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Forum: Fly Rods Today, 01:57 PM
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Re: Sage TXL-F cork issue? Anyone else?

OK, you all know I am a long time Sage fan and my newest one seems to fit just fine in its thick blue tube, however, I have a new theory that, in order to keep their rod prices under a grand, they...
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 11:06 AM
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Views: 344
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Re: You do not pick the fly rod, the fly rod picks you!

The majority of us here on our Forum are of the opinion that we pick our rods by comparatively test casting them and, even better, fishing an example that is a demo or belongs to your fishing friend...
Forum: Fly Rods Today, 08:01 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Douglas fly rods

A couple of points. I don't know what to test on a new rod other than casting (in close, medium and long) and line manipulation capability. I can't test for breakage potential under max load without...
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 01:24 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 575
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Correct Way to Pack a Rod in its Tube?

The nicest sleeve I have seen in a while came with Hardy's Proaxis. A very dense cotton poplin with two tie points, a hanging loop and a Velcro pocket in the flap for the ferrule plugs. Classy. And...
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 10:02 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Douglas fly rods

Well Lush, I don't know if DXF, good as it is, is a "game changer" as there are an assortment of good performing, often Korean, mid-priced rods. Think Tim Rajeff's ECHO3's or TFO.BVK's for an...
Forum: Fly Rods Yesterday, 08:24 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 575
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Correct Way to Pack a Rod in its Tube?

I concur about the paper direction and regarding "over thinking" I don't think we are in any of our tackle refinements. Also remember, this thread is in response to one of our fellow Forum members...
Forum: General Discussion Yesterday, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 91
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Orvis Presentation EXR IV worth?

I know little about the bottom feeder auction site but this is a fine reel worth more than that in as new condition especially if one intended to fish with it. If you wanted to buy mine I would ask...
Forum: Fly Lines 03-25-2015, 04:53 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 307
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Leader Selection

If you can handle a lengthy pod cast, Orvis's Tom Rosenbauer currently interviews Orvis CEO Perk Perkins on trout leaders. He describes himself as a leader geek and made me feel right at home. They...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2015, 04:21 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 575
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Correct Way to Pack a Rod in its Tube?

Not a thought of offense taken. This thread implies I am a neurotic, compulsive neatnick; far from true (you should see my desk!). It really was inspired by Tedwin's damage to his cork grip by...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 575
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Correct Way to Pack a Rod in its Tube?

While we are at it, here is one more fine point: When sliding your rod in its sleeve into the tube, encircle you fingers around the rim of the tube so a guide can not slap against the metal risking...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2015, 12:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 575
Posted By sweetandsalt
Correct Way to Pack a Rod in its Tube?

Is there such a thing as a correct way to pack up your fly rod? There is but I never would have thought about mentioning it were it not for Forum member Tedwin's below post on a cork grip anomaly....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-25-2015, 11:50 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 339
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Sage TXL-F cork issue? Anyone else?

I have seen similar for memory marks on a few (other anglers) rods and they can be problematic to resolve. Ard's and or course Sage's ideas likely would both work.

Once I handed a rod of mine to...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-25-2015, 10:22 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 841
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Abel Model Confusion - Please Help

Without detracting from Abel's excellence, this numerical naming issue is a problem, across the spectrum of fly reels. I abhor describing a reel model by its recommended line matching capacity as it...
Forum: Saltwater Articles 03-24-2015, 06:58 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,012
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: New Flats Fly Lines

Most stiff tropical lines can be prone to extra tangling, especially since, for distance casting purposes, they tend to have thinner than average running line. Liquid Crystal Blue did not tangle for...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-24-2015, 09:03 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 746
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Classic Sages?

Feeling a little provocative this morning after posting about classic Orvis CFO's and, as is obvious to any who have read my views about fly rods, I preferred RPL vastly over its slow sister, LL (I...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-24-2015, 08:35 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 300
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Douglas fly rods

Hi Lush, I spent a little time at the Douglas booth at Somerset. The DXF is a nice rod, better than most at its price point, coming from the same Korean source as Hardy's vaunted Zenith but of...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-24-2015, 07:42 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 518
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Orvis CFO III by Hardy

This reel is not an "historical rarity", Orvis ordered plenty of them but for CFO buffs, its is not far off. It does have the "T" pillar of all early CFO's...if a CFO has a blind pillar without the...
Forum: Saltwater Articles 03-23-2015, 02:54 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 3,012
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: New Flats Fly Lines

Good question. I would think it is worth a try but I have yet to get one myself. I did purchase the original SA version of Capt. Chard's line, the Grand Slam which I have happily fished on NRX. In...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 03-23-2015, 12:15 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 157
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: what tint lenses for belize flats??

You have what you need. Yellow for a cloudy day, amber for morning and evening and rose or cooper for mid day high contrast. Blue, green and gray do not enhance visual acuity or contrast. For one...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 03-23-2015, 12:10 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 114
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: What to wear under Simms Flats Sneakers?

Simms markets both a wet wading sock and a thin perforated neoprene sock either could be ideal depending on fit. I use the Patagonia Marl Walker and these same socks; it has a wider fit which is...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-23-2015, 07:14 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 518
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Orvis CFO III by Hardy

A very nice example of CFO III circa 1980 - 1985. I wouldn't worry much about the original zippered sheepskin case, replace it with a more useful contemporary neoprene one. This reel is good for a...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-22-2015, 01:47 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 418
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Loomis NRX

ec, Czando is a Delaware fisherman who likes Method...
Forum: Bamboo Fly Rods 03-22-2015, 09:10 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Sweetgrass

If every body in the World was like Glenn Bracket, there would be no war or famine and we would all be smiling. I will sacrifice my quick carbon rods and go with slow cane if we could make that...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-22-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 418
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Loomis NRX

You know, Lush, I really enjoy fishing my NRX#4. When I tried the #5 (first, before the 4) I did not like it...too much rod for a #5 I thought. And I know you don't care for it either. But my bud and...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-22-2015, 07:47 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 656
Posted By sweetandsalt
Re: Difference between Mid and Ultra large Arbor for trout?

Your point is accurse but their are subtleties. In the case of wjc's Nautilus NV/NV G, a light reel for its size, the very large arbor spool makes it an 8 weight reel with 200 yds. of backing and the...
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