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Old 02-01-2012, 20:23
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Default Gimmicks that aren't

Three fishing related things that I've heard suggested are gimmicks that I firmly believe aren't.
1) Oval blanks (Aerocast).
2) Tri-Drag (front, rear and fightin').
3) Cralusso floats (expensive but worth it).

What have you encountered that was reported to be a gimmicky that you've found to be very good?
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Old 02-01-2012, 21:09
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Have you used cralusso rocket or the zero slider Sam?
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I often thought about having oval blanks, as long ago as 1970, during the glass period.

The whole idea of course is to create a preferred plane of bending across the X-X axis and a stiff action across the Y-Y axis. I would certainly like to try out one of these rods to see if the idea stands up in practice.

The "Fightin' Drag" concept is an excellent idea and I'm surprised that more reels don't incorporate it. To incorporate a further front drag adjustment seems a bit over the top, but I will reserve judgement until I can handle one of these reels.
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What is the benefit of the Cralusso floats? Looking at the website doesn`t really explain much about them.

And while we`re at it, what`s a fighting drag?
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Have you used cralusso rocket or the zero slider Sam?
Bolo, Pellet, Rocket, Golf, Spirit, Capri, Sting and Light Rocket but not the Zero Slider.

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What is the benefit of the Cralusso floats? Looking at the website doesn`t really explain much about them.:
Depends on the pattern in question. The likes of the Bolo and Surf are excellent in running water. They don't come back to the inside in the same way a standard float does.

The Rockets cast well, seemingly due to that strange slide bar arrangement.

Most of the waggler type floats are individually adjustable and both pole floats and wagglers have various permutations of tip for different sensitivities.

Bodies (the blue lumpy bits) are made of polyurathane and are all but indestructable. They don't take on water at all.

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And while we`re at it, what`s a fighting drag?
Fightin' drag is an extra adjustment on Shimano rear drag reels. Usually visible as a fin just in front of the normal rear drag knob. It's nothing new for Shimano but adding a front drag to a reel with rear and Fightin' drag is and is only found on one reel model. Sounds like overkill but it's a fantastic reel, even if most folks have ignored them completely.
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What is the benefit of the Cralusso floats? Looking at the website doesn`t really explain much about them.

And while we`re at it, what`s a fighting drag?
The fighting drag is an easy and quick way to adjust your drag tension by a lever as you’re playing a fish.
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Three things I thought were gimmicks that turned out to be boons.

Optonic bite alarms
PVA
Slack-line fishing

And that's about it. Or does this date me?
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The fighting drag is an easy and quick way to adjust your drag tension by a lever as you’re playing a fish.
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Well that`s a much less complicated explanation than the one in Sam`s link . That left me a little bemused but at that price I don`t need to worry atm.

Cheers Sam and Jerry.

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Well that`s a much less complicated explanation than the one in Sam`s link . That left me a little bemused but at that price I don`t need to worry atm.

Cheers Sam and Jerry.

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The link isn't explaining Fightin' drag. It's about that singular type of reel which is the only one with Tri-Drag.
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The link isn't explaining Fightin' drag. It's about that singular type of reel which is the only one with Tri-Drag.
There`s a bit in the second paragraph talking about the Shimano explanation video. That`s what I was referring to Sam.
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