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Forum: Fly Lines Yesterday, 06:02 PM
Replies: 14
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Posted By coolhand
Re: Rio Lines and a Scott Radian- Question

Not to worry. The "In-Touch" versions will be offered in addition to, not replacing, the "Standard" in the Gold, Grand, and Trout LT.

Been testing a Gold "In-Touch". The non-stretch core makes...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-18-2014, 02:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 613
Posted By coolhand
Re: 6 weight rod feedback Scott Radian?

I have fished and cast both the 9',#5 and 9', #6 Radians this summer. I went ahead and purchased the #6. Has plenty of power for multi-nymph rigs and streamer work, but still has enough finesse in...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-05-2014, 05:22 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,654
Posted By coolhand
Re: Sage ACCEL

S&S:

The Accel is most similar to the standard NRX, probably not as quick recovering, but close. The NRX LP is a lot softer in the tip and doesn't have as strong as butt section as the Accel. ...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-05-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,654
Posted By coolhand
Re: Sage ACCEL

Wow, lots of judgment based on market placement and price point. Most by people that haven't even touched or casted the Accel. What bloody difference does that make to a fisherman? Check it out...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-04-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,654
Posted By coolhand
Re: Sage ACCEL

Got to lawn cast a couple of the new Sage Accel's today. 9', #5 and 8'6", #5. I think that Sage and its head design Jerry Siem are on to something here. Whereas the Method, One, and Circa models...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-24-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 696
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: 3,203
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: 2,256
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: 603
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: 3,203
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: 3,203
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: 2,493
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: 610
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: 818
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: 424
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: 1,480
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: 1,480
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: 818
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: 2,241
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: 2,241
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: 2,241
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: 384
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: 929
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: 1,090
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: 399
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...
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