Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by toddsbernina, Apr 2, 2006.
4wt 8'6" Browning
4wt 7'6" Fenwich
7wt 9'6" Redington Redfly
9wt 9' Gl3 Loomis
what's wrong with that 5 wt. 9'6" FLi? I would think that would be a candidate for an all-around 5 wt. . . .
Only 2 for now (but I'm pretty new to the game)
6wt 9' 4pc Sage rpl (gift from a family friend - to get me started)
8wt 9' 4pc TFO Ticr
Sage LL386 I built
American Tackle 9' 4 wt I built
St Croix SC IV 9' 6 wt saltwater rod I built
Loop Blue line 9'5" 6 wt
Winston LT 9' 3 pc 8 wt (custom built)
Orvis Zero G 9' 8 wt
CTS 9'6" 9 wt I am building
Still looking for a good 5 wt rod, 9'6" BIIx or 10' XP...
I only have two as well:
Sage Fli 8'6" 3 wt
St. Croix Imperial 8'6" 5 wt
5 wt. 9' handmade with a scratch and dent blank from the place in Sequim.
Will I be a better fisher if I get a lot of rods?
I am a rookie...here it goes..lol
3 wt 6' 6" GL3 G Loomis
5 wt 9' "something or other" (Got it from a friend)
6 wt 9' Lami
Ok, I’m bored too.
4wt 9’, 3 piece Sage SP+
4wt 10’, 3peice Sage RPL+
5wt 10’, 3 peice Lamiglas Espri
6wt 9’, 3 piece Beulah Guide Series
6wt 9’6”, 3 piece Loop Greyline
6wt 9’6”, 4 piece G Loomis GLX HLS
6wt 10’, 2piece G Loomis IMX
7wt 9’, 3 piece Flylogic FLO+
7wt 9’6”, 3 piece Lamiglas Espri
7wt 10', 3 piece Talon Highlander
7wt 11’ 3”, 3 piece Greys Platinum
8wt 9’, 3 piece Talon Cairnton
8wt 9’, 4 piece TFO TiCr
8wt 10’, 2 piece Orvis TLS
8wt 10’, 4 piece Sage XP
9wt 9’, 3 piece Abel Saltwater
9wt 9’ 3”, 3 piece Flylogic FLO+
10wt 9’, 3 piece Beulah Guide Series
10wt 14’, 3 piece Loop Adventure
10wt 15’, 4 piece TFO Professional
12wt 9’, 3 piece Flylogic FLO+
Redfive you out there?
Graphite: 7; Sage, T&T, Loomis, Winston, Talon and TFO; mostly 3wt through 6wt plus an 8wt; 8' to 9'
Fiberglass: 4; all Fenwick browns (ca. 1970s); all 6wts plus an 8wt; 7'6" to 8'6"
Bamboo: 11; Orvis, Hardy, Granger, Leonard, and Pezon et Michel; all vintage (ca. 1952 to 1976); rated from 3wt to 6wt; 5'9" to 9'
I've got three:
7wt 9' Orvis - for shad, smallmouth, and fishing in lakes
5wt 9' Sage - for all my stream trout; I really want to try this on shad
9wt 14' Sage - for all my steelhead time
The next one to add to the collection is a 10wt 9' devoted solely for chinook.
wow! some impressive collections amongst the WFF. would expect nothing less. i've thinned the herd dramatically over the last few years -- from 20+ down to the current seven. they are:
3 weight -- orvis 7'6" superfine
3 weight -- winston 8'6" b2x
5 weight -- orvis 8' superfine
5 weight -- winston 9' b2x
6 weight -- winston 9'6" b2x
8 weight -- sage 9' rplx
10 weight -- sage 9' rplx
will aquire another 12 weight at some point. not much need for it these days.
Don't get me wrong... the FLi is a fine rod. However, it does lack tip sensitivity and is heavy in my opinion. It also is a bit bulky. Its action is good for nymphs and streamers but does not have the sensitivity for close in work.
Its hard to find the perfect rod... or one close.
No, you won't be a better angler if you get more rods. You'll be a better angler by studying the fishing you do, and by fishing more.
Many of my rods have little monetary value, especially the old glass ones. I've always enjoyed the tinkering, and built most of mine from blanks or refinishing old bamboo rods. I just finished a new Spey rod that I didn't need, even after I told myself that I wasn't going to make any more rods. But I hadn't built one for a couple years or so, and . . .
iagree: I found the Launch and Fli to be a little cumbersome and heavy too.
I have 13, a couple with broken tips I haven't sent in, one not completed. For the past 9 or 10 years, I have really only been using 2 rods. One is a 389 LL that I built from a discounted blem blank a while back. Another is a 586 RPL that was given to me for a song and dance by a proprietor of a fly shop in W. Yellowstone. I was working in the Park during summer break from college and had a close scrape with a Grizzly while hiking out of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone. I had all 3 of my rods in a tube which I dropped after the big furry false charged me (did not have the guts to go back and look until a few weeks later and then they were gone). A day after the incident I went into the shop in West and told my story to the old timer working there and he took me into his back room and gave me the rod and tube for next to nothing, telling me that the rod had been his standby for a few years but sage had just sent him the new RPL+ and he would not be using it anymore. I was back in business and caught a 23 1/2 inch brown the next day on one of my favorite park streams-my biggest brown at the time with the rod. I have built and purchased a few "nicer" rods since then but that old RPL still seems to have the most mojo, so that is what I use when the 3 weight won't suffice. I hope you enjoyed the life story, I am procrastinating right now (jr high teacher on spring break) and am supposed to be cleaning the garage while my wife takes our boys to a birthday party. I better get down there.
Oh, by the way, about a year after I lost those rods in Yellowstone, I got a call from a ranger at the Canyon Visitor Center who was going through the lost and found stuff turned in there. He saw the form I had filled out describing my lost item that matched the description of some rods that had been sitting around the office for a while. He sent them to me a couple of weeks later. Yes.