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    Yesterday, 09:39 PM
    mka replied to a thread Original Abel TR1 vs New TR in Fly Reels
    I haven't handled the new TR, but I've seen plenty of pictures and it's not winning me over. The venting on the backside of the new reel reminds me...
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    07-16-2018, 05:58 PM
    Awesome! Seems the 7wts are getting more and more popular for chucking the big stuff. The blue reel with the blue accent wraps look very nice,...
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    07-16-2018, 10:56 AM
    Yes, let’s see it:)
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    07-16-2018, 09:18 AM
    I was actually very tempted with Epic, but I have two glass rods already and have been searching for the right four-piece graphite blank for me...for...
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    07-16-2018, 09:03 AM
    I just ordered a Bellinger reel seat....always wanted a custom-made fly rod for mountain stream hiking and fishing that can work in a variety of...
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    07-15-2018, 10:13 AM
    mka replied to a thread New Rods- ICast/IFTD 2018 in Fly Rods
    I suspect we may have a few forum members with company affiliations that are not revealed to the forum membership. While I do read and listen to...
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    07-14-2018, 08:57 AM
    mka replied to a thread New Rods- ICast/IFTD 2018 in Fly Rods
    Thanks for the post, Bill. Those lengths in their model lineup is indicative of Winstons' knowledge regarding small stream fishing. They certainly...
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    07-13-2018, 02:42 PM
    LMAO...you know why:) Each of those three quivers started with the purchase of one rod. I would have to sell off an entire quiver before buying one...
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    07-13-2018, 11:31 AM
    Before anyone asks, yes I do fish them all...lucky enough to be retired and living in a state with abundant streams full of trout. Orvis 761...
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    07-13-2018, 11:00 AM
    Not sure what's going on there with your reel. I have three Taylor reels starting with the first generation that work flawlessly and find them a...
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    07-12-2018, 01:12 AM
    Great report, S&S! Wish the weather and streams were better for you all on that annual trip of yours. I just got off the Sage site and the Dart...
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    07-12-2018, 12:42 AM
    mka replied to a thread Scott GS 775 in Fly Rods
    I am SHOCKED...a Scott?????????? Just kidding... Sounds like a fun way to go after big fish, I must say. I'm looking forward to some fish reports...
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    07-11-2018, 09:25 PM
    mka replied to a thread Scott GS 775 in Fly Rods
    You bought "a rod" from them? I'm guessing it was a Sage....:flypig:
    11 replies | 369 view(s)
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    07-11-2018, 05:22 PM
    mka replied to a thread New Rods- ICast/IFTD 2018 in Fly Rods
    It will be some time before I can add to my Sage quiver...after purchasing a 376 X for my small streams this spring. I'm very happy with it and as a...
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    07-11-2018, 09:35 AM
    I just pulled out my Sage XP 697 and all sections are the same length...as Jefe said, the "1" denotes the butt version. It's an awesome rod, but...
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    07-10-2018, 04:22 PM
    mka replied to a thread Winston biiix 5 vs 6 weight in Fly Rods
    If you get a chance to test cast a B3X 8'6" 5wt Winston, do it. It will handle very big fish and is yet a joy when bringing in a small fry to the net...
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    07-10-2018, 11:35 AM
    mka replied to a thread New Scott Rod in Fly Rods
    Oh Lordy, you made me go do a quick gear count...maybe room for one more???
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    07-10-2018, 10:02 AM
    mka replied to a thread New Scott Rod in Fly Rods
    If I didn't already have an awesome 3wt glass rod, I would buy one just for the orange blank (OSU grad). They look great and bet they work great on...
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    07-08-2018, 06:55 PM
    There is only one metric that's important to me...the survival rate of humans physically attacked by a bear.
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    07-08-2018, 09:19 AM
    mka replied to a thread Iftd 2018 in General Discussion
    Last year the following website did a great job covering the show: demystifly
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    07-08-2018, 09:01 AM
    mka replied to a thread CFO equals? in Fly Reels
    Jason, I think grabbing another Abel CFO was a good move...those perform like no other on trout waters for me. The dimensions and drag are designed...
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    07-07-2018, 06:12 PM
    All I can say is when I'm camping and fishing in bear country, the one thing that is not on my bear defense plan is to fight off the bear with my fly...
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    07-07-2018, 10:53 AM
    No list like this is complete without an Orvis CFO on it:
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    07-05-2018, 02:32 AM
    My wife gave me some nice Abel nippers for my birthday...they're resting on the river bottom somewhere up at the San Juan.
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    07-04-2018, 05:56 PM
    mka replied to a thread CFO equals? in Fly Reels
    As you can see, I'm a huge CFO fan. I also have an Abel TR2 early production model from Steve Abel's personal collection and it is super nice, but...
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    07-04-2018, 01:02 PM
    mka replied to a thread Sage X486 and ONE486 in Fly Rods
    I purchased a quiver of ONE rods when they went on closeout...with the 486 being my favorite of the bunch. That rod casts so good, I can't imagine I...
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    07-03-2018, 08:07 AM
    "Green or red?"
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    07-01-2018, 11:32 AM
    Very nice gifts from your Dad. That quiver of rods is a nice way to start back into fly fishing, indeed. I wonder what is your Dad's favorite...
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    06-30-2018, 11:05 AM
    Should be an exciting IFTD, with Sage and Winston coming out with new models. I will be interested to see those small stream rods from Winston!
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    06-30-2018, 07:48 AM
    Does anyone know if the Pure is replacing the BIII SL line of rods?
    12 replies | 1184 view(s)
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Over 25 years doing environmental regulations. Hopefully retired by Nov. 2018. Caught my first trout at 6 years old, still have and use the reel 60 years later.
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