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Re: I need help, I guess?

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I'll agree 100% with afish's opinion.

To be fair though, I've given the 10' 4wt Helios more than one "fly shop wiggle". Man, that sucker is light! Holding that Helios in a high stick/Euro nymphing position has to be easier than anything else. If it wasn't so expensive, I'd own one. I just can't justify spending that much on a rod that wouldn't be as good of an "all around" rod.

Hope I didn't give you a heart attack, Tom.

Posted on: 2011/11/4 8:10
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Re: I need help, I guess?

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Thanks for the feedback guys.
Whole heartily agree, there is no way I’m gonna’ shell out that kind of money without casting the rod first, just looking to narrow the universe. Most of the fishing I do is either nymphs or dry. (I do carry streamers but feel that streamer fishing is like throwing a spinner and I only resort to them to avoid a skunk.) I do like my 9’ 5 weight and bought it to fish the Valdi worm (I’m polish as well) but it gets heavy by the end of the day. Depending on the water I’m fishing I could use it for Nymphs or a dry with a dropper but if the sulphers and or Tricos showed up I could switch and still be effective. Guess that's the same versatility I’m looking for with a longer, lighter rod. Believe I would also like something nice to pass on and although I was thinking about a split bamboo I just don’t want to go there. The search continues.

Thanks again,
Buffalo

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Re: I need help, I guess?

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Buff - If you're looking for a top quality long rod for nymphing, but want one that can throw dries effectively, this might be your best bet:

http://www.anglers-pro.com/cgi-bin/cat/09094.html

That rod is widely regarded as the best of the best for mixed Euro nymphing, dry fly fishing, and light streamer duty.

It's a bit easier on the wallet since they're on closeout.

H.A.

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Re: I need help, I guess?

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do you own a native/wild freestone rod? Nothing compares to my 6'6'' rx7 2 wt. with a rod tip bend from a 15'' wild brown. or throwing tricos to 15 plus on marginal streams. Can still throw 50 ft. of line no problem with an 9 ft. leader w. smaller flies. It also throws size 12 wulfs w. a 7.5 ft. leader.

just throwing it out there.. i can get you one built for a very fair price (discounted because of reference and first time build). His wraps are clean as hell.

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he'll build any rod u want and i can assure you, they all cast nice. I think the hype about casting a rod before so is a precursor for, dare i say this, below average casting. it's all about versatility and the ability to adjust your stroke accordingly to the rod.

send him an email saying halupka sent you and he will work w. what you want in a rod. pick out your own wraps and all. I got a jamaican wrap on the bottom of my 2 wt. that is just awesome.

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Re: I need help, I guess?

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Thanks again for you input
Steve, appreciate the offer and I’m sure that works for you but I think I’ll stick to an off the shelf model I can test drive at least for this buy.
HA, That Sage X-Axis got all good reviews on the web and it looks like Cabelas carries Sage. We are running down to Philly this weekend so I may go that way and see if they have any I can try.

Buffalo

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Re: I need help, I guess?

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Buff - The Z-Axis has been discontinued. It's replacement is the Sage "One". I highly doubt Cabela's has any 10' 4wt Z's in stock in the Hamburg store. Angler's Pro Shop buys up a ton of Sage's closeouts, and they have it in stock (last I checked).

They may have a 10' 4wt Sage One in stock - at a paltry $730.

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Re: I need help, I guess?

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Gaeron,
I see youv fished with Ben Turpin before. If i can suggest one thing,i mean you did say big ticket items as well, i suggest talking to ben about getting a custom rod from him. I have an 8 ft 4 wt custom from him and i love it. Best rod ive ever fished, and the first fish i caught on it was back in the last day in may, and was a 25 inch bow on a stream in the poconos. Great guy, great rod. If you wanna see the rod, heres the link to the rod, its still for sale on his website, but for everyone thats seen it, its sold to me . http://benturpin.com/_/bt/ui/Index.as ... fo...&ov3=Enter+your+info...
If you need any help or suggestions pm me- Kev

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Re: I need help, I guess?

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My suggestion is books as well. I really enjoy reading ff'ing books. Just finished Joe Humphreys trout tactics. Already made me a bit better. I just received wet flies by Dave Hughes. Seems good so far. If you are from pa, Charles meck's pa trout stream book is a must have. I will be getting the pennstate nymph book sometime soon as well. Hope this helps.

Posted on: 2011/11/8 20:11


Re: I need help, I guess?

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where do you find some of these books that are referred to here?

tell your parents that you would like to take a trip to calgary to fish the bow river or somewhere out in montana. make it a family trip...you and they will not regret it!

btw...don't forget to thank a veteran tomorrow.

Posted on: 2011/11/10 21:41


Re: I need help, I guess?

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I get all my books from Amazon. Good prices too!

Posted on: 2011/11/11 15:29


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Quote:

blackandgold4ever05 wrote:
I get all my books from Amazon. Good prices too!

yup

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Hi,
so supportive and informative forum thanks for sharing useful info.

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