With those cabelas buck get some CGRs
54 years...since that 7 wt Eagle Claw and Phleuger set up my Dad bought me for my 12th Bday...still have it...have not used it for maybe 25 years...and that was when you could catch without guilt an East Fork of the lewis River summer run steelhead...I own a grand total of 2 fly rods- a Redington 6wt and a BH 3wt. It must take a while to stockpile as many as some of you have!
I had an old Sage 7136 disappear. I'm pretty sure I gave it to one of my buddies to use but forgot who/when/where. This seems to be a good indicator that I might have too large of a supply.
I'm off to fish now for a few weeks and would kinda like to have it, not that it'd matter too much (I'm covered).
Putting substantial money into the reel isn’t a bad idea at all. As my buddy says, every rod is a perfect caster if you’re handling it right.With the onset of nicer weather and the lakes becoming thawed, I started making some serious preparations for the upcoming trout season. Then it dawned on me...last year I lost two different rods (6 weight Sage and a 5 weight Winston) as they found their watery graves for time and all eternity. Then I realized I had two broken rods that I meant to send back for repair (a 6 and 5 weight Winston) last winter but forgot. And for some reason, I'm missing a 4 weight somewhere. I now have come to the realization that I'm down a few rods for the start of the season and I better start thinking about some replacements real quick. My rod supply is starting to sound like Barney's beer supply.
Luckily there are a lot of people out there that are willing to sell me fly rods (and you too) so I'm not particularly worried. But it's a little bit of a weird feeling, being behind the 8 ball when things are just about ready to start rocking. I have access to some really high end rods, really low end rods, and a bunch of Cabela's bucks that I have accumulated that I could redeem. Decisions...decisions.
Unlike a lot of folks, I don't usually get enamored by a particular rod style, action, or brand. Maybe I'm not a good enough caster to really make a quality rod shine to its utmost performance but I find that just about any rod, fit with a quality line, can do the job for me. I have always looked at rods like a tool, to be used to get the job done rather than bother with such nuances such as casting enjoyment and pleasure...at least lake fishing. I guess maybe dry fly fishing rivers is a different category. But for lake fishing, I guess I never got too worked up about action and style. Most rods can get 30-60 feet of line out there with a balance leech or midge under a bobber.
For some reason, I have always been more fascinated with reels and their design. I'm more likely to over spend on a reel than a rod...which is why I'm still missing the loss of my San Miguel last fall.