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Posted: 2/9/2010 4:07:05 PM EDT
What's your favorite stick and where do you wave it?
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 4:41:29 PM EDT
I have an Orvis 5 wt. I use it for fishing for bluegill and bass in N. MO and the occassional trip to my folks in E TN.
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 5:35:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/9/2010 5:38:26 PM EDT by flyfishnepa]

my favorite rod is my 8ft 6in cortland cl 5/6 wt. it's served me well for over 4 years so far on small to larger streams

Link Posted: 2/9/2010 5:42:08 PM EDT
Sage, 9' 5 wt.
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 5:46:27 PM EDT
Originally Posted By flyfishnepa:

my favorite rod is my 8ft 6in cortland cl 5/6 wt. it's served me well for over 4 years so far on small to larger streams



8' 6" 5 wt with a DT is probably the most relaxing set up I have. I like it over my 6 wt Sage for smallies even though I'm limited to how much weight I can throw. Thanks for responding Nick.
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 5:54:53 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/9/2010 5:55:45 PM EDT by XD_Fan]
My favorite fly rod is a 9' 6 wt. Sage fiberglass rod that I made about '78 or so. Its been re-handled twice now since cork does wear out over time. Its caught a lot of fish over the years. Its the only two piece I still fish with.
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 6:03:16 PM EDT
My favorite is not a rod I own. A friend who collected split bamboo rods brought me a Paul Young 7 1/2' 4wt that was flamed on alternating facets. It was a pleasure to fish as well as to look at. He offered it to me for $700 30 years ago. As a starving student I couldn't do it.

Currently my favorite steelhead rod is my 9 1/2' Winston BIIx. It flat out rocks!

For trout it would be one of my Sage LL's or my Winston 2 wt.
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 6:08:09 PM EDT
My favorite rod met an early and unfortunate demise. It was a very nice St Croix 5wt that I used a lot for any kind of fish around. I loved using simple little poppers on bluegill, any number of bass lures, and although it was a little light for steelies, it made it fun.

I've replaced it with another St Croix, a less expensive model, and it's just not the same.

Now the wheels are turning, have to start flipping through the catalogs.
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 6:09:35 PM EDT
Originally Posted By SpeyRod:
My favorite is not a rod I own. A friend who collected split bamboo rods brought me a Paul Young 7 1/2' 4wt that was flamed on alternating facets. It was a pleasure to fish as well as to look at. He offered it to me for $700 30 years ago. As a starving student I couldn't do it.

Currently my favorite steelhead rod is my 9 1/2' Winston BIIx. It flat out rocks!

For trout it would be one of my Sage LL's or my Winston 2 wt.


im gonna own a nice bamboo rod one day soon hopefully and probably won't buy another modern rod

bit of a john gierach fan here


Link Posted: 2/9/2010 6:13:22 PM EDT
9' Lamiglas 9 wt. Use it for sockeye salmon on the russian and kenai rivers
LOVE it!
Link Posted: 2/9/2010 8:16:15 PM EDT
My favorite rod is my 7'6" 4wt bamboo based off a modified thomas & thomas caenis taper I had built.
Link Posted: 2/10/2010 1:40:07 PM EDT
Originally Posted By flyfishnepa:
Originally Posted By SpeyRod:
My favorite is not a rod I own. A friend who collected split bamboo rods brought me a Paul Young 7 1/2' 4wt that was flamed on alternating facets. It was a pleasure to fish as well as to look at. He offered it to me for $700 30 years ago. As a starving student I couldn't do it.

Currently my favorite steelhead rod is my 9 1/2' Winston BIIx. It flat out rocks!

For trout it would be one of my Sage LL's or my Winston 2 wt.


im gonna own a nice bamboo rod one day soon hopefully and probably won't buy another modern rod

bit of a john gierach fan here




Try the 6 1/2' Winston 3wt bamboo! I have fished one and it was amaizing! It is bucks up$$$$ but you can still buy one.

