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|Originator: marty||Date: 8/1/2001 9:07 PM|
I've been spey casting since November using a 9140-4 (prototype) and just broke it on a snag at the bottom ferrule. While I send it in for repair, which could take awhile, I'll have no spey rod to use. I could use my single hander but I don't want to. So now comes the need to have a backup rod. I'm looking at the St. Croix 14' 9/10. Thought about the 15' 10/11 just to have a different rod than what I have now but the use for that much rod for me might be limited. Also, I should still be able to use my Windcutter 9/10 line on the 14' 9/10.
I just needed to vent to those who might understand. I know there are far greater things in this life to be concerned with but the sense of loss I feel is amazing! Plus, I just know there were steelhead in the hole I was in the process of covering waiting for me. It was a perfect morning, perfect cloud cover, and luck would have it I had the place to myself. The thought of not being able to spey cast for 2 months or more is unbearable and I must get a backup rod! By the way , any used ones out there for sale?
Thanks for letting me practise before I tell my wife of my intentions!
Marty in Hood River
|Originator: J_D||Date: 8/2/2001 12:47 AM|
The St Croix 14'-9wt is comparable to the (old) Sage 9140-3. And at $240 MSL, why bother looking for a used one? It may end up being more than just a backup rod. It will handle the windcutter 9/10/11 line, including sink tips, fine.
|Originator: Barry||Date: 9/13/2001 6:36 AM|
I agree with J D. I own a St. Croix 14 footer. It's a great rod. I use a Windcutter 9/10/11 that seems to be perfect for this rod. Big flies and sink tips are no problem. Like J D says, the price is very affordable so you might as well get a new one. And with its good performance, it may just become more than a backup rod.
Go get one quick before the withdrawl gets too bad!!!
|Originator: MJC||Date: 9/13/2001 6:51 PM|
2 months to repair a broken rod? What kind of customer service is that?
|Originator: marty||Date: 9/14/2001 6:13 AM|
Thanks for the replies. Got the rod back the other day, after about a month. I'm not complaining, esp. since it was partly my fault: the bottom ferrule might have come loose and I didn't check it. I will always tape my rod before fishing now, no question.
I did get the St. Croix 14' and love it! I haven't taken my Sage out of its cover yet and I've had it for a week now. Besides, I bought one of the 'reduced price' prototypes and the rod I got back was a production version - much shorter handle. Looks like a disadvantage, esp. for fighting fish. That was to be expected, though.
When I have more time I'll take both rods out and report back with a side by side review for all of you fence sitters out there looking to buy. By the way I'm on about my tenth day or more with the St. Croix and I've taped every day. I just keep the tape rolled onto the female ferrule and it's ready to go. Absolutely no hassle and absolutely 100% confidence.
|Originator: MJC||Date: 9/16/2001 10:15 PM|
Marty, Are you using the L L bean GQS 10/12 reel on the St. Croix 14 ftr? If you are how does it balance out? MJC
|Originator: marty||Date: 10/23/2001 4:56 PM|
I can't believe I missed your post - I check the board on a regular basis. Sorry!
The GQS 10/12 fits my St. Croix 14' perfectly. The Windcutter 9/10/11 line with floating tip loads up most of the reel w/ 200+ yds. 30lb. backing, and the balance point is around the front thumb well.
Did you end up getting the reel?
|Originator: MJC||Date: 10/23/2001 5:57 PM|
Hi Marty, I wondered why you didn't answer but figured you were gone somewhere. I didn't get the reel but it might still be for sale. If it is I think I'll buy it. Thanks, MJC
|Originator: Eugene||Date: 10/23/2001 7:44 PM|
I can also vouch for that LL Bean reel. I picked one up when Bill K posted info about the sale and I've been happy with it. I have it on a 2000 model 9140-4 and it balances well. It also screams like crazy when a fish runs; that's a lot of fun, I've never had a noisy reel before. FYI, the link to the thread is: http://communities.msn.ca/InternationalSpeyCasting/general.msnw?action=get_message&mview=0&ID_Message =836&LastModified=4675299056407065101
It was some time ago and I'm not sure if the link to LL Bean is still good or if they have anymore.
Marty, I'm right across the toll bridge from you. If you're interested in hitting a local river after they start to drop from these rains, let me know.
|Originator: MJC||Date: 10/23/2001 11:35 PM|
Eugene, The link will still take you to L.L. Bean but they told me on 9/16/01 that the reel is no longer available from them.
|Originator: marty||Date: 10/24/2001 1:35 AM|
I clicked on the link and went thru the first few steps to see if I could purchase the reel; it came up as 'in stock'. So you are saying that is no longer true? What part of the purchase process says they are no longer in stock? Maybe didn't update the web site.
Any time, any place. Let me guess your first choice: the Klickitat? I've been fishing just the first few miles; no fish yet, and I have a feeling most in the know would tell me to go up further, but boy are there some nice pieces of water! Let me know what your schedule is and let's go for it!
|Originator: MJC||Date: 10/24/2001 5:38 AM|
Marty, This e-mail is what I based my statement on: If this is true it's to bad, sounds like a great reel.
Dear Mr Cummins,
Thank you for your inquiry about the GQS 10/12 DISC DRAG REEL 22626.
I am sorry but this item is no longer being carried and has been discontinued. If you would like to speak with our Fly fishing area directly call 1-800-347-4552 8am-8pm M-F.
Thank you for your interest in L.L.Bean. If you need further assistance you may call 1-800-441-5713 or email.
L.L.Bean Customer Service
|Originator: Bill K||Date: 10/24/2001 6:17 PM|
I purchased a second one of these reels on October 2. I phoned in the request, and they initially said they didn't carry it. I said I saw it on the web site, and the very good help on the other end looked into it, found it, and I received the reel a few days later. Now about $85 shipped....Tempting to pick up a 3rd! After a few more uses and a few more fish...including a 15 pounder picked up on a dry on the Umpqua on Saturday...I still love this reel. Unbelievable value.
The link still appears to be good.
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