I saw a butterfly today!
I saw a butterfly today!
I was being very civil with you, then you pissed me off with "get a life in the first sentence of your post" You went down hill after that, I don't need a chill pill.
You just don't get it do you? One person can't pick a rod for somebody else, Maybe, perhaps suggest "hey you might want to take a look at this rod" . That shoot out thing is all BS.... If the rod "they claim" is number one and I can't cast it as good as number nine, what good does there list do for me? again its all just BS.
I wear Smiths sun glasses, just for your information.
Lets agree to dissagree....
Last edited by Carl Blackledge; 01-11-2013 at 02:26 PM.
Finally we agree on something !!!!!! And now we move on, my 2 cents.
I just hope the OP departed this thread a while ago....
One quick comment. Try casting multipiece rods, just in case you get lucky enough to travel to "far off places".
Thanks again for all of the info presented to me in this thread.. Before I knew of a local store that would let me test a rod before I bought it, I did come here for the advice I was seeking. Luckily for me I picked up a new 4 pc Orvis #8 Clearwater in a tip flex which feels incredible compared to the mid flex I was previously shooting. Aside from the rod itself and price, the Orvis warranty sold me.
Thank you again all the info, I knew what I wanted as soon as I picked it up!
Just couldn't let this one pass ----- Carl, why not give these boys some suggestions/recommendations on which fly rod to use for trolling down around Baja when real fly fishing is tough so if they ever decide they want to troll with a fly rod they'll have a step up on those that don't!!!
Maybe some pics of your famous "trolling fly", the Pink Chicken, right???
Boys, go cast the rods whenever possible, pick the one that suits you best and fits into your price range, then go out and get it bent & bowed up as often as weather, money, and the Good Lord will allow ---- it ain't rocket science!
I leave you with this, learned it from a great writer and fine man by the name of Gene Hill ----- "never brag about your equipment or your ability as one is obvious and the other is about to be".
Ain't much that's never been done, but there's a ton of stuff that should never be done again!
I've also been fly fishing for over half a century and have some advice. Never turn down the opportunity to try someone elses gear out. Your "default" casting style will change over time as you get more time on the rod handle. As that happens, your preferences in line tapers and consequently, rods will change as well.Thank you again all the info, I knew what I wanted as soon as I picked it up!
If you should try a rod where on the first cast, you just KNOW you have to have that rod, make sure you also know what it is lined with.
When test casting rods at a shop, bring your own reel with the line you want to use with you. Dont use the line the store has on a demo reel.
Also be aware that the way an xi2 (for instance) feels in a 9 wt may be nothing whatsoever like what an x12 feels like in a 10 wt. I made that mistake years ago when buying an RPLX 9 wt without testing it expecting it to feel like a mini- RPLX 12 wt. WRONG. One cast with the 9, and I realized what a mistake I'd made.
I love fly fishing but hate the egos some display on any fly fishing topic. Enough to turn a noob away from the sport.
In the end it is still fishing but some make it sound like they are chunking gold plated flies using a platinum diamond inlaid rod with silk thread backing.
Hate to see where good info turns into a pizzing match.