First impressions. Smooth, solid reels but they didn’t spin as freely as I expected by spinning handle and by freespooling. Do they need some Break-in? Do I need to modify, oil, clean, etc?
Brake settings for Braid? fluoro?
Casting dial setting for braid? Flouro?
Using backing for braid on this level reel? How much?
Thanks In advance. I’m excited to try these out on my conquests. Big step up from citicas and old school curados although those did fine for me.
I find that recent JDM reels have way more grease than their USDM counterparts.
If it’s not spinning as freely as expected: is the tension knob tightened too much out of the box? That’ll keep the spool from spinning freely (but it’s not a bad thing, a good-casting reel should have spool tension). If that ain’t it, I’d do an oil & grease.
I’d always add some mono backing before spooling on braid to keep the line from slipping.
Dialing in the reels is not a universal thing and I don’t think anybody will have useful numbers. The right settings will depend on the bait you’re throwing. So do the usual: tighten the tension knob until the bait semi-slowly but steadily free-falls. (Too many anglers omit that step once they get good at baitcasting IMO, thinking a free spool + thumbing will lead to best casting distance. But a spool that is too free produces loose line on the cast, which slaps against the frame and slows down the cast.)
Then start the braking setting somewhere in the middle and adjust it after each cast until the settings are the limit (for me that’s usually when I still need to thumb it just a bit at the end of the cast).
Exact settings depend on the weight of the bait but also on the profile (how compact/wide it is, which produces different air resistance and makes it slow down differently).
1. A drop of oil or two on the spool bearings.
2. Check to see if there is grease on the level wind, add a dab of grease if necessary and turn the handle a few times to more grease into worm gear.
That’s what I’ve been doing for past 5 decades and it’s worked pretty well for me.
Use braid straight using this approach:
-Take spool out, pass line through worm gear and then through the side of the reel before tying to the reel. I use uni-knot first and then 2 half stitches. Works absolutely great.
How should I start by setting those metanium brakes and cast controls?