Discussion in 'Steelhead' started by SilverFly, Feb 20, 2018.
I was gonna make that comment about the reel
I've wondered before whether a Folbe would hold a fly rod. Apparently, the answer is yes. Now, I'm wondering how hard it would be to get it to let go with a chinook pulling on it. My experience with Folbes is in saltwater, with long-handled gear rods, where I've found that the handle sticking out the back of the holder serves as a lever for applying pressure to both sides, which is what causes the holder to release. Without any handle in the back, it could be interesting. Have you had an opportunity to find out how it works yet? I really am curious....
Can you tell I don't think you did anything wrong? More lines in the water, no matter what lines they are, can only help on a slow day of steelheading, and who knows; you might just solve the puzzle.
OK, where's @Swimmy when you need him.
It's all about context. Again, this rod/reel combo was intended mostly for offshore and tropical saltwater fishing. However, apparently I needed a 10wt for river fishing as well because it's become my favorite rod.
Trust me, that color is bordering on "understated" in environments like this where it belongs...
... and is practically camouflage against water like this...
I'll be sure to use appropriately dreary colors next time on the river. Good thing I didn't put on the wool scarf my wife gave me on the way out the door!
Get off my lawn
Hadn't seen Folbe holders before. Pretty slick. I had the same concern but didn't seem to be a problem lifting from the front by keeping the rod level.. I could see where it could possibly bind if angled sharply.
I hate Folbe's...too many lost rods...they are not to be trusted.
Good to know. Guess I'll have to rig up some harling lanyards for springer season.
No kidding. It's the overcomplicated version for sure. Why you can't make it happen with the fish on brand is beyond me. No moving parts and idiot proof.
I love folbe's or at least the scotty knock off's. I only use them with the downriggers but I've had no problems. Maybe the Scotty's are better?
Fish on suck, Scotty all the way!
The guys that have them always love them. I'm clearly too stupid for them. I just use the simple and call it a day. I've always been able to get the rod out of the regular variety.
Scotty are the Filson of rod holders.
I have Folbe rod holders and haven't had any problems. Install them oriented correctly, and pull straight up from both for and aft for a perfect release. Haven't used them for harling a fly however; just harling a cut plug herring.
Not a fan of Folbes here either. Give me simplicity any day. We use them some on the charter boats I work on, especially during halibut days so clients can set their bait to bounce on the bottom and let the rod sit in the holder. For such a simple thing it's pretty amazing how many people have trouble getting the rods out of the holder, and I've seen rods nearly go swimming in the process more times than I can count. Well made, and a cool design, but for fishing give me simplicity every time.
I just liked that the Folbes accepted a fly rod /reel. Can't say I wasn't concerned about losing the rod though. Something about the design doesn't give me warm fuzzies, but nothing a lanyard can't fix.
For the most part I see this harling stuff as an active technique, but having the option to put the rod in the holder, and still be fishing, is a good thing. Actually, I'm pretty stoked about trying this with spring and fall kings. Can't wait to hear comments from the gear crowd about "fairy wands" and such. Yeah, the sissy stuff like I use for tuna.