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Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2016, 10:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,153
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: How many waders do you have?

Two pairs of waders:

A Simms G3

and a zip front Redington.

They both work.
Forum: General Discussion 02-09-2016, 10:20 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 497
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Rattan instead of cork....?

Sounds heavy, though, relatively speaking.
Forum: General Discussion 01-12-2016, 10:12 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 417
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Winter in New England

The Swift can be like that, especially in winter. I've never had topwater luck in the winter, but I hear that it happens year round--Griffith's gnats can work well, or so I'm told.

I've had my...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-21-2015, 07:49 PM
Replies: 95
Views: 5,217
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Sage price increase

Or they could start selling more clothing!
Forum: General Discussion 09-21-2015, 07:28 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,303
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Fly Rod Case

I prefer simple aluminum (or carbon fiber) tubes, but I do think there's a market for a particular type of fly rod case: a case for the "always stays in the Jeep/truck/car rod."

It should allow...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-09-2015, 11:47 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 987
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: A 8 1/2' 4wt application?

If you can find a previous generation St. Croix Legend Elite, it might be worth a test cast or two.

I have no experience with the current St. Croix LE, but mine will sling more weight/clunk than...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-03-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 4,907
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: 4 wt. Rods

For nymphing, I think it's hard to beat the 10' 4wt Z-Axis. It'll also throw dries at an acceptable (meaning above average) level if needed.

I really love my one-piece (8' 10") Zenith in 4wt,...
Forum: Fly Reels 09-03-2015, 10:32 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,350
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Abel SD

They're slow (in my limited experience), but they know people will wait. And they're right.
Forum: Northeast 08-23-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,302
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Swift River Massachusetts Trip

Strange, I've always had good luck in August with ants. Foam beetles and parachute hoppers have been a little less consistent, but still good producers.
Forum: General Discussion 08-20-2015, 09:53 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 582
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Do you fear casting repaired rods?

No worries if it's a graphite rod. The section was replaced, so why would anyone expect it to be faulty?

However, the fiberglass Garcia Conolon that I learned to cast on is a different story. I...
Forum: General Discussion 08-19-2015, 08:30 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 823
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Kinds of trout

Speckled Trout (the sea trout mentioned above) is not a true trout or even a salmonid (it's in the drum family), but it sure tastes good. It's a prized catch on Gulf of Mexico shores and is...
Forum: General Discussion 08-10-2015, 09:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,351
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: $4 buffs with special promo code

Nice deal. Repped for helping to prevent skin cancer amongst the NAFFF crowd.
Forum: General Discussion 06-30-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,077
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Who makes best chest waders?

I've used Simms, LL Bean, Redington, and Red Ball (from the early 90s) waders for fishing. The only ones that didn't do what they were supposed to do were the LL Beans. They leaked from the moment I...
Forum: Fly Reels 06-27-2015, 12:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 731
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Any comments Ross Animas ?

The Gunnison is a nice reel but so is the (insert nice fly reel here).
Forum: General Discussion 06-24-2015, 10:26 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,361
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Dear God its about to get hot!

Those highs look brutal, but the lows look pretty nice for someone who grew up on the gulf coast. In any case, I'm sorry that you're having extreme weather. It's happening all over the place and it...
Forum: General Discussion 06-20-2015, 11:48 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 4,187
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Why buy high end?

Many people have graciously answered your question with their opinions. Do you have any response, other than asking to be saluted?

Even a simple thank you would be nice.
Forum: Fly Rods 06-16-2015, 11:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 922
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Not Enough Junk in the Trunk

Basically, the solution is to add more junk in your trunk.
Forum: Fly Rods 06-16-2015, 11:28 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,114
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Tom Morgan Rod Co. for sale (Ret.)

I hate to be cynical, but this isn't going to work. TMRC worked because the T and the M were involved. Without him, it's just another rod company trying to capitalize on a name. Of course there are...
Forum: General Discussion 05-21-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,236
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: "If you run into a grizzly...this might not work"

My strategy is always a paralyzer to the chode, with the one exception when there's a cub around. In that case, I follow this T-shirt's advice:

Grab a Cub...
Forum: General Discussion 05-20-2015, 11:04 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,277
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Do stockies holdover?

Yeah, it's weird isn't it? I totally agree with you about this.
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-20-2015, 10:20 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,714
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: 2nd build disaster

Not Pete, but the answer to your REC question is a resounding NO. The recoil guides are more difficult to work with because they are so flexible. I've found that the finishing on their feet is...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-20-2015, 09:49 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,084
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Best all around rod

There are lots of good options at your price point, but don't forget the used market.

I scored a SF made 9' 2pc 5wt Scott G a few years ago for around $180, so a little 'bay sleuthing might be...
Forum: General Discussion 05-20-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,277
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: Do stockies holdover?

Stocked trout are certainly capable of holding over if the watershed will maintain the necessary oxygen levels (i.e., temperature). Browns in particular are better at surviving heat spells. I'm...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-06-2015, 09:11 PM
Replies: 103
Views: 7,571
Posted By biggie_robs
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

I really like the high end stuff, but only when it's the previous generation of high end stuff.

I'm like one of Pavlov's dogs when I read the word "closeout" in connection with a fly rod or reel. ...
Forum: Fly Reels 05-04-2015, 09:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 6,528
Posted By biggie_robs
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