I believe this will go on the nine ft TICA rod that currently has the fin nor reel on it. The fin nor reel will likely move to the 8' fin nor rod (a true fin nor combo). I have some stuff I could sell (like that penn baitcasting reel), but I'll just hold on to it all. Stuff is good to hang on to.
With all due respect to Bob D'Amico, no one with anything inside their head reads a review of a reel that involves only taking the reel apart and bases their opinion of the reel on that review. With regards to whether the reel is "waterproof" or not, seems like a decent review. However, what kind of a review does not include using the product? I don't want to read a review of a reel, rod, etc. until someone has used the product.
When the TICA rods came out everyone said they were so wonderful. Then people started using them and had problems with the guides breaking. Suddenly, the TICAs had some reliability/quality issues.
That said, I have heard of people having problems with the Nautils. There is a reason they are being discontinued (or so I heard). They are not a $160 reel. However, I just paid $54 for it. Having used SandCrab's reel, if I get two or three good years (that's only about 20 fishing trips for me) out of it, I'm happy.
2. Yes - they are waterproof (not as good as a VS though)
3. No - the reel I have is the 4:6 to 1 (SLOW) retrieve to make those Rebels come in R-E-A-L S-L-O-W for the IRI bass. They like a slower retieve. Also, the slower retrieve means more power (faster retrieve=less torque).
4. The reels do have problems and if I get a couple of hard, jetty-fished years out of it, I will be happy. No other reel except the VS can handle saltwater spray night after night on the jetty.
5. That was the first spinning reel that I have purchased since 1986 and will probably be my last...conventional is the way to go!
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