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BFS Junkie

by Abe Gaspar
(Canon city, colorado)

I just spent $170.00 on an Avail handle for my Calcutta Conquest BFS 101.

ABE GASPAR
(Recovering fly fisherman)

P.S.
PLEASE don't tell my wife.

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Sep 19, 2020
Caught the Bug!
by: Les Albjerg

Abe - So you have caught the bug! I'm sure it will look really nice! I'm a fellow junkie! I'm sure you will enjoy the handle. The problem is once you start, when do you stop?

I fell for an Abu Garcia 2500c. The seductive fishing of Angler Saito with a 2500c in Japan totally mesmerized me! The BFS bug sent me into a fever! I learned that free isn't always free. I inherited the 2500c from my Dad. I spent more than a new Shimano Calcutta Conquest BFS upgrading it with lots of Avail parts! You can find that build in the history in this blog. The bottom line - the clutch is still slow and there are just lots of things that are better about the new reels.

I have a pure stock Aldebaran and love it! With everything I spent tricking out the 2500c, I could have had a nice round Calcutta too! There is something special about a round reel.

So Abe, curious minds want to know, what rod do you have paired with your reel? We would love to hear some fishing stories along with some pics of the upgrade!


Oct 02, 2020
Hi Les
by: Abe Gaspsr

Sorry I didnt answer your question sooner !
I use several different rods with the conquest, all are my custom creations, both glass a graphite versions. My shortest rod is 5 ', longest is 8 '.
I fish big rivers and reservoirs in my home state of Colorado.


Oct 09, 2020
Hi Abe...
by: AdirondackJim

Would you mind sharing what your 8' rod is? Just starting to experiment with some shorter rods but have some bigger waters where a longer one would be preferable


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