A small critique of the fathom 30 ld2

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  1. stonefly

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    It's a small thing really and i'm sure an easy hack will resolve the problem.

    A couple of times while fighting fish the reel would cock to one side in relation to the rod.
    After making sure the reel was as tight as it needs to be the problem still happened.

    What appears to be happening is that the reel foot design is optimized for nesting into a reel seat in that it is turned down tip and tail. (not straight and concave the whole way through)

    I fished it with a deckhand style rod so tip and tail were firmly pressed but not in between.
    I plan to lay in a piece of cork tape in the "belly" area underneath and i'm sure this will resolve it just if you buy one (and you should it fished awesome) on a deckhand style rod give it a twist to see if it stays straight or not.
     
  2. Let em eat 74

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    Cork puppy is a necessity for any reel that uses anymore than 25# line on a deckhand rod IMO. I own all the LD2 fathoms and use the corresponding size cork puppy for the rod size so it squeezes both sides for the stability and clamping pressure you speak of. My line up
    15ld2 - 900m = 28mm cork puppy
    25nld2 - 875h = 25mm cork puppy
    40nld2 - 800xh = 28mm cork puppy
    25n Star - 90j = 31mm cork puppy

    I’ve had no issue with any moving around, including the 800xh and 19-20# of drag. Hope this helps.
     
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    agree with Kevin above
     
  4. stonefly

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    I have a cork puppy but as i see the problem it wouldn't help.
    The reel will only cant to the degree that the slop between the reel base, the bolts and the reel clamp will allow it to.
    The holes in the cork puppy would be in the same position as the holes in the provided base.
    the cork puppy spreads out the clamping surface area and provides a much slimmer profile but it wouldn't secure the reel foot any more than the clamp is now.
     
  5. Steve K

    Steve K Hey, I'm gettin' bit...

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    Randy, what grip material do you have on the deckhand rod? I just took a look at my FTH30LD2 and saw the condition you describe. But I’ve mounted both the 30 an 40 on my 850H without this problem. Grip is X-Tube over Cork Tape.
     
  6. stonefly

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    The grip was cork tape and on a relatively small diameter old Truline of unknown model.

    The first thing i did when i got home was to wrap a seine cord "reel seat" on that rod and i'm pretty sure that alone would correct the problem for that rod.
    I think laying a piece of cork tape in on the bottom should correct the problem for any rod i put it on.

    It was pretty odd,
    the reel was on there firmly,
    then it cocked to one side and was still on firmly...just at an angle. :)
     
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    Randy
    I have three different rods with 2 sizes of CP's and all three have a version of FTH or TRQ, which are all the same as far as clamp bolts.

    I did fail to mention I had to cut down the studs and the cylindrical nuts to fit correctly. At the full length, they would go in at an angle and of course not fully compress.

    Apologies for the oversight.
     
  8. stonefly

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    No worries,
    it's just one of those things we read, absorb and file away.
    If someone has the issue in the future hopefully to remember.

    I looked at a number of reels on my bench comparing design of the foot.

    Tld's, Newell and Tiburon all have a straight, concave channel.

    The torium has the turned down tip and tail but not so pronounced as the fthld2 30.
     
  9. fujirose

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    Try a smaller sized Cork Puppy.

    I use nylon spacers rather than cutting the studs. It allows the ability to swap rods and reels while underway on a trip.

    Jim
     
  10. stonefly

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    I don't care for the one i have,
    it's been in a bag of parts i have for years.

    It makes the area under the reel where my hand grips the rod slick with no discernible advantage to counter that.
     

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