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Forum: Fly Rods 04-19-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
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Posted By coolhand
Re: Vapen or Passport....need help!

I would recommend that you cast a few before committing to buy.

Just test cast a Redington Vapen 9'6", #5, and was very underwhelmed. Super stiff, and not real responsive, and HEAVY. No feel...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-08-2014, 10:02 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 612
Posted By coolhand
Re: Question regarding oversize rod for smaller flies?

It is a much better situation to have a heavier line weight rod for small flies than an underweight/light line rod with big flies or wind.

I find myself fishing more with my #6 and even #7 and #8...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2014, 10:13 AM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,345
Posted By coolhand
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

I also have had nothing but positive experiences with G. Loomis warranty service. Once had a reel seat issue on a Whispercreek GLX, they sent me a brand new replacement - no charge. Found a small...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-24-2014, 06:09 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,345
Posted By coolhand
Re: Loomis.....losing fans and market share?

I have long been a "Sage Guy". Have owned and fished a wide variety of them over the years, always thought that they were the "best", period. Funny thing was, very few of them ever "stuck" with me....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-22-2014, 07:48 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 110
Posted By coolhand
Re: Line for a Loomis NRX 9' 7 wt rod

FWIW, The line that I like best with my NRX #7 9', is the Scientific Angers Mastery Steelhead Taper. It has a long belly head that loads the rod very well, and might be a bit better at distance than...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-09-2014, 09:33 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,021
Posted By coolhand
Re: Best value 4wt


Greys Streamflex XF2 - med/fast action, very light weight
Echo Edge - med action
Echo3 - fast action

USA made:

Sage Approach - med/fast
Sage Response - fast
Forum: Fly Rods 02-16-2014, 10:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By coolhand
Re: Hardy Zenith or Loomis NRX?

If they cast equally well for you. I would say NRX by a mile. The made in USA factor being the deciding point.

Love my NRX's, they are never the wrong rod, and are great all-around performers....
Forum: Fly Rods 01-26-2014, 12:10 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,675
Posted By coolhand
Re: 8 wt questions and recommendations?

The new Redington Vapen is another possibility to consider. The Echo rods are great bets, either the Echo Edge or the Echo3 Saltwater, seem to have good durabilty for relatively inexpensive rods.
Forum: Fly Rods 01-22-2014, 01:16 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,109
Posted By coolhand
Re: Swing weight verse Dynamic weight

I should take my own advise and just go fishing. Just pretty snowy and cold, getting wimpy in my old age.

But, just can't leave this alone. All this discussion of "swing weight", angular...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-21-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,109
Posted By coolhand
Re: Swing weight verse Dynamic weight

S&S, I, too am puzzled about "swing weight/dynamic weight" and meaningful metrics measuring it. However, this discussion isn't helping my understanding much.

I do know that some rods cast...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-20-2014, 11:43 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,109
Posted By coolhand
Re: Swing weight verse Dynamic weight

Whew! Couldn't have made that 40' cast to catch that 12" trout with a brain the size of a pea, without all the high math and theoretical physics. And opinions of all the "experts" here. :eek:
Forum: Fly Rods 01-13-2014, 08:55 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,690
Posted By coolhand
Re: Yellowstone Angler - 2014 8 Weight Shootout

Maybe I am being a little too tough on Anderson with my criticisms of this shootouts. There are some nuggets of information that can be gleaned from them. But, these shootouts are kind of a mixed...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-13-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 442
Posted By coolhand
Re: any of you all use ECHO rods

Echo is one of the better "offshore made" brands. Good durability and good values throughout their lineup. Excellent warranty and customer service.

The Carbon is a solid performer and is...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-12-2014, 06:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,690
Posted By coolhand
Re: Yellowstone Angler - 2014 8 Weight Shootout

Probably valid point that it is extremely difficult to execute an objective rod test.

My main complaint, is that it seems that Yellowstone Anglers has a strong bias for and against certain...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-12-2014, 12:57 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 3,690
Posted By coolhand
Re: Yellowstone Angler - 2014 8 Weight Shootout

Anderson's Shootouts = Gong Show!

Every new shootout they do erodes Yellowstone Angler's and George Anderson's credibility. It get's worse with every new iteration. Why they keep it up is...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-01-2014, 04:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,732
Posted By coolhand
Re: Orvis sells Ross Reels...

This is great news for Ross fans. This historically great, USA made, reel maker has been adrift since 3M acquired them. When Orvis purchased the 3M fishing business, I thought that it would be the...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-01-2014, 04:38 PM
Replies: 47
Views: 3,309
Posted By coolhand
Re: Great Fly Rod Debate: Trout

Boy, it would be depressing to have just one trout rod. Thank goodness there isn't a rule like that.

But, if I had to pick one for everything it would be a fast(er) action 8'6", #5. This choice...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-16-2013, 11:31 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 1,097
Posted By coolhand
Re: Rod weight.. really that important?

A fly rod is actually a pretty complex tool. The physical weight of a rod is one characteristic, swing weight is another, weight distribution is a factor, as is flex pattern, types of materials...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-16-2013, 10:58 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 3,508
Posted By coolhand
Re: Scott Radian versus Sage ONE...

Boy, this is a tough one. Have cast and fished both. They are more alike than they are different and fill the same performance niche in a quiver of rods. Very light in physical weight, fast action...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-05-2013, 04:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 598
Posted By coolhand
Re: Western guys, I need some quick Brookie rod advice.

As a western fishermen, most brookies are relatively small (8" and under) and populate many small mountain streams in our area. I like a 7.5 - 8', #4 most of the time, but will break out the 8.5',...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-24-2013, 09:43 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,486
Posted By coolhand
Re: Best Low End 9'5wt

Sage Approach - very easy to cast, better than any of their previous 1st price point rods.

G. Loomis Pro 4X - super smooth performer for price point, fishes very well.

St. Croix Imperial...
Forum: Fly Lines 11-21-2013, 08:23 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 879
Posted By coolhand
Re: New Rio Lines

I haven't actually weighed the "old" Rio Gold vs. the "new" Rio Gold, but the latest iteration does feel a bit "heavier". From what I understand they "double-dipped" the tip of the line so it will...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-18-2013, 09:17 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,690
Posted By coolhand
Re: Some thoughts on fly rods.

I agree with many here, that the Asian built rods have improved a lot over the past 5 years or so and that the perfomance gap between the Asian rods and American rods have narrowed. I own a few...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-14-2013, 04:07 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 701
Posted By coolhand
Re: Apples to Apples line weight

I kind of think that its "fun", to have differences (both slight and not so slight) between different rods of the same line weight designation.

I have a range of rod types in each line weight...
Forum: Fly Lines 11-11-2013, 08:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 427
Posted By coolhand
Re: Fly line for sage one reservoir fishing

My favorite line for my 9' #6 Sage One in a stillwater/reservoir situation is the Rio Streamer Tip - with the clear intermediate tip. This line is a bit "heavy", probably at least a full line...
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