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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-15-2002, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 1/15/2002 2:06 AM
Verrrry long box at the door when I got home tonight. First Joan Question: "Do I have to ask what's in 'the box?'" First Fred answer: "Would you like a glass of wine?"
 
Lordie, 18 foot of rod is long when you put all the pieces together. 15 feet, this I know what it looks like, but add another 3 feet and this makes for an impressive piece of equipment. Will load with an Aclrtr 10/11 and take a long lunch hour tomorrow.
 
Thing that's interesting is they delivered price was almost $100 US less than the expected-quoted price. A very good thing indeed.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-15-2002, 01:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: NateDate: 1/15/2002 9:57 AM
Cool great to hear, I saw a trout unlimited add the other day that kinda sums it all up "the endless waiting. the lonely months spent tying flies, the bitter stares from a spouse.  Help us preserve it for your grandchildren"      I think its in order to add the first cast of a new rod. let me know if you need your reel and spool.....Nate
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2