag mechanism that is less likely to slip than the ones on older models. They also have positive line pickup. Older Spin-casting reels didn’t engage the line very quickly, but current models have multiple pickup pins or cams to start winding line on the spool faster.
Top-quality spin-casting reels are priced at what would be considered the lower end of the mid-price range for spinning and bait-casting reels, and far less than the cost of the more expensive spinning and bait-casting models. We’re talking $20 to $45, which is still a bargain.
THE LOW-LINE BUGABOO
Spin-casting reels, which have a shallow and narrow spool, typically have a line capacity of only 60 to 100 yards. In truth, most freshwater anglers don’t need a lot of line capacity, except for really big fish and when trolling. And 75 to 100 yards is still 225 to 300 feet, which is about three times farther than most people cast.
The problem is that through use, by changing lures and hooks and breaking off on snags, less and less line remains on the reel spool. When it gets too low it may hamper casting and fishing effectiveness. It would seem to be a simple thing just to put new line on, but many people are unnerved by the fact that the front cover has to be removed for line changing. It’s not difficult, but since this is the only type of reel with a cover, there’s a tendency to ignore the problem.
This is one reason why every spin-casting reel comes pre-spooled with line by the manufacturer. Also, eliminating the line-spooling step allows a new or young angler to begin fishing faster.
The National Park Service is considering changing its fishery policies to take into account the delicate ecosystems of many rivers and lakes. In the past, the NPS saw its primary role as stocking fish for anglers. It is now considering changing the policy to protect endangered fish. [Read more…]
Fishing is an alternative recreational activity that adds fun and excitement to corporate outings. It can be incorporated into meetings as an optional activity between meetings or as an intense hands-on experience. Meeting planners should consider group size and attendees’ interests to determine the location that would offer the best fishing program for both experienced anglers and non-skilled participants. A list of some professional guides and fishing lodges are presented. [Read more…]
Improvisation is a vital skill Alaskan fishermen acquire to survive physically and financially in winter. The extreme weather of Nome, AK, exposes Nome’s fishermen to the dangers of frostbite and snowblindness, especially when they go crab fishing. The wind and high tides also pose hindrances. Crab fishing in Nome entails making a hole through 3 feet of sea ice and dropping a pot into the water. The pots used are insulated to slow freezing. In addition to crab fishing, some fishermen also engage in fossilized bone carvings and sled-dog tours to augment their winter income. [Read more…]