Link Posted: 2/10/2010 1:40:47 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 45pulse:
My favorite rod is my 7'6" 4wt bamboo based off a modified thomas & thomas caenis taper I had built.


Nice!
Link Posted: 2/10/2010 7:23:31 PM EDT
My favorite is an H L Leonard my Grandfather gave me.

But, the one I like fishing with the most is an Echo 13' 7wt spey rod. It's a hell of a lot easier on the shoulders. Anywhere from the Salmon River in NY to Yellowstone.
Link Posted: 2/13/2010 8:58:59 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 2/13/2010 9:46:05 AM EDT by 68-19583]
Here is my line up.

Winstons: 13" 8 / 9wt BIIX spey.....Bogdan no. 2
11" 7 wt BIIX..............Bogdan no 00
8' 9" 5 wt LT 5 pc.........Able ported .5
8' 3" 3 wt LT 5 pc.........Able ported 0
9' 8 wt LT 3 pc............Uses the above Bogdan 00

Loomis GLX 11' 6" 8 / 9 wt 3pc.....Bogdan no 150

Sage 9' 6 wt SP 4 pc.....Able .5 with 3 spare spools
Link Posted: 2/13/2010 11:24:06 AM EDT
Right now I'm fishing a Cabelas Prestige 8'6" 5wt. Although I wanna pick up a 7' 3wt for the smaller streams I fish in central PA & western MD.
Link Posted: 2/13/2010 12:08:53 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 68-19583:
Here is my line up.

Winstons: 13" 8 / 9wt BIIX spey.....Bogdan no. 2
11" 7 wt BIIX..............Bogdan no 00
8' 9" 5 wt LT 5 pc.........Able ported .5
8' 3" 3 wt LT 5 pc.........Able ported 0
9' 8 wt LT 3 pc............Uses the above Bogdan 00

Loomis GLX 11' 6" 8 / 9 wt 3pc.....Bogdan no 150

Sage 9' 6 wt SP 4 pc.....Able .5 with 3 spare spools


I also have the 8'9" 5wt Winston, what a great rod! I defenitely covet the 13' 8/9 biix. It is regarded as one of the finest rods in it's class. Last season I bought a 7'6" 2wt for our small streams. I can't wait to give it a work out!
Link Posted: 2/25/2010 8:18:22 PM EDT
Sage Z Axis 7136, rocks with a 525 grain Rio Flight.
Link Posted: 2/26/2010 7:29:26 AM EDT
Depends on what I am doing….. Overall my favorite rods are my Sage SPL and SLT both are the 080-3 model. I also have a Sage TXL 000710-3 TXL that is in my favorite category. I mostly use those rods on small streams, but I have been known to throw them elsewhere

Usually on larger waters I grab my Orvis 865-2 ZG.
Link Posted: 3/3/2010 10:29:41 AM EDT
My Sage 7'-4' four-weight. I like chasing native brookies and bluegill with it. It's a great little rod.
Link Posted: 3/7/2010 9:05:58 PM EDT
I was trying to pick one, but now I know why parents can't pick their favorite kid.

9' 6/7 wt Chris Carlin quad for the tailwaters. Protects 7x with decent size fish.

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/yy1/ffcol/P1000449.jpg

7' 4 wt Bob Nunley for the small streams. This is the type of fishing where I will never use graphite again.

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/yy1/ffcol/Picture005.jpg

9' 7 wt Sage XP for streamers.

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/yy1/ffcol/P1000462.jpg

It's pretty cool that ARFCOM has a flyfishing section. I don't post much on other boards and look forward to sharing some trip reports in the future.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:59:53 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2010 10:12:03 AM EDT by 68-19583]
Solid spool .5 or is that a no.1 ?

Link Posted: 3/8/2010 7:41:31 PM EDT
Nice fish!!!


