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Forum: Spey Fly Lines and other Spey Tackle 04-05-2015, 01:28 PM
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Posted By chicagojohn
Airflo switch streamer vs rio switch chucker

I have a 10.5 foot redington cpx switch rod in a six weight. I like the shorter option of the 20 foot head on the airflo switch streamer versus the 25 foot head on the rio switch chucker. I also...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 01-11-2015, 07:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Indiana Fly Fishing Expo: Jan. 10&11

Enjoy the show! I came down with a timely batch of bronchitis and fever. Some things are not meant to be!

Anyone cast the Scott Tidal versus S4S at the show?
Forum: Fly Rods 01-04-2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 647
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Favorite 7 weight & line

What reel weight do you think balances the nrx 7 weight?
Forum: Fly Rods 01-03-2015, 05:25 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 647
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Favorite 7 weight & line

I have a redington cpx 10'6", six weight switch that I need to test out too; however I can't get off the kick of the 7 weight as a great all around warm water tool. I feel I'd be best suited for a...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 01-03-2015, 08:18 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 195
Posted By chicagojohn
Indiana Fly Fishing Expo: Jan. 10&11

I just found this link and wanted to put it out for all to see.

Home (http://www.inflyfishingexpo.com)
January 10&11 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, Hort Building

$10 per person / children...
Forum: Fly Rods 01-03-2015, 08:09 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 647
Posted By chicagojohn
Favorite 7 weight & line

I always pushed off the idea of owning a 7 weight. Yes, an 8 weight is better in wind and a six has more finesse. I have avoided 5 weights in favor of a 6 and 4 weight for this very reason. I am...
Forum: General Discussion 01-01-2015, 02:29 PM
Replies: 71
Views: 1,877
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: What is your choice drink for fly fishing?

Non-alcoholic favorites: water, mello yellow

Alcoholic: Yuengling (if out east), Spotted Cow (if in Wisconsin), Boulevard Wheat (near Iowa), New Castle (anywhere). Blanton's Bourbon or Black...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-27-2014, 05:33 PM
Replies: 126
Views: 10,130
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: 2015 Yellowstone Angler 5-Weight Shoot-Out

I still enjoy reading these shootouts. I get tired of the magazine articles that are not honest with reviews. Yellowstone Angler does the best job of any shootout I have read; however, the one line...
Forum: Fly Rods 07-12-2014, 07:09 PM
Replies: 61
Views: 4,077
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: The Shimano Beancounters Just Wrecked Loomis

I had an NRX on my dream wish list; however if this is true, I'll save my money and get a St Croix Legend Elite, Orvis Helios II, or (gulp) start buying foreign made rods like a TFO BVK where I could...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-27-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 657
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Another 3wt to complement my Sage Zxl?

You already have a great dry fly rod with the zxl. If you like 3 weights, I would add a dedicated nymph rod in the 10 foot range. Greys streamflex and echo shadow II offer entry level price points,...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-28-2014, 11:12 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,780
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Which Winston?

I have both the 9 foot, six weight and the 8 foot, four weight BIIX and love them both. I've moved to a switch rod as a more efficient way to cast large streamers and clunky nymph rigs. The two...
Forum: Fly Rods 02-21-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,055
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: You had $150 burning a hole in your pocket...

I'd add $10-20 and get the Echo carbon, 8 foot 4 weight. I think it's the best inexpensive rod out there for small stream trout and panfish.
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 01-19-2014, 07:15 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 653
Posted By chicagojohn
Redington CPX 10'6" 6 weight switch rod

Anyone have experience casting this rod? Rio is recommending the 6 weight switch chucker, which I think it can handle, even though it's a little heavier than some of the grain recommendations. It...
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 12-15-2013, 01:40 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,241
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Echo 3 switch VS Scott L2H switch

I'd use the 6 weight switch for nymph rigs and large streamers for trout, smallmouth and possibly light steelhead use.

I'd also likely use Rio switch chucker line.
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 12-13-2013, 09:10 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,241
Posted By chicagojohn
Echo 3 switch VS Scott L2H switch

These two rods are about the same price. Echo 3 marks the high end for Echo, while the L2H is a "mid-priced" rod for Scott. Any feedback on these? How is the build quality, how do they perform? ...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-10-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 2,785
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: 6wt or 7wt Streamer Rod for Northeast Trout?

If you're looking at the zenith, look even harder at the Helios 2. I was not a fan of the original Helios, but the six weight saltwater version of the Helios 2 with the fighting butt is a really...
Forum: Spey Rods and Switch Rods - Fly Fishing Tackle Talk! 12-10-2013, 01:32 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,014
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: G.Loomis Pro 4X 5WT switch

Look at the 5 weight Rio switch chucker. It's supposed to be the best of both worlds for nymph and streamer fishing. How do you like the 5 weight pro4x switch? I was looking at that versus an echo...
Forum: Fly Rods 10-19-2013, 07:52 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,368
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Helios 2 vs Loomis NRX

One other oddity with the Helios 2 is that the 7 weight weighs a quarter ounce more than the 8 weight. Any reasons why? I know it's not a typo.
Forum: Southern U.S. 10-19-2013, 07:10 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 526
Posted By chicagojohn
The Cumberland Tailwater

I will have opportunities to fish the Cumberland tailwater in the near future. I have read nymphs work well and streamers can also be effective. If you could take 2 rods and 2 types of line to the...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 09-15-2013, 07:02 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 683
Posted By chicagojohn
White River Indianapolis

Anyone have recommendations for stream access and favorite smallmouth flies on the White River around Indy? How is the White River south of downtown?
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2013, 01:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,368
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Helios 2 vs Loomis NRX

What kinds of fish did you target when fishing the 6 weight Helios 2 and what size of flies and lines did you use?
Forum: Fly Rods 09-11-2013, 06:05 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,368
Posted By chicagojohn
Helios 2 vs Loomis NRX

It's been awhile since I've posted. I recently cast a rod that took me by surprise. I have been looking for the perfect combination of light weight and strength to use for streamer fishing and...
Forum: Great Lakes Region 03-09-2013, 09:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,444
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: Trout Fishing in Indiana

Save yourself from glorified ditch fishing in the NWI tributaries and drive a few more hours into Michigan or Wisconsin.

The St Joe has quality smallmouth and steelhead, but it is a very large...
Forum: Fly Rods 12-24-2012, 07:27 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,625
Posted By chicagojohn
Re: 4wt 8'6" or 9'

I've attached two of my favorite articles for you to read when you have time. They are written by Tom Morgan of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths, and former owner of the RL Winston Rod Company. The article is...
Forum: Fly Rods 11-23-2012, 07:24 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 949
Posted By chicagojohn
St. Croix Legend Elite Saltwater Fly Rods

Has anyone cast the St Croix Legend Elite saltwater rod in a 6 weight? I've cast the 8 weight with a 250 and 300 grain sinking line. Its a beautiful 8 weight and casts a sinking line quite well. I...
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