A few afternoons ago I took advantage of the nice early spring weather. I wanted to test out my newly built Superfine Touch 663-4 at my local favorite secret bream pond. Man, what a sweet little rod that is! The wind gusted periodically so it was difficult to test out the accuracy but from what I could tell, it's almost exactly like my old Superfine One Ounce 662-2, just better. It's full bending and crisp and roll casts amazingly.. It's going to make an awesome small creek warmwater rod as well as a perfect brookie. I was using a SA Supra DT3 line on it and I couldn't imagine a better line for it. It's not a rod that I'll fish all the time since I'm so enamored with my 802 (see below) but I'll look forward to creating occasions that are meant to fish this rod.
went back to my car and got my SFT 802 out to throw for a little while
longer. Man, what a sweet rod that is! I caught a nice little bass and
bluegill. Check out the hole near the front of the dorsal fin on that
'gill. I thought it was a bullet hole but after talking with the MDC biologist who looks after the area he said he's seen that before and it was caused by a heron or some other predator. The hole is fully healed and I imagine that it will cover over
completely in time.
I hooked into something huge. After the initial head shake it dove and I
put pressure on it with the butt section and then I heard a loud SNAP!!
and noticed the male ferrule on the butt section broke. The tip also
broke as a secondary result (I assume).
I'm really bummed to say the least, and I lost the fish.
sure the fault is mine since I stupidly put the wrench on that fish
(I'm still not sure what it was - maybe a bass or a catfish) and not the
quality of the blank.
I' shortened the tip section by about 1.5" and will use it as is and will order a replacement butt section and will rebuild it as soon as possible. I can't be without my favorite rod!
Lesson learned: use the whole rod when fighting a big fish, not just the butt section.