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Forum: Fly Rods 05-21-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 21
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Posted By burk48237
Re: 9'~ 7wt. Dedicated Streamer Rod....

My experience with two handers for streamers is that they are great for swinging streamers especially on big water. But I find them a bit cumbersome for the short accurate cast a strip presentations...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-14-2015, 08:40 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,728
Posted By burk48237
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

As far as margin I can assure you that for the manufacturer the margin is higher on the volume (made in China) product than on the high end hand crafted product in the market. The actual...
Forum: Fly Lines 05-13-2015, 06:46 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 593
Posted By burk48237
Re: fly line Knots - a problem

Exactly, flourocarbon is far slicker than standard mono. If you cut your tags to tight it will slip thur instrad of self tightening with extra presure. I leave about a 1/4" tag with flouro. The fish...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-13-2015, 06:41 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,728
Posted By burk48237
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

Consider yourself very lucky to have a "trusty" 95 Passat Wagon, I have several friends who had VW's of that era, and "trusty" is not the adjective that comes to mind. Unless you were a road service...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-06-2015, 06:11 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,728
Posted By burk48237
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

A few very scattered points. :D

1) Glacier John, your comments about the Garcia Conolon catalog brought back memories of lusting for a Garcia Charles Ritz fly (glass) rod. I've only seen a couple...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-05-2015, 09:27 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 3,728
Posted By burk48237
Re: High-End Rod Appeal

I did a thread earlier on the appeal of mid-priced rods. I remember two years ago talking to one of the better high end shops in Ohio. And he told me that from Oct thru March he only sold one high...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2015, 06:14 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 881
Posted By burk48237
Re: Whats the worst cork you've ever seen?

I have a Diamondback 9' 6 weight SW Flawless sample that had pathetic cork from day one. While not a bad casting rod, the cork made it almost unfishable, at least as far as a quality feel in the...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2015, 06:07 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,848
Posted By burk48237
Re: Classic dry fly rods

My rant for the day, with apologies:;)

Frankly, I don't think there is such a thing as a "classic dry fly" rod in a 2 or 3 weight. There are too many variables, wind, size of fly, mending at...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-23-2015, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,558
Posted By burk48237
Re: Sage Salt.... Wow!

What about the Hardy Proaxis in this class S & S? My eight is the best I've fished, I can't imagine a better throwing eight weight. I've got a friend who runs a camp in Belize, he is an exceptional...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-15-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 173
Posted By burk48237
Re: Echo ion or Ross fly start for budget reel

The early Fly starts had a lot of QC issues and return problems while the Ion has a decent track record as an introductory reel. I haven't heard much about the more recent product, except that...
Forum: Fly Reels 04-15-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 667
Posted By burk48237
Re: Cabelas/Galvan?

I suspect it's because Galvan reels while very good, don't sell themselves (at least not in the MW where Cabelas does the bulk of it's business). One of the realities of the business that wasn't true...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-14-2015, 06:39 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By burk48237
Re: Winston Nexus 9' 6wt

As someone who owned a BIIx and thought it was a great fly rod with lots of great "feel", I must admit it was not a good six weight. There are some things a Six weight should be able to do, throw a...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-31-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 708
Posted By burk48237
Re: What's "high end", "mid-price" & "low end"?

I tend to view it this way looking at the market:

$100-200 Entry level. I don't like to call them "low end". Some can be fairly decent for the money these days but most have one tell-tale...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-30-2015, 09:36 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,184
Posted By burk48237
Re: Classic Sages?

I do think the 9' 5 and 6 Z-Axis fits the classic definition for Sage. It was probably Sages first 9-5 designed to fish with instead of competing with Rajeff in a parking lot. :wink:

One thing...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 06:31 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 296
Posted By burk48237
Re: Choosing a new big game stick

I actually think a 7 or maybe even an eight may be appropriate for throwing big streamers with a head in MT. I did a shootout between some of the mid-priced stuff about a month ago so because I'm...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By burk48237
Re: A thought about the business-mid priced rods

I suspect though that a lot of people will move up from the $300 and $350 imports to these rods. Perhaps I'm wrong but according to our local Winston Rep the Nexus is selling way better than the GVX....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 12:43 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 533
Posted By burk48237
A thought about the business-mid priced rods

I posted this in the Douglas thread, but I believe it's worthy of discussion as a stand alone thread.

I think the most important change in the rod market is the revival of the mid-priced rod....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-29-2015, 12:35 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,048
Posted By burk48237
Re: a burning question on everyone's mind

Cabelas does offer American made rods. I can say that the use to be produced by Diamondback and St Croix. I do not know whose producing them now. Loomis years ago made rods for a bunch of retailers....
Forum: Fly Rods 03-28-2015, 07:09 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 670
Posted By burk48237
Re: 7 weight rod choice.

If I was going to go one-hander 10-7 is without a doubt the first choice for Steelhead. On LK Superior streams it should be sufficient for Salmon (mostly Coho) and any Lakers you may run in to near...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-27-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 1,054
Posted By burk48237
Re: Douglas fly rods

If anything, I think the most important change in the rod market is the revival of the mid-priced rod. Almost all of the companies have tried to sell a mid-priced US rod in the past by repackaging...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-20-2015, 04:41 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 474
Posted By burk48237
Re: N.E. On The Fly / Thomas & Thomas Article.

According to FB, Joe Goodspeed, Cortlands former line designer has taken a position in the design department with T & T. It could be interesting. He definitly understands rod actions, and is a good...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-16-2015, 07:52 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,123
Posted By burk48237
Re: Orvis Recon and H2 tests vs Sage Accel and One

Which weight and length rod were you testing?
Forum: Fly Rods 03-16-2015, 07:48 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By burk48237
Re: Steve's middlin 7 weight shootout -Tidal-Nexus-Mangrove-Mostive

The Echo rep was there, he has Winston too. I know him pretty well, his selection of Echo was pretty small, mostly new this year stuff. I didn't ask and he didn't mention.
Forum: Fly Rods 03-16-2015, 10:03 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 534
Posted By burk48237
Re: Steve's middlin 7 weight shootout -Tidal-Nexus-Mangrove-Mostive

No I didn't but it kind of failed the "shake test" before casting. It seemed softer than the other rods tested. I am impressed by the trout weight Recons, but not as impressed by the SW rods. And in...
Forum: Fly Rods 03-14-2015, 05:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 826
Posted By burk48237
Re: Getting a 3 weight for streams and creeks. Fiberglass vs graphite

If I could chose anything for small streams it would be bamboo, but a good boo will cost anywhere used from $600 to 1200, not a low cost option.

Glass is choice number two. If I could pick any...
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