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Forum: Fly Rods 03-14-2014, 01:33 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,301
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Allen Heritage Fly Rod

My Allen Heritage 6wt arrived today. (One week service from order to arrival). Let me be clear, this is a first impression, not a review.
Today the winds are at 20-25 mph & gusting, short casting...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-11-2014, 12:29 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,169
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Thought Rods

I've never considered the term "Thought Rod" before. But, I know that I have 2 rods that bring a smile to my face just to cast them. They do seem to do all the fishing -- while I watch the show.
Forum: Fly Reels 03-10-2014, 07:19 PM
Replies: 43
Views: 5,380
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Fly Reel under $100

When I'm asked about "inexpensive, quality reels" I first think of Allen flyfishing (Trout $140), and Echo (Depending on size $80).
Forum: Fly Rods 05-06-2013, 08:27 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,277
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: New rod for a older guy

I like the Hardy Ultralite (CC) Reels on my WT's (and a Tom Morgan gaphite). IMHO, they look good with the nickle silver, & balance well. Solid little reel and won't break the bank.
Forum: General Discussion 04-25-2013, 07:12 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 351
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Jp Ross fly rods

His fit & finish is excellent. He's very serious and proud of his work (with reason). Give him a call, he loves to talk rods.
Forum: General Discussion 04-01-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,444
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Feather Craft Furled Leaders

Are you mistaking a furled leader with a braided leader? Braided leaders do have a spray.
Forum: Fly Lines 03-26-2013, 05:05 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,431
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: E-Bay fly lines

Have bought & fished several lines on ebay. A distressed box, last year's model, none of that bothers me. Angler's Roost lines are very servicable & inexpensive. Own one in 2 & 5 wt. (He says English...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-26-2013, 04:53 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 928
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Equivalent to Sage Launch 8wt

Take a look at the Echo Solo 8wt. Might be a bit "faster" than the Launch series was (and less $). But, my memory has them very similar in castability. My wife is a "med-fast" kinda gal with her...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2013, 09:46 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 576
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Rod designation question

simply a case of pa-tay-to, pa-tah-to
Forum: General Discussion 03-18-2013, 03:02 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,965
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: TU Members

Life member since the rod "give away" was a Sage SP and the cost was around $700. Can't say that I've garnered any special treatment over yearly membership other than a few rods priced below retail...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-08-2013, 12:03 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 4,813
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Best Trout Rods ?

For most of my trout fishing in MI - a Tom Morgan Graphite 4 wt, 8'-6"
Forum: Fly Rods 02-25-2013, 05:21 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 2,917
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Travel 5 Weights

Personally, I'd look for a Redington Wayfarer. 5 pc. Discontinued but often on ebay. Or, trout unlimited gear reduction (donate tab) as an outfit. $175 Outstanding 5 pc, med fast rods. I own them in...
Forum: Fly Fishing Tackle Member Classifieds 02-21-2013, 11:00 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 393
Posted By mi_trouter
FS: Abel Creek 1 FlexABELity kit. LA & SA

For Sale: Abel Creek 1 FlexABELity kit. Both Large and Small arbor spools, in black. New, unused condition. $320 shipped to US address. Paypal OK. Send me a PM.
Changed my mind on reel(s) to use...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 02-20-2013, 08:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 868
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Lake Michigan - Traverse City area

There are too many fishing oportunities to list in that portion of the state. I haven't been into Wilderness State Park in a number of years, but fished a small lake (canoe) just west of I75 for...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-08-2013, 03:05 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,292
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Abel Creek 1 LA vs SA for my Sage LL 389?

A private message sent, re: Abel Creek 1 LA & SA
Forum: Fly Rods 02-08-2013, 02:22 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 594
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: 1st rod combo help

Another vote for Allen flyfishing gear. I use both the Trout and Alpha reels when I travel, have a 4 wt rod for "guests". Fantastic customer service.

Interestingly, while in a fly shop in the...
Forum: General Discussion 02-08-2013, 02:02 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,140
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: I need an online source for flies

I use both - buy flies online ( and Volusion Demo Store ( (tonto Creek Flies)
Hill's has a larger selection....
Forum: Fly Rods 01-30-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 739
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Valentines Day Gift...

No experience with Elkhorn, but,...
My wife just took delivery of her Allen ATS reel in pink. She loves it. Had to buy a peach line for it, of course. She thinks that the Allen will be "really cool"...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-29-2013, 07:25 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,625
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: okuma helios 89 fly reel

Personally, I'd go with the Helios over the Konic. I think that the Helios has a better "fit & finish". Also seems a sturdier built reel. (Own or have owned both). I am a fan of Waterworks Lamson...
Forum: General Discussion 01-29-2013, 10:15 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,175
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Hip waders?

Still own a pair of hip waders, can't remember the last time I used them.
Find I either wade wet, or, roll down the chest waders.
Forum: Fly Rods 01-25-2013, 02:33 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,275
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: First Fly Rod?

IMHO you can't do better than the Redington Crosswater outfits for your first rig. You can pick one up in a 4 pc for about $140. Med fast, forgiving action. Basic reel, decent line. Replace the...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-13-2013, 04:27 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,869
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: 3 weight

I would like to throw out the TFO Professional series as a consideration. I use one of the older ones often. I found the Redington CT series too "slow" for my taste/motion.
Allen's ATS is one I...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-09-2013, 09:13 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 498
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: Set Up Question

Allen Alpha II on clearance last I looked. Really like mine. $99 is a steal. And, in my experience, customer service can't be beat.
Forum: Fly Rods 10-09-2012, 01:27 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,153
Posted By mi_trouter
Re: need help

I agree with the earlier suggestion of a 5 wt., look at the 8'6". The Sage ZXL and the Scott G series would be a great place to start. Some very good prices on ZXL's right now....
Forum: Pacific Northwest 10-08-2012, 02:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 507
Posted By mi_trouter
Late October Seattle Day Trip Recommendations?

Will be in downtown Seattle on business for sevearl weeks (late Oct, early Nov).
Looking for any recommendations for day trip opportunities as I have most days (until 6 pm) free. Thanks.
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