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DAiWA US80XD Reel 4 Replies

The new "favorite" spincast in my repertoire, purchased used off ebay.This is a trigger actuated spincast, or "triggerspin" as its called. It is like new, and appears to have been used only a few…Continue

Started by David, aka, "McScruff". Last reply by David, aka, "McScruff" Jun 10, 2013.

a friends vintage christmas gift. ;)

I have here a vintage spinning reel by the name of FJORD, its pretty cool and still works. Can anyone tell me more about it, i know someone knows something about this reel, thx!Continue

Started by jason grimm Feb 28, 2012.

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Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 10, 2013 at 2:59am
well you can't go much lower on line test eh?
My guess next is that for more than 50 with those short rods', you'll just need some heavier weight
Comment by John Sheehan on June 9, 2013 at 7:47pm

The Johnson Crappie Pro is spooled with 6# test .The Country Mile with 4# test .

The 8' Slab Seeker  rod casts real far with 2# test. I have a reel with 4# test on there now that has served me from shore very well.

 

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 8, 2013 at 3:40pm
You're right john. I also scale down in line size to get a little more distance.
Comment by John Sheehan on June 8, 2013 at 8:33am

50' is fine for a boat ,not from shore .Then I usually use 8' slab seeker rod /spinning  reel

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 7, 2013 at 3:44pm
Longer rod or more weight, methinks?

I wonder just what it takes to actually cast a country mile?
Comment by John Sheehan on June 7, 2013 at 1:15pm

Johnson Crappie Pro 230 reel, BPS Uncle Bucks 5' whip of a rod.  Tried out this Crappie Tandem spinner/tube jig  rig from shore the other night but couldn't reach the feeding rise I suspect where Crappie (maybe White Perch).I put more line on the reel and it casts about 50 ' now. Anxious to try it out in the boat. I have   a rubber float stop before the top spinner and the bottom spinner is tied into the line .When the tubes wear out I'll use twister tails.

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 5, 2013 at 11:01am
I've had them mounted on South Bend 6', light action rods for the most part. These are not high-end sticks; pretty sure they came from K-mart.
My dad had several of them and when I inherited all his stuff, I used them as test beds. I never did test them to see if they would truly cast a "country mile," though.

My current state is almost all spinning oriented. I've removed all the Johnson reels to the shelf and the only spincasts I have mounted are my Daiwa trigger spins:

- A 40-X U/L, on a 7' Wright-McGill spin fly rod.
- A US80-XD (I just got this one and haven't showed pics of it yet.)
It is mounted to one of the K-mart rods.

So, currently, I have NO Johnson reels in the water. I did fish part of last season and probably 80% of the season before with them, though. It was sure enough to teach me they are(were) superb, value priced reels..
Comment by John Sheehan on June 5, 2013 at 9:49am

David ,what rods are these reels mounted on ? The 'Crappie Stik' is short and whippy and casts aren't long so I use them  in the boat. My Zebco Slab Seeker 8' is the rod I use from shore .

Comment by John Sheehan on June 5, 2013 at 9:46am

CORRECTION : The Country Mile 6 reel is mounted on a BPS Uncle Bucks CRAPPIE STIK rod .David- I have a Johnson  Crappie Pro 230 Reel mounted on another BPS/Uncle Bucks rod I intend to start using again .On that setup I have a tandem tube  Jig with spinner blades  tied ahead of the jigs I want to use .

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 4, 2013 at 12:24pm
In know what you mean, John. They are both fun and excellent, at the same time. I came upon them later in life, but now have several of that style Johnson reel.

In addition to the, "Country Mile," there was a sort of "gussied up" model, the "Crappie Pro," which featured an anodized aluminum nose cone. Its nice and my favorite among them.

There was also a model called the "Country 6/Model 6," a low end version of the same breed.

Finally, I'm aware of a "Century 2000" model, which was built on the same frame/mechanics, but which featured an adjustable line aperture. That one was pretty innovative.

I have all of these, and use them from time to time. They probably possess one of the best drag setups of any value priced spin cast reel.
It is a shame, to me, that they disappeared. In my humble opinion, they surpass the reels of today in the same price niche.
 

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