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Forum: Fly Rods 07-24-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 475
Posted By coolhand
Re: A beautiful rod, well priced

Have a #4, 8'8" and #5,9'. Both on the medium side of medium/fast. Nice build quality, and very good performance. I especially like the beryl cork handles. My favorites of several of the Asian...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-23-2014, 12:23 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,716
Posted By coolhand
Re: The Shimano Beancounters Just Wrecked Loomis

This is a far bigger problem for G. Loomis Fly Fishing than the warranty issues. The corporate culture and policies of Shimano is killing the G. Loomis fly fishing business by itself. Until or if...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-22-2014, 11:26 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 1,752
Posted By coolhand
Re: Scott vs. Winston

Fly Fishing is not defined by "Dry Fly Only" techniques. Fishing with small dry flies are only a very, small component of my arsenal, and fishing tactics. Trout eat 80%+ of the time subsurface,...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-19-2014, 01:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 504
Posted By coolhand
Re: Sage Rod Chart Begs the debate - which is best?

My favorite Sage Trout rods are the original RPL's. Especially the 586 and 690 models. Fantastic all-arounders, with a great range of abilities.

The newer stuff is great, (lighter, stronger,...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-12-2014, 12:52 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,716
Posted By coolhand
Re: The Shimano Beancounters Just Wrecked Loomis

Funny. We are G. Loomis dealer. Didn't get the memo about this change...
We'll see, if this is actually the case or just a rumor at this point.

If it's true, gonna hurt the Fly Rod Sales for...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-12-2014, 12:02 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,716
Posted By coolhand
Re: The Shimano Beancounters Just Wrecked Loomis

Not sure that this is the situation. Go to the G. Loomis website. Look at the warranty section. Still claims that it is a lifetime warranty to the original owner. Plus still mentions the...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-26-2014, 12:28 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 2,350
Posted By coolhand
Re: Does made in USA matter?

Been thinking about this issue lately. Have come to the conclusion that the USA made rods are undeniably "better" than their Asian made counterparts.

There are some Korean built rods like the...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-25-2014, 05:49 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 556
Posted By coolhand
Re: Rod Warranty

I think that it is fair to pay actual repair costs for a broken rod rather than a flat warranty/replacement charge. The extremely high retail prices of premium rods today is probably a result of the...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-20-2014, 06:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By coolhand
Re: Loomis NRX LP?

Scientific Anglers Mastery Trout or Mastery Textured Trout are my favorites. Also like the Airflo Super-Dri Elite, and maybe a Rio Gold (although it may overload the LP a little).
Forum: Fly Rods 06-18-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 360
Posted By coolhand
Re: 6wt rod 8ft ish.

Couple of other "short" #6's that won't break the bank. But may be hard to locate.

Greys Streamflex XF2, 8 1/2', #6 - more of a "trout" action, great for terrestrials, hopper/dropper rigs, etc....
Forum: Fly Rods 06-17-2014, 12:37 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,407
Posted By coolhand
Re: Scott Rods?

I have a Radian 9', #5 - Love it. Kind of seems like a rod in a class by itself.
I like the S/A Mastery Trout and Airflo Elite Trout as the best pairings with this rod. The Rio Gold kind of mutes...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-16-2014, 02:10 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,407
Posted By coolhand
Re: Scott Rods?

I have only recently come to the Scott party. Everything about this brand exudes class. I now have a couple of G2's and a Radian. They fish about as well as anything that I have tried. ...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-16-2014, 01:59 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 708
Posted By coolhand
Re: Loomis NRX LP?

Agree with the Trident guys here. NRX LP is a good short to mid range, dry fly rod. Most similar to Sage ZXL or Winston BIIIX. Would not call this rod an "all-arounder" unless you are only going...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-12-2014, 11:56 AM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,115
Posted By coolhand
Re: 9', #5 Rods - master of nothing....

I humbly retract my statement that a 9', #5 is for a beginner/intermediate fisherman only. Many, very good, fly anglers use this combination effectively and are very satisfied. Glad it works for...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-09-2014, 02:03 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,115
Posted By coolhand
Re: 9', #5 Rods - master of nothing....

Name calling and flaming aside, I am glad that this thread has stimulated some discussion.

I want to be clear on a couple of things.

The original premise of this wasn't to ask the question...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-08-2014, 12:14 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 2,115
Posted By coolhand
9', #5 Rods - master of nothing....

The Fly Fishing industry keeps telling us that the ubiquitous, 9', #5 is the standard for trout fishing. This is interesting, because that particular length/line weight combination doesn't do...
Forum: Fly Lines 05-29-2014, 01:23 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 341
Posted By coolhand
Re: Rio Outbound Short help!

The Outbound Short is super heavy for its listed line weight. I have found that it is like 1-1.5 line weights heavier than listed. To handle this, you need to slow down and lengthen your stroke. ...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-29-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 861
Posted By coolhand
Re: Echo Fly rod questions

At the $300-$400 price point:

Echo3 9', #6 is an excellent streamer rod (it is what it does best) at it's price point. Super tough blank, good components and cork for a Korean built product. ...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-22-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,016
Posted By coolhand
Re: G.Loomis - A New Industry Standard?

Shimano's handling of the G. Loomis fly fishing division has been the downfall of the brand in the fly fishing world. Although, its ownership has probably enhanced the brand in the conventional...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-22-2014, 11:03 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 324
Posted By coolhand
Re: Redington torrent vs sage approach

Sage Approach by a mile. Made in USA, and much better performing and casting rod.

IMO, Redington rods are average at best. The only notable exception being the Classic Trout series that are...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-10-2014, 04:10 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 871
Posted By coolhand
Re: My want, your recommendation

FWIW, here are some notable rods that I have casted in this range. My favorites are listed 1st and in order of preference.

Med action rods:
Scott G2 8'8", #5
Sage Circa 589-4
Sage...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-01-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,321
Posted By coolhand
Re: 6-Weight Renaissance

Most of the time (with a few notable exceptions), I have found that the #6 weight offerings in a particular rod series are superior casting and fishing tools when compared with their #5 weight...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-29-2014, 12:21 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 335
Posted By coolhand
Re: Vintage sage RPL fans

My two favorites from the orginal RPL's are the 586 and 690. Probably don't need a "enhanced" line like a GPX or Rio Grand for the 586 - good choice would be a S/A Trout, Rio Gold, etc. The 690 is...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-19-2014, 06:03 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 353
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: 784
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...
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