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fredaevans 05-09-2013 05:09 PM

Fred, how dumb can you get?
 
New custom build Skagit head from Steve Godshall this AM to go on the 'new' reel, 'new' rod (Sage 8136-4) and have to build-string together for a sink tip system. Started to put the whole thing together and found the date on the 25# Maxima butt section leader material was 12 (at least) years old.

Ah **** another trip to the store. :starwars: 2.5 dollars in Petrol to buy 2.5 dollars worth of leader material. Will schedule in a trip to Wally's World as I need more TV freezer dinners and frozen veggies to top off.

sweetandsalt 05-09-2013 05:49 PM

Re: Fred, how dumb can you get?
 
Since you are going to replace it anyway (even though 12 yr. old .023 mono might still be OK if kept in a drawer), try RIO Hard Alloy Mono instead. Maxima is very old school and also very old tech.

RIO Alloy Hard Saltwater Mono Tippet - Saltwater Tippets | RIO

oarfish 05-09-2013 08:03 PM

Re: Fred, how dumb can you get?
 
Fred just one trip back to the store is not bad, your still good to go.

Rick

---------- Post added at 08:03 PM ---------- Previous post was at 07:50 PM ----------

Quote:

Originally Posted by sweetandsalt (Post 554387)
Since you are going to replace it anyway (even though 12 yr. old .023 mono might still be OK if kept in a drawer), try RIO Hard Alloy Mono instead. Maxima is very old school and also very old tech.

RIO Alloy Hard Saltwater Mono Tippet - Saltwater Tippets | RIO

Just for information and not to be rude in anyway, what makes Maxima old school and tech? Thanks for your time.

Rick

fredaevans 05-09-2013 11:23 PM

Re: Fred, how dumb can you get?
 
Actually Rick, Maxima is very good stuff, be it main line or leader. But all of this stuff (brand being beside the point) has a "shelf life" for a lack of a better term. Heat/sunlight will degrade all of them at some point.

Anyway, off to 'Big R' tomorrow to get new material and get these sink tips loaded up with butt sections. All will have 10# Maxima off the end of that. Spring King Fishing .... here I come!:thumbsupu

Gear Guys will use much heavier material, but with a fly rod you have to scale it down to something practical. Used to use 9 and 10 weight rods, but far too much 'stick' for me at this point. But loved to use that Meiser 16' 10 weight; you could cast a concrete block with that Puppy. Now I just look at it ........

Liphookedau 05-10-2013 05:51 AM

Re: Fred, how dumb can you get?
 
You are Correct Maxima is Good Stuff I really liked Their Tapered Leaders.
I also have heaps Old Diawa Streamline which looks identical & it's still OK as I've had it for 10-15 Years & kept it out of The Light however I've gone over To Fluoro.
For Small Dries in The Local Rivers when I get around to Fishing Them I Use Frogs Hair..
Brian.

random user 05-10-2013 10:52 AM

Re: Fred, how dumb can you get?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by oarfish (Post 554430)
... what makes Maxima old school and tech?

Was thinking the same thing.

The hammer and the ax are both "old school" and just as effective today as they were +10,000 years ago.

The stuff works and still works well, even after all these years. Chameleon leaders with chameleon tippet for streamers and green tippet for everything else. (It isn't the easiest stuff to find these days though.)

It all comes down to what you want you leader/tippet to do and what your preferences are.


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