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Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 04:50 PM
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Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Sage Sp ,Xp, or RPL+?

I have the SP 9'/#4 it is a sweet rod with a medium action flexing well into the lower mid section. The RPL+ is older and much stiffer, from the late 80's, the SP is early 90's. The XP is the newest...
Forum: Fly Reels Yesterday, 03:45 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

Regrettable about all that Campbell's Soop...on a brighter note; several well designed reels including FWX, Torque and especially Hardy U DD are priced commensurately with Lamson's machined reels so...
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 01:28 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 606
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: So.... I'm a bit stuck in a rut.

The oldest rod I still have in active duty (a 1/2 dozen days a season) is a 1984 Orvis Western 8'/#4 mounted with a same vintage CFO IV. It's not as soft or full flexing as an old Far&Fine (rated for...
Forum: Fly Reels Yesterday, 12:36 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

Mike, I have not jammed my Magla either, and I am confident in your skills. This is not about "brand loyalty" to me and I am not knocking anyone's decision making process just indicating that there,...
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 12:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 204
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Soft Tip - Crisp Tip

Mike is right...it requires a quiver. This past Winter I made a good trade with one of my friends on this Forum. He got a deep flexing, diminutive line-weight rod from me that I have little...
Forum: Fly Reels Yesterday, 10:34 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

I would like to expand on the spool aspect ratio issue in response to a PM stemming from this thread. Many great classic reels had wide spools; look at retro S handle models like Vom Hoffs, Bogdan...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-25-2014, 12:25 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 204
Posted By sweetandsalt
Soft Tip - Crisp Tip

Not to denigrate any rod company, and I fish rods from numerous makers not being a "brand loyalist", Sage and G.Loomis have been fly rod benchmarks for more than a quarter Century since the...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-24-2014, 08:33 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 224
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Sage SALT

I have yet to lay my hands on one but am super curious too as I seek a new #9 for this fall to compliment my NRX #8.
Forum: Fly Reels 08-24-2014, 08:27 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 130
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: ??? on Orvis MIRAGE III vs HARDY Ultralight DD 5000 or 6000

These two reels have a number of similarities. Both are built in Korea, feature high end type stacked drag modules (both are sorta sealed not absolutely sealed but require no major maintenance in...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-24-2014, 08:12 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

Orvis is not a reel maker, just a designer/marketer, but has had some fine reels over the years. In the current line up, though Asian sourced, the Mirage and Hydros both feature stacked, multi...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-24-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 445
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: New 4 wt. reel considerations ?

Not on close out, not from overseas and over $200 but on my ONE#5 I fish a Nautilus FWX 7/8 (that's right...7/8, its that light). The 5/6 might be right for the #4. Another reel to consider is Galvan...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-23-2014, 02:08 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

A perfectly valid counterpoint but I differ with the logic of uniformity of line retrieval being more intuitive with a wide, shallow spool than a narrower, deeper one. Again, I don't build reels,...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-23-2014, 09:10 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 741
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Not liking Orvis lately

Most common cause of rod breakage during angling is "high-sticking" while bringing a fish to hand or net. With the rod arched over your shoulder to bring the fish close, you bend un-sustainable flex...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-22-2014, 04:04 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,719
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: 6-Weight Renaissance

The two new six weight rods I was considering last spring where the Scott Radian and Sage Method. I cast them side by side at Somerset in January and they are very different rods; both light weight...
Forum: Gear Reviews 08-22-2014, 01:04 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 270
Posted By sweetandsalt
Sage Method 6-Weight - An Essay

Sage Method 9/#6 An Essay

I call it Big Red and, for me, it is an experiment in what I consider to be a renaissance of the venerable 6-weight fly rod. There was a time leading up to and...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-21-2014, 05:07 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Rio Lines and a Scott Radian- Question

If you take a pair of rods, say Radian and H2 both #5's, place the tips on the (carpeted) floor and flex them next to one another, you get an illustrative view of their flex profiles. Naturally, any...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-21-2014, 12:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Rio Lines and a Scott Radian- Question

As I have oft commented upon with very light quicker rods, it is the feel of the line not the rod's mass that needs to be focused upon. Gold has a shorter front taper tan the lighter SA "Trout" lines...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-21-2014, 10:39 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 433
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Trout Fly Rod Arsenal

Depends on the environments you fish or hope to. Really, your 8 1/2'/#5 IMX is a fine smaller stream rod but a #4 of that size or 8' would be a logical addition. I don't think you need much of an...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-21-2014, 10:07 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 280
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Rio Lines and a Scott Radian- Question

I went back and forth between Perception and Gold on my new #6 this spring and preferred Gold. Not only a better taper as you indicated but I am leaning away from non-stretch cores for dry fly...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-20-2014, 03:53 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 140
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Saltwater lines for Scott S4S 8 wt

Me too. NV Giga 8 on NRX and the finish on the (clear) Hatch is like the same as on the Scott's reel seat. And a Fortuna for the ProAxis. See if you can find the Liquid Crystal Blue to try on the...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-20-2014, 10:42 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,215
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Radian 8ft 6" 4 wt

Great, we all look forward to your field report. Note that the FWX reels are remarkably light weight; the FWX 5/6 is the optimal match for my StreamDance 8 1/2'/#4 but I'll wager the black 3+ looks...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-20-2014, 10:31 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 81
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Rio Permit Line

I was unaware of this new line so you inspired me to go to their web site and check out its specs. Looks good. In fact, a RIO line I have enjoyed fishing for both bonefish and permit is the RIO...
Forum: Fly Lines 08-20-2014, 10:20 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 140
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Saltwater lines for Scott S4S 8 wt

I own this same rod. By all means try the RIO Bonefish on it, it is a fine line. But I found one I like even better on S4s; Airflo's Tropical Ridge really brings out this rods best qualities and...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-20-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 665
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Orvis C.F.O.

Fox is right; the CFO is not a performance reel. On the other hand, rods under 4-weight rarely are called upon to "perform". As classic spring and pawl reels go, few embody the perfection of look,...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-19-2014, 12:33 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 920
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Ross CLA or Lamson Konic/Guru?

No, I like large arbor reels a lot but detest WIDE spool aspects whether large, mid or standard arbor.

The Lamson specific gripe stems not from a monster nor even my fish. I've told this...
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