Discussion in 'Spey Clave' started by Panhandle, Apr 15, 2011.
Can't agree more. Salt, mud, heat, cold, everything. Nothing an 870 can't handle.
I was duck hunting along the Skagit in some marsh land above Burlingrton. I'd say almost directly across from Nookachamps. I stepped into a hidden beaver trail and went in up to my chest. When I came out of it I turned my 870 barrel down and drained however much water an 870 barrel can hold. My nephew who was hunting with me was laughing so hard he almost fell in himself. About that time a bunch of quackers flew over and I managed to bring down 2 with my water logged shotgun. Nephew quit laughing.
My gear allegiance runs toward whatever suits me. My newest fly rod cost me $60 at Cabela's. It's a 10 wt, and I took it to Mexico and caught snook and tarpon on it. Cheapest 4 piece 10 wt I could find, and I like it better than the $125 Fly Shop house brand 8 wt I bought a couple years ago to take to the Bahamas for bonefish. But I also have fly rods I paid about $1200 each for and didn't sweat a bead over the price. They're bamboo and made by a long time friend and acquaintance, and I consider them an art investment that I can and do fish with. I practically rave about the value of the discontinued Ross Colorado reels because I got them for about $60 and think they're better quality than my Hardy Lightweight series Princess and St. Aiden. However, I liked and fished trout for years using a Cortland Crown ($15 in 1974) and Berkley 556 ($20 in 1980) great reels that are still in service. Too bad they don't make something like that today for novices who want to take up fly fishing without spending an arm and a leg. And at the other extreme I just paid $450 for a hand made Spey reel of simple spring and pawl design, again, because it's like a piece of art. I can and do buy good fishing reels for much less. I think my gear allegiance is to value and quality. If the quality is good for the asking price, and the gear is well suited to my intended use, then I'll buy it if I like it. I don't have any Loomis fly rods; I just don't see the value being anywhere near the asking price. Same with Sage, although I have some of those that cost me much less than retail. And I try to be a somewhat sensible shopper. I buy closeouts on last year's model of waders at half price so that I'm good for two sets into the future, Dan Bailey, Patagonia, and now Redington, hell I don't care.
Closeouts are great way to go. I like to skip a generation of gear.....Big XP fan, but you know the Z-Axis is on it's last year? 2012?
Other than the $1200 bamboo, we have very similar tastes. I've always been willing to spend money on reels, but not on rods. After I stopped working in shops I stopped getting the best rods. Unlike reels rods are superseded frequently. My Pate, Abels, Tibor, etc are still as good if not better than the best made today. And yeah, waders are best bought one or two seasons after they are discontinued!
Sage since the early 1980's,,,,,, I have always liked the way these rods cast compared to other brands.
Simms since they first introduced Goretex into wader manuf.
I will give up anything but these two products, crappy SUV, old worn out clothes,,,,etc.
I enjoy seeing how cheaply I can get into the game. Closeouts, Craigslist, Classifieds, you name it. For some reason I will spend ridiculous amounts of time hunting down a bargain. Maybe its because I grew up fishing with a cane pole and have a hard time spending hundreds on a set up. Or perhaps it is because my better half watches the checking/credit accounts like a hawk. Either way, there is something to said for catching a fish on a set up that cost less than the reel of the guy standing next to you in the river.
AMen KerryS..... I couldn't have said it better myself about the SAGE and Loomis.. DOuble wow you just like me, and about the winston wow.. me too alway wanted to own a Winston b2x 12'6"... as far the boutique rod goes; good luck getting any warranty far them.. they are in no hurry getting it back to you.. i am not talking trash about the boutique builder, I have two myself, but at the end of the day whos going to be there for you, I put my money on Sage and Loomis any day of the week.
as far as Golfman and Stewart Dee they are total snob, no way in hell they be on a river with out their boutique rod and their hardy for everyone to drool over...what a same...lol
for me gotta to be the z axis 7136 period.. if it good enough for scott howell-its good enough for me period...
I have a closet full of Sage rods and was lucky enough to 'swap' for them with the shop owner. No way would I have paid retail for them - I would have looked at the other rack. That was 20 years ago and I still use them. The shop is closed 7-8 years now so I've had to do something different. I'm always looking for bargains on certain lengths, actions, and weights.
Vintage reels...what can I say? I love 'em and wish I could have one of everything!
A guy's signature on the Fiberglass board says it pretty darn well for me,
"I am haunted by auctions."
Does your boss know about this?
Here is a picture for you to enjoy Jimmy.
Just remember Scott Howell can cast and more important land a fish. LOL