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Old 07-29-2007, 09:59 AM
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Good morning, I just signed up to the forum in an attempt to gather more information from the deep well of experience here. I have an older LL Bean package (9'/9wt 2 piece) and just purchased an Orvis (9'/8wt/7 piece) travel rod with a Battenkill Mid Arbor reel. Headed to Alaska next week to, among other things, try my hand at salmon. Last year I was in the Bahamas bone fishing but I used a spinning rod/reel as I didn't have enough confidence to try doing it the 'right' way. Back to Jamaica next spring (any bone fishing there?) so maybe I'll give it another shot. Any way, had my first lesson last week and found that with some corrections, I wasn't doing too badly.

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Old 07-29-2007, 10:23 AM
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Hi John,

Welcome to the forum. Where are you headed to in Alaska? How do you like that 7 piece Orvis rod? That seems like an awful lot of pieces for a fly rod.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:27 AM
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A big welcome to the forum - I am an occasional visitor here but you will learn lots on here - there are some very good fishermen here to get tips from...
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:30 AM
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I'm headed to Anchorage on Wednesday with a side trip to Denali. Halibut charter scheduled for Thursday and a salmon guided trip on the following Monday.

I don't have much experience but the two piece and seven piece seem to cast exactly the same - in fact, I can cast better with the Orvis. Of course, that is after my lesson last week.

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Old 07-29-2007, 11:41 AM
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Welcome to the forum! I am relatively new here myself but you will find a wealth of information from the people here. They are very friendly and helpful and you (and I) will become better fisherman because of them, and then we can pass along our knowledge to others to help them enjoy this great sport!
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Thanks John,

Good luck, you will see some great country.
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