Best 2-Speed for Flylining?

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  1. Muricaman

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    I'll update my question as it seems like there's a good deal of user error on my end. The problem I am having isn't when casting, it's while the bait is running. When I feather the spool with my fingers, it's like the top layers of mono get loosened up and the reel will backlash itself. It seems I have a lot of trouble regulating the speed of the bait to the spool speed, something I have not had a problem with using a star drag reel with spool tension capability. I'm good at retrieving the line evenly. I'm just not sure what I could be doing differently.

    Original question below:


    Hey BD,

    Unfortunately, my Avet JX 6/3 hasn't been great to fly line baits with since it has a tendency to overspin and backlash the mono on itself. I've never had that problem on a Torium or any reel with a spool tension knob.

    Anyway, I'm in the market for a new 2-speed and I'd like your $0.02 on your fly lining experiences and recommendations. Open to most brands, but I'd really like to hear from anyone who's used a Talica II.

    Thanks fam.
     
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  2. AKSalmon

    AKSalmon I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    If you can train your thumb, the extreme free spool of your JX will help you catch more fish because the bait will swim better. If you are careful to wind the line evenly o the spool backlashes are less likely.
     
  3. mcrae

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    Are you selling your JX and if so for how much?
     
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    I have a 12 & 20 Talica. They cast a small bait great. There are no tension knobs on lever drag reels, such as your JX. As stated above "train your thumb", the solution is easy. Practice casting 1/4, 1/2 and 3/4 sliding sinkers at the park. It will payoff the next trip when big fish are just outside of everyone else's casting range LOL
    Go gettum,
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  5. el Toro

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    That JX is one of the better casting reels around. I hate to say it, but the problem is not your reel.
     
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    kenstevens1 I've posted enough I should edit this section

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    Hate to say it but I was told to get clothespins at 99 cent store and put one on tip of my line then practice casting off a park bench. People will stay away from you if you do that. Especially when you wear you fishing boots. Pick up the clothespins on the grass when done please
     
  7. Muricaman

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    The problem I'm having is hard to explain. Casting is fine, but it's when the bait is actually running that my problems start. The mono will just... backlash itself as I use my fingers to regulate the spool speed with the bait. I've just never had that problem with any other reel and I'm not sure what I'm doing wrong.
     
  8. AKSalmon

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    You might try softer mono; lines like Izor are stiff and harder to cast than others.
     
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    I would suggest an Avet JX 6/3
     
  10. scramblerj

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    On my SX and SXJ (I think it's on both) there's actually a mark on the lever drag for 'Bait' in between 'Free' and 'Strike'.... I've never bothered much with it, but I assume it's meant to show a very slight drag increase to prevent the issue (I think) you're talking about.... I'd have to guess that any Avet could be adjusted as such... If I'm mistaken anyone is more than welcome to correct me!

    Hope that helps!
     
  11. Muricaman

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    Thanks for your response, I am aware of the Bait setting on the reel though. I think I'll just master casting the the JX, mag it, and make it my iron reel and use the trinidad for bait. Should work since I won't have to worry about a bait running when winding in the iron!
     
  12. Muricaman

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    I'm really torn whether to sell or not. Based on the replies, seems like there's some user error on my end so I'm gonna practice casting for a few days to see if I can master the reel
     
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    Gear won't buy you skill but time spent practicing can be priceless.
     
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    A fathom 25n, tac12 and or Mak10 will fly line very marginally better just because of the spool being slightly lighter. That being said it's not a huge difference.
     
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    Shorten your topshot, you don't need a lot of wraps of mono on your reel. The spectra will pay out much easier than mono ever will.
     
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    What Greg said... 15 to 25' is plenty.
     
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    Hold your line in your left hand to act as a buffer when the bait makes small kickstart jerks. U can really smooth out the way you feed lone to a bait by practicing which will in turn present your bait more naturally. This will result in better spool control as well as more bites
     
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    My son was complaining about the same thing with a Fathom star drag. It was Izor XXX mono. The line is so limp that it was causing him problems flylining live baits and literally unwinding off the spool even with a little thumb pressure.
     
  19. Muricaman

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    Right! The problem is hard to explain but those who've experienced it know what I'm talking about.
     
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    Love my Talica 8 & 10 they are great live bait reels
     

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