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Forum: Gear Reviews 12-22-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,923
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Abel Nipper


No one notices so you have to show off here. i get it. i like it.

Yeah, no one needs Abel nippers but they are nice to have and worth it. Contrary to what someone else typed, I have had...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-14-2014, 03:08 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 843
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: A 4wt with some backbone

Yep. Or an old 4 wt XP. Or z-axis. You'll have to care for it though--obviously, since 4 wts don't usually (ever?) come in saltwater models.
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 10-25-2014, 09:58 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,282
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Surf casting in wind

Someone might say that this video doesn't tell you anything because it only talks about a tight loop and learning to double-haul. I'd say it tells you everything by only covering those two things....
Forum: Fly Rods 06-08-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 631
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Help picking a new 6 wt

I don't know your definition of "independent" but if i were to buy a 6 wt right now it would be an Echo 3. i own one and it's great. i've thrown small dries and sink tips for stealhead with it.
Forum: Equipment for Alaska 06-06-2014, 07:43 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 3,825
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: About Your Rod;


Would you mind providing some insight on your preference for 9' in a 7 wt, as opposed to a 10'? Or is that just how it worked out and not an intentional preference?
Forum: Fly Rods 05-29-2014, 02:40 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 580
Posted By gutterpunk

I know they are different rods, I've fished an XP, but not a VXP. This might be a dumb question, but all things being equal, which would you choose? Not from a technical point of view, perhaps but as...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-06-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,309
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Seele

Thank you, gentlemen, for the replies.

I think what S&S and Mouch experienced were the original Sigature Series, which are advertised as full flex. The Tailwind, which is called fast action, I...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-05-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,309
Posted By gutterpunk

Perhaps this is just a public PM to S&S, but I'm curious to know if anyone has experience with these rods. i know S&S wrote a little about them from Somerset, but not a lot of detail about which rods...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-30-2014, 10:34 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 4,430
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Who Makes Who's Rods?........

Company size, location, popular renown has absolutely nothing to do with the quality and innovative design of any product. ANY....

Your transmission bore anecdote notwithstanding, this is simply...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 04-28-2014, 09:44 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 1,544
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Newbie Going to Yellowstone needs advice

It was mentioned in a post, but I will isolate it here: there may not be much fishing in June given the enormous snowpack in the northern Rockies this year. July should be great though, not that such...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-26-2014, 09:41 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 411
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Reel for a saltwater 6 wt

Abel Big Game #2.
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 04-16-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 394
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Montana trout issues.

You can say that twice. He's a great guy. I've enjoyed many days on the river with him, and he really knows his stuff. His organization is one (it's a national TU affiliate, but a separate group)...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-14-2014, 08:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,890
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Question: suggestions for affordable fly reels

The Battenkill is a good reel, but since you need two, I'd go even cheaper on the trout. I have Echo and they are good reels, you can get a Solo for $35 (the Ion is $80). Then spend more on the...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic Area 04-07-2014, 09:36 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 492
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Fly fishing near Fairfax, VA?

The park is good, and beautiful, but small stuff. Some great trout streams though. I don't know how far you want to drive, but about 40 minutes north of DC is Upper Patuxent state park. There's a...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 04-07-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,171
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Magic river ?

This is a great mystery that I'm having fun trying to figure out. The problem is that its a small stream, and there are so many in that part of the world that its hard to pin down. At first, like...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-30-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 5,947
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

That's funny, I had a similar experience. I had (and still do) a couple old Fenwick rods from my father, but when I first walked in a real fly shop it was all G. Loomis. Sage too, but loomis was the...
Forum: Equipment for Alaska 03-29-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 6,865
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Do I Need A Special Rod For Alaska?

Keeping on the rods, and not guns, Ard (spray is where its at)...

As you know I'll be there in early August. Only fished Alaska twice for short periods (there for work, not fishing). Don't plan on...
Forum: Equipment for Alaska 03-16-2014, 04:05 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,899
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Recommended 44 mag ammo

Yes, that's fair. At close range I suppose that's the case, but as you say, most guys would be wetting' the drawers at 15 ft (myself included)--I think Guns and Ammo made a similar point--and a mad...
Forum: Equipment for Alaska 03-16-2014, 01:12 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 6,899
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Recommended 44 mag ammo

I'm not going to say anything that hasn't already been said, but...

My dad told me a story when I was a kid of a guy who was going to Alaska and ask the guide if he should bring his .44 mag for...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-14-2014, 09:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 808
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: new rod

You already ordered so the question might be a little late! But yes, it's a good rod for the money. I bought one for my brother on the recommendation of a Trout Unlimited pro. Enjoy.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-14-2014, 08:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,952
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Loomis NRX

Don't worry, Sweet&Salt, for good reason, counts for about a dozen NRX fans on this forum.

They seem to be known as a regional NW brand, more so than something like a Sage, maybe because they have...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 03-11-2014, 09:13 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 766
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: fishing the Madison

Second that. a 5 or 6. 9 ft.
Forum: Fly Reels 03-08-2014, 11:05 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,010
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: 8 wt reel advice, help

Back on topic, for that money look around for a used Abel or Tibor Everglades.

And back off topic...yeah, you ever wonder why Bahamians never go in the water? They think snorkelers are crazy (I...
Forum: Mid-Atlantic Area 03-06-2014, 09:58 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 520
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: Going stir crazy!

I'm going to be in Delaware this weekend, but there won't be stripers for, what, another month or so?

But with temps in the 60s early next week there might be some trout fishing to be had.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,934
Posted By gutterpunk
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams


I can't quite call it love, but I've got an 8'6" 4 wt ZXL that I'm in like with. You didn't mention that one. I think it's better than a One (you mentioned) or other fast action rods for...
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