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  1. Cabelas made some decent stuff on their in house brand before the merger. I have a few of the xml steelhead rods that in my hands beat my loomis and croix hands down. Even a lower end tourney trail thats seen hundreds of septmeber chinnies over the last 15+ yrs and still feels like the best spoon chucker I've owned. I still have a pair of their breathables as a backup to my backups that I only takeon my worst rocksliding, bushwhacking missions and cant kill them. Wading jackets too. Their last few reels like the arachnid were better versions of high end daiwas and are still great if you could find. Their stuff was always hit or miss depending on who was contracted to build it but was sad to see it go as BPS was always junk in my eyes
  2. Fished the pool today. First time this season. Water was surprisingly decent and fishable until mid afternoon when for no reason it was in trees and I got washed out. Parking is 2.50 per hr or 15.
  3. Take it you just customized a black/gold rapala. Looks awesome. I do it often to my hardbaits too. Also like the spiral wrap rod you're running
  4. Not familiar with sutton spoons but ya smaller williams wabblers are cerainly the most deadly steelhead spoon in my box. Used with almost no retrieve, just angles and a tout line in the current they can be absolute deadly. Larger ones you would run for chinnies are much heavier though and would not require any additional weighting in my opinion even for pier chucking. I've doctored lots of larger williams with glow witch doctor tape on one side of their ridge for night fishing with sucess also.
  5. Use flutter or trolling spoons all the time. They work the drifts on Niagara way better than cast and crank style casting spoons for me. For weight I've tried it all and most methods are going to ruin the action. For starters keep a heavier treble on where as heavier spoons I prefer to swap over to a siwash style hook. Then if extra weight is needed you can use the Storm Suspend Strips. These are patches of lead that are designed to sink floating crankbaits so they suspend. They can be trimmed, removed, replaced on the same lure wet, painted. A few centered down the middle back of spoon should do the trick with the least intrusion on the spoons natural action. 8$ or so and your set for years. Also good baitcast gear is pretty essential. I find it better than spin gear and low end baitcast just won't cast in this situation. I run a Calcutta TE DC and can launch these effortlessly.
  6. Anyone ever try the daiwa J - braid. See it around and know daiwa often makes a decent product. May try next time I need to replace
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