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Forum: Fly Rods 07-21-2014, 07:42 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 266
Posted By labtrout
Re: Thomas & Thomas "Special Dry Fly" Information

I once owned an SDF and everything Audex said about it is spot-on. The only thing I would add is that T&T offered an XL series between the named "Heritage" rods and the LPS and Horizon series. The 8'...
Forum: Other Gear 07-17-2014, 07:34 AM
Replies: 24
Views: 644
Posted By labtrout
Re: Canoe vs Kayak vs Pontoon

Canoe = old school.
Me = old.
Therefore, me = canoe.

Seriously, I have used float tubes and kayaks, but much prefer fishing from my canoe on New England ponds. Mine is a 14-foot Mad River that...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-14-2014, 07:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By labtrout
Re: New Winston.....

I never said it was junk. I said it sounds like an updated GVX. I also never said the were lying, I said it was marketing hype. Words should have meaning, and descriptions should be accurate. The...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-14-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,409
Posted By labtrout
Re: New Winston.....

That piece in the link has all the typical BS marketing hype: "revolutionary," "new light all-graphite smooth action," "premium" but affordable, "fantastic new high performance," "redefine the high...
Forum: Other Gear 07-07-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 155
Posted By labtrout
Re: Finally got it!

Great vest. I've had mine for many years and It has stood up. I pin my zinger with attached nipper on the right strap above the fleece patch: out of the way and easy to access. I put the hemostat...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-07-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 672
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston GVX, Scoot, G. Loomis, St. Croix 4wt

Yes, I often fish wets with it; in fact I did that today, swinging a soft hackle wet fly down and across during a sulfur hatch. The rod is ideal for that and I caught a bunch of browns using that...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-07-2014, 04:27 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 672
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston GVX, Scoot, G. Loomis, St. Croix 4wt

I have the GVX in a 5-weight and I think it's a terrific all-purpose rod and especially good with dry flies.
Forum: Fly Rods 07-04-2014, 07:22 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 812
Posted By labtrout
Re: The quintessential 8ft 4 wt?

As others have said, the TMF is not at all like the 3-piece Winston 4-weight. I had the 3-piece model at one time and actually preferred it with a TT 5-weight line. It was nice but had a pretty quick...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-02-2014, 07:10 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 812
Posted By labtrout
Re: The quintessential 8ft 4 wt?

If you want a true classic, look for a Winston TMF (Tom Morgan Favorite), one of the nicest 8' 4-weight dry fly rods ever made. They still turn up on the auction site.

In fiberglass, I really like...
Forum: Fly Lines 06-30-2014, 09:17 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 438
Posted By labtrout
Re: Wulff Triangle Tapers...

I have been using Triangle Taper lines on my IM6 Winston 4 and 5-weight rods for many years and now on my B2x 6-weight as well. As others have mentioned, they roll cast beautifully, lay out long...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-21-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 898
Posted By labtrout
Re: all around trout rod

I fish small to medium sized rivers in the East. My go-to trout rods are the Winston IM6 8'6" 5-weight for dries and wets and the 9' 6-weight Bllx for nymphs and streamers. This is a very biased...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-11-2014, 09:11 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 288
Posted By labtrout
Re: Pre IM6 Winston 7 wt

One of my fondest fishing memories is from the early 1990s. I had just acquired my first Winston, an 8-foot, 5-weight and I was fishing a small pond in northern New Hampshire from my canoe. It was a...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-01-2014, 08:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,341
Posted By labtrout
Re: 6-Weight Renaissance

I've not heard of the Yellowstone. My old Orvis 6-weight was called the Limestone Special. Was yours a special-order rod?
Forum: Fly Reels 04-27-2014, 07:11 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 967
Posted By labtrout
Re: Ross Introduces New Gunnison - Limited Edition

The Gunnison is a classic for a reason: it is a great reel.
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2014, 11:13 AM
Replies: 18
Views: 1,026
Posted By labtrout
Re: Who designed the Winston WT and LT?

Same here. My B2x 6-weight does everything well; big and small dries, tandem nymphs and streamers. I seldom need to cast more than 50 feet or so anyway so I probably never miss the lack of "reserve...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-14-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 446
Posted By labtrout
Re: Vintage heavier-duty reel?

I fished in Labrador a few years back with a Ross Gunnison G4 on my 8-weight rod and it handled landlocked salmon to 5 lbs., lake trout to 9 lbs. and even a 42-inch pike. Gunnisons are tough,...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-08-2014, 06:19 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 599
Posted By labtrout
Re: Old Orvis "Seven-Eleven" 4wt Full Flex: What have I got?

You have one of the great old Superfines. Along with the classic 7'9" 5-weight Far & Fine, this was considered one of the best tapers Orvis ever produced. It is almost strictly a dry-fly rod, soft...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-05-2014, 08:23 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By labtrout
Re: Anybody fish a Winston IM6 8' 5-weight?

As I said in an earlier post, that was my first Winston. It was a smooth, lightweight 2-piece rod that weighed only 2 1/2 oz. Mine came with a downlocking reel seat over a cork spacer. It was equally...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-02-2014, 08:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,047
Posted By labtrout
Re: Short Rods??

There are lots of small streams here in N.E. loaded with wild brook trout. To do that kind of fishing effectively, a short rod is a must. For me, that means a 6'6" or 7'6" 4-weight, depending on...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2014, 08:10 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,260
Posted By labtrout
Re: 4 piece rods? what's up?

Other posters have made some good points about the improved technology of ferrule design as well as the advantages of four-piece rods for travel.

But I think there is another factor at work here:...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-27-2014, 11:30 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 518
Posted By labtrout
Re: Anybody fish a Winston IM6 8' 5-weight?

The 8' 5-weight was my very first Winston, purchased in 1990. It was made of what Winston at the time called "original" or pre-IM6 graphite. It was only sold as a two-piece rod.

I got an 8'6"...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-23-2014, 10:00 AM
Replies: 69
Views: 3,493
Posted By labtrout
Re: Winston WT taken of their web site

In my opinion, it was no mistake. A lot of planning and strategy goes into marketing your products on a web site.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-22-2014, 06:32 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 971
Posted By labtrout
Re: Your Favorite Specialty Rod

Very well said. I think a short 4-weight or even 5-weight rod is ideal for small-stream fishing (I also use an old Orvis Flea). They are especially adept at casting bushy dries and small streamers....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-11-2014, 04:47 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 628
Posted By labtrout
Re: Thought Rods

I really like my old Winstons. My IM6 8'6" 5-weight and 7'6" 4-weight cast themselves. Also true for my 8' 4-weight Diamondglass, as Joshw said.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-02-2014, 10:40 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 579
Posted By labtrout
Re: Custom Made Rods on Ebay

I would only buy a custom rod from a rod maker I know.
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