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Forum: General Discussion 05-31-2016, 11:20 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 755
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Found a new Blue line in need of exploration.

Mmmmmm....looks tailor made for my Fenwick 535.
Forum: Fly Rods 05-31-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 935
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Helios 2 / Recon with Outbound 8wt. Any feedback?

I've fished a number of rods for Redfish in the marshes of Venice and Cocodie Louisiana over the past 10 years. An NRX, BVK, Axiom, Original Helios, Sage Xi2, and an H2, all in 8wt, 9ft...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2016, 07:44 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 451
Posted By mrfzx
Re: cicadas

Seventeen years ago, here in SW Pennsylvania, the Cicadas were the cause of the best trout fishing I have ever had or even heard of (and I am including Idaho, Montana, and Alaska). EVERY trout in...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 05-12-2016, 12:29 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 3,187
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Steelheading with a 6wt. Does anyone do it?

I fish New York as much as my schedule allows. I have a 6 wt, 11 ft TFO Deer Creek switch rod that I love. If I'm single-handing it (no puns here please) I go with one of my 8 wt rods. If Kings...
Forum: Fly Reels 05-12-2016, 12:11 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 3,974
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Charlton

As someone who deals with a rather extensive reel collection of mostly E. vom Hofe's, Zwarg, and lately A.L. Walker reels, I can say with some veracity that buying reels as investments are largely a...
Forum: Fly Reels 03-01-2016, 12:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Islander LX 3.8

I have been pretty preoccupied. You've probably heard of being drawn-and-quartered? Well I wish I was only being pulled in 4 directions!:p

Contacted Islander, and they were absolutely the...
Forum: Fly Reels 02-26-2016, 07:29 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 456
Posted By mrfzx
Islander LX 3.8

I've been absent for a while, but when this question came up I knew exactly where to go for the answer! I have an Islander LX 3.8 that the cork drag disc has come loose. What would be best to...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 07-07-2015, 09:57 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,116
Posted By mrfzx
Re: SC fishing photos

I've fished this general area myself, and it is a great experience. Thanks for sharing!
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 05-28-2014, 06:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,105
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Costa del mar lens color?

I have both the green and the blue mirrored lenses. I had the blue first, and thought they were great. Now that I have the green, I hardly ever wear the blue.
Forum: Fly Reels 05-16-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,869
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Reel collecting

Since getting married, my father-in-law has been grooming me to inherit his collection. I must admit I have learned more about reels than I ever thought there was to know 10 years ago. He...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-16-2014, 11:50 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,653
Posted By mrfzx
Re: "Fast action" vs "Stiff"

Burke, I think you are right on.

Take 5 of my 8wt rods, all 9ft, 4pc rods. A BVK, A Mangrove, A TiCrX, a Helios H2, and a Loomis NRX. None of these rods are the same. In physical weight, in...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-15-2014, 09:17 AM
Replies: 27
Views: 2,653
Posted By mrfzx
Re: "Fast action" vs "Stiff"

Silver, as a Physicist and former Engineer, your posts never cease to impress me. Kudos!!

The Modulus of Elasticity of which you speak is actually Young's Modulus. It is defined as the stress...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 05-13-2014, 10:01 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 591
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Frustrating Redfish

After a decade of chasing Redfish, which by no means makes me an expert, I learned two things. 1. A spoon fly (gold and blue, or silver and blue) is irresistible to Reds. 2. When the reds are...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 09:53 AM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,256
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Help with carry on rod tubes

I fly a lot with rods. So far I have never had a problem with any 4 piece rods. I usually strap 2 tubes together. Cabela's has velcro straps for just that purpose (even has a strap-handle that...
Forum: General Discussion 05-13-2014, 09:46 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 750
Posted By mrfzx
Re: 8wt question

Other than my 9ft 5wt, my most fished rod is one of my 9ft 8wt rods. I use it in Louisiana for Redfish and Drum, in Erie for Steelhead, in New York for the monster lake-run Browns, and in Alaska for...
Forum: Fly Rods 05-06-2014, 01:10 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 3,280
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Orvis Helios vs Helios 2

I have owned the original Helios in 9ft, 4pc, 8wt 9.5 tip flex, for the past 3 years, and have fished in for Redfish in Louisana, Steelhead in Erie, and Lake Run Browns in New York for those 3 years....
Forum: Fly Rods 05-06-2014, 12:58 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 617
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Fly rod opinions

Mark me +1 on the find out what YOU like.

The other thing to remember is that every company out there makes a whole hierarchy of rods that bear their brand label. There is a huge difference in...
Forum: General Discussion 04-28-2014, 11:32 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 2,653
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Suggestions in 7wt the Redington Vapen, TFO BVK or Axiom

No experience with the Vapen, but I have several BVK's and Axioms. The BVK is a great rod, and will certainly handle wind. The Axiom is a cannon second to none. The Axiom can be harder to cast...
Forum: General Discussion 04-28-2014, 11:11 AM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,826
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Best places to fish--where you might get eaten.

Karluk River, Kodiak Island, in fall for Silvers and Steelhead. The size of a Kodiak Brown (or and AK Coastal Brown) has to be experienced to be believed. The Kodiaks just tend to be more aggressive...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 04-16-2014, 09:49 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,601
Posted By mrfzx
Re: Saltwater Flies - Need advice

Contact your guide. They will know what will be best for that particular area/target species/and time of year. I could give you some suggestions, but why guess?
Forum: General Discussion 04-15-2014, 01:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,369
Posted By mrfzx
Re: ZG Helios 5 weight

I have the exact rod you are talking about, and I love it. I highly recommend the SA GPX taper line in a "textured mastery" series. I also use the "trout taper" but if you prefer a 1/2 line heavy,...
Forum: Saltwater Fly Fishing 04-07-2014, 12:16 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,611
Posted By mrfzx
Re: 8wt Reel

I'll echo the sentiment a few posters wrote here. Even though you may only use that rig 2-3 weeks per year, those 2-3 weeks will probably be pretty special. When I outfit a client, be it for...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-06-2014, 02:00 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,253
Posted By mrfzx
Re: TFO Mangrove Evaluations

The problem with the YSA review of the Mangrove is that they were asking it to do things it wasn't designed for. As the name suggests it was designed bu Palot to be a 50 to 60 foot fan-casting...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-06-2014, 01:40 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 6,998
Posted By mrfzx
Loomis NRX Review

A while ago I posted that I bought a new G Loomis NRX 8wt, 9ft, 4pc. rod. the weather has finally cooperated with my schedule, and I was out today grass casting the new rod. On my postal scale the...
Forum: Fly Rods 04-03-2014, 12:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,643
Posted By mrfzx
Re: 4 piece rods? what's up?

Amen on the ferule snugness! By far, if you take the client letting the rod contact the side of the boat while fighting a fish out of the equation, then the most prevalent rod breakage we deal with...
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