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Forum: The Lodge Den 01-26-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,527
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: The Watch Aficionado Chat Thread;

Any thoughts on these new FILSON watches. Made in America (FYI if you've ever heard of a SHINOLA watch company, it's FILSON I believe).

Watches | Filson (
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 01-12-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,306
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Tying vises

You might want to stay away from the Renzetti Presentation 2000. I had it and didn't like the hook release handle. I felt it was too small and being underneath the head/jaws it was awkward for me to...
Forum: Other Fishing Equipment/Clothing/Books/DVD's etc. 01-11-2015, 07:22 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 608
Posted By shotgunfly
SIMMS 2015 Exstream Gloves

Got these for xmas, wore them 1x 2 days ago and decided I prefer my older simms fold over mitt. The fingers in these are just too long. I have really small hands I guess. These are Size SMALL.
Forum: Fly Rods 01-04-2015, 09:41 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,221
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Favorite 7 weight & line

My ZG Orvis Helios 7wt tip flex has become quite the backup rod to my H2 6wt and H2 8wt.

I keep it paired with a sink tip line. Why? Because when I'm chucking streamers with my 6wt sometimes if...
Forum: The Lodge Den 01-04-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 2,527
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: The Watch Aficionado Chat Thread;

My brother swears by his Bertucci.
I wear a Gshock when there's risk of smashing my nicer watch.

That nicer watch is a TAG AquaRacer my wife got me for our 1st wedding anniversary.
Forum: Other Gear 01-04-2015, 09:07 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,747
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: New Sling Packs Coming...

No exaggeration here, I think I tried nearly 20 different kinds of systems from Orvis, Patagonia, Fishpond and Simms, countless dollars spent and never recouped on a second hand sale…and I've settled...
Forum: Fly Reels 01-04-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 1,344
Views: 254,207
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

I'm really starting to dig on those Ari Hart reels. Maybe 2015 will be the year?

---------- Post added at 09:57 PM ---------- Previous post was at 08:44 PM ----------

Added a few more to the...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 01-04-2015, 07:58 PM
Replies: 1,316
Views: 119,743
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: warmwater pics

Was after musky and got some attention but it was the surprise shenandoah river northerner that fell for it. First esox, won't be the last.
Forum: The Lodge Den 01-04-2015, 07:25 PM
Replies: 737
Views: 76,877
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Putting a face to the name

It's been a while since I've posted, figured I'd drop a new photo in. Virginia winter style on the spring creek.
Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 3,092
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: How long does it take from your home to the water?

Let's see:

Smallies/Musky/Largemouth public river - 20 min
Trophy Trout private spring creek (mostly rainbows, some browns) - 10 min
Trophy Trout public spring creek (mostly rainbows, some...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-21-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,615
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Abel vs. Hatch Debate

I'm still waiting for my limited edition steal your face grateful dead reel from Abel. It's been nearly oh 9-10 months. So I can't speak for the quality of the reel or performance yet.

I will say...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 4,255
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Say wot??? $89.95?

It's called "planned or designed obsolescence". I ran into it a lot in marketing and advertising discussions when I was working in my old job.

Sad—sometimes I loath the way America gets built.
Forum: The Lodge Den 07-02-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 890
Posted By shotgunfly

Kinda random but I think pertinent to those who like to have a cold drink in the outdoors.

So besides YETI, what are some other brands of coolers one might consider?

I know of a few and...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-02-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 406
Posted By shotgunfly
Need a quality UV lite

Been thinking of getting some UV clear head cement products, I know there's loon and clear cure goo. What I've been told is that you can get a decent/better UV lite on ebay.

Anyone got any good...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-02-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 4,058
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: How to evaluate the risk of Smaller-sized Companies?

I have a CF Burkheimer rod. That's made in the USA (Washington). I'd never heard of them until I saw them on the site. That was proof enough for me to buy from them. Small company (what...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 06-30-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1,316
Views: 119,743
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: warmwater pics

Mostly a cold water guy but getting into warm water more. Here's a recent doah large mouth that hit a pink and chart clouser. Hopefully will be adding some smallies soon…maybe a musky too. A guy can...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-19-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,418
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Newbie outfit question

If you can only get one rod go with a 9' 5 or 9' 4 wt. With the former you'd be "ok" with smallies, although it a 6-8wt is recommended around here to throw bigger flies. The former will at least make...
Forum: Fly Reels 06-06-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,246
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: High end reels.

There really isn't much I can add to what's already been said, but...

One thing I appreciate with my Saracione, Hatches and (hopefully soon to arrive custom Abel) is the top notch attention and...
Forum: Fly Reels 06-06-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 4,358
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Hatch Love.....

Just and update on the Hatch 4+…that 'broke'. I got it back in about 2 weeks and fixed…no charge. Shop sent it out, got it back like new.

I expected no less from a company like that. Good folks....
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,405
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Walkie Talkies

If you got the cash, I have a pair of Garmin Rino 530HX in 2008 for a trip to Kauai with my wife when we planned on hiking. They're water proof and have GPS and as long as you can get them on the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-23-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,059
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Looking for some opinions.

Well, what did YOU eat for breakfast?

Just kidding. I find time and time again when fishing with someone who is hitting the same holes, with the same flies (even sometimes right before me) and not...
Forum: Flies 05-18-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 487
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Sculpin patterns?

Check out this company and their products as well as instructions.

FS Skulpin Bunny :: (
Forum: General Discussion 05-18-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 443
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Anyone use different size rods for stream conditions?

Multiple rods? Absolutely.
I take it you've never heard the analogy made between GOLF and FLY RODS?

It's true. You can tee off with a #5 fairway but you'd be better off with a #1 driver. And you...
Forum: Southeast U.S. 05-16-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 293
Posted By shotgunfly
Currituck Sound and NC Coast - beginner

Okay heading to NC and spending a few days near Corolla which gives me quick access to Currituck Sound and the coast.

I have a Buelah Bluewater 8/9 wt with a Cheeky MOJO 7/8/9 reel. Am...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 05-16-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 797
Views: 90,320
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Brown Trout Pics

This brown was a long time coming. Three years of hoping and about 30 attempts later I finally landed a good size brown on this famed technical spring creek.

I did my homework, taking note of...
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