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Forum: Fly Rods 07-12-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 2,816
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: The Shimano Beancounters Just Wrecked Loomis

I had an NRX on my dream wish list; however if this is true, I'll save my money and get a St Croix Legend Elite, Orvis Helios II, or (gulp) start buying foreign made rods like a TFO BVK where I could...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-27-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 450
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Another 3wt to complement my Sage Zxl?

You already have a great dry fly rod with the zxl. If you like 3 weights, I would add a dedicated nymph rod in the 10 foot range. Greys streamflex and echo shadow II offer entry level price points,...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-28-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 2,506
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Which Winston?

I have both the 9 foot, six weight and the 8 foot, four weight BIIX and love them both. I've moved to a switch rod as a more efficient way to cast large streamers and clunky nymph rigs. The two...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-21-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,626
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: You had $150 burning a hole in your pocket...

I'd add $10-20 and get the Echo carbon, 8 foot 4 weight. I think it's the best inexpensive rod out there for small stream trout and panfish.
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 01-19-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 438
Posted By chicagojohn
Redington CPX 10'6" 6 weight switch rod

Anyone have experience casting this rod? Rio is recommending the 6 weight switch chucker, which I think it can handle, even though it's a little heavier than some of the grain recommendations. It...
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 12-15-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Echo 3 switch VS Scott L2H switch

I'd use the 6 weight switch for nymph rigs and large streamers for trout, smallmouth and possibly light steelhead use.

I'd also likely use Rio switch chucker line.
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 12-13-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 724
Posted By chicagojohn
Echo 3 switch VS Scott L2H switch

These two rods are about the same price. Echo 3 marks the high end for Echo, while the L2H is a "mid-priced" rod for Scott. Any feedback on these? How is the build quality, how do they perform? ...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-10-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,574
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: 6wt or 7wt Streamer Rod for Northeast Trout?

If you're looking at the zenith, look even harder at the Helios 2. I was not a fan of the original Helios, but the six weight saltwater version of the Helios 2 with the fighting butt is a really...
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 12-10-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 639
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: G.Loomis Pro 4X 5WT switch

Look at the 5 weight Rio switch chucker. It's supposed to be the best of both worlds for nymph and streamer fishing. How do you like the 5 weight pro4x switch? I was looking at that versus an echo...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-19-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,584
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Helios 2 vs Loomis NRX

One other oddity with the Helios 2 is that the 7 weight weighs a quarter ounce more than the 8 weight. Any reasons why? I know it's not a typo.
Forum: Southern U.S. 10-19-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 318
Posted By chicagojohn
The Cumberland Tailwater

I will have opportunities to fish the Cumberland tailwater in the near future. I have read nymphs work well and streamers can also be effective. If you could take 2 rods and 2 types of line to the...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 09-15-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 508
Posted By chicagojohn
White River Indianapolis

Anyone have recommendations for stream access and favorite smallmouth flies on the White River around Indy? How is the White River south of downtown?
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,584
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Helios 2 vs Loomis NRX

What kinds of fish did you target when fishing the 6 weight Helios 2 and what size of flies and lines did you use?
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2013, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,584
Posted By chicagojohn
Helios 2 vs Loomis NRX

It's been awhile since I've posted. I recently cast a rod that took me by surprise. I have been looking for the perfect combination of light weight and strength to use for streamer fishing and...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 03-09-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,378
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Trout Fishing in Indiana

Save yourself from glorified ditch fishing in the NWI tributaries and drive a few more hours into Michigan or Wisconsin.

The St Joe has quality smallmouth and steelhead, but it is a very large...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-24-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,979
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: 4wt 8'6" or 9'

I've attached two of my favorite articles for you to read when you have time. They are written by Tom Morgan of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, and former owner of the RL Winston Rod Company. The article is...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-23-2012, 07:24 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 509
Posted By chicagojohn
St. Croix Legend Elite Saltwater Fly Rods

Has anyone cast the St Croix Legend Elite saltwater rod in a 6 weight? I've cast the 8 weight with a 250 and 300 grain sinking line. Its a beautiful 8 weight and casts a sinking line quite well. I...
Forum: Fly Lines 09-05-2012, 07:44 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 490
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Line for Winston B2X 6wt 9ft

I have both lines for my B2X 9ft, 6wt and far prefer Rio Gold on this rod. Scientific angler mastery trout isn't a bad choice, but for me, Rio Gold is the way to go on the BIIX.
Forum: Fly Rods 08-04-2012, 06:55 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,266
Posted By chicagojohn
News of a New Winston BIII-SX

Rumors of a new Winston salt water rod are brewing in the Winston forum. Pretty exciting stuff for Winston Fans. New flagship rods are nice because they usually bring some new technology and...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-04-2012, 03:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 11,738
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: New Sage Line Up for 2013

Moment of silence for the ZXL...........

Sage just lost their best rod at their own hand, after they discontinued the 2nd best rod in their lineup, the Z-Axis.

I'd spend the $$$ and buy a ZXL...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-04-2012, 03:07 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,633
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Upgrade reel for Winston 4wt BIIX 8'6"...?

I use a Nautilus FWX and a Lamson Litespeed on my Winstons. Both are great reels.
Forum: General Discussion 07-26-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Best Fishing Video Links

Estimated 10 foot, 800 pound mako on a fly rod.....

www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=ZJYVKejC5XE
Forum: Fly Reels 07-14-2012, 10:04 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,473
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Light salt water reels vs Lamson Litespeed

I'm a big fan of Nautilus reels. The drag on the older FW isn't as strong as the FWX, however; they are both great reels. The FWX is hard to beat for the price, for a light weight, fully machined...
Forum: General Discussion 07-14-2012, 09:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Best Fishing Video Links

So there was a thread in the rod forum about your top three rods, if money owas no option. I had a 9 foot 5 weight for trout, a single handed 9 foot 9 weight for the salt, and a spey rod to fish for...
Forum: General Discussion 07-13-2012, 08:34 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 640
Posted By chicagojohn
Best Fishing Video Links

I'm a sucker for good fly fishing films. I started this thread as a link where people can post their favorite fly fishing films.

Some of my favorites come from Robert Thompson out of Chicago,...
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