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Forum: Fly Reels 04-14-2014, 06:39 PM
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Posted By labtrout
Re: Vintage heavier-duty reel?

I fished in Labrador a few years back with a Ross Gunnison G4 on my 8-weight rod and it handled landlocked salmon to 5 lbs., lake trout to 9 lbs. and even a 42-inch pike. Gunnisons are tough,...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-08-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 344
Posted By labtrout
Re: Old Orvis "Seven-Eleven" 4wt Full Flex: What have I got?

You have one of the great old Superfines. Along with the classic 7'9" 5-weight Far & Fine, this was considered one of the best tapers Orvis ever produced. It is almost strictly a dry-fly rod, soft...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-05-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By labtrout
Re: Anybody fish a Winston IM6 8' 5-weight?

As I said in an earlier post, that was my first Winston. It was a smooth, lightweight 2-piece rod that weighed only 2 1/2 oz. Mine came with a downlocking reel seat over a cork spacer. It was equally...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-02-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 876
Posted By labtrout
Re: Short Rods??

There are lots of small streams here in N.E. loaded with wild brook trout. To do that kind of fishing effectively, a short rod is a must. For me, that means a 6'6" or 7'6" 4-weight, depending on...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 875
Posted By labtrout
Re: 4 piece rods? what's up?

Other posters have made some good points about the improved technology of ferrule design as well as the advantages of four-piece rods for travel.

But I think there is another factor at work here:...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-27-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 260
Posted By labtrout
Re: Anybody fish a Winston IM6 8' 5-weight?

The 8' 5-weight was my very first Winston, purchased in 1990. It was made of what Winston at the time called "original" or pre-IM6 graphite. It was only sold as a two-piece rod.

I got an 8'6"...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-23-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,795
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston WT taken of their web site

In my opinion, it was no mistake. A lot of planning and strategy goes into marketing your products on a web site.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-22-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 726
Posted By labtrout
Re: Your Favorite Specialty Rod

Very well said. I think a short 4-weight or even 5-weight rod is ideal for small-stream fishing (I also use an old Orvis Flea). They are especially adept at casting bushy dries and small streamers....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-11-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 551
Posted By labtrout
Re: Thought Rods

I really like my old Winstons. My IM6 8'6" 5-weight and 7'6" 4-weight cast themselves. Also true for my 8' 4-weight Diamondglass, as Joshw said.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-02-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 427
Posted By labtrout
Re: Custom Made Rods on Ebay

I would only buy a custom rod from a rod maker I know.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-26-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,720
Posted By labtrout
Re: Which Winston?

I can roll cast reasonably well with my Bllx, but it certainly does not compare with my IM6 5-weight or older Orvis Superfines in that regard. If you do decide to technically underline the Bllx with...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-26-2014, 02:45 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,720
Posted By labtrout
Re: Which Winston?

Tim,

I am in total agreement with your comments on the 6-weight Bllx. It is an outstanding, accurate all-around "light 6." I fish mine with a Triangle Taper #6 line, which I find perfect.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-26-2014, 02:34 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,720
Posted By labtrout
Re: Which Winston?

Interesting, sweetandsalt, but also confusing. Wouldn't a 6-weight line that is a FULL-weight heavier then be a 7-weight? My information also came from a Rio rep. Oh well....

On another note, I...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-26-2014, 01:54 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 1,720
Posted By labtrout
Re: Which Winston?

Runningfish,

I have fished Winstons since 1992 and they are still my main rods. I've had IM6/WT, LT, Bllx and Blllx rods, so I'd like to provide some insights.

First of all, the models listed...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-21-2014, 07:48 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,392
Posted By labtrout
Re: You had $150 burning a hole in your pocket...

Definitely used. I'd rather buy a premium rod from 20 years ago, made in USA with premium components, than an offshore-made new rod. The fact that I prefer progressive, medium-action rods makes...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 06:40 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By labtrout
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams

Are you sure that's a Scott G2 and not A2? I am not aware that Scott makes an 8'6" G2 in any line weight.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 04:53 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By labtrout
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams

Moucheur, I also have the graphite Flea and use it all the time on tiny, brushy streams. I like it with a DT4 line.
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 03:27 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By labtrout
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams

S&S -- I like Rio Gold lines as well, but have been told (by a Rio rep) that the Rio Gold is more like a 1/4 weight higher, so the 4 would be 4 1/4. The Rio Grand is a 1/2 line weight higher. Not...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 12:36 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By labtrout
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams

I agree that a 4-weight rod is ideal for trout fishing, especially here in the East.

There are lots of fly rod choices out there and you will be well served whether you go with a 764, 774, 804,...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 11:00 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By labtrout
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams

To tell the truth, I had both the 8'4" and the 7'7" versions of the 4-weight. You're right, the 8'4" is more versatile for general trout fishing, but I liked the 7'7" for small streams. I actually...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-18-2014, 06:30 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,415
Posted By labtrout
Re: My Next Next Rod...PA Small Streams

If my one trout rod was a 9-foot 5-weight, I'd be looking at adding a 7 1/2 to 8-foot 4-weight before going to anything like a 2-weight outfit, which is much more specialized and generally limited to...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-04-2014, 02:06 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,795
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston WT taken of their web site

If Ondaatje still owns the company, I stand corrected. I recall reading, perhaps on the Winston Forum, that a new investment group was brought in after Drukman, Brackett and the others left. Perhaps...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-04-2014, 08:04 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,795
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston WT taken of their web site

No. The company was sold again several years ago now and seems more focused on faster rods at higher line weights using new technologies. That is understandable since sales in rods are now more...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-02-2014, 05:37 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 2,795
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston WT taken of their web site

It's unfortunate but not surprising. The writing's been on the wall for some time now. Many of their best designers have left over the years, Tom Morgan, Sam Drukman, the Boo Boys...

That was...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-30-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 885
Posted By labtrout
Re: Somerset Show 2014: Reels

Good point, Burk. I was at Somerset and was amazed at all the new manufacturers of rods and reels who were there -- all the way from the super high-tech stuff to several new (to me at least)...
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