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Forum: Fishing Rods & Outfits Classifieds 06-28-2016, 07:51 PM
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Posted By burk48237
Greys 9' 10 weight XF2 SALT

For sale is my unused (lawn cast only) Greys SW 10 weight, this is a great opportunity to add a basically new (demo) SW 10 weight to the quiver. These are fast powerful rods that use the same...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-23-2016, 08:27 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 392
Posted By burk48237
Re: Streamer Rod

Silvers in AK, I'd go an 8 weight or 7/8 switch rod. And be sure your reel has PLENTY of backing. They can go like a bonefish. As far as Rainbows, a seven would be fine in most places, although if...
Forum: Fly Lines 05-10-2016, 09:32 PM
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Posted By burk48237
Re: Cortland Guide taper vs. Triangle taper?

I use to be the Cortland Rep and I run regular Liquid Crystal, I can't imagine a better shooting line. The other thing about Liquid Crystal is that it has less than 1% stretch, which makes a HUGE...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-04-2016, 07:07 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,293
Posted By burk48237
Re: Sage One /Hardy Zenith

Sweet and Salt, what's your take on the T & T Spire 905? Mostly as as out west or Bigger Water 5 weight? I have an 8 1/2 WT for the Holy Water. And where would you place the Spire in the hierarchy of...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 05-01-2016, 09:26 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,282
Posted By burk48237
Re: Winston Buys Bauer Reels.

Can't speak to the spool width except to say that my SW Rogues are far thinner than then old Ross Big Games. But the spring loaded latch is only on the Trout sizes, the larger Rogue and RX have...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 04-30-2016, 09:21 AM
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Views: 1,282
Posted By burk48237
Re: Winston Buys Bauer Reels.

At this point it seems like Jon Bauer is pretty happy about it. I haven't read anything to the contrary. I seems more like a merger of sorts than a takeover. Winston is not by any means a big company...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 04-29-2016, 06:17 PM
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Views: 1,282
Posted By burk48237
Winston Buys Bauer Reels.

This one could be interesting, I use to rep Bauer and find their reels as good (perhaps better) then any premium reel on the market. For the record no one is using better quality componants. But...
Forum: News & articles for discussion 04-21-2016, 06:08 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,175
Posted By burk48237
Re: Bass Pro considering buying Cabela's?

Well, Aparently BPS has approached Goldman Sachs with a private equity group to make an offer. Looks like this going to happen.

Bass Pro Shops takes further step in pursuit of Cabela...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-19-2016, 08:15 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,351
Posted By burk48237
Re: Charlton

I had an opportunity to buy a mint Bogdan Trout a few years ago for $1500 and held off. I'm sorry about it too this day. I met Stan Bogdan at the Trout Fest in TN a few months before he passed and...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-19-2016, 08:02 PM
Replies: 31
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Posted By burk48237
Re: Streamer rod reviews

First in budget rods among the 9' class I recommend the TFO Mangrove over the BVK. BVK's have had some breakage issues, the Mangrove has a coating that makes the blank a bit more heavy but more...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-05-2016, 05:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 635
Posted By burk48237
Re: Hardy Shadow

I can assure you that for $150 you won't do any better. The Shadow is a well designed rod action on graphite technology that is about 5 years old. It's still a very good rod, and competitive new at...
Forum: Fly Lines 04-03-2016, 07:46 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 482
Posted By burk48237
Re: Tapered Leaders, Tippet Choice and Tippet Rings...

A couple of points. While I don't use them much tippet rings are a great idea for light tippets 5X+. But I don't see the value of them when you start talking about 3X or greater. Learn to tie Blood...
Forum: The Cost of Traveling To.......... 03-26-2016, 06:53 PM
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Views: 3,864
Posted By burk48237
Re: Gates Au Sable Lodge, Grayling, Michigan...

In fairness they electro shocked a 26" right across the river from Gates this fall. I broke off on a 20" class fish between Gates and the landing (about a 100 yards downstream) two years ago. I've...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-22-2016, 09:09 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By burk48237
Re: Hardy Zenith, Jet and Shadow

I've only thrown it a couple of times but it has some guts no doubt. A great small stream big fly rod for chasin donkeys in the swamp at night.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-21-2016, 05:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 895
Posted By burk48237
Re: Hardy Zenith, Jet and Shadow

There's one Jet that is really intriguing to me. I have a guide freind who has one and loves it. It's the 8' 6 weight. We do a lot of small stream mousing, plus our hex flies are almost the size of...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-19-2016, 04:10 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 162
Posted By burk48237
Flip Pallot Joins Cortland

I saw today on FB that Flip Pallot has joined the Cortland Pro Staff. I would assume he will have a lot of input on SW lines. I do think they make one of the best SW lines already in Liquid Crystal....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-13-2016, 09:27 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 3,660
Posted By burk48237
Re: If you could only have 2 Trout rods

Just couldn't do it. I fish too large a variety of waters and presentations. I could get by with three. And that's it. :D

Small Stream, chasin big wild brookies on tiny N Mi waters with big dries:...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-05-2016, 12:50 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,235
Posted By burk48237
Re: made in China lines

A couple of thoughts people seem to have missed from my first comment. Chinese fly line is junk and the reason is there is no incentive to take line manufacturing technology to China. The cost in...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-03-2016, 06:32 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,235
Posted By burk48237
Re: made in China lines

A couple of issues and observations on Chinese manufacture, from someone who worked for a company that did a lot of sourcing there.

Fly line is very hard to reverse engineer, it is also not a very...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-29-2016, 07:31 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By burk48237
Re: Graphite Rods: The True Costs

Rip Tide, If they're making money hand over fist can you explain why two of the three largest American fly rod companies didn't make a profit last year?

You are right about the warranty costs...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-28-2016, 05:51 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 615
Posted By burk48237
Re: Graphite Rods: The True Costs

A very poor article for several reasons. One, the author obviously has a burr up his arse. Second, it's filled with a few falsehoods. While the Far East can copy a generic blank and get it close in a...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-28-2016, 05:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 288
Posted By burk48237
Re: The least fatigue 10wt

For the fishing you're going to be doing, throwing a lot heads and bigger flies I would start with some of the new shorter rods. And my first choice would be the Loomis Shortstick. They are under...
Forum: Fiberglass Fly Rods 02-23-2016, 10:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 621
Posted By burk48237
Re: Difference new vs old diamondback fly rod?

The second generation rods were from blanks rolled in China to Diamondbacks specs. They were deep blue. They were assembled in Mike McFarlands shop as part of a deal with Diamondback.

The first...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-18-2016, 06:24 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 816
Posted By burk48237
Re: Shimano?

They do build some solid product and it's no doubt that their high end conventional product built in Japan is top of the line stuff. They also do bells and whistles better than anyone I've seen in...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-13-2016, 10:20 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 352
Posted By burk48237
Re: Winston biiix 7wt streamers?

On a windy day with heads it will be work.
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