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Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 23
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Posted By burk48237
Re: Whats the worst cork you've ever seen?

I have a Diamondback 9' 6 weight SW Flawless sample that had pathetic cork from day one. While not a bad casting rod, the cork made it almost unfishable, at least as far as a quality feel in the...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,444
Posted By burk48237
Re: Classic dry fly rods

My rant for the day, with apologies:;)

Frankly, I don't think there is such a thing as a "classic dry fly" rod in a 2 or 3 weight. There are too many variables, wind, size of fly, mending at...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,282
Posted By burk48237
Re: Sage Salt.... Wow!

What about the Hardy Proaxis in this class S & S? My eight is the best I've fished, I can't imagine a better throwing eight weight. I've got a friend who runs a camp in Belize, he is an exceptional...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-15-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 149
Posted By burk48237
Re: Echo ion or Ross fly start for budget reel

The early Fly starts had a lot of QC issues and return problems while the Ion has a decent track record as an introductory reel. I haven't heard much about the more recent product, except that...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-15-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 591
Posted By burk48237
Re: Cabelas/Galvan?

I suspect it's because Galvan reels while very good, don't sell themselves (at least not in the MW where Cabelas does the bulk of it's business). One of the realities of the business that wasn't true...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-14-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 329
Posted By burk48237
Re: Winston Nexus 9' 6wt

As someone who owned a BIIx and thought it was a great fly rod with lots of great "feel", I must admit it was not a good six weight. There are some things a Six weight should be able to do, throw a...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 668
Posted By burk48237
Re: What's "high end", "mid-price" & "low end"?

I tend to view it this way looking at the market:

$100-200 Entry level. I don't like to call them "low end". Some can be fairly decent for the money these days but most have one tell-tale...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-30-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,134
Posted By burk48237
Re: Classic Sages?

I do think the 9' 5 and 6 Z-Axis fits the classic definition for Sage. It was probably Sages first 9-5 designed to fish with instead of competing with Rajeff in a parking lot. :wink:

One thing...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 273
Posted By burk48237
Re: Choosing a new big game stick

I actually think a 7 or maybe even an eight may be appropriate for throwing big streamers with a head in MT. I did a shootout between some of the mid-priced stuff about a month ago so because I'm...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By burk48237
Re: A thought about the business-mid priced rods

I suspect though that a lot of people will move up from the $300 and $350 imports to these rods. Perhaps I'm wrong but according to our local Winston Rep the Nexus is selling way better than the GVX....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 490
Posted By burk48237
A thought about the business-mid priced rods

I posted this in the Douglas thread, but I believe it's worthy of discussion as a stand alone thread.

I think the most important change in the rod market is the revival of the mid-priced rod....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,011
Posted By burk48237
Re: a burning question on everyone's mind

Cabelas does offer American made rods. I can say that the use to be produced by Diamondback and St Croix. I do not know whose producing them now. Loomis years ago made rods for a bunch of retailers....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-28-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 596
Posted By burk48237
Re: 7 weight rod choice.

If I was going to go one-hander 10-7 is without a doubt the first choice for Steelhead. On LK Superior streams it should be sufficient for Salmon (mostly Coho) and any Lakers you may run in to near...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-27-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 943
Posted By burk48237
Re: Douglas fly rods

If anything, I think the most important change in the rod market is the revival of the mid-priced rod. Almost all of the companies have tried to sell a mid-priced US rod in the past by repackaging...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-20-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 444
Posted By burk48237
Re: N.E. On The Fly / Thomas & Thomas Article.

According to FB, Joe Goodspeed, Cortlands former line designer has taken a position in the design department with T & T. It could be interesting. He definitly understands rod actions, and is a good...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-16-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,001
Posted By burk48237
Re: Orvis Recon and H2 tests vs Sage Accel and One

Which weight and length rod were you testing?
Forum: Fly Rods 03-16-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By burk48237
Re: Steve's middlin 7 weight shootout -Tidal-Nexus-Mangrove-Mostive

The Echo rep was there, he has Winston too. I know him pretty well, his selection of Echo was pretty small, mostly new this year stuff. I didn't ask and he didn't mention.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-16-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By burk48237
Re: Steve's middlin 7 weight shootout -Tidal-Nexus-Mangrove-Mostive

No I didn't but it kind of failed the "shake test" before casting. It seemed softer than the other rods tested. I am impressed by the trout weight Recons, but not as impressed by the SW rods. And in...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-14-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 800
Posted By burk48237
Re: Getting a 3 weight for streams and creeks. Fiberglass vs graphite

If I could chose anything for small streams it would be bamboo, but a good boo will cost anywhere used from $600 to 1200, not a low cost option.

Glass is choice number two. If I could pick any...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-14-2015, 04:52 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 494
Posted By burk48237
Steve's middlin 7 weight shootout -Tidal-Nexus-Mangrove-Mostive

As a few of you know I've been on the market for a 9'- 7 weight Saltwater capable rod for Streamers for trout with heads up to 250 grain, and an all around Smallmouth rod. If cost was no object for...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-13-2015, 09:09 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 406
Posted By burk48237
Re: Vintage Hardy rod & Princess F/S

According to Hardys' history page, Hardy was the first to patent a graphite fly rod in the early 70's. The movie "The Lost World of Mr Hardy" had a blurb on this too. I do stand corrected on...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-12-2015, 09:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 406
Posted By burk48237
Re: Vintage Hardy rod & Princess F/S

The Princess is my main six weight trout reel, love it. Mines a mid 70's, nothing special, but in great shape, I found it new in box.

The Marquis rod is one I'm not familliar with. But Hardy was...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-10-2015, 05:02 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,817
Posted By burk48237
Re: New fly rods?

The interesting thing is almost all of the early material development happens outside the industry. The 3M people approached Sage and Orvis among others with their Nano Silica resins and they...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-09-2015, 03:03 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 271
Posted By burk48237
Re: Greys GX900 vs. Lamson Liquid

The Grey's is a fully machined reel, and basically a cheapened version of the highly regarded UL DD. The drag is very similar, machining is not as radical (hence it's a bit heavier), and the drag...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-08-2015, 05:09 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 128
Posted By burk48237
Re: Sink Tip for Winston BIIX 6wt

I tried mine with a standard 444 weight 10 foot sink tip and it was work. I would consider looking for a 5 weight sink tip. And you definitly wantt a floating running line with that rod. It's a...
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