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Forum: General Discussion 07-21-2014, 05:46 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 2,046
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: How long does it take from your home to the water?

Let's see:

Smallies/Musky/Largemouth public river - 20 min
Trophy Trout private spring creek (mostly rainbows, some browns) - 10 min
Trophy Trout public spring creek (mostly rainbows, some...
Forum: Fly Reels 07-21-2014, 04:49 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,582
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Abel vs. Hatch Debate

I'm still waiting for my limited edition steal your face grateful dead reel from Abel. It's been nearly oh 9-10 months. So I can't speak for the quality of the reel or performance yet.

I will say...
Forum: General Discussion 07-19-2014, 09:13 AM
Replies: 90
Views: 2,852
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Say wot??? $89.95?

It's called "planned or designed obsolescence". I ran into it a lot in marketing and advertising discussions when I was working in my old job.

Sad—sometimes I loath the way America gets built.
Forum: The Lodge Den 07-02-2014, 07:00 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 615
Posted By shotgunfly

Kinda random but I think pertinent to those who like to have a cold drink in the outdoors.

So besides YETI, what are some other brands of coolers one might consider?

I know of a few and...
Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 07-02-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 259
Posted By shotgunfly
Need a quality UV lite

Been thinking of getting some UV clear head cement products, I know there's loon and clear cure goo. What I've been told is that you can get a decent/better UV lite on ebay.

Anyone got any good...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-02-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 2,356
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: How to evaluate the risk of Smaller-sized Companies?

I have a CF Burkheimer rod. That's made in the USA (Washington). I'd never heard of them until I saw them on the site. That was proof enough for me to buy from them. Small company (what...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 06-30-2014, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1,001
Views: 76,813
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: warmwater pics

Mostly a cold water guy but getting into warm water more. Here's a recent doah large mouth that hit a pink and chart clouser. Hopefully will be adding some smallies soon…maybe a musky too. A guy can...
Forum: Fly Rods 06-19-2014, 07:51 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 905
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Newbie outfit question

If you can only get one rod go with a 9' 5 or 9' 4 wt. With the former you'd be "ok" with smallies, although it a 6-8wt is recommended around here to throw bigger flies. The former will at least make...
Forum: Fly Reels 06-06-2014, 07:52 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,106
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: High end reels.

There really isn't much I can add to what's already been said, but...

One thing I appreciate with my Saracione, Hatches and (hopefully soon to arrive custom Abel) is the top notch attention and...
Forum: Fly Reels 06-06-2014, 06:42 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,337
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Hatch Love.....

Just and update on the Hatch 4+…that 'broke'. I got it back in about 2 weeks and fixed…no charge. Shop sent it out, got it back like new.

I expected no less from a company like that. Good folks....
Forum: General Discussion 05-30-2014, 11:28 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 928
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Walkie Talkies

If you got the cash, I have a pair of Garmin Rino 530HX in 2008 for a trip to Kauai with my wife when we planned on hiking. They're water proof and have GPS and as long as you can get them on the...
Forum: General Discussion 05-23-2014, 03:54 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 662
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Looking for some opinions.

Well, what did YOU eat for breakfast?

Just kidding. I find time and time again when fishing with someone who is hitting the same holes, with the same flies (even sometimes right before me) and not...
Forum: Flies 05-18-2014, 08:59 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 288
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Sculpin patterns?

Check out this company and their products as well as instructions.

FS Skulpin Bunny :: (
Forum: General Discussion 05-18-2014, 08:53 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 306
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Anyone use different size rods for stream conditions?

Multiple rods? Absolutely.
I take it you've never heard the analogy made between GOLF and FLY RODS?

It's true. You can tee off with a #5 fairway but you'd be better off with a #1 driver. And you...
Forum: Southeast U.S. 05-16-2014, 07:55 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 177
Posted By shotgunfly
Currituck Sound and NC Coast - beginner

Okay heading to NC and spending a few days near Corolla which gives me quick access to Currituck Sound and the coast.

I have a Buelah Bluewater 8/9 wt with a Cheeky MOJO 7/8/9 reel. Am...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 05-16-2014, 05:58 PM
Replies: 696
Views: 65,955
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Brown Trout Pics

This brown was a long time coming. Three years of hoping and about 30 attempts later I finally landed a good size brown on this famed technical spring creek.

I did my homework, taking note of...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 07:44 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 288
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Weight of a fly rod

I have a ZG HELIOS 7wt w/big game fighting butt. I used to think that was a beast. It's a tip flex, stiff and when I got it, one of if not THE lightest 7wt around.

I also have a buelah 8/9wt...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 07:32 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 618
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Prescription sun glasses. Help!

I think my oakley polarized, and color for streams and prescription were $400?
Totally worth it.

Getting a pair of COSTA rx glasses next. Prescription has changed a little, but not so much that...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 04-29-2014, 09:29 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 608
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Starting Out/Beginning Musky

Thanks everyone. Should be geared up by the end of this week and hitting the river next week. We're getting 2-3 inches of rain this week and hopefully things will clear up soon.

Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 04-28-2014, 10:09 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 608
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Starting Out/Beginning Musky

Thanks. Also talking to a bud that says a 10/11 wt might be a better rod to have the power to throw bigger flies, since sometimes they key in on big flies and will ignore smaller stuff (9wt). I get...
Forum: General Discussion 04-28-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 234
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Happy birthday jp

Forum: General Fly Tying Discussions 04-28-2014, 07:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 236
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Will using a cone too large for the hook rotate the fly?

Hmm. How well balanced is the material at the head of the fly (just behind the cone)? Is there too much material on one side that might be turning it?

I suspected that was happening on flies that...
Forum: Warmwater Fly Fishing 04-28-2014, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 608
Posted By shotgunfly
Starting Out/Beginning Musky

Hi, forgive my ignorance. I'm getting into some musky fly fishing and am hoping I can get some input. I've started more seriously going after smallmouth and I'm aware that musky run in these same...
Forum: General Discussion 04-22-2014, 09:06 AM
Replies: 40
Views: 1,746
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Fish Mortality Rate with 1 & 2 Wt Rods

So you do practice C&R, why? Seems to me that'd be more like being 20min out of a cave, not 10 min out of the cave.
Forum: Other Gear 04-14-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 2,776
Posted By shotgunfly
Re: Those clip-on magnifier things...

I have several flip focals in 2.5x and 3.5x power. I leave 1 in the glove box, 2 at the tying bench, one on my hat and keep another in my fly sling bag (along with spare nippers and hemostats).

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