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Great Line - Two hours of Fishing

by Les Albjerg
(Caldwell, Idaho)

A line review? You bet! I drew an archery antelope tag and went out scouting yesterday. The scouting was frustrating. A blind on a water hole I thought nobody else knew about, a dry spring, and cattle overwhelming another water hole. Since I was less than 5 miles from a high desert creek that I have always wanted to fish, I headed over the hill. As almost an after thought, I put my bag in back along with the Tenyru Rayz Spectra spinning rod with the 17 Daiwa Gekkabijin EX-1003 mounted on it. It is spooled with Sunline BMS 3 pound Fluorocarbon line. Fishing couldn't be any worse than scouting!

A new creek is always fun. The creek is known for having 6-9 inch native red-band rainbow trout. The red-band strain is famous for being able to tolerate warm water. The water was warm. So here I was in a deep canyon, dark, and full of willows.

The BMS is a line with a "bite marker system." I'm not sure what that really means, but there are several short sections of line of various colors with a clear fluorocarbon section to tie your snap or lure to. I'm color blind, so it is the yellow section that really stands out for me.

I started my session with a couple of different less than 2 gram spoons, and the creek was true to form, and I caught several 8-9 inch rainbows. Most important, I could pick-up my lure and line right away with the cast do to the sighting variegated colors in the line. The sections are short enough that it really works well even on this small of a stream. The water was low and clear, and this line was stealthy. This is the 5th time I have fished this line. It doesn't stretch like nylon. I have also noticed that as all fluorocarbon lines, it is a little more prone to line twisting. I have not found the perfect line, but this is really good stuff.

Now on to the fishing. I had bought a couple of Smith AR-S spinners and 2.6 gram Palms Spinwalkers. I thought I'd change it up a little. There was another good looking pool above the one I had been fishing, so I worked my way up there. I was beating myself up a little for bring the 5 foot 1 inch Spectra instead of the 3 foot nine inch RZ 39LL. All was not perfect with the Willows! Plenty of reties!

However, the first cast with the Spectra RZS51LL had me tied into a monster for this creek! It was a war! The 17 inch brute took me all over the pool! The new Daiwa reel had a workout, and passed its first real test with flying colors. I've never had so much bend in the Spectra and I needed the backbone to keep that fish clear of stuff she was trying to get under to break me off! I can't tell you the number of jumps and runs!

Once she was safely released, I sat down on the bank and reflected on how much joy and satisfaction that battle was. I was refreshed. What a beautiful fish! So much for only 8-9 inch trout! As much as I like fishing a stocked area about 20 minutes from where I live, my other thought was these fish are way more powerful!

I fished pocket water up to the next pool. Two more 16 inchers fell to the Smith AR-S spinner. I was well into a third and he broke me off! Another fish took me into the brush and broke me off. Two lost spinners was worth the price of admission!

On one of the pools, it was so small, I could really see the action. The littler fish would dart out and slam the spoons. The bigger fish would dart out and slam the spinners! Two ten inch trout jumped so high they went over a willow branch. I was able to land them!

A great two hours of fishing. The BMS line made it easy to see the lure and line. I'm glad I had the power of the nano technology of the Tenyru Rayz Spectra.

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Aug 10, 2020
Love the Idaho high desert
by: Kelly Peterson southern Illinois

Didn't know you were a bowhunter. me to, that is my only other vice, extreme ultralight fishing and bowhunting with the stick and string. This upcoming fall will be my 59th bowhunting season. still carry either a longbow or recurve and wood arrows.

Those high desert streams in SW corner of Idaho are awesome to fish. One of my favorites is just east of the Jackpot Hwy in the south hills. Any place that has willows in that country will have had beavers at one time or another and they create some great holes for future fishing.

Always had wanted to hike down into some of those canyons in SW corner to fish them but alas never got around to doing that prior to our moving away in 2006.

Tell me Les, how does that Daiwa reel compare to the Shimao Soare?

Thanks again, always enjoy your stories.

