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Forum: Stillwater Fly Fishing 08-15-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 139
Posted By dar
Re: Iowa Trout Lakes

I live in Des Moines and the only lakes that I know of that hold trout, are stocked in the fall and maybe in the winter. Any subsurface trout fly should work. Something along the lines of Hares Ear...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-13-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 790
Posted By dar
Re: Beginner Rod & Reel Outfit

As far as Allen is concerned, I have one of their Trout II reels on my 5wt and feel it is one of the finest reels that I own.

Since you live in Dallas and want to try before you buy, there is an...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-11-2014, 09:52 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 167
Posted By dar
Re: St Croix Legend Elite 8.6 5wt

Welcome to the forum.

I have a Legend Elite 9' 5wt. And I also own a couple of the new Imperials in a 4wt. The LE is faster than the Imperial, but also has a soft tip. Which is common on most of...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-07-2014, 02:49 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 198
Posted By dar
Re: Fly rods for kids?

I think it was over on the Orvis Learning Center that I watched a video on what fly rod to buy where Tom Rosenbauer said that short (5' - 6') fly rods are difficult to cast and should not be thought...
Forum: Upper Mid-U.S. 08-07-2014, 09:25 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,330
Posted By dar
Re: Fly Fishing Des Moines, Iowa

I also live in Des Moines.

Wiper fishing below the Saylorville Dam can be good. The problem we are having right now is too much rain. In order to wade the release needs to be 1700CFS. Right now it...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-05-2014, 01:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 466
Posted By dar
Re: Two Rod Decision: Salmon/Steelies & SALT - 8wt?

I don't fish for salmon or steelhead, but I do fish for bass and occassionaly for northerns. I take the same 8wt that I use here in Central IA, when I go to the Florida Panhandle (Destin/Ft Walton...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-31-2014, 09:28 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 357
Posted By dar
Re: Favorite 8 weight bass flies

For topwater, my three favorite are:

Chartruese Boogle Bug
Yellow Block Head Popper
Chartruses Sneaky Pete

For subsurface any minnow pattern or diver pattern.
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 08:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 726
Posted By dar
Re: Rods you now regret selling...

Scott G 885/3. I sometimes wish I had hung onto that rod.

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I still have my 2 pc Pro Graphite 5wt. It was...
Forum: General Discussion 07-31-2014, 08:18 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,187
Posted By dar
Re: Rods you regret buying...

I bought a Greys Platinum XD 9' 9wt rod that I absolutely did not like. Sold it for less than what I paid for it.

I sometimes question the purchase of my St Croix Legend Elite 9' 8wt SW. I have a...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 07-30-2014, 01:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 342
Posted By dar
Re: Fresh and saltwater rod?

I also would recommend, and use, an 8wt for both bass and saltwater.

You might want to take a look at Rise Fishing Co. risefishing.com/. And no I don't work for them. But, I have had a chance to...
Forum: General Discussion 07-30-2014, 01:03 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 203
Posted By dar
Re: Tired fly line??

Welcome to the forum.

To answer your question, providing you are casting on grass, no it should not wear out from casting on the lawn. I suspect what you are looking at is dirty fly line. Since...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-30-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 350
Posted By dar
Re: Entry level salt water

For fly rods, you might want to look at Rise Fishing Co. risefishing.com/ I have cast both the Balance and Level series and they are amazing rods for that price point. I even thought the Level 8wt...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-30-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By dar
Re: Rise Fly Rods - Specifically the Balance

Since I first posted my question, I've had the opportunity to talk to Steve, and cast both the Balance and Level in an 8wt. I told Steve, that I was "blown away" by how both rods cast. I was...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-25-2014, 02:12 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 994
Posted By dar
Re: INEXPENSIVE Backup Recommendations

You might want to check out the Rise Green Series. GREEN SERIES (http://risefishing.com/rise-fishing-co-green-series.html). I just bought their Balance in an 8wt. They make nice fly rods.

Dave
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2014, 07:42 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By dar
Re: St Croix's standing in the fly fishing scheme of things

I know what you mean about the LU 6wt. I live in Central IA and that is my primary warm water i.e. Smallmouth Bass rod.
Forum: Fly Reels 07-21-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 614
Posted By dar
Re: Best reel for a classic trout Rod?

A click and pawl reel is not hard to use. And if you do hook into a bigger fish, if necessary, you can palm the reel with your off hand. If you are looking for an inexpensive reel with a drag instead...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-21-2014, 12:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,324
Posted By dar
Re: St Croix's standing in the fly fishing scheme of things

Being from the Midwest, I am very familiar with and like St Croix rods. In fact, all but one of my graphite fly rods are St Croix.

8' 5wt Pro Graphite - first rod and still fish it for bluegills...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-11-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 415
Posted By dar
Re: Allen Trout ll gunmetal question

I have the Trout II in gun metal. It is not bright and shiney like my Orvis Mid Arbor. I have the Trout II on my 5wt and have used that set up on some bright sunny days without any reason to think...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-03-2014, 12:42 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,247
Posted By dar
Re: How to evaluate the risk of Smaller-sized Companies?

Justin, glad to see you weighing in on this topic

If fly rods were sold without a warranty, how would that affect the price of the rod? Whether true or not, there seems to be a belief in the fly...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-03-2014, 07:58 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,247
Posted By dar
Re: How to evaluate the risk of Smaller-sized Companies?

Ken,

St Croix makes all but the Rio Santo fly rod at their plant in Park Falls, WI. You an get into an Imperial for around $200. I own two 4 wts and they are nice rods.

I have an Allen Trout II...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-01-2014, 02:02 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,571
Posted By dar
Re: Is there that big of a difference? Old vs. New

As pete a mentioned, rods today are lighter and faster than those of even 10 years ago. To some that may or may not be a big deal. On occassions I still fish bamboo for trout, but when it comes to...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-30-2014, 03:22 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 215
Posted By dar
Re: Legend Elite saltwater vs. freshwater differences?

Ted

I have a 9' 8wt LESW. Don't know the difference from the fresh, but why not call St Croix and ask them. TF 800-826-7042. I'll bet they would be glad to take your call.
Forum: Fly Rods 06-27-2014, 01:20 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 272
Posted By dar
Rise Fly Rods - Specifically the Balance

I was looking for a back up 8wt for an upcoming smallmouth trip and was leaning towards a TFO Pro, but then I found Rise and the price caught my eye.

Has anyone fished one of these rods? They say...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-26-2014, 09:40 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 641
Posted By dar
Re: Rod Warranty

As already been mentioned, rod warranties are tacked on to the price of the fly rod. If the warranty were transferrable, the price of the rod would go up. Not everybody sells their fly rod after one...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-25-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 276
Posted By dar
Re: Help on Fly Line Float Performance

I believe you want the Green Mucilin which has silicone.

I would think that if you are only greasing the fisrt few feet of the tip and cleaning your line on a regular basis, you should not have a...
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