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Forum: Fly Rods Today, 06:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Pure Owned Hardy's Future

East, NS5 is faster, quicker tipped and heavier than Zenith #5. Zenith is best compared to Orvis H2 tip-flex but with faster recovery and more low end grunt. A bargain price on what one wants is a...
Forum: Fly Reels Today, 03:26 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 540
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Hardy DD sticking around

I spoke with a friend at Hardy earlier today who says this reel will be replaced with an improved version from the same fine S.Korean machine shop...the same one that makes Orvis's top reel offering....
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 03:14 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 190
Posted By sweetandsalt
Pure Owned Hardy's Future

We have had several threads the last couple of days about the discontinuation of seminal Hardy products; beloved Zenith (& Proaxis) and Ultralite DD. The sense is that the Hardy of classic spring and...
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 02:11 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,161
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

This Western Series 8'/#4 and its sibling 8'9"/#5 were similar early technology to the more well known Far&Fine, Limestone Special, Trout and all but with quicker more contemporary tapers, were then...
Forum: Fly Reels Today, 02:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 59
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Narrow 5/6/7 weight?

bluewater, I tis Lamson's fault that they prioritize an engineering theory about minimizing dag change via keeping the reel arbor more uniform in diameter by making it + wide. Many a big fish has...
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 08:58 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 4,161
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

Moucheur, While my rods live in their tubes at home, I have three different size, cordura covered, PVC travel cases. With the rods just in their retaining cloth sleeves, I can safely carry several...
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 08:03 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 169
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Wind punching Rod/line combos! (8-9wt)

It is true that the hot Bahamian casters use a long tip travel, elliptical cast that is graceful and powerful at the dame time. It is also true that now discontinued Hardy Proaxis is one of the best...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing Yesterday, 03:08 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 166
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Backing color for flats fishing

I had never heard that pigment adds mass but, OK, I like thick Dacron backing as long as I can get at least 200 yds. on I'm good. I do prefer hi-visibility chartreuse, yellow, orange, etc. as an aid...
Forum: Fly Reels Yesterday, 07:56 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 181
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Tibor 9/10 or Riptide on a 8 weight

Agreed, too heavy. The Tibors are much heavier per capacity (or diameter) than Nautilus NVs. The rod must choose the reel per appropriate capacity, performance and, importantly, balancing weight.
Forum: Fly Reels 05-26-2015, 05:54 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 332
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Fin Nor reels

Wolf, I don't think the draw-bar is patentable as it has been used as a machine tool adjuster since...well, there were machine tools. Please read my sticky above entitled "Modern Fly Reel Design" and...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-26-2015, 04:00 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 279
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Orvis Encounter

It's good advise to have her take a lesson and see where that goes. You don't have a semi-retired modest outfit to give her? If buying, I'd consider something you would like if it doesn't work out. I...
Forum: Fly Reels 05-26-2015, 03:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 332
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Fin Nor reels

I have never owned a Fin-Nor nor Seamaster. My first salty reel was a Medalist 1498(?) or whichever the biggest one was. I did get two Catino's in the 80's, a tarpon and a bonefish and though I could...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-26-2015, 11:57 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 260
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Chosing rod for a reel

With apologies to St. Croix, a fine company, most of the better mid priced fly rods are made in S. Korea or the US, not in China. The best rods re built here in America. I don't know of a "Chinese...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-26-2015, 10:10 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 260
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Chosing rod for a reel

Well the rods on your list are mostly Chinese except the St.Croix which I think is Mexican made.

I have that same reel balanced on a Hardy Zenith 8 1/2'/#5 but it would work on a light weight #5...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-26-2015, 10:00 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 143
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: The Skeleton Fish Has Landed...Next Stop Islamorada!

Well, to say I dig it would be repetitious as my #1 8-weight is NRX mounted with NV-G 8. Incidentally, a feature I like a lot is the "Hooker" which precludes the wrapped line form sliding off the...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-26-2015, 07:35 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 251
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: TFO BVK Fly rods

We have two 4 pc. BVKs, a #6 & 8, and they are very good, light weight and powerful rods at a low price-point. I find they both like to be over lined by 1/2 size and favor an aggressive line design....
Forum: Fly Reels 05-26-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 540
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Hardy DD sticking around

I concur. In my experience U DD's only in-class competitors are Galvan Torque and Nautilus FWX neither of which are ever going to be dumped at such low pricing. Depending on balancing weight, my...
Forum: Fly Lines 05-25-2015, 07:46 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 614
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Fly Lines for Long Leaders

The simplest way to ascertain if your leader butt and fly line tip are a hinge-free and appropriate energy transferring match is the "Parabolic Test". Holding the line and butt equidistant apart form...
Forum: Fly Reels 05-25-2015, 04:54 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 540
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Hardy DD sticking around

While U DD comes in larger sizes I really consider it a freshwater reel...and a very fine one. For the performance oriented trout fisher, how many reels have an extra large arbor, narrow spool,...
Forum: Fly Reels 05-22-2015, 08:47 AM
Replies: 1,252
Views: 201,678
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Reel Love; the Fly Reel Picture Thread

Before I get too deep into trout season, which I am well into already, it is time to comment that my flats fishing reel selection is, for the time being, completed. No, my draw-bar Abels and...
Forum: Fly Lines 05-22-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Endless Confusion

RIO, in a professed effort to provide more data to the angler, has confused many based on descriptive inconsistencies as wjc illustrates. A lot of it has to do with taper section diameters and weight...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-22-2015, 07:53 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 604
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Arsenal is complete!

This is a way above average quiver...but I see a hole for a smaller stream/spring creek, shorter, say 8 1/2' or even 8'/#4 rod. I feel it in my bones that those Sage guys are up to something...
Forum: General Discussion 05-21-2015, 05:15 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 261
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Nautilus,Galvan or lamson trout reel?

Both the Nautilus and Galvan are first rate reels. The Lamson is rather too wide and shallow in its spool ratio but that should not be a big deal on a little rod where you won't have fish running...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-21-2015, 02:58 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Vintage Rods

Your little Orvis will handle 16" trout more than fine but don't try to use it for salmon unless you are Ard. The dual sliding bands will be fine, just snug them on well.
Forum: Fly Rods 05-21-2015, 12:38 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 411
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Vintage Rods

Modern reels feet, via an AFTMA agreement, are standardized in length and with...but not in rise, the graduating thickness as the tip of the foot tapers toward the base of the foot. Herein lies a...
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