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When curiosity piques...

by James
(Tucson, AZ)

.... you can get crazy ideas. Putting them into action however, that’s another story. Needless to say I put my crazy idea into action. My Suntech Kurenai HM63R tip broke. Thankfully it was just the #1 section but still a break is a break. But then I though, “what if I just use it without the #1 section? I’m still not going to use line stronger that 2lb test as my leader so it should be fine.” And it did work fine. Casting was fine and felt almost the same. I haven’t experienced a time when I need the extra reach of the #1 section. All in all I still use it and the rod and DIY lillian have held up. I’ll most likely replace it in the near future, but it’s always fun to experiment. Let me know your thoughts or if you would or have done this on your rod.

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Jul 10, 2019
by: Les Albjerg

James - I wouldn't do it. These rods are well engineered. I have broken a section 2 on a rod, and Chris had me a replacement in no time. The number 2 section that you now have a Lillian on, is often deemed the weakest link in a rod. You may weaken other sections of your expensive rod, and if you get into a nice fish, who knows what will happen. Another great reason to have more than one rod.

Jul 10, 2019
One of my concerns
by: James

Les, thank you for sharing that. I am planning on ordering a replacement section soon. I have no intention of using it further in its current state as I do understand this puts the rod at risk. Thank you for your advice. Any other rods you recommend that are similarly light as the kurenais but slightly shorter and possibly a higher tippet rating. Thanks!

Jul 10, 2019
Fine Power
by: Les Albjerg

I’m beyond impressed with the Suntech Fine Power 56. It is rated from 5x to 10x. It is also a zoom rod that can be fished at 5.2 meters as well as 5.6. If I was told I could only have one rod. This would be the one.

Jul 11, 2019
by: James

Les, thank you for your rod suggestion. The Fine power looks and sounds to be a wonderful rod. I’ll put it in my top contenders for a second rod.

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