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Old 09-16-2011, 09:17 PM
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Talking Breaking in the new rod with a monster!

So I received my new Allen Xa 8wt and Alpha II reel. Line hasn't showed up yet so I spooled it with some Orvis Clearwater line on the cheap. I'm having to learn casting, presentations, and even what flies to use in what situations, but mostly I have just been working on my casting (I have been using a local creek loaded with cruising carp as a moving target range). Here is the first fish I caught on the rod, a real lunker indeed!
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While I caught four of these guys using a slow hand-over-hand strip retrieve a la fishing for permit, I have not had much luck overall. I have also caught my first walleye ever on the new rod, but again, this tried the scales and measured probably a whopping 5" or so?
Somehow, despite the fact that I can't catch anything that wouldn't be used in some petty sleight-of-hand trick, I am really enjoying this! Now I just need to put a real bend in the rod!
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Working out a way to convince my university to allow me to hold my TA office hours on the nearby creek...
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