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Forum: Fly Rods 06-02-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 386
Posted By standman
Re: "New" fly rod

I own the FF857 as well as FF856, FF856-5, and FF858. Each rod is distinctly different from one another, which is one reason why I still fish each of them.

I bought the 857 after losing several...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-25-2014, 01:11 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,170
Posted By standman
Re: Question: suggestions for affordable fly reels

I like the LL Bean reels. For trout, the click and pawl Pocket Water is sufficient. For types of fishing where an effective drag is desired, the Double L Mid-Arbor is a smart looking choice. I have...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-21-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 425
Posted By standman
Re: Short 6 wt

I have to agree regarding rods built upon a Phillipson blank. The shorter lengths (6.5', 7', and 7.5') certainly combine the power needed for casting streamers along with the ability to lay it down...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-10-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,595
Posted By standman
Re: Best value 4wt

I have to agree regarding the Orvis Superfine. The 7' 4 weight is the sweetest non glass rod I've ever handled.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-15-2014, 10:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,643
Posted By standman
Re: What is the best full flex rod made today?

With its deeply flexing action, its extreme control and accuracy, and its ultra soft presentation, I prefer the Echo Glass.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-15-2014, 09:47 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 648
Posted By standman
Re: Orvis and Echo glass ?

I cast both 5 weights. They are both wonderful rods and very different from one another. So much so that I can definitely see an argument to own both. The Orvis is a great rod that reminds me of the...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-21-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 327
Posted By standman
Re: I've read a few on-line articals about Pflueger medalists

I'm with will09. Some time back I changed all my Medalists over to left hand retrieve. However, I found I didn't like the resultant clunkiness of the drag (most noticeable of the USA years). In...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-21-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 643
Posted By standman
Re: Great customer service at Allen

I've purchased from Allen several times and have always been very satisfied with the product. What brings them over the top for me is their great customer service. The couple times I've had to...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-13-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 474
Posted By standman
Re: Fly reel lube ? IN a long post. Sorry

+1 on the Quantum Hot Sauce
Forum: Fly Rods 01-13-2014, 10:33 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 542
Posted By standman
Re: any of you all use ECHO rods

Before switching to glass I owned an Echo Classic 9' 7 weight. I don't remember details, but it was a lot of rod for the money. I ended up giving it to my brother who loves it...so much so that he...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-08-2014, 05:41 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,501
Posted By standman
Re: albright rods

I have several Albright rods and enjoy them at least as much as my comparable Loomis and Orvis rods. Four of the Albrights I have are the medium/fast GP series: 7.5' 3/4 2-piece, 9' 5/6 2-piece, 9'...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 12-11-2013, 09:27 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 483
Posted By standman
Re: New TenkaraUSA Rods(Sato & Rhodo)

I received notification yesterday from TenkaraUSA and immediately ordered the Rhodo. I had questioned them about the 11' Iwana and they said an exciting new product was coming to replace it. Although...
Forum: Forum Polls 11-30-2013, 01:13 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,264
Posted By standman
Re: Floating line... WF or DT

I use WF 75% of the time for practice casting. For fishing situations it's probably more half and half. I'll use WF for the times I'm looking for longer casts; but most of my fiberglass seems to...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-29-2013, 09:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 336
Posted By standman
Re: Help identifying old rod..

A photo of the reel seat and grip would be helpful. The extensive line weight identification, the winding check, and wraps remind me of J C Higgins (Sears). Many of these Sears rods were built by St...
Forum: The Fly Cast 11-29-2013, 04:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 555
Posted By standman
Re: Mystery Reel & Line

The Cortland Mosquito S was designed for WF 4-6 weight line and holds about 100 yards 20# backing. The reel has a non adjustable click & pawl drag and the spool has rim control. It would be best...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-27-2013, 01:23 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 4,211
Posted By standman
Re: Best Low End 9'5wt

My taste in 5 wts runs differently than that of you or your friend. However, I notice that flyshopcloseouts has several TFO, Redington, Greys, Orvis, and Winston packages that may suit you. One I...
Forum: Fly Reels 11-27-2013, 01:09 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,055
Posted By standman
Re: HELP Choosing a reel

I've made that choice and I've never regretted my decision...an LL Bean Double L Mid Arbor. I admire its smooth, beautiful machining. I've never had any problems with it, nor with the subsequent...
Forum: The Tenkara Forum Threads 11-27-2013, 12:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 247
Posted By standman
Re: rod choice

The Iwana 12' is the ultimate all round tenkara rod. It is the rod I started with and the one I continue to use most often. For addressing larger fish and larger waters I added the longer Amago.
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2013, 11:29 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 654
Posted By standman
Re: New Glass Rods?

Each material has its place.

I fish glass exclusively for 8.5' and under. Full flexing glass rods do a great job at protecting light tippets, are FUN when playing a fish, and are more durable than...
Forum: General Discussion 11-26-2013, 10:04 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 4,138
Posted By standman
Re: Wristwatches What You Wear And Why

I'm on my second Casio Pathfinder.

I like that the watch shows the current moon phase as well as the most promising fishing times. Although the optimal times for fishing usually coincide with the...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-17-2013, 06:05 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,625
Posted By standman
Re: Great Fly Rod Debate: Trout

I'm happiest with a full flexing fiberglass fly rod. They allow me to present a more natural fly. Although the specific circumstances would cause me to choose anything from 6' to 8.5', I most...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-12-2013, 03:09 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 425
Posted By standman
Re: old fiberglass & modern lines

Hi Balsabug1,

My very first fly rod was an 8.5' 7 weight South Bend Classic II. I haven't fished with it in years but I continue to use quite a number of other glass rods.

As Ard says, glass...
Forum: The Fly Cast 10-26-2013, 10:43 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,660
Posted By standman
Re: I need more distance

It sounds to me that you've got plenty of rod to accomplish your goal. You could spend more money if you want on your gear, but it still comes down to learning to double-haul and then practice,...
Forum: Fly Reels 10-26-2013, 09:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 937
Posted By standman
Re: LL Bean Orion III

Labtrout is correct. The III is 7-8 weight. The IV is 9-10 weight and the V is 11-12 weight.

Is your reel the large arbor version or standard arbor? In either case you may be able to obtain a...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-01-2013, 12:52 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,441
Posted By standman
Re: Cabela's CGT or TQR

I have not tried either rod you mention, but think you should try casting before purchasing...if possible. Over the years, I have succumbed to Cabela's sale prices on Cabela rods and have not fared...
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