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mn steelheader 04-19-2013 01:14 PM

Hello from very snowy MN
 
Hi everyone:

I just joined up after trolling these forums for the better part of a year! I'm officially bitten by the fly fishing bug. Very new to the sport, in fact I am currently searching for my first rod as we speak (even though cold water trout season has been delayed again by a massive snowstorm and frozen streams). Another convert I guess who has been chasing steelhead on spinning tackle with very limited success and have decided to give fly casting a go. I've been trying out a LOT of equipment and have settled on the 9' 8wt. 4 piece class. Would love to hear from all of you with your thoughts on rods. I'm mostly taken with Winston and Sage, having tried the GVX in Winston (very nice) and the Sage XP. I've also heard the TCX is nice as well. What I am truly looking for, however, is a Graphite III 890-4 RPL. I have heard awesome things about this rod and had the pleasure of casting a 690 RPL and loved it. Probably a challenge to find in a 3 or 4 piece though as I know these are older rods.

Maybe I'll save some of this discussion for a future post and won't bombard you all from the start! Too excited I guess. Wish you all tight lines and I'm looking forward to being a member and regularly reading the forum.

Scott

fredaevans 04-19-2013 01:31 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Welcome Scott!

Fly fishing is a 'Harsh Mistress,' wait til you pick up your first 2hander. Like a expensive Lady on the 'street.' :rolleyes:

mcnerney 04-19-2013 02:21 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Scott: Welcome to the forum!

Best of luck on your search for that perfect fly rod.....take your time and try to cast as many fly rods as you can, just realize that MY perfect fly rod, probably won't be yours and vice versa, that is why it is so important to actually cast the rod before you spend the hard earned cash. Good luck!

duker 04-19-2013 07:35 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Welcome Scott! Good to have another one on these boards.

I like Sage rods myself, and have a 9' 6-wt Flight and a 9'-6" 8-wt VXP. I've used the VXP for both salmon and steelhead (in fact I caught my first steelhead on it) and really like the way it casts. Sage rods have lifetime warranties and I've heard good things about their customer service.

As Fred says, fly fishing is a harsh mistress. I just got into two-handed rods a year ago for steelhead--have managed to catch just one so far--and I tell ya, once you get proficient with a single hander you've just got to try double-handers.

Ah, the madness. . . .

Scott

Guest1 04-19-2013 08:24 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Welcome to the forum. Where in Minnesota are you? I'm North of you on the border with Canada. I like Winston. I have one I want buried with me.
:welcomean

Quote:

Originally Posted by duker (Post 548451)
As Fred says, fly fishing is a harsh mistress. I just got into two-handed rods--------and I tell ya, once you get proficient with a single hander you've just got to try double-handers.

Ah, the madness. . . .

Scott

Uhhhhhh.....yup. :D

caseywise 04-19-2013 08:48 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
welcome to the forum scott:)
looking forward to hearing from you.

casey

ted4887 04-19-2013 09:00 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Welcome to the board. Always nice to see more Minnesotans getting into the sport.

mn steelheader 04-20-2013 11:24 AM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Hey fellas-

Thanks a bunch for the warm welcome. Diver Dan- I'm from Duluth, MN but now live in St. Paul. I've fished all over the Quetico-Superior region as well as a bit of Canada outside of the provincial parks. Spectacular area. Eagerly awaiting the big thaw for sure.

Ted- it seems to me that fly fishing is really growing in our state. More and more people are giving it a try and the state is doing a much better job managing cold water streams and designated trout lakes. It's an enthusiastic little community of anglers.

As far as rods go, I'm trying a GVX tomorrow. I'm assuming it's med. fast to fast with smooth casting. We'll see. Have a good rest of the weekend everyone.

jpbfly 04-20-2013 12:11 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
:welcomeanScott.hope you can find a rod soon;)A bit surprising though you didn't mention Scott:rolleyes::D

Liphookedau 04-20-2013 07:47 PM

Re: Hello from very snowy MN
 
Hi Scott.
From Australia Welcome.
The Sage VPS is Virtually The same Rod as The RPL check out Ebay at times these Rods go for The Right Price.
I bought a VPS #6 9ft 4Pce for $200 + Shipping a few years back .
Also last year I bought a Greys GRXi made by Hardy's it a Beaut Rod don't overlook them as value for money they are as good as you will buy..
Brian.


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