Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
steffanf

Calcutta 400TE features and settings...

Recommended Posts

After coming back from a guided trip, she just had to have one. So, I just got one of these for my better half and was wondering what I should set the Variable Braking System (VBS) to? I can see how to adjust the spinning weights, but I am not sure what they do and the instructions do not explain them well. I know very little about casting reels (still a die-hard muskie-spin fan) and don't know what settings all the features are typically set to. At some $350, I figure I better get all the knowledge of all the "bells and whistles" that I can on this thing. It's currently spooled with 80lb. Bronzeback and she will likely be casting 2-5 oz. lures on a custom 6'6" TB muskie rod, if that helps.

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It depends a little bit on what the skill level of the Mrs is really. If she is in the "decent" category as far as casting, start her off at the mid-point. I think there are 6 pins with the plastic sleeves on them on the VBS, pull three up, alternating with three down. So, you make a traingle with the VBS pins in and the ones out. Then, if it's a little tricky still, you can engage another or if she's doing well, back one or two off.

Set the spool control so the lure will fall when released but pretty much stop when it hits the water and you should be set!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, Chris. That's good info right there. She is kind of a semi-novice, so I may just engange 4 of the weights at first. Thanks for the tip on setting the spool friction as well...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Glad I could help! If you go to 4 engaged, keep the 2 not on at opposite ends on the "dial". You'll want to tinker with the spool adjust as weel as you change lure and their weight changes. Also adjust it pending on wind conditions too.

Sure long casts are cool, but I've had many times on a short cast after catching one where the line is bound up a bit on the spool and I have a fish follow (few times after losing a fish, just to add insult!). Point is set it on the side of caution first, as I can gaurantee you she won't catch anything while picking out a rats nest on the reel! Again....speaking from experience......

Good luck!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Just to add a little to what Cjac says. If your spool is overrunning early in the cast, more weights "out". If it's overrunning late in the cast, you need to tighten the cast control on the right side (assuming its a RH). I think on my Calcuttas I'm running at least 5, maybe 6 out, but of course I'm throwing more of the heavier baits nowdays. It's a great smooth reel, I think she'll love it and you'll be jealous.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Well said young Propster! Perfectly said, while hard to explain, you it it dead-on!

Heck, I'm jealous of Mrs steffanf and the new Calcutta!

Young prop: Start to back one or two of the VBS brakes off and you'll soon have an "educated thumb".....meaning you'll get far more casting distance, less backlashes (wind conditions regardless), and more time with your lure in the "strike zone". Short-term sacrifice at your age and a long term gain. Soon you'll be a muskie pro......if you aren't already!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Hey Chris, while Hunter would appreciate the advice (I know I do), I think I've confused you guys. It's Keith (Propster and PropsterII) - when we finally got high speed at home and I tried to register it wouldn't let me register under the same user name as my work computer. So I had to choose something different and used PropsterII hoping folks would recognize me as Propster. Hunter is HuntBigFish, and I'm going to try to re-register from this computer as Propster.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

By the way SWEET SET UP!

I have never moved any of my wieghts and I probably never will. That said, I believe that you just want to make sure that the spool is in balance i.e. one in next one out next one in and so on. I believe that all in and all out is fine too.

With the 80 LB Bronzeback and the resistance, she should be fine. My wife started fishing with me a few years ago and now she backlashes less than I do. She never really backlashed much to begin with come to think of it.

Quote:
Hunter is HuntBigFish

That is a great name!

Can he reserve something close for his license plate for when he turns 16 and starts pulling the Ranger all over the state?!?!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the advice Guys. I did notice the reel came with all 6 of the weights already pushed out in the "on" position. I just turned 2 off to bring it down to 4. She should be able to try it out next week. Also, while this reel is a nice one, I will not be too jealous. I love my custom spinning outfit and just managed to catch my personal best the other day... 48" on 'Tonka... but that is another story...

-Gregg B.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • From the  picture it is a male yellow headed blackbird; IMO there is even a faint white bar on the wings which may be what you describe as "the ring on its back" and the black smudge under and behind the eye.  I can't tell about the bill, but on a cowbird the bill is quite heavy;  not nearly so stout on the YH blackbird. Immature male yellow headed black birds are not so bright yellow as the adults, and there should definitely be some young of the year fledged by this time of the year.   If the picture is not accurate then we will need a better photo to do better than that.  IMO This picture does not show a brown headed cowbird.  Most cell phones will take a better picture and if it is tame enough please post another or even better a couple more.  The more different poses the better. Yellow headed blackbirds are almost invariably connected to swampy areas, especially those with cattail fringes.  They also tend to be around in groups, especially groups nesting in the same swamp not mixed in with red winged black birds.   The females of both species are quite drab, and quite distinct from those of the cowbirds.
    • I do live by a river and have lots of RWBB, maybe it will yellow up. That's a very distinct rusty brown ring on it's back though, I didn't see that in any of the YHBB pictures.
    • This furnace has 2 pipes. The larger pipe about 4" is the air intake is supported through ring #29. The smaller pipe inside the larger pipe about 2" is the furnace exhaust connected through the larger ring #30 and screwed to the raised portion of ring #29. My furnace a vintage Hydro Flame Convection with dual direct vent, needed no power, and used a pilot light. Had the identical 2 pipe direct vent as yours. I built 2 rings similar to your drawing. Had 2 major issues: 1. Anytime the wind exceeded 20 mph, my pilot light would blow out even when the furnace side of my house was parked to the leeward side due to wind eddies.  2. At the exhaust cap which was about 1 3/4" from the side of the house would scorch the side surface above the cap and the moisture from burning Propane (1/2 pt. per 10#) would freeze on and below the exhaust when temp went -10 or below. Second year I re-designed using the Pipe Cap photo 1 from Menards for under $10. I cut off the bottom half at the black line and cut a hole on the outside flat surface for the exhaust pipe. This was my fresh air intake. Also filled the inside of the cap with a disassembled expanded metal filter from a motor home stove top exhaust filter.  Photo 1   Secured it to my house and ran the exhaust pipe through the hole in the end. Attached the exhaust pipe to a 2" x 3" aluminum gutter down spout used as a chimney. Photos 2 and 3. Totally solved my issues. You may also find a similar cap to photo 1 for the exhaust instead of the pipe. Most of the caps I was able to find had a 4" connection point so you would need to modify to 2" or whatever size you exhaust pipe is. How ever you do it, cover all openings with a screen to keep the Mud-daubers out as they love burned propane orifice area to build there nest.  Photo 2 & 3
    • sure looks like YHBB.  open fields and swamps close by? They like to hang out where the RWBB do.  Cannon SX30IS is pretty cheap online. 35 power zoom. good for still shots.   
    • Going to bait tomorrow with fryer grease, bread, dog food, cherry frosting, peanut butter, soft candies, raw white sugar, and popcorn. I am throwing everything at them tomorrow, hopefully the bears like the variety!
    • I don't know about that but I will certainly not write him off, if he can be a steady vet I will be happy. 
    • That's a great chicken recipe duff, but that steak n corn get my vote!! 
    • I was gonna say my yard has been thick with juvenile birds the last few days, always harder to ID birds this time of year. Had an albino something or other with a flock of birds, not sure I've seen an albino bird before. And just had a sharp shinned hawk hanging out on the branch above the feeders.  But I feed ALL of the birds......love them raptors. I will say the cowbirds around sure tolerate the dog or I getting pretty close to them.    
  • Our Sponsors