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    Re: 2019 Driftless Pictures and Reports

    I am by no means an expert, but as 3 weight rods I've cast started getting longer than 7'6", I liked them less and less. I agree that a 7'6" 3 weight is about ideal. If you want to go longer, use...
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    Re: Want to Buy: Fishpond Tippet Gauge

    This is the reason why. I chew up the leader as flies come on and off, and at some point, I know I need to tie a new bit of tippet on; I'd like to know what size should be there.

    Thanks,...
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    Re: Want to Buy: Fishpond Tippet Gauge

    Thanks, Dillon. River City was my favorite shop when I lived in Tigard. I sent a message asking them. I had checked with other stores but nobody seemed to have them any more.
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    Want to Buy: Fishpond Tippet Gauge

    I am looking to purchase a Fishpond Tippet Gauge. Online stores show that they've been discontinued. I'm hoping somebody here will have one that they no longer use. I'll consider other brands...
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    Re: 2019 Driftless Pictures and Reports

    I fished Vernon County WI this weekend. Hot and humid, but it was the gnats that were really bothersome. Apparently these weren't the biting gnats encountered earlier, but these were still...
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    Re: Etiquette for correcting bad behaviour

    These days it's potentially dangerous to point out the failings of others, on the stream or elsewhere.

    About 10 years ago I was on a medium-sized river at a public park. A bridge crossed the...
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    Re: Simple revelations that make life better

    I use citronella coils that do well if you place a few of them upwind of your location. I keep one of them burning in my garage (door open, of course), when I'm working on my car, with a fan to blow...
  8. Re: Are Fly Shops Starting To Just Be Terrible Options To Purchase Gear?

    Great post - I agree completely that the eyeball-to-eyeball interaction is the only thing that keeps most retail businesses alive. Years ago, I read an article, in a business magazine that suggested...
  9. Re: Are Fly Shops Starting To Just Be Terrible Options To Purchase Gear?

    I have three relevant stories of fly shops:

    1 Years ago, the nearest fly shop to my home, was even in pre-internet days big enough to have a catalog for mail order. I bought my first rod from...
  10. Re: Let's design the perfect Driftless Fly box

    I fully agree that 5 flies, at least per region, can get you to most of the fish you need. When I lived in the Pacific Northwest, I fished coastal streams a lot for season and resident cutthroat,...
  11. Re: Let's design the perfect Driftless Fly box

    Oh boy, I get to go with the obvious one - the Pink Squirrel. I bet I've caught nearly half of all my Driftless trout with them, Always size 12-14, but I probably catch them on 12's 60-40 to the...
  12. Thread: Sage Trout LL

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    Sage Trout LL

    I just read that Sage is putting out a new rod, the Trout LL. Obviously a nod to the much-loved LL of the 90's, but I read that it's a replacement of the MOD. Sorta spendy at $800.

    I see that...
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    Re: 90 Salmon on the fly

    I caught a 60-lb chinook in the Nehalem River many years ago, on a spinner. It was only the 3rd largest caught that season on that river.

    It was a big hen and like all hens (at least in the...
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    Re: June 6th, 1944

    I can't begin to imagine the courage that was needed to poke one's head from the top of the landing craft as it approached the beach in that first wave. I've read many military histories, and the...
  15. Thread: Best purchase

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    Re: Best purchase

    Pretty tough question. A couple purchases that I felt I got the best utility out of:
    I picked up a 7'11" Sage LL that is arguably the perfect Driftless Area rod. That's good, but I got it for...
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    Re: Essential flies for the Driftless

    Welcome. There is a hatch chart right above your post, on a sticky.

    Both the EHC (in a range of colors) and PT nymph are good in this area right about now.
    The standard range of flies works...
  17. Re: What is your cheapest and your most expensive

    My least expensive is a fiberglass Eagle Claw 7'6" 6-weight I bought from Larry's Sporting Goods in Portland Oregon a long, long, time ago (with Pflueger Medallist bought at the same time). It got...
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    Re: Map source

    Out here in Wisconsin, I have 3 items on the passenger seat at all times:

    My Wisconsin Gazetteer
    Trout Stream Maps courtesy of the Wisconsin DNR (and my company kindly loaning me their ledger...
  19. Re: Casting my sage 690 RPL after using a Winston B3X 690. What a dfferebce

    I can't wait to hear more about that!
  20. Re: Online source rod building + tying materials?

    Angler's Roost also has both fly tying and rod building supplies.
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    Re: Which rod to buy

    Well, I do love the Zenith - in addition to the one mentioned above, I own a 4-piece 5-weight, bought before I thought I'd have a shadow of a chance at the 864-1. So I'll find a place to try out the...
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    Re: Which rod to buy

    Yeah, I am definitely moving my focus toward getting a fly rod to target smallmouth bass, as there are plenty in this area. I'd love to hear suggestions for that type of rod.
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    Re: Which rod to buy

    I yield! I'll keep my Hardy and LL, and will follow the good advice above to maybe consider a higher end bamboo or glass, or maybe a 6 weight (I have an older Sage DSII 6 weight, but haven't used it...
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    Re: Which rod to buy

    I recently bought an inexpensive glass rod, the Echo Glass (not the newer Bad Ass Glass) and used it the first time a few weeks ago. Seemed a little heavy, but of course I wasn't casting a Steffan...
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    Re: Which rod to buy

    Thanks to all who have responded so far. I agree, the Zenith is a wonderful rod, and the only reason I am considering trading it out is because I want to have some new rods. I use virtually only...
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