How did they taste?
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 8:15:36 PM EDT
Originally Posted By 68-19583:
Solid spool .5 or is that a no.1 ?

http://i772.photobucket.com/albums/yy1/ffcol/P1000449.jpg


The reel on the Carlin quad is an Abel 1 solid spool non ported. Even though the rod is hollowbuilt, the 9' length wouldn't be comfortable with a reel of lesser weight. Also, I like the non porting to keep crap from getting on the cork. The spool is an older one when they didn't have an outgoing click. That is the only thing I don't care for about this reel.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 8:38:26 PM EDT
Originally Posted By Adder13:
Nice fish!!!


How did they taste?


Excellent with some fava beans and a nice chianti.........

I haven't eaten a trout in years. I either fish catch and release sections or hike in to where I don't want to carry fish back. I've seen some of your picks and must say you have fishing that place with the big browns down to a science. I fished there once for a couple of hours when I was considering moving to Boise and caught a few, but none that size. I love the color on the browns and the aqua color of the water. It was a little intimidating knowing where to fish being there the first time. I wanted to hit almost every spot I saw and would probably fish there a ton if I lived up that way. Especially with Idaho's closed season
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 8:55:07 PM EDT
Story on the rainbow caught with the Sage XP. I stopped at this really slow pool and saw some good fish sitting on the bottom. I cast my nymph rig and spooked them. I then rigged up the XP with a brown wooly bugger trailer to mimic a crayfish since the pool had a sandy bottom. I cast it at the very upstream end to avoid spooking them (some still did) and let it drift downstream to swing across in front of a good fish I saw. The fish slowly swam towards it and just looked at it for a while while I just let the fly sit there. I gave it a twitch and saw the mouth open so I set the hook. As soon as the fish felt the hook it went straight under the shelf ice I was standing on. The shelf ice went back about 5 feet and I know there is an undercut bank in this spot going even further back past the ice on top of that. I had to go to the edge of the ice, kneel down and stick my rod under the water to keep the ice from breaking the line. When I knelt down and put my weight forward on the edge of the ice, the ice broke and I started falling in head first. I was able to utilize my ninja skills and quickly roll me and my line away from the huge chunk of shelf ice thaI broke off beneath me. I grabbed the line and tugged and couldn’t believe the fish was still on. The hole was too deep for me to jump in and play him from the water so I slowly put pressure on him while sliding downstream along the ice to a spot where I could hop in. Once I got into the water I could only play him by pointing my rod tip right at him under the ice shelf each run he made since he would not come out. I eventually get him into shallow water and landed him. Glad I was using 3x on him since most of the nymhing here is with 6x.
Link Posted: 3/8/2010 9:42:25 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/8/2010 9:43:50 PM EDT by Adder13]
Originally Posted By ffcol:
Originally Posted By Adder13:
Nice fish!!!


How did they taste?


Excellent with some fava beans and a nice chianti.........

I haven't eaten a trout in years. I either fish catch and release sections or hike in to where I don't want to carry fish back. I've seen some of your picks and must say you have fishing that place with the big browns down to a science. I fished there once for a couple of hours when I was considering moving to Boise and caught a few, but none that size. I love the color on the browns and the aqua color of the water. It was a little intimidating knowing where to fish being there the first time. I wanted to hit almost every spot I saw and would probably fish there a ton if I lived up that way. Especially with Idaho's closed season




No worries. I was just givin ya a little crap about the fish on the ground/snow pics. I should have put a after the "How did they taste".


As far as that river that is close to my house. Yea it is pretty cool to have such a place so close to my house. The other river that is close to my house I have fished quite a bit this year as well. Normally I like to fish small creeks etc up in the mountains, however this time of year my options are limited due to the regs. So I tend to fish the local tailwaters, then when the ID winter season closes I fish the river with the browns often till the other waters open up.


If you ever make it up here and want to fish that river let me know. I can give ya a few tips on fly selection and locations on that river.


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