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I agree, they are all rediculously expensive.
The one thing to keep in mind about fishing is that it is uniquely personal. From the places you fish to the techniques used. Rods and other tackle, are just another extension of that. There is no use worrying over brand. I think TFO and Scott are awesome, other folks like Redington and Sage. Thats fine, so long as the next guy enjoys his fishing I think that the manufacturer has done a great job.
i think i will begin my journey into the two handed world with a true skagit rod.
Now any suggestions on rods would be helpful, especially in reference to the action and what it makes adventageous to that style of casting. Reel suggestions would be appreciated as well.
Yeah it really is alot to take in all at once. One of the biggest questions I have is just how much further can one cast with a full on two handed rod as opposed to a switch rod?
Also with what I have in mind, stripers, which rod might fit the bill better?
My mindset is that I already have plenty of single handed rods so what benefit would a switch have over a double? My main goal is to cover large expanses of water and have the ability to put a very big fly very deep.
Those CPX are sharp looking rods but I really don’t have very much experience with them. Some of my students use them, I have cast them and can vouch for their ability to sling some line. But it’s always been their combo models so I don’t know anything about their higher-end rods. i would be willing to give them a try, so any thoughts or input on that would be appreciated.
Also, is there an advantage to having a one-piece skagit line?
They also scream that it would be more reasonable to go with a more cost effective rod like TFO’s Switch Creek or surprisingly, Scott’s A3 H2 series.
Does anybody have any experience with either if these rods?
I just looked at their website and it looks like some pretty gool changes in store.
Thanks guys that looks awesome and pretty similar to the areas I will be fishing, kinda like the Cahaba, Coosa, or the Sipsey. I also appreciate the perspective on how you guys play the game in your neck of the woods.
I have a couple more questions. Now looking at Rio’s website (they seem to do the most with Skagit) it looks like I need a running line, shooting head, and an interchangeable sinking tip. Am I reading this right? Also is this so that a person has the greatest amount of versatility? If so what would be the all around?
Would it be the running line, flight tip, then Mow tip? If so then any suggestions on how you guys set up your gear?
Man I like that green trout, if a red eye was as big as he fought, it wouldn’t be safe to swim.
Ok well here is my pict:
Thanks guys i will be checking it out. What spey or switch rods might you suggest? Also What are the line set ups? And is there a difference in a spey reel as apposed to a normal large arbor reel?
Dave, I thought every one liked dirty @$$ nymphs
I saw the Gutless Frog in Bass Pro not to long ago (spending wonderful gift cards). It looks like a good design idea, the only thing for me is that in my experience the best frog patterns don’t really dive or wiggle. Instead they rather just move across the top creating a good wake. Now I am not saying that those things won’t nail some bass. What I am saying is that in the areas where I would throw that fly to imatate a frog is in very tight thick cover such as weed and lilly pads. The problem is not on the weedlessness of the hook but on the basic design on the frog. I need a cone shaped head so that I am not pulling a wad of weeds with me. If I do that its game over. With that change I feel it would be great.
I think however that they would work great as it is over the flats for bass in the evenings. The thing about that though is that I like to cover alot of water so I want soemthing that is realatively easy to cast. Something like a stealth bomber. One trick that
Ah I see now, I’m really considering purchasing one to put on a bamboo rod that I plan on making this fall. The way you have it done looks amazing. Lemme know how well it does.
Its easy to make mistakes when you have fish infront of you. It can also be hard to learn to properly double haul just learning from youtube.
Thing is you just have to take the time to practice your casting and hauls while off the water enough so that when you get on the water you can avoid little accidents. Another thing to do is to remove your barbs on your hooks, its better on the fish and safer for you.
It looks great, my only thing would be rather or not I could port the spool to make it lighter. In solid brass that critter has to weigh a ton. How strong is the drag?
It looks like a bi-metal kit though.
I have to agree, are some really good photos! I enjoyed them alot. My fave was the brown over the matching reel, very cool!
That thing looks awesome! What did you make it out of? Where did you buy the kit at? Come on tell us some more about that critter!
That is a great idea. On the Walkers Cay, Filp Pallot nearly without fail had a partner to fish with. I imagine it was for the same reason.
Mickey, I figured that you would like to know that I did end up tying a mess of seaducers, though at first I used cone heads but then I got the bright idea to use dumbell eyes. I am sure that this has been done before and the pattern has a name, but either way it allowed me to use the pattern on the bottom without hanging up or using a weed guard. I’ll post up some picts soon.
Thanks for the ideas!
Not a bad looking show, good ideas, and interesting locations. I think once you got more comfortable in front of the camera things will roll off easier.
By the way what kind of dogs are those, cause those critters are beautiful
I spent two months teaching kids to fish, there is not a more rewarding catch then getting a kid hooked on fishing.
Never doubted it for a minute, great fish too!
Looks like what we call a red horse down here except the color is off.