I didn't catch anything but it really didn't matter. The ice has went off one of my favorite rivers over the past few days and it was safe to take the boat out today. only one tree floating down and no other obstacles to dodge besides the normal submerged boulders.
The water came up and got dirty real quick the past 2 days but I didn't care and neither did Boss. We took a 30 mile ride and stopped for a couple hours of casting.
Here's Boss modeling the new 'I don't want my best friend to drown' Life Vest I got him this spring.
I rigged up 2 rods that needed to be tested out and there is a new favorite. The Hardy Marksman II - T is nice but it's so light. it works well and to be fair I'm going to use it for as much trout, grayling and light salmon fishing as I can on medium size waters.
I had it fitted with a Scientific Anglers Short Head #9 Spey line. The Short Head lines have a 55' belly and although the rod is rated a #8 the nine weight line seemed good for it. You can very comfortably make 60 - 70 foot casts with this rod and the light weight makes it barely noticeable in your hands.
The other rod was that new (old stock) 15' Winston Derek Brown 7/8 rod I got last fall!
There is no fair comparison between these tow rods, none. The Winston is rigged with a Delta Long 9/10 with a 66' belly and the rod loads up and casts the whole head if you desire that long of a cast.
I had one of Cut Throat Leader's 9' Spey leaders on with a 4' tippet. The leaders turn over perfectly and when trying to reach out a little 90 foot casts are made with no effort.
By 'no effort' I mean; no hurry, no noise (the swish) no splash & spray, just plain and simply the best one of these rods I've ever cast. It'll be tough using anything else but the 15' length will have it pigeon holed just a bit. It is a beauty if you don't mind the weight of these older rods.
Love the Winston rod, love the Delta long by Air-Flo, just beautiful to cast. Too bad I didn't catch a fish but they are as tired of winter as I am so there's no hard feelings.