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Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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Have you tried the 444 Sylk? Its very, very supple, thinner and falls like a feather. I have a 3DT I use on my bamboo rod, combined with a furled leader, it touches down to the water like an angel taking a leak.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 14:58
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Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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I see a bunch of chat re: orvis and cortland lines. Anyone ever use rio? I've used 444SL since the mid-late 80's. Tried an air-flo line once and didn't like it so I stayed w/ the old stand by.

Decided to splurge and by some new line. Got rio gold and it is super. I won't go back to cortland. Didn't care for the rio grand felt too tip heavy. Rio makes a 'selective trout' line that's DT. I don't know how it would work on a bamboo or if it will touch down on the water like an angel taking a leak. Waiting to try the windcutter and sharkskin.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 15:27


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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Raven456 wrote:
This is what I have to date:

Orvis Zero G 905-4
Orvis T3 864-2
Sage FLi 764-4
Orvis T3 763-2
J.P. Ross Beaver Meadow 702-2

Next puchase is going to be a Lamiglas fiberglass blank and I shall "attempt" my first rod build.


Rave,
How do you like the jp ross?
I've got two of his (and a t-shirt).

Posted on: 2010/4/12 15:29


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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David wrote:
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Raven456 wrote:
This is what I have to date:

Orvis Zero G 905-4
Orvis T3 864-2
Sage FLi 764-4
Orvis T3 763-2
J.P. Ross Beaver Meadow 702-2

Next puchase is going to be a Lamiglas fiberglass blank and I shall "attempt" my first rod build.


Rave,
How do you like the jp ross?
I've got two of his (and a t-shirt).


David,

I have only used it once so far this season, not much dry fly action but it's heating up. I really like the slow action of the rod and the single foot guides work well. Which of his rods do you have?

Posted on: 2010/4/12 17:09


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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by salvelinusfontinalis on 2010/4/12 14:16:40

ATM yes i do. However i hate the new superfine line. It has the built in loop and it breaks apart. Also the line tends to crack after some heavy use.

I do like cortland line.....think ill be buying some in the near future.



Yeah, mine casts really nice with the line.. but i'm expecting that to happen.. My 5 wt. line is orvis line as well, and it has some cracks in it. They are easily repaired with some zap-a-gap. But, when you pay 70 bucks for a line you shouldn't have to fix it after a year. What brand of line does everyone else line? I was thinking about going with some SA line

Posted on: 2010/4/12 17:26


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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David,

I have only used it once so far this season, not much dry fly action but it's heating up. I really like the slow action of the rod and the single foot guides work well. Which of his rods do you have?


I have and 7'6" 3 wt 36t for a brookie rod and a 9' 5wt 357.
The 36t is a great action for tight streams and fighting little brookies. I don't think he is making them anymore.
The 357 is a very fast rod that I use for big water like the yough, pine, or the clarion. Casts a mile and handles dries just as well as weighted nymphs and streamers.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 20:30


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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I like the SA lines and Sage lines. I use the ones I find on sale .
I also really like the 444 sylk for my bamboo, it cast great.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 20:32


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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Rods:

9 ft 5 wt G. Loomis GL3.
9 ft 5 wt Orvis Power Matrix
7'6" 4/5 wt Cortland GRX
8 ft 5 wt Dreamcatcher "The Paradise" (bamboo)
9 ft 7 wt Sage FLi
8'6" 6 wt White River Hobbs Creek (with broken ferule)

Unsure of what my next rod will be, unless I run into trouble with one of these it'll probably be a while. Maybe something for the salt, or a true salmon rod, whichever I get into first. Another boo is on the list as well, I want another dreamcatcher!

Reels:

Orvis Battenkill Barstock II (with 2 spools, 6wt and 5wt lines loaded)
Orvis Battenkill Disc Drag
Pflueger Medalist
Cabelas RLS Large Arbor model 3
White River Hobbs Creek II

The Medalist is currently in need of repair, I gotta get it to the shop.

