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Forum: Alaska General Discussion Today, 03:59 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 95
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: South Central Alaska Sweltering in Heat!

FT Chaffee, Africa hot :)

I'm sure Ard will chime in. Check the hours of daylight for that date. You should be getting closer to the end of summer. I was there with Ard in July 2014 and it hit...
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 03:03 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 662
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: I prefer 2pc rods....... Am I a dinosaur?

I haven't had any breakage problems with a four piece, and streamers are about all I throw on rods 6WT and above. I'll certainly get in the habit of checking ferrules more often than I have been. I...
Forum: General Discussion Today, 02:51 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 96
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Fly fishing without a hook

My preference as well. I admit I am jealous I can't fish Western streams all the time, but many of us are fortunate to have diverse fishing opportunities. I can't say that I have cracked the "dog...
Forum: General Discussion Today, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 96
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Fly fishing without a hook

Not such a bad idea IMO. How many did you almost catch? :)
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 05:30 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 233
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Fly Rods and Power Lines

I've pushed my luck in the boat more than once. As Riptide mentions the bite can be incredible. If I start to see the lightning on the horizon the rods are stored though. It isn't worth my life. ...
Forum: Share Patterns Yesterday, 04:30 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 80
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Tying Shank Flies;

We are all gonna die with a tackle store's worth of leftover stuff we got a quantity deal on. I'm OK with that. My heirs can do the math and see if I screwed up or not buying up in bulk :)
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Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 01:43 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 116
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Steve Godshall Custom Flyline

Swinging streamers on some of the local rivers for warmwater. (I live 3/4 mile from the Mississippi and other tribs). Often from my boat. The new switch rod over the spey if it works out. There...
Forum: Share Patterns Yesterday, 01:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 80
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Tying Shank Flies;

Allen sells good stinger hooks very economically. As far as the pike, a mod using light wire instead of braid might work. It might cut right through the tying thread too. I will try one and see. ...
Forum: Share Patterns Yesterday, 07:31 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 80
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Tying Shank Flies;

You mention "shanks" which I am not familiar with. I assume a long #2 heavy wire streamer hook would work fine? The fly does appear multi-species. In the correct colors it would seem to be a good...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2016, 09:32 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 231
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Stickman Rods/Hatch Magazine review

Looking forward to your review when yours arrives. I've never seen one.
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2016, 09:27 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 218
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Bentley's outrageous tackle box option for its 160k Bentayga SUV

As the saying goes, "If you have to ask how much it costs you can't afford it". Can't believe Ford-Chevy-Dodge have to be shown what options we really need. They provide the lighted passenger...
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2016, 09:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 188
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Thank you!!!

It's like I upgraded my internet provider. Very nice!
Forum: General Discussion 07-22-2016, 08:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 116
Posted By ia_trouter
Steve Godshall Custom Flyline

I have read on this forum for at least a year that ordering a spey or switch line from Steve Godshall is a wise move. I didn't listen and purchased several lines for my Beulah spey. Recently...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2016, 07:21 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 662
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: I prefer 2pc rods....... Am I a dinosaur?

I too enjoy the St Croix Koolaid for the reasons you stated. And the fact they never failed me in 30 years of spinning gear for larger fish is a big factor. You just don't see too many threads...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2016, 06:15 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 3,122
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: New Air rod from winston

I agree Mike. I don't even own a Winston rod but I read the threads and I wouldn't care for the bashing if it were my favorite rod company . A Winston does not have feel like a Sage or G.Loomis. ...
Forum: Other Gear 07-20-2016, 06:56 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 979
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Orvis's New Nipper

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-pr43ScAi18

Required listening before anyone types another mean word.

Michael row your boat ashore.............

Peter, Paul and Mary did it best. Anyone...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2016, 05:21 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 691
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Fly gear prices back in the old days.

Thanks Frank. 50s and 60s pricing is what we are lacking on this thread. That Mitchell 300 spinning reel was far more spendy than I would have guessed, but then again it is more complicated than...
Forum: Other Gear 07-20-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 979
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Orvis's New Nipper

It's starting to get a little too mean spirited guys.

Half the forum members I fish with have Abel nippers and/ or high end Sage rods. They are very talented flyers. We have a LOT of fun with it...
Forum: Forum Polls 07-20-2016, 04:35 PM
Replies: 140
Views: 20,049
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: How far can you cast?

That's an interesting take miki, and it makes some sense to me. My inability to control 90ft of line a line or quickly detect a strike at 90 ft would cause me not to fish at that distance. The fact...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-20-2016, 04:12 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,778
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Sage X sweeps IFTD 2016 rod categories

I understand the cast is where the proof is. You can lightly wiggle some of my MED action fuller flexing rods vs fast though, and the difference is quite dramatic. I wouldn't have to ask which one...
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2016, 02:06 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Orvis Hydros SL vs. Allen Kraken XLA (8wt.)

I don't think the cheaper Kraken would disappoint you on any fish normally targeted with an 8WT rod. I look forward to fighting a 40# fish with the reel. Not that I expect that to happen.
Forum: General Discussion 07-20-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 176
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Orvis Hydros SL vs. Allen Kraken XLA (8wt.)

Haven''t used the XLA but even the base model Kraken has an amazing drag. Worked flawlessly for Kings in the 20# range. Watch the Allen sizes carefully. They are not small reels. I use a Size #4...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-20-2016, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 279
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Echo 3 for streamers?

One rod size too large is generally easier to deal with than one size too small. I hear you on the 9WT. I don't use mine if it isn't really necessary.
Forum: Great Lakes Region 07-20-2016, 11:24 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 79
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Illinois/Iowa Quad Cities area

So you're already getting tired of fishing Chocolate Milk Creek for trout? :)

Me too, it's getting stale. I know of a lake with a good musky population. If we are going to fish when it's hard...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2016, 08:58 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 691
Posted By ia_trouter
Re: Fly gear prices back in the old days.

I don't understand how they stay in business selling plastic rods for only $2000 a pound. :)
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