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Forum: Fly Rods 06-22-2010, 07:26 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,287
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Scott G2 5wt

I have an 8'8" 5 weight G2 that is one of my favorite rods. Soft, sensitive tip but reserve power for handling the bigger fish. I use this all the time for dry/dropper combos and it is great for...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-07-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 2,133
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Importance of reel for small trout

I have a drawer full of expensive reels, but I put an old Medalist 1492 on the Steffen Bros. fiberglass rod I just built. I "pimped" it with a new reel foot from One Pfoot and also added a...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-02-2010, 06:56 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 8,412
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Ultra light 2/3 wt reel

I put a Lamson Radius 1 on my 3 weight Scott F-series-- 4 ounces, made in the USA, and purchased on sale last year. Balances the 'glass rod well, but a little heavier than your average graphite...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-30-2010, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 4,358
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Sage or TFO?

I do not consider myself an expert, but I do have a closet full of rods, and the situation is getting worse now that I am into building my own rods from blanks. What I have discovered after 40 years...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-18-2010, 06:46 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 3,860
Posted By mhclayton
Thumbs up Re: 3wt Rod Dillema

You have made your choice, but I would consider Scott A3, available in 7'6" and up in 3 weight. Suggested retail $335-maybe available for less? Made in Colorado instead of China or Korea. The Avid...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-18-2010, 06:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,694
Posted By mhclayton
Steffen Brothers Graphite Rod

There is a lot of discussion about the Steffen Bros. fiberglass rods, but I am wondering if anyone has tried their graphite rods? Sounds like a medium action rod, but how do they fish, and what do...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 03-18-2010, 07:44 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 4,061
Posted By mhclayton
Re: fiberglass blanks

I just picked up an 8' 3-4 weight Steffen Bros blank at Fly Rod Crafters here in Albuquerque for $155, and he has a pretty good selection of their blanks in stock for the prices noted above if...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-15-2010, 07:06 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 7,826
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Orvis CFO Reels

Politics aside, these new fangled Chinese CFO's work pretty d*** well. I have one on my 2 weight-- I wanted a modern reel with classic looks and a good drag, and it has fit the bill nicely, and I am...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-20-2009, 10:55 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,976
Posted By mhclayton
Re: 3 weights...

The 7' F-Series Scott is a sweet rod; it took me a while to get the hang of the action after fishing graphite for so many years--- it was like being a kid again, fishing during the mid-60's. It is...
Forum: General Discussion 12-20-2009, 10:35 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 5,036
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Do You Carry a Good Knife When Fishing?

I carry a small (3.5" blade) custom fixed blade in a sheath inside my waders. I use it all the time on the water, even when I am not in a carnivorous mood. I can activate it one handed, which is an...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-10-2009, 07:38 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 4,187
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Scott G2 Fly Rod

My 8'8" G2 5 weight is my favorite rod. For your description, it would work great. Nice combination of tippet protection and backbone for the larger fish, and it is the one I reach for if I know I...
Forum: Gear Reviews 10-23-2009, 09:05 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 10,875
Posted By mhclayton
Re: G.Loomis StreamDance Metolius - By Doug Macnair

I also recently purchased a Metolius-- 9 ft. HLS 4 weight for a really good price online. Love the rod and wish Loomis still offered it in their lineup, but I have read that there wasn't enough...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-27-2009, 07:21 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,776
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Tenkara Rods

I wonder if my Daiwa rod is really built for fly fishing-- maybe this IS a dapping rod for fishing impaled insects. I tried it out today in one of my favorite meadow steams, the San Antonio in the...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-25-2009, 05:32 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,776
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Tenkara Rods

Cliff-- Thanks for your reply. You are right, the furled leader is a little over 10feet. I tried trimming back the tippet so that the line and tippet are about the same total length as the rod, and...
Forum: Fly Rods 09-25-2009, 11:08 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,776
Posted By mhclayton
Tenkara Rods

I was going through a blog recently and noticed a reference to Tenkara fishing, and a new company in the US distributing these traditional Japanese fly fishing rods. Turns out a Japanese friend sent...
Forum: Fly Reels 08-17-2009, 08:24 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 3,478
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Which reel for trout bum 3wt

Last year's Lamson reels are still out there for steep discounts. I put a Velocity on my 3 weight, and it balances nicely on my Scott F-series rod, is made in the USA, and the mid-arbor takes up...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-12-2009, 11:42 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,635
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Scott A3 Series

I also picked up an A2 when they went on sale last fall. I got the 8' 4 weight and have found it to be a good nymphing rod that I used effectively last fall and winter in my favorite brushy winter...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-12-2009, 11:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,660
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Scott G2 Choices

I have fished an 8'8" G2 5 weight for the past year, and it has become my favorite fly rod for small-medium streams. I use it mostly for dry fly work, but it handles dry-dropper combos well. It is...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-17-2009, 08:11 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 1,534
Posted By mhclayton
Re: buying used rods

I seem to recall that Loomis doesn't even have a card. This seemed strange, so I called after I bought a Streamdance a couple of years ago, and the person on the phone seemed pretty casual about the...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-17-2009, 08:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,727
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Launch - A2/A3 - Avid - GL3

In my hands, order of speed: Avid, Launch about = A2, GL3. I have an 8 ft. 4 weight A2 that I got on closeout for about $200 that has been a good rod for small, brushy streams. All are terrific...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-30-2009, 03:05 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,776
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Temple Fork Outfitter Rods

I bought an 8 wt TFO Pro for my son to use on our Alaskan trip last year, and I fished with it for awhile. (About $170?) Great rod for the money, in fact it would be tough to beat at what it...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-15-2009, 10:29 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 900
Posted By mhclayton
New Bamboo Rod Makers

I have been looking for a new bamboo rod-- it seems that there has been a proliferation of small-scale makers over the past 10 years or so, and some are pricing their rods in a semi-reasonable range....
Forum: Fly Reels 04-08-2009, 08:13 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,130
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Lamson Radius Reels - Scott F Series Rods

I recently bought a close-out priced Velocity 1 for my Scott F703/3, and it seems to balance nicely casting out in the yard. Reel feet fit the bands easily. Can't speak for the Radius, but probably...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-03-2009, 08:40 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,049
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Steffen Bros. Fiberglass Rods

I am thinking something more like an S-glass would suit me best. I bought a used 3-weight Scott F series for a good price and am enjoying that at the moment.
Forum: Fly Rods 04-02-2009, 04:21 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 6,049
Posted By mhclayton
Re: Steffen Bros. Fiberglass Rods

Has anyone seen the South Fork Rod Co. rods, built by David Redington? He has a classic series made from the Lamiglass blank that looks very nice for reasonable price.
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