The Zodias and Engetsu will dump all the 20# braid off the spool on cast with 4 inch Dinger or 4 1/4 Stick-O sitting down in a kayak. This is now my go to 4 inch stickbait rig out of the kayak. It can't skip but I don't fish docks out of the kayak. It just pond hops.
The Volkey UL is awesome with UL bass baits like a 1/32 slider style head such as the BPS enticer and a small plastic like the BPS Hellgramite. It's a 3 inch bait but is very thin and has no salt impregnation so it is pretty light for a 3 inch bass bait. The Volkey will load and cast the bait beautifully and still have the power to easily drive the hook home and get a fish away from cover. I'm not 100% sold on this Ray's spool. It does well enough now with UL baits since I fixed the inductor and changed the magnets in the SS SV to a stronger set from an IS73. It casts about as far as I can cast the same bait on UL spinning tackle. Accuracy is good too. I wouldn't mind trying another Ray's spool and leaving the inductor alone or maybe a roro spool.
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How are the aftermarket spools compared to the stock spool?
Original spool arrived with broken inductor. But I made it BFS castable with HLC spring => fixed inductor in BFS. It is spooled only to half spool (to reduce starting inertia). It needs to a little of magforce and in addition to that to thumb brake. And with half a spool of line ergonomics for very controllable thumb brake is actually very good. I actually like to use this spool because I like to use thumb brake. This is my first BFS spool which is really good to be thumb braked…
Roro is lightest of these spools and therefore it starts most easily. But difference in how light actually is castable is small. With Roro it’s naturally to cast a little higher arcs than with K.T.F. I don’t understand why it’s that. In Roro is really low line capacity. I’m going to switch very thin braid to this spool and to use it for bottom jigging.
K.T.F. Is really nice piece of engineering. And feel of that really good craftmanship can be felt also when using this spool. I can’t explain, but it somehow feels really refined also during cast. It is ‘much’ heavier than Roro, but still it casts practically as light as Roro. And have to say that this is the first one sv Magforce spool that I have really liked (Original spool is now with fixed inductor). I still haven’t tested K.T.F. spool with longer and stronger Teton rod, but I think it will really shine on longer casts.
With Roro and K.T.F. properly adjusted Magforce works better than thumb in BFS.
My greatest wish is for me to “be OK” with mixing ABU/Daiwa/Shimano reels and rods - it would make my life easier and my wallet thicker...