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    Sticky: Some observations: The Chinese and Japanese...

    Some observations:

    The Chinese and Japanese Luvias FC LT2000S have the same set of barcodes. That makes sense, because they were both made for JDM.

    The Chinese and Japanese Luvias FC LT2000S...
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    Sticky: Also according to Jun Sonoda of JapanTackle. I...

    Also according to Jun Sonoda of JapanTackle.

    I don't really think Daiwa's sales of Luvias will be affected that much. It's still a great little reel for $250, even if it is made in China. Being...
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    Sticky: Same here; this is the first time I inquired...

    Same here; this is the first time I inquired about the product received. To be clear, there seems to be absolutely nothing wrong with the reel with the exception of the origin.

    They also have...
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    Sticky: Here what I think is a very kind reply from Asian...

    Here what I think is a very kind reply from Asian Portal:

    "Thank you for always supporting AsianPortal Fishing.We please accept our sincere apologies for country of manufacture of Daiwa luvias.
    ...
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    Sticky: They (Digitaka) now have image with the relevant...

    They (Digitaka) now have image with the relevant statement in the description of every Luvias model they carry.
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    Sticky: No, price is not the reason. I bought from them...

    No, price is not the reason. I bought from them just a couple of weeks ago and it was the same price and made in Japan. I am very unpleasantly surprised myself.

    Interestingly, Digitaka apparently...
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    Sticky: WARNING: Daiwa has (partly) moved production of...

    WARNING: Daiwa has (partly) moved production of Luvias to China. The latest reel I received from Asian Portal was made in China. The previous reel I received from them was of Japanese origin. I do...
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    Sticky: Great info, thanks. I've been wondering about SS...

    Great info, thanks. I've been wondering about SS spool for 2000 and 2500 Luvias FC LT.
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    Sticky: Never used that one, but it sounds similar to...

    Never used that one, but it sounds similar to Gekkabijin Tsuki No Hibiki. Would be curious to read about your opinion on it.
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    Sticky: Okay, thanks. Seems like this is not uncommon. I...

    Okay, thanks. Seems like this is not uncommon. I tried Shimano, old and new, and t is the same, so either a minor design flaw or it is the design. I am looking forward to testing this rod on the...
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    Sticky: Thanks, Luvias FC LT2000S does balance it very...

    Thanks, Luvias FC LT2000S does balance it very well, but I have never seen such a small first guide. Luvias' spool looks monstrous compared to it. I wish I had a couple of Presso Limited reels in my...
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    Sticky: I do not have any good means to measure the...

    I do not have any good means to measure the actual diameter, but when I compare 2 lbs Nanobraid with #0.15 JDM PE that has breaking strength of 3 lbs side by side the JDM line is far thinner to a...
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    Sticky: Which reel do you pair with your Rockin' Finesse?...

    Which reel do you pair with your Rockin' Finesse? I find that even Luvias FC LT2000S dwarfs that rod, and the first guide looks hilarious with this Daiwa's 42 mm spool. I keep thinking about Soare...
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    Sticky: I couldn't break 2 lbs Nanobraid at 8 lbs. I...

    I couldn't break 2 lbs Nanobraid at 8 lbs. I agree, it is way too supple. If you look at 3 lbs JDM PE lines, they are much thinner and more round than Nanobraid, and are also priced very...
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    Sticky: Congrats! You should know though, that this is a...

    Congrats! You should know though, that this is a slippery slope – I am up five JDM rods since late February and have been painstakingly contemplating the next one. Taking too much time only because...
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    Sticky: I don't think magseal needs any service, but I am...

    I don't think magseal needs any service, but I am certainly not an expert. Either reel will be great, in my opinion. I really like both the Soare and the Luvias, but I have the Luvias on almost all...
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    Sticky: I am in the same boat every time I want to buy a...

    I am in the same boat every time I want to buy a new JDM rod. Not being able to hold one in hand and not having the opportunity to return always give me a pause. I only have a few JDM rods so I...
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    Sticky: I have not hooked anything substantial on the 67,...

    I have not hooked anything substantial on the 67, but I doubt it will break unless mishandled. As Alphahawk mentioned several times, these rods don't really break on fish, they break when mishandled....
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    Sticky: In an effort to help out, there is three Luvias...

    In an effort to help out, there is three Luvias FC LT2000S in stock at Asian Portal:

    Daiwa 20 Luvias FC LT2000S - Asian Portal Fishing - Japan Brand Fishing Tackle
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    I echo Alphahawk's comments here – 24 ton blanks...

    I echo Alphahawk's comments here – 24 ton blanks are probably more durable than the higher tonnage blanks. Some of the strongest blanks are made of Toray's T1100G, which is "only" 33 ton, compared to...
  21. I've been curious about Kage model series of rods...

    I've been curious about Kage model series of rods and reels for some time, so much so that I own two Kage bass rods, including a monster XH swimbait model rated to 11 oz. They have not seen much use,...
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    Sticky: If you are not too attached to getting a deal,...

    If you are not too attached to getting a deal, which does not seem to be easy with Yamaga Blanks, you can take a look at North One Tackles out of Japan for 610 TZ JH Special:

    YAMAGA Blanks Blue...
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    Sticky: I have the 67 TZ Nano and it is waiting for the...

    I have the 67 TZ Nano and it is waiting for the next trout season to begin around here. The bending curves on the Yamaga Blanks' website do a pretty good job at indicating the action of rods relative...
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    Sticky: The Soare Ci4+ will be lighter than the Stradic...

    The Soare Ci4+ will be lighter than the Stradic and will have better drag for ultralight applications (bearing-supported spool shaft). The Stradic will have better gearing (micromodule), though for...
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    Sticky: If you're interested in Daiwa Presso AGS, I would...

    If you're interested in Daiwa Presso AGS, I would look at PLAT. They've brought back two models discounted at 50% off; they will charge you an arm and a leg for shipping and handling, but it will...
  26. Thread: Jigs under a float

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    I'm with death-before-disco here. I tried to use...

    I'm with death-before-disco here. I tried to use various float-based rigs for trout and disliked it very much. No more. Even now, fishing for mackerel at the bay, won't use the float-like caro rig –...
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    Sticky: If anyone is interested, Asian Portal has three...

    If anyone is interested, Asian Portal has three Luvias FC LT 2000S left in stock, as of now.

    had a chance to test out the drag on FC LT and am very impressed – got spooled by something quite big...
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    Sticky: Thanks for your thoughts on the subject,...

    Thanks for your thoughts on the subject, Alphahawk. A somewhat related question: why is it that Shimano and Daiwa rods can be often find on eBay for less than MSRP? The situation is often opposite...
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    Sticky: Alphahawk, Did you ever consider high end...

    Alphahawk,

    Did you ever consider high end models from the two biggest manufacturers, Daiwa and Shimano? Gekkabijin EX AGS and Soare Xtune seem to get rave reviews and specs appear to be up to par....
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    Sticky: I'd also be curious to hear how you like your...

    I'd also be curious to hear how you like your Soare 500S. I have C2000SSPG and I was thinking about 500S for Rockin' Finesse with a 1 lb ester. Torn between the Soare and the Luvias...
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