Aug 10, 2020
Gekkabijin EX 1003 vs Soare CI4+ 500S
by: Chris Stewart

I don't think Les has the Soare, so I'll jump in. The Gekkabijin is in a whole other league! It is Daiwa's top of the line reel for Ajing and Mebaru fishing (UL saltwater) - 12 ball bearings, incredibly smooth, with an incredibly smooth drag to go with it. I thought about importing them and decided not enough people would want to spend that much for and ultralight reel (Les got a fabulous deal on his).

Aug 11, 2020
Smooth and Quick
by: Les Albjerg

Kelly - Chris is spot on, but here are a few more details. The 17 Daiwa Gekkabijin EX-1003 is very much a specialty reel. It was designed to handle 1-3 pound test line. It comes in 3 models. The EX-1003 is the standard 1000 size reel. They make one called the 1003 RH that is a 1000 class rotor with a 2000 class body. They also make a 2004C that is a 2000 class rotor on a 1000 size body.

I don't like 500 size reels. The rotors are too small in my opinion. I don't think I would pay retail for a Daiwa Gekkabijin EX-1003. I'm not fishing Ajing in the ocean! My Shimano Cardiff CI4+ 1000SHG is almost as good. So comparing the two, the Daiwa is much smoother. Because it is actually designed for light line, the drag system is second to none! Since the reel is designed for salt water it is tough as nails too. It is also very light at 165 grams.

To me, this is the cream of the crop reel. However it isn't $200.00 better than the Shimano Cardiff CI4+ 1000SHG for freshwater fishing. That said, I'm very fortunate to have an Ajing reel to pair with my two Ajing rods for the ultimate in ultralight spinning.

Aug 20, 2020
No Deja Vue!
by: Les Albjerg

I went up in the high desert yesterday to the creek where I had such an exceptional day. I wanted to explore more water. It was a good day of upstream worm fishing with my fixed line rods. I also wanted to fish my baitcaster compared to my spinning setup. The water had gotten really low. I only caught one nice fish with fixed line. I caught several 6-8 inch fish with my BFS outfit. I am slowing becoming a baitcaster enthusiast. I think it is a more accurate way to cast. I could keep things low and under the willows.

I'm continuing to really like the BMS line. I was able really see the line out to the lure. I really like the built-in "tippet."

Rather than being disappointment in yesterday, I am relishing in the exceptional day I had that this report is based on.

Aug 22, 2020
Re: "Built in tippet"
by: Adam

I have to say having a built in tippet is very attractive. I have missed some good size fish this year where my fluorocarbon leader broke from my nylon line. Wheels are turning now! Good luck in archery season.

Aug 22, 2020
Visible enough
by: Chris Stewart

I tried the BMS 3 lb line on my last trip. I was skeptical, as I had tried an earlier version of the BMS line as a tenkara line years ago (Japanese size 4) and found that it wasn't as visible as I wanted. The difference is in looking down the line as you cast a spinning rod or baitcaster as opposed to looking across the line trying to watch a more nearly vertical tenkara line.

Even in shade I found the BMS 3 lb line to be visible enough. It helped that I was fishing a light colored minnow lure, but still, the line is visible enough in my opinion.

And yes, having clear line to tie the lure to is a big plus.

Aug 23, 2020
Great Day with the BMS line
by: Les Albjerg

Today after my antelope hunt I fished for a couple of hours with the Shimano Soare CI4+ Ajing S408UL-S and the 3 pound BMS line on a High Desert Creek. Since I had a ton of room before driving the 3 miles to the creek to top off a great weekend, I put a spoon with a swivel on attaching it to my antenna and walked the line out all the way. I then put bit of pressure on as I rewound, no issues with line twist at all today. One other little trick I have learned with the BMS line is to leave a tag of the yellow part of the line before tying (or retying) the snap or swivel on. It makes it so much easier to see the line! Just make sure you finish the knot with only clear line! Oh, I caught several nice 6-8 inch red-band rainbows. I enjoyed the canyon, but not the smoke from the California fires!

Nice to see Chris finally enjoyed this great line!

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