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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
 
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Santa noticed I spent far too much on tackle and trips this year so my Christmas was Speyless (fear not--I'll remedy this problem early in the New Year!). Did anyone else get any new stuff?
 
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 12/26/2001 10:45 AM
"Santa Baby" came through with an extensive box of Tube Fly materials, mini vise and Mandell and Johnsons tieing guide. Santa done Gooood!
 
Looking forward to getting back to Medford so I can have it these things big time. Have done up a few already using a nail as the mandrel, but having the proper equipment is great.
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post #3 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
 
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I always get a bit of cash from my mum that I counted on when a bit of luck arrived a few weeks ago.  I'm using an old Hardy Marquis #10 for the Lamiglas LS1256 and a couple of extra spools would be nice.  Since the reel hasn't been made in quite a while, eBay's my only hope.  I was in a tackle shop I rarely visit, buying wading boots for my son when I see two dusty, shopworn orange boxes with a familiar logo at the end of a shelf.  They each contained a brand new, original grey finish, Marquis #10 spool, $50.00 CDN each.  They must have been there for at least 15 years.  Felt like going out and buying a lottery ticket.
 
Mrs. Claus provided a Lamson Litespeed 3.5.
 
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post #4 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-26-2001, 10:34 PM Thread Starter
 
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I recieved an sage 9140-4 for x-mas and I have never touched a spey rod before. So Do I have a good rod to start with, will my abel super 12 work on it, and should I get lessons before I ever try to use it? Also what line should I get for it.
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post #5 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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yes, yes, and yes to your questions, steelheadjunki! The 9140-4--whether the "old" or "new" model--is probably the classic PNW two-hander; your reel will be fine (unless of course you really want to get another one, you know, as a "backup"--at least that's the explanation that works around here !  and spending a few hours with someone who a) know how to cast, and b) knows how to teach is time and money well spent.
 
As for lines, look at the main web site for Simon Gawesworth's RIO line recommendations--this is a good place to start. The biggest challenge in selecting a line is deciding on which "tradition" you want to cast in--classic long-line methods, the PNW or "Skagit" style, or the Scandinavian style--this will dictate your line selection. There are advantages and disadvantages to each approach. If you aren't sure, split the difference and get yourself a RIO MidSpey.
 
best,
 
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post #6 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 12:10 AM Thread Starter
 
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STjunki, Santa came through for you 'like a bandit.' Great rod and I think the reel will be a good fit. If you haven't already done so hit Simon's page on RIO's home page for line combinations/recommendations.
 
This rod also works well with just a standard Spey 9wt DT if you're a dry line guy.
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post #7 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 12:21 AM Thread Starter
 
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Mrs Claus let me payoff the Charlton 8550c Spey I had been making payments on.
 
I have her spooled with a Mid-Spey 8/9.  I can't wait to give her a few test casts.
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post #8 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 01:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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It is a graphite IIIe, I think is is the new one but it is a goldish brown color.
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post #9 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 02:14 AM Thread Starter
 
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Well, I had bought myself a cool gift one of the 16' Diawa's from M&Y but, I guess it got destroyed in shipping and was the last one.  Otherwise the wife thinks i'm too picky regarding my fishing stuff.  I can't give a hint or she will figure out what those "old reels" and high tech "string" really cost  Anyway, if anyone has a big river (16'er) stick that they are looking to get ride off reasonably give me a shout. 
 
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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 03:43 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey Andre, that rod used to be mine, I heard from Brad what happened.  Too bad, you would have loved that rod.
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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Andre, I just had the 15" delivered from John Norris in England. It took one week from the date of order and was way cheaper than the Michael and Young price. I suggest you check out their web site.
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post #12 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 06:23 AM Thread Starter
 
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I got a Lochmor X 13' 6" 9 wt. from reelsndeals.com - ordered on a Monday and received on the Friday in Canada.  They're just down the road from the Daiwa plant - and better prices than John Norris.  I tried at first to get the rod through John Norris but not only were they not able to supply it, they were pretty slow responding to emails.
 
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post #13 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 08:25 PM Thread Starter
 
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I bought the WhiskerFly 15' from Norris.  It was almost half as much again at  Reelsndeals. I have no connection with the John Norris company other than being a satisfied customer. I wish I did.
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post #14 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-27-2001, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
 
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We both ended up happy - I suppose that's what counts the most.
 
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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-28-2001, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Dan WrightDate: 12/28/2001 4:03 PM
Dana, Fred, Gang:
Hope you're all enjoying the season....I did get--one of those "Merry Christmas to me" gifts--a new Sage 6126-3 rod. Living in Colorado does not allow me to use steelhead rods everyday, so I wanted the pleasure of speycasting a "trout-size" two-hander.
 
Question: Do any of you have experience and/or thoughts on how to most efficiently fish for trout with a two-hander?
 
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