Monday, June 28, 2010

Shimano Yumeya Stella Sensitive Drag Knob - SW 8000

Customized Design from Yumeya, the specialised department of Shimano Japan created this extra sensitive drag knob for the Stella Spinning reel.

Size is SW8000 HG and/or PG

After experiencing drag spike during prolonged fights I learned that it is definitely an advantage for me to have this upgrade.  Can't live without it now.  Please don't let your drag build up disadvantage you whilst fighting the fish of your lifetime!


Valley Hill Japan -Trucker Hat (RED) + (BLUE) 2010 Style

Another nice pick up from Salty Water Tackle is this Valley Hill Trucker Hat. 
After a few months the blue one has become my favorite hat.  I even took it to Cod Jigging!  Great fit and Style.

SMITH Ltd. Japan "Clip on Reel" - Lanyard for Name Card (RED)

Been wanting to post this one up. It's not super terminal tackle but it's kind of nice to have these 'lil guys. Especially for work or name card stylin' !!

This ones from SMITH Ltd, Japan. The clip is quite nice. A silver font across the front says it all. The clip also rotates while attached to your clothing.  SMITH is one of the best rod/lure makers from Japan. They are mostly freshwater bass enthusiast but aim to please mother nature. Kamiuma, Setagayaku, Tokyo!

Check out:

60 CM reach with this one guys =)

Monday, June 7, 2010

Studio Ocean Mark Drag System Rebuild - Better than Shimano Stella drag system

Studio Ocean Mark has an interesting drag system.  There might be an advantage for single stack drag performance over the original stock Shimano drag system.

Anyhow, I have taken the time to clean and re-lube the spool and its clicker system.
I found that the spool indeed does have some impressive re-engineering to it.  Also there exist 2 ball bearings in the drag stack.  One is in the bottom of the stack (fit into the body of the spool) and the other sits atop a metal drag washer that is milled out to reduce weight and functions as a stabilizer so the spool and drag spin smoothly in-line on the reel's main shaft.

Lube: Cal's Drag Grease (metal and carbon weaved drag washers) and Reel-X (bearings).

Here is the drag stack layout.  Studio Ocean Mark uses Carbon fiber weave drag washers.  The weaves are small and tight.  The fiber washers and stack comes un-lubed.
Notice there is another metal (thinner than the rest) drag washer still in the spool bottom.  I didn't discover it was still stuck down there until later.  Anyhow, notice the bearing on the left and an embedded bearing on the third washer from the right.
The last "washer" is metal with a rubber ring sandwiched between a top and bottom layout.  This is another way to waterproof the drag stack. Nice to have since there is already a rubber ring on the drag knob.
A close up of the 2nd bearing located 3rd "washer" from the top of the stack.  Notice the embedded bearing as I have flipped the washer upside down and it reveals the milled out metal washer with the bearing in it.
Very nice design.
 On to the 2nd half of the drag stack system of Studio Ocean Mark.  There is 3 phillips head screws that mount the aluminum heat dispenser ring that is in contact with the spools main body.

Taken apart and cleaned, this is a nice piece of hardware I've never seen before on a fishing reel.  Kind of reminds me of the metal piece on a northbridge chip located on your computers motherboard.  Made to attach to the main source of heat.  Made to dispense heat through the bottom of the spool.
Original, and genius.
Located in the bottom stack is another metal washer and a hidden drag clicker.  This system reminds me of the Shimano Stella FA system or the Daiwa Dogfight clicker.
Notice the milled section of the spool where the "Northbridge" ring attaches to.  There is gap and metal contact to take the heat away from the spool.

The underside of the northbridge ring is shown to have the ridged clicker system.  This piece is quite well made.
Anyhow, remember how I noted earlier that I missed that last (thinner) metal washer in the bottom of the stack?  here it is on as the 1st washer from the left of the stack.

Northbridge ring back in place, screws with (red) locktite back in, and the spool is ready to go.

Presto!  Clean, lubed, and back to action! 

Friday, June 4, 2010

Daiwa Saltist Drag & Anti Reverse Bearing Rebuild - 4500H Spinning Reel

Pictures only.  Reference guide for taking the anti-reverse bearing out of the body of a Daiwa Saltist 4500H spinning reel.

Last picture is the drag stack order for reference.


Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Studio Ocean Mark 16000sw No Limits Handle & Knob DT (gold)

I decided to rename this reel my: OZ-Fighter - Power Gear (PG) 8000

Finally I got this handle as a gift and it is superbly made.  I can tell from the craftsmanship, it was totally worth the yen it commands.
I decided to order from Saltywater Tackle in Brooklyn, New York.  They had the item in stock and I wanted to support the friendly guys there.  Paul and Sami have always been stand up guys and I know they are experienced fisherman and know their gear.

This was a perfect match for my DT colour spool.  The scheme works out beautifully.  Actually I am missing the cap and I already know where that will be coming from. 
I hope you enjoy the pictures. 

Shimano Stella 8000 SW PG Studio Ocean Mark No Limits 16000 Spool & Handle DT color which is gold.

I also got the chance to pick up a 230gram FCL Labo jig in pink.  This jig was famed for many years now as the creator is a angler from Japan that has a great storyline.  He will come from Japan in a few weeks and I will hopefully get a chance to fish at his side.  FCL Labo jigs are famous in USA.
The Varivas grey PE knot cord is 200lb rating at around 10 feet.  Just enough for "on-trip" emergencies.  I have a few 13/0 sized Jigging Master hooks made already.  I didn't give up on them already.  Hot's split ring and FCL labo jigs come from Kilsong's Jigging World and the SOM handle and Varivas PR knot comes via Saltywater Tackle.  Cheers.