Newell 332-5 vs Penn Custom 99 width Jigmaster

Comparing the Newell 332-5 to a custom Penn 99 width Jigmaster.  Background information for the comparison: Custom Penn 99 Jigmaster has been upgraded with all Stainless Steel internals and has Bryan Young 5+1 drag stack.   They both have SS on the inside, Newell spools and Tiburon frames.  Gears on the Penn are 4:1 vs…

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Custom Penn Narrow 4/0

  Fit and finish are getting better and better.  Component are getting stronger and more corrosion resistant.  Handle is from Motive Fabrication Knob options: Large Round knob from Pro Challenger and the large knob on the right is Alantani.com 6/0 knob.  He has several sizes.  Both are bullet proof and fit comfortably in my hand. Pro…

Newell NL 540 5.5 Fishing Reel

This reel was found on Ebay this month for $64.99 delivered.  Appears to be in new condition on the inside and 80% of the outside.  Knob, Eccentric Lever Knob and Side Plate shows signs of BBQ gone bad. So from this day on it will be called the Smore!  First,  tear every thing down and…

A walk and a stream

60 minute drive on a Friday afternoon and I was wading in a gin clear stream making casts to shadows.  Armed with a 3 weight and a small selection of dry’s and dropper nymphs I started the game. It was not long before the colorful willing met the hook and sprang into action.  Today they…

Custom fishing reel knobs

  Custom acrylic knobs from Striper Lou on Alantani.com.   Incredible effort and time went into these works of art.  The round feels right for a Jigmaster or Squidder sized reels.  A little grease on the shaft and two 1/8 Alan wrenches and you are good.  Look for more colors and shapes soon.  Here is…