Lookin' to upgrade

Discussion in 'Saltwater' started by Dipnet, Jan 13, 2013.

  1. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    So I've only been tossing salty flies for about 3 months but I gotta say, I'm hooked!

    I've caught a lot of SRC on spin gear in the past but I'm havin' much more fun tossing flies!!

    Anyway, I wasn't havin' too much luck until yesterday when I went fishing with an old friend who's much more experienced in the fly game. He took me to a beautiful spot and gave me a lot of tips on technique and his help paid off with several nice SRC! He also let me fish his higher-end gear for awhile and I could really feel the difference from my hand-me-down outfit.

    So I'm wanting to upgrade the rod/reel without spending the next mortgage payment.

    Been lookin' at reviews/recommendations on the interweb and I'm thinkin' maybe I'll buy the rod first.

    Kinda intrigued with the Redington Voylant (maybe 6 wt 9 1/2 ft.? Thinkin' I can use it for both SRC and coho) and wanting to know if anyone fishes it and opinions.

    Also, what about matching it with a Lamson/Waterworks Konic reel?

    I appreciate any input and recommendations!

    TIA!! :)
     

  2. Lamson reels are great I have used the velocity before and have nothing but positive things to say about their prduct
     
  3. Jeff Peacock

    Jeff Peacock Member

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    I use a Konic on my 6wt when fishing the salt. I really like how tight the drag mechanism is and feel it helps keep the salt out even though I wash/rinse after every trip. Two thumbs up on the Lamson. Now if they would just make the Konic with a large arbor.....
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    I have the sage VT2 697, its a 4 piece 9ft6in 6wt, with fighting butt, and saltwater reel seat, I got it on closeout at patricks shop for $335, Absolutley love it. You can still find deals online but I would definately get the saltwater version with the butt, the freshwater non butt version has a funky reel seat the looks like it will crossthread really easy.

    I toss a 6wt floating outbound trout LT, which I like alot, also a streamertip 7wt line that has 15ft intermediate clear tip. works great for minimal false casting and cutting through the wind.
     
  5. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    This is all great info and thanks for it!! So how 'bout the Volant rod? :)
     
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    Gary Knowels Active Member

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    Never used it but Redington makes some great products at very reasonable prices. You may think about searching the classifieds for a used stick of higher quality at the same price point.

    Sent from my SGH-T679 using Tapatalk 2
     
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    Pat Lat Mad Flyentist

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    How does the warranty change w/ ownership transfer?
    That is a good used rod
     
  9. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    A 9' 6" 6wt would be a excellent beach stick. If you can get a salty version even better.
    A little much for searuns and winter resident coho, but perfect for coho in the summer through fall.
    Excellent when the wind comes up as well.
    Everything is a bit of a compromise as one stick can't do it all, but a 9' 6" 6 wt covers a lot of fishing opportunities in my opinion.
     
  10. PfleugerPhister

    PfleugerPhister Active Member

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    I like Lamson, aside from my $800 Vanquish that completely blew apart on it's first Neah Bay salmon
     
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    daveypetey Active Member

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    Just 2 throw in my 2 cents, my Reddington reel is great and picked it up on clearance for cheap. I. The order of how I spend my money by what I feel really makes a difference goes line>>>>>>rod>reel.
     
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    SaltyCutt Beach Bum

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    I think Redington is a great company, but I haven't tried their rods yet. I always throw out TFO's BVK 691 for a great intro beach rod. I've been using it for almost two years now, no complaints.
     
  13. Dipnet

    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    OK, after prowling the web for awhile, talking to folks and finally swingin' a few rods I took the plunge and today picked up a 4-piece, 9' , 6 wt. Redington Predator. It felt really good to me and I like the fact that it's produced locally with a great warranty.

    I'll take it out tomorrow to see how it works in the real world of the Puget Sound.

    It felt nearly as good as the Sage VXP I borrowed for a little while last weekend but then, as a novice fly-flailer, what the heck do I know???? :p:confused::p

    I know they're both produced on Bainbridge Island but the Sage I fished for awhile, thanks to the largess of my friend, is a bit too pricey for me!

    I'm thinkin' and hopin' that the Predator will satisfy my needs.

    I'm still in need of upgrading my reel and I see that there's some good deals on the original Konic.

    So that begs the question: what's the differences between the original ver and the Konic II?

    Also, should I go with a large arbor reel instead and although I think I know the advantages, maybe smarter folks can further educate me?

    TIA! :)
     
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    Dipnet The wanted posters say Tim Hartman

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    Although there was no joy for south Sound rezzies today, it was a joy playin' with the new stick!
     
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    I use the original konic for my 6 wt searun setup (TFO Clouser rod and RIO outbound short). I've been very pleased so far- the drag system is exceptional!

    My hope was to use the same 6wt setup for pinks this summer, and have a reel with a strong enough drag to handle any incidental silvers. I was a little worried about getting into any big fish on this setup, that was until I landed a hatchery steelhead with ease thanks to the drag on the konic :D

    As for the new version of the konic, I think they share the same dimensions and components (new and old spools are interchangeable). The difference is in the color and possibly the finish (sounds like they new ones have a polyurethane finish).

    Bottom line - I wouldn't hesitate to go with the Konic. Buy the old one if saving $$ is your game, but keep in mind you may not be able to find spare old-model spools and then you just won't be the most fashionable man out there on the beach ;)