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  1. I know that area pretty well, good to see fisheries down there wrong time though. They should get down there on a Friday or Saturday night they would have a field day.
  2. Meh

    Cooks river breakwall

    The Cooks has been pretty slow of late. Try blades in the deeper sections. BTW every time I read of people taking fish home from the Cooks I cringe a little. For your own benefit don't do it. With the pesticides and heavy metal levels that ARE present in fish from the Cooks you're asking for trouble.
  3. Meh

    Your waterway

    The Cooks is fishable as of yesterday. Should be good by the weekend.
  4. Corrosion Repair About a year ago I dropped the base of the reel into some wet sand. The sand and salt found its way through the two drainage holes in the rear protector. I had intended to clean this out but it slipped my mind meaning that the salt and sand rattled around i the small cavity and eventually the inevitable happened. The internals of the reel were still in prefect condition no sand or other material has got in, if the corrosion was allowed to continue it would have become a problem. Firstly I extremely lightly ground away the corroded material until the intact magnesium was exposed. I used a diamond bit in a dremel set on the lowest speed. After grinding the affected area and the edges of paint surrounding it was was lightly sanded then cleaned with wax and grease remover. I then coated the sanded area with a high strength 2 part epoxy. Araldite wont cut it. Because the inner bearing surface was affected I could not just coat it with epoxy and let it cure as the bearing would no longer fit, and even if i sanded it back it would be impossible to get perfect and the alignment would be thrown out. The solution I came up with was to use a drill bit as a reverse mold/alignment tool of sorts. Drill bits are made to precise tolerances and once the epoxy has cured around it a perfect surface will be left behind. The bearings on either end of the worm shaft are 6mm so I used a 6mm drill bit. To prevent the epoxy permanently attaching the drill bit to the body it needed to be coated with something to stop it sticking. I used some mold release and then dipped it in PVA. This is how boat builders prevent fiberglass sticking to their molds. You must let the PVA dry first. I was a little worried this method would increase the diameter of the drill bit enough to result in a poor fit, this was not the case it was a perfect fit. The drill bit used was a new 6mm Sutton. The shank (smooth part) was just long enough to reach between the upper and lower bearing housings to allow perfect alignment between the two. After the epoxy had cured I gently twisted the drill to break it free and slid it out. I then cleaned out the hole to remove any mold release. Sanded back the epoxy flush with the original surface with a flat jewelers file and 400 sand paper then thoroughly cleaned the entire body. Then it was ready for re-assembly. Wrong side, but you get the point.
  5. IMG][/img] The body is complete, you may want to check the rotor assembly I didnt feel the need, I did clean and re oil the line roller bearings and carriers. This photo is not the correct order, check the Schematic. Finished
  6. I grease the threads on all external screws. I also greased under the rear protector to help prevent corrosion occurring again. The old rear protector was a little scratched so I ordered a new one (same as 2500 Size)
  7. Push out the worm shaft then take out the idle gear, not a complete photo but its fairly obvious once you start. Ok, now comes the time to put it all back together. The assembly will mostly be photos as it is essentially the reverse of what has just been explained. Start by cleaning all parts (bearings, gears etc.) thoroughly with Carburetor cleaner if you don't have this you could use another suitable solvent. An ultrasonic cleaner would be even better. Using some heavy non water soluble grease to coat the inside of the reel. I used Cals drag grease Oil all bearings before re-assembly. I used Shimano oil with a few drops of hot sauce oil. I didn't use hot sauce straight because although it is suited for spool bearings on bait casters IMO it is too thin for this application. I used hot sauce grease on all gears.
  8. Take out the rear protector collar and screw. Undo the oscillating slider, slide off the lower pinion gear bearing. Take off the oscillating pawl cover and take out the pawl assembly. (I didn't get a photo of the full assembly. Check the schematic) Take off the worm screw retainer (be careful there is a tiny washer under it.) Slide out the two oscillating guides. About a year ago i dropped the base of the reel in some wet sand and some corrosion has started. (I will show the repair at the end of the post.) Slide out the main shaft. All parts are not shown. Should look like this.
  9. Remove the body flange seal to access the rear protector screw. Remove the rear protector and shield. Undo the side plate screws and take off the side plate. Note the side plate seal. Take out the drive gear. Note the location of the washer.
  10. Very carefully remove the roller clutch assembly, there are 6 tiny springs and a washer that you really don't want to lose . Undo the bearing retainer screws and take off the retainer. Remove the Anti reverse spring and guide. Be careful with this it will shoot out and believe me you wont find it. Slide out the pinion gear and bearing. Take off the friction ring and remove the friction ring spacer to access the side plate screws.
  11. After owning this reel for a little over a year I decided it was time for a service. So here goes... Note: the 2000 size Stella shares the same body as the 2500 so all parts in the reel besides the rotor are available from Shimano Australia. Shimano didn't tell me this but were otherwise very helpful and the parts I ordered showed up very quickly. Tools I used. First remove the spool to expose the spool bearing assembly. To get the assembly off remove the the spool washers and then wind out the small grub screw. I didn't have the correct size allen key handy so i used a pair of fine tweezers to wind it out. Remove the rotor nut lock plate. Undo the rotor nut remembering that it is a REVERSE THREAD to undo it you must turn it in a clockwise direction. This is best done with a socket, you can do it with a small shifter provided you are careful. You can now remove the rotor assembly. Next remove the roller clutch waterproof retainer and spool support. Be careful with the seal and spacer. Stl 2000 FE (Japanese) Schematic.pdf Stl 2500 FE (English) Schematic.pdf
  12. Went for a fish with Swordfisherman who kindly offered me a spot on his boat. Started off very cold by the time we got to the first spot my hands weren't working. Started off a bit slow so we moved to another spot. First cast at the new spot and Stewy though he was snagged, until big headshakes zzzzzz then pylon. Must have been a sizeable fish, Stewy was cursing the bust off all day haha. Went on to have a decent session further up river with bream, whiting, flathead, trevalley and Stew even managed a rather fat looking blackfish on a plastic.
  13. Good too see some nice trevors around. I might have to brave the morning cold and give it a crack.
  14. Meh

    Single Hooks

    You may want to have a look at W hooks, they are a decent compromise between a treble and single and you also do away with split rings. I have used them on smaller poppers and hardbodies, I am not sure how they go in heavier gauges though.
  15. I wouldn't want to be connected to anything large with 30kgs of drag, recipe for disaster if you ask me. For example, this guy can barley hold onto the rod and I doubt its anywhere near 30kgs of drag.