Testing Out a Major Craft Finetail Banshee FBA-602L

I’ve never been one to care about matching rods to reels when it comes to colors, but when I saw the Finetail Banshee…I couldn’t resist! When I ran across the rod on Digitaka’s website I thought WOW, “that rod would pair up perfectly with my Daiwa Presso LTD 1025 spinning reel.” So I pulled the trigger.

I have been wanting to try a rod with Fuji Titanium Guides and Torzite inserts. CHECK

I wanted to try a Fuji TVS reel seat. CHECK

So I took the rod out this morning and was pleased with its action and power rating. With a flick of the wrist I can cast a 2.2 gram jig a LONG ways. And as you can see…they pair up nicely with each other!

Three Reels I’m Anxious to Try in 2021…

As the temperature begins to warm and the days get longer, I’m anxious to start fishing. It won’t be much longer.

On the Left is the 2020 Shimano Vanford 1000F which I have shown on a couple of previous posts.

In the Middle is the 2017 Daiwa Presso LTD 1025 which I have also shown on a previous post or two.

And on the Right is the 2017 Shimano Soare Ci4+ 500S which I purchased for a couple of ultralight rods I have. Namely the Majorcraft Finetail Works Tune Area Spec FTA-582UL and the Majorcraft Finetail FTX-46/505UL Multi-piece Switch Style rod.

If things stay on track…we’ll be fishing really soon

My, How Far We’ve Come…

I was sitting here at my desk looking at the Daiwa Presso LTD 1025 spinning reel and glanced over at my display case full of vintage reels.

The Bache Brown MasterReel #2 caught my eye so I pulled it out. It truly feels like a “coffee grinder” and weighs a ton, and it has a cork spool hub too. I’m sure it was state-of-the-art back in its day. But there is no comparison to the Presso LTD. The Daiwa feels like you’re “reeling air” because its so smooth and has bearings exactly where you need them.

I’m typing away while listening to Aphex Twin- “Lichen” Extended. If you ever listen to this artist…you’ll have no choice but to be immersed in reflection and contemplation! And it suits my mood today as I clean fishing gear and tackle, re-spool a few reels and check that everything is in order and ready to go.

And I wonder what the original owner of this Bache Brown #2 was thinking. Was he as enamored with his new reel as I am with my new Daiwa Presso LTD? I’d bet even money that he was…