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Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 10-18-2014, 10:11 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 202
Posted By coug
Re: Trip Report: SE Washington Tucannon,Grande Ronde

Nice! And fyi, all are in the northern Rocky Mountains.
Forum: General Discussion 10-09-2014, 08:00 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 787
Posted By coug
Re: Are you a Maximizer or a Satisficer?

I was waiting for a definition in the OP and finally hit the link then laughed out loud when I got to the descriptions. Definitely a maximizer. I probably don't have the amount of equipment others...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-28-2014, 12:31 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 825
Posted By coug
Re: Want a new 4wt - hung up on length

One of my favorite 4 wts is 8'9", and another of my 5wts is 9'5", so go for it! I am with S&S, some of the non-traditional lengths are great rods. I have a couple of two-handed rods from the same...
Forum: Fly Tying Articles 09-27-2014, 07:59 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 257
Posted By coug
Re: Tying Desk Necessities

I built my own a year ago and my main goal was more tool storage. Not in drawers, but right where I can grab them. My desk ended up with about 60 1/2" holes in parallel lines around the desk for...
Forum: General Discussion 09-24-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,160
Posted By coug
Re: Expensive reel for a 3 wt rod?

I'd say go for whatever you want because almost anything will probably handle the fish you are after with a 3wt.
Forum: Fly Rods 09-19-2014, 02:50 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,649
Posted By coug
Re: High End Fly Rod Suggestions

I agree, but I saw the comment about not buying a Winston and know many friends who love theirs, so just suggesting OP go eliminate it on their own and not listen to others very strong opinions. ...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-19-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 79
Views: 2,649
Posted By coug
Re: High End Fly Rod Suggestions

To the OP, just go cast some of the rods at your local shop(s) and go with the one you enjoy the most. All of us turn into advocates for our own favorites and for what fits our style, but there is...
Forum: Other Gear 09-17-2014, 09:35 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 885
Posted By coug
Re: Wading Staff Suggestion

I agree with Fred. I have a Folstaf I use for smaller water but the first time I had it on bigger water for steelhead it bowed so much I thought it was going to break. I use a Sharpes staff now....
Forum: General Discussion 09-12-2014, 07:57 AM
Replies: 99
Views: 3,101
Posted By coug
Re: Fly Shop Owners?

Most fly shop owners I have dealt with are first class. They are definitely not in it for the $$$. My favorite is still my local shop. I go in and we talk about his kids and grandkids, and he...
Forum: Other Gear 09-07-2014, 07:41 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 810
Posted By coug
Re: Need advice on cold weather fly fishing gloves

Here is the kast site:

and the Red Shed link Kast Steelhead Gloves (
Forum: Other Gear 09-07-2014, 06:25 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 810
Posted By coug
Re: Need advice on cold weather fly fishing gloves

Katz. They are big here in the northwest. Poppy at the Red Shed has them.
Forum: Other Gear 09-03-2014, 02:22 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 590
Posted By coug
Re: Fishpond Pitchfork Aluminum Clippers

I have several fishpond items and love them, but I was given a pair of these and they are terrible. My $2 cutters are much better at cutting line than these, especially when building leaders or with...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2014, 11:15 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 951
Posted By coug
Re: Addiction

The reel:rod ratio is out of balance. One thing that I found is handy is to have extra reels lined up for a rod. For single hand rods I may have a Gold I use most of the time, but I also have a...
Forum: General Discussion 09-03-2014, 07:36 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 951
Posted By coug
Re: Addiction

That is a nice start!
Forum: Other Gear 09-02-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,462
Posted By coug
Re: Who still uses a vest?

I sure love my guide vest, and the foul weather vest has crossed my mind spring creeks where I only use one box.
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 09-02-2014, 02:59 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 311
Posted By coug
Re: Where do buy your materials.

Some good advice on the common sources. They can have great deals on things like trout hooks by the 100. I try to get my stuff local. The Red Shed is my local shop and has great materials for...
Forum: How to Spey Cast - Technique and Advice 08-31-2014, 07:02 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 579
Posted By coug
Re: A terrible practice day

I am just starting my fourth year with two-handed rods. I learned with Scandi heads but switched to 55' heads last year for my 7 and 8wts. What a difference! Just relaxing with much less...
Forum: General Discussion 08-31-2014, 01:14 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 368
Posted By coug
Re: Who's using the Tapatalk App??

use it all of the time for this and other forums.
Forum: Fly Lines 08-29-2014, 09:20 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 657
Posted By coug
Re: What's best for my z-axis 590?

I built up a 590 a couple of years ago. I have four or five lines laying around and the gold was by far the best for me and my style.
Forum: Coldwater Articles 08-29-2014, 07:13 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 4,821
Posted By coug
Re: Becoming Member of 20-20 Club Can Be Challenge

Nice advice in the OP. We have a spring creek here we fish in winter where it is not uncommon to get the 20 -20. One thing I will add based on my experience is that a really good drag has helped...
Forum: Spey Fly Lines and other Spey Tackle 08-20-2014, 09:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 242
Posted By coug
Re: Spey Fly Line Head Lengths Defined

I have also seen this:

The affta stated
Shooting heads <50'
Short belly 50-60'
Medium belly 60-70'
Long belly >70'
Forum: The Lodge Den 08-12-2014, 06:18 PM
Replies: 122
Views: 5,153
Posted By coug
Re: How do you bring home the bacon?

Faculty member at university. Did a lot of field work around the west which was great fun.
Forum: General Discussion 08-11-2014, 10:41 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 174
Posted By coug
Re: Excellent Customer service from Monic Fly Line

I bought a couple of their running lines last year for a couple of my reels for two-handers. I like to weld my own loops so called about the shrink they use and they just sent me some. No cost to...
Forum: General Discussion 08-07-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 379
Posted By coug
Re: The computer in front of you.

Oh geez, that brings back nightmares from my grad school days.
Forum: General Discussion 08-07-2014, 05:57 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 1,577
Posted By coug
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