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    Yesterday, 09:26 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Pedal Power in Kayak/SUP Discussion
    Looks interesting but the close up photos make it hard to understand what I'm seeing. Maybe when you test things out you could get some photos of the...
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    Yesterday, 03:52 PM
    sweetandsalt replied to a thread 7 foot or 8 foot in Fly Rods
    I've been sporting 3 #4's this season, a 9', 8 1/2' and new 7 1/2' DART...all three completely different in characteristics but all three fine...
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    Yesterday, 03:42 PM
    You are referring to SA Trout(s), the "new" EDT?
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    Yesterday, 11:20 AM
    Hello ec, you've been busy? And speaking of tringles, has SA deleted their version you liked, VSP or some such?
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    09-18-2018, 11:21 PM
    Hi Scotty, I was going to message you this morning when I read your post but didn't take time, I left for the river. Let this be a lesson;...
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    09-18-2018, 04:00 PM
    I believe you, Silver and Tim Rajeff is way above average concerned with rod strength and durability. I won't tell you they are the best casting or...
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    09-18-2018, 02:03 PM
    In my above post about graphite/fiberglass scrimmed rods, I left out an important honey of a saltwater rod. Scott built, in 8'8" lengths, a series...
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    09-18-2018, 01:31 PM
    Interestingly, there is something in-between. A graphite rod built with fiberglass scrim. For weight and action purposes most better contemporary fly...
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    09-18-2018, 11:42 AM
    We would need to fish together in order for me to clearly show you how I accomplish what I consider effective presentation of a wet fly. Whatever...
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    09-18-2018, 10:47 AM
    As explained to me by the professional technical types, Nano particulate infused resin bonds more thoroughly to the carbon chain fibers via...
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    09-18-2018, 10:20 AM
    I have both Smiths and Costas and on them plus my daily wear glasses I have retainers on all of them. I've tried many types, mostly acceptable, but...
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    09-18-2018, 08:19 AM
    Back when I used to high stick for Great Lakes steelhead with a 10'/#7, I did not run a fly line on my reel. I used level, floating running line as...
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    09-18-2018, 07:54 AM
    Though I fish both "truck" and "sports car" rods, I've long been an advocate for dry fly rods of the light, slender, crisp and quick type...even 15...
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    09-18-2018, 07:38 AM
    sweetandsalt replied to a thread zg helios in Fly Rods
    It is my not entirely informed opinion that the rod design team at Orvis comes up with the progressive, tip-flex tapers but elements in the corporate...
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    09-18-2018, 07:30 AM
    Most of us have broken rods. Its one thing when you know what you did which is a long list of ceiling fans, screen doors, poking trees with the tip...
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    09-18-2018, 12:25 AM
    Ard replied to a thread Getting close!!! in General Discussion
    Have fun Bob and be careful, whatever you do don't hurry the day once you get started. Ard
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    09-18-2018, 12:22 AM
    Yellow Shlapplen Tiemco Hooks > 10.99, ouch A four compartment plastic box that will hold some tube flies and a few hooks in my jacket pocket. ...
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    09-17-2018, 06:41 PM
    Very nice PT, I like to see some variety here and this is different from your norm. I've made a trio of Dee Monkey flies on tubes with bullet...
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    09-17-2018, 04:37 PM
    Short inexpensive spinning rods are built very differently from longer more complexly flexing fly rods. You seem to be equating fly rod durability...
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    09-17-2018, 04:15 PM
    sweetandsalt replied to a thread zg helios in Fly Rods
    ed, I thought it was the Helios mid-flex you were describing as it hinges in the middle quite unpleasantly. H2 and now H3 represent big improvements...
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    09-17-2018, 04:07 PM
    I don't fish a Circa or any other 3-wt. for that matter but being small stream oriented I likely would favor a spring and pawl type reel that...
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    09-16-2018, 11:10 PM
    I'm sure it will, you just gotta keep fishing with it until you get the first one and then it gets easy. There was just something about those...
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    09-16-2018, 09:58 PM
    Nice tying there ft, For that Salmon River you might consider making a couple of those Dee Monkey tubes, I've been hanging a bunch of salmon on...
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    09-16-2018, 05:55 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Replacement for my Sage LL in Fly Rods
    Hey, I just stopped to see what's new and found your post. New line may or may not be needed, I still use a line bought in Pennsylvania in the...
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    09-16-2018, 01:39 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Trophy browns in Spain in Other
    Hi Hollisd, I'm late here but wanted to say what a beautiful picture you posted and welcome to the forum :) Ard
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    09-16-2018, 12:33 PM
    Ard replied to a thread Replacement for my Sage LL in Fly Rods
    Hi Everyone, I'm going to play curmudgeon just a little here. If I read correctly we're talking about a Sage LL mated with a Ross Colorado that...
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    09-16-2018, 08:50 AM
    sweetandsalt replied to a thread SAGE RPLX 10 wt. in Fly Rods
    In many saltwater rod series here is a design shift from #9 to 10. #'s 7, 8 and 9 favor casting while the grain weight line jump to 10 plus #'s 10,...
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    09-16-2018, 08:25 AM
    sweetandsalt replied to a thread Older Sage Rods in Fly Rods
    Sage Method 6wt (691) do all I have this rod and love it. It is my big water+driftboat dry fly rod rigged with RIO IT Gold. Sage SP+ 9 8 wt. (2...
    5 replies | 277 view(s)
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My passion for fishing began when I was 6 years old upon my family moving to a house across the street from a creek. At 14, an angling relative gifted me a Sewell Dunton 8 rod for HDH, a Pfluger Medalist with Aircell line and a leader tying kit. I later supplemented this with a fly tying kit including a Thompson A vise from Herters. During a college summer break in the late 1960's, I loaded my little car with camping gear and cane rod and headed for Yellowstone Country which I had read tales about in the magazines since I was a kid. My education and subsequent life involvements remained in my native East but my heart was/is in the West. Since those college years three month long trips, I have missed only two July's camping along and fishing the rivers and streams of Idaho and Montana. Back in the early "fishing bum" days we would gather around campfires after the evening spinner falls and the friendships which evolved then have endured through the decades. Many of my fishing companions from back in the day have become outfitters, outdoor writers and tackle manufacturers but now our ranks are beginning to thin with each passing season. I still live in a tent camp during my annual month-long Western adventure and continue to explore and pursue mythical hidden spring creeks where the PMDs always emerge and the un-fished trout are huge.

Mayfly emergence seasons east and west do not last year round so over the years I included in my repertoire Atlantic salmon and steelhead fishing and saltwater fishing both up north for striped bass and migrating false albacore and, in warmer climes, for tropical flats species. During the 80's I developed a particular love for bonefish...which persists and continues to intensify. My wife fishes too and our home is over run by leaning cardboard boxes full of fly rods old and new and our living room perpetually resembles a spider's web of fly line and leader rigging activity. An inveterate experimenter, no new knot does not get tied and no new line does not get tried. Every year a couple of new sweet and salt water rods find their way into our inventory.

Many of my friends, even the ardent fly fishers among them, think I am over the top but that is what facilitates taking the time to enjoy participating in the North American Fly Fishing Forum. I strive to be objective and explanatory in my opinions which are founded on my personal experience and comparative analysis of tackle and technique. Though we are on the Internet, I fact-check data whenever there is reasonable doubt, often directly with sources in the fly tackle industry, none of whom I have a professional relationship with.
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