I also have 6 spinning rod outfits which get used sparingly these days.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 21:59


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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9' 5wt Loomis GL3. I constantly reaffirm my feeling that this is the perfect rod for me.
8' 4wt TFO Professional
7'6'' 3wt Versitex
9' 9wt St Croix. It's not an expensive rod, and it's in the garage. Don't feel like checking the model.
11' 6wt Cabelas FT+ (maybe it's a PT+. I forget, but it's long and fun for steelies)
9' 5wt Dan Craft FT is in the works.

Not a reel guy. Aside from my loomis venture on the 9wt, they are all just line holders.

On deck are a fast action 7wt, and eventually a 10' medium action 5wt.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 22:05


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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I have some Rio line on my Tfo, for what I paid I'm not impressed though, don't get me wrong it's good line I just figured I paid a hell of a lot more it should be a lot better.

Posted on: 2010/4/12 22:14
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Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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Regarding my last post, since there's one interesting rod in there, and it is SHOW and tell, I figured I'd snap a few pics.

I think the GL3 is my most used/favorite everyday rod. Jay I think we have similar tastes in rod action, I can't imagine a better all round rod for me. I love my Cortland too and its a small stream specialist. Those are the two "perfect" rods in my collection, I don't think they can be improved upon for what they do. If I lost one somehow, I'd be out to get the same exact thing again. The FLi is a steelhead/bass specialist, wish it were 10' instead of 9' but it does its job and it was on sale. My least favorite is the Orvis Power Matrix. It's my wife's main rod, but since she doesn't fish much, has become a backup rod for me. Orvis' tapers just never "spoke" to me I guess, I've never even casted one I really liked, and yes, I've used superfines and such. The White River outfit was my learning rod till the ferule broke, it was a nice medium action, forgiving rod for a beginner. It requires duct tape to fish these days, and hasn't seen action in a long while.

But the one below is the one I'm most proud of, graduation/thesis defense present from my wife, which makes it extra special. I wanted it as a specialist rod for dries and it has fit the bill well. I like the action, but in hindsight I probably should have opted for a little shorter rod. She's not a case queen, but I do baby her a little. For anyone in the market for a quality bamboo rod, consider this a shameless plug. They're located in Chambersburg, PA. Wyatt has been nothing short of exceptional in letting me test various tapers, doing a minor repair, etc. I will say when trying out various rods, the spectrum of actions in the bamboo world is much bigger than in the graphite world, it was amazing how unique each taper is.

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Posted on: 2010/4/12 22:14


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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pcr,
Nice rod. I see it is an - 01...is that the first one made that year? Very nice!!!

Posted on: 2010/4/13 8:47


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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I'm pretty sure that means its the first of that model he made that year, not necessarily the first rod overall he made that year.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 9:00


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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Ok, I've got:

3wt:
Sage slt 8'9" (my favorite and most used rod)
JPRoss 36t 7'6" (brookie rod)

4 wt:
jpross k357 9' (that fishes better with a 5wt imo)(great rod for big water)
plueger medalist 8'6" (that will soon be my daughters)

5 wt:
Bean Double LL Classic 8'6"

7wt:
Orvis Western Deschutes 9' (steelhead)
Sage XP 9' (bass and stripers)
Orvis Bonefisher 8'9"

9wt:
KB Angling custom 9' (muskie, pike, and salt)

Bamboo (just getting started in bamboo - I've averaged $30 for these...):
HI Tonka queen 7'9"
South Bend 357(?) 8'6"
Unknown 10' (this is my favorite...also making a handle to convert it to a 7' rod)
Montague Rapidan 8'6"
Montague Leaping Brook (converting into a banty 6')
I will get some pics of the bamboo up in about a week when I finish refinishing them all.


Reels:
3wt ross evolution I
3wt Loomis Adventure 3
4 wt Teton
5 wt Orvis CFO IIID
7 wt Bauer JM3
7wt Orvis Battenkill
9wt Albright GPX
9wt Albright GPR (the albright spools are interchangeable)

Posted on: 2010/4/13 9:15


Re: Rod/Reel Show-And-Tell Thread

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I think we do have similar tastes, Pat.

I actually had a TLS Power Matrix as well. I sold it after a year or two. It was a fine rod, and I managed to use it fine for dry fly duty, but it never felt like it really fit.

Posted on: 2010/4/13 9:49



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