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Forum: Fly Rods 03-20-2014, 08:14 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 838
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Ideal length for a 3wt?

I use 3wt rods in 5'10", 7'9", 8', and 9'. I use the 9' the most, gets my fly above those Montana weeds. It also high-sticks and daps perfectly, almost like a tenkara. If I were to use one 3wt, it...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 03-14-2014, 10:28 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,017
Posted By coolkyle
Re: 5wt for streamers?

As it is your line carrying the fly and not the rod, try increasing the mass of the line. I like 7wt GPX (7 1/2wt line) on my med FAST 6wt rod for the coneheads. Maybe try something like 6wt...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-02-2014, 09:42 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,621
Posted By coolkyle
Re: One rod for Montana

I fish all our local rivers and creeks all the time, and I find myself casting 10-45 feet on all of them. If you can cast 100 feet, you probably can't mend it. I just tied a few Galloup streamers,...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-01-2014, 05:30 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,621
Posted By coolkyle
Re: One rod for Montana

There are only a few "big" rivers in Montana. And you don't have to cast any farther on the Missouri than you do on Rock Creek.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-01-2014, 05:16 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,392
Posted By coolkyle
Re: You had $150 burning a hole in your pocket...

The original Echo Classic rods were among the smoothest rods ever made. I got one in a 5wt with a USA Medalist 1495 reel for $75 a few years ago. It casts as nice as my Scott G 6wt. I like to find...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-01-2014, 05:02 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 889
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Fast 4wts

I use a 9' 4wt for streamers when that is the only rod I have on me. The rod has plenty of power, but 4wt LINE is terrible for streamers at any range. Casting a conehead zonker with a fast rhythm...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-22-2014, 11:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 342
Posted By coolkyle
Re: TFO BVK 8wt Action

Agreed, I have seriously abused my Loop Xact 4wt the last 2 seasons. Besides a couple scratches from scrambling through boulder gardens, it functions perfectly. The rod has a lot of feel close in,...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-20-2013, 07:28 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,582
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Greys Streamflex XF2 10' 5wt.

Czech nymphing is the best way to get fish out of pocket water because of the short drifts and complex currents. The nymphs sink fast and strike detection is better. A fishing spot with bigger...
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 12-01-2012, 09:30 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 954
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Beautiful headwater in the Montana backcountry

My whole life I've driven past the Crazies and wondered what it was like in those beautiful mountains. Thank you!
Forum: Rocky Mountain Range 11-30-2012, 08:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 514
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Winter Fishing

I love the quiet of a snow-lined stream in winter. Once you find a fish, there are usually a bunch where it came from. I've found that high-sticking with a long leader is the ticket when the guides...
Forum: General Discussion 11-12-2012, 08:22 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 11,706
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

Just added a Sage 4711LL Graphite 3 for just $300! Can't wait for NEXT SUMMER! Probably going to test it against my Scott 3 weights and sell whichever is the least fun.
Forum: General Discussion 11-10-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 256
Views: 11,706
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

The Greys X-Flite 9' 4wt is an awesome rod! I had the same rod, it was great for tossing dries across glassy pools in the Catskills in NY. Definitely not a small water 4wt, but a powerhouse of a...
Forum: General Discussion 11-09-2012, 08:15 AM
Replies: 256
Views: 11,706
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Just Curious: How Many Fly Rods Do you Own

I've owned around 30 rods over my 18 years of fly fishing. I currently own 9, the other 21 have either been sold or broken.
7'9" 3wt Scott SCS - Mountain creek bushwhack rod.
8' 3wt Scott...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-27-2012, 08:42 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,035
Posted By coolkyle
Re: 3 Rod Challenge

If it were a 1-rod challenge I might go with a BIIX 8' 6" 5wt or maybe a ZXL of the same length and line rating.
Forum: Fly Rods 10-26-2012, 05:33 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 4,035
Posted By coolkyle
Re: 3 Rod Challenge

I know this thread is dead, so I thought I'd bring it back. This all made me realize I already have those 3 rods, and I probably spent a total of $600 on them.
8' 3wt Scott Eclipse for small...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-23-2012, 09:49 AM
Replies: 34
Views: 7,097
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Sage Circa?

Personally I've never felt a huge relationship between fly size/weight and the line rating of a rod. It makes more sense to match the line you are throwing to the flies you need to use. Then match...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 02-24-2008, 08:56 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 3,369
Posted By coolkyle
Re: River lake trout fishing in Quebec

Thanks for advertising here Jocelin!
Forum: General Discussion 01-28-2008, 07:39 PM
Replies: 79
Poll: tie or buy?
Views: 4,926
Posted By coolkyle
Re: tie or buy?

I see fly tying as one of those essential things to fly fishing, just like map reading and knot tying. Fly tying is a great way to really GET INTO fly fishing. It's a great introduction to the...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2008, 12:38 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 4,592
Posted By coolkyle
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2008, 11:46 AM
Replies: 47
Views: 1,823
Posted By coolkyle
Re: You have $1.5 Million

I would buy an acre or less on a few rivers in MT with tough access and open them to the public. I've always greatly appreciated those spots with signs that say "It's not my fault if you drown, and...
Forum: General Discussion 01-24-2008, 11:38 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,702
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Wet Vs. Dry

Poppers (called the Miyawaki Beach Popper) are...pop-u-lar (god I'm a dork!!) in Puget Sound for cutthroat and resident salmon. They're not like bass poppers, but they do the same thing. Since you...
Forum: General Discussion 01-09-2008, 05:56 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 896
Posted By coolkyle
Re: How to fight a big fish!

In rivers current is a big factor. If the fish takes in some slower water and is trying to get into the main current, and you're losing the battle, it becomes a now or never situation. If it does...
Forum: General Discussion 01-09-2008, 05:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,549
Posted By coolkyle
Re: trout on spinning gear

Back in my trout spinner days the best spinners I tried were the gold/black, the rainbow, or the black/orange Panther Martins. One often overlooked method is also twitching marabou jigs. Try white,...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 01-07-2008, 07:05 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 626
Posted By coolkyle
Re: flies for the snohomish

Sorry this is way too late, but this is good advice for anyone fishing for pink salmon under lots of fishing pressure. Everyone (spoon, jig, fly fishermen) seems to use either pink or white. ...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 01-04-2008, 05:57 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 9,956
Posted By coolkyle
Re: Favorite Trout Streams

Stillwater River (Yellowstone Trib), Montana. Called "the last best river in the last best place".
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