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Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 875
Posted By burk48237
Re: 4 piece rods? what's up?

Four piece has become the industry standard. About the only place in the market where 2-piece still makes sense is the 99.99 price point rods. For the most part customers spending $100 bucks on a fly...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-30-2014, 09:51 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 723
Posted By burk48237
Re: Sealed Drag Reels

Have you fished Liquid Crystal yet? I was Randi Swisher at the Midwest (MI) show (you really ought to come some time) and we were casting it with the local Far Bank rep. Even he was impressed by that...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-30-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

While I agree that a rod is made to last a long time, and ironically all of mine except my Loomis rods have. The reality is the return numbers in the industry are unsustainable. And in many cases I...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-27-2014, 06:21 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 275
Posted By burk48237
Re: Crosswater problem you wouldn't believe...

I have a dealer in Nashville that has re-spooled two entry level outfits from Bass Pro Shop where the Fly line was spooled first followed by the backing. The sad thing is these beginners left the...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-27-2014, 08:45 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

In defense of Pure fishing it's my understanding that they have improved the Hardy/Greys warranty. I must admit that my greatest obstacle in the last year when I sold them was their warranty. For...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-26-2014, 08:05 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

Like I said I have no problem with the quality of their rods, I may even consider some myself in the near future. But they are not the player they were 10-15 years ago. Sadly neither is Winston.
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Forum: Fly Rods 03-26-2014, 08:46 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

First, there is no doubt they build some great fly rods, and pretty much always have. Second, they have always had a more presence in the SE for Salt and NW for Steelhead than elsewhere in the...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2014, 05:55 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

Sweet and Salt, The only scuttlebutt I have is that Jarden's agreement is an exclusive for use of 3M Nano technology in all sporting goods. Remember they own K2 Skis, Marker, Marmot, Coleman,...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-24-2014, 06:31 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

While I'm sure some of the issue is regional (I've heard they have a strong presence in FL) the reality is they have good national marketing (magazine-web-social media) and lousy representation at...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-24-2014, 03:10 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,292
Posted By burk48237
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

The problem is not product development. they have actually developed almost as many new products considering the updated NRX lites, and Pro line as almost anyone in the Fly rod business.

The...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-17-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 184
Posted By burk48237
Re: Ross FlyStart #3 (5-7wt) and BVK?

I'd go with the Okuma, in this case they seem to be a better value.

As far as line, you'd be surprised how much better those bulkier flies throw with a line like a Cortland Big Fly or Rio...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-17-2014, 08:43 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 191
Posted By burk48237
Re: Price check--used G-loomis venture 5

Warning:

They are not a bad reel for $60. BUT, the drag will blow up on a good fish, it's just a matter of when. I've seen them blow up multiple times, they are fine for most trout, warmwater...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-12-2014, 11:19 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By burk48237
Re: Thought Rods

I will say this much of the Rods I've owned, the ones I found myself doing the least amount of adjusting casting stroke, and working on technique with were these:

Winston WT 8 1/2' ft. 5 weight...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-12-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 244
Posted By burk48237
Re: new to fourm

I would never suggest overlining a Scott G series, they seem to be very true to line size much like the Winston WT'S. They are great presentation rods for spring creeks, etc. With Cortland I would go...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-12-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 377
Posted By burk48237
Re: Line Damage Casting on Snow

Snow is actually fairly abrasive, but I doubt anymore damaging to most fly lines than lawns with all of the chemical fertilizers we use these days.
Forum: Fly Reels 03-12-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 5,216
Posted By burk48237
Re: Lamson Litespeed 2??

And the Bauer Rogues have rear drag adjustment like most Fly reels. I rep Bauer, and I'll say this much John will not compromise in the quality department, no Rulon, only stainless bearings, and all...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-20-2014, 10:30 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 278
Posted By burk48237
Re: Bamboo Fly rod question

What almost everyone else said. I am of the opinion that in 7 1/2 foot and under rods Bamboo can, if built by the right craftsman, on the right tapers, produce a superior rod to graphite. It has a...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-14-2014, 09:40 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,158
Posted By burk48237
Re: Yellowstone Angler 8-Weight Reel Shootout 2014

There are rewards to "intentionally subjugating yourself to fishing in 20 degree weather". This is a photo I took of my buddy Blake with his first MI steelhead along with guide James Johnson. For the...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-13-2014, 09:19 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,158
Posted By burk48237
Re: Yellowstone Angler 8-Weight Reel Shootout 2014

While I agree with you one one level (a reel that can handle Salt, the flats) can handle any situation based on drag performance and durability. I disagree with you on another. I have seen every cork...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-12-2014, 11:51 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 3,158
Posted By burk48237
Re: Yellowstone Angler 8-Weight Reel Shootout 2014

A few points I noticed he rated three Lamson reels. But with Bauer he took the lower priced CFX over the far more robust Rogue. The CFX is designed as a lighter weight heavy Freshwater-light...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-31-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 884
Posted By burk48237
Re: Somerset Show 2014: Reels

For the record, the Mid West Fly Fishing show in a NE Detroit suburb is a pretty good show. While it's not Sommersett, it draws about 3500-4000 visitors in 2 days, has a couple of casting ponds, and...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-30-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 884
Posted By burk48237
Re: Somerset Show 2014: Reels

Interesting stuff. A few notes:

I have too heard great things about 3-Tand and was surprised they weren't at ICast.

The Hardy SDS was a done deal at ICast, I do find it interesting that they've...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-29-2014, 09:37 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 550
Posted By burk48237
Re: Broken wood reel handle help?!

I'd give Ross a call. They use too pride themselves in maintaining an inventory of old parts. It may be a long shot since they've been purchased, but I can't imagine they've closed the service dept....
Forum: Fly Rods 01-24-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,725
Posted By burk48237
Re: Materials, Tapers, Technology - Will it Ever Plateau?

I personally think all of the Fly rod companies should pay attention to this post.

I agree in the sense that once the high end rods went over $500 there was a dramatic decrease in their sales....
Forum: Fly Rods 01-23-2014, 08:07 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 1,725
Posted By burk48237
Re: Materials, Tapers, Technology - Will it Ever Plateau?

One thing I will say to disagree with a couple of posters. The new technology is enabling rod designers to brake some of the limitations of the old rods. Those limitations aren't a problem for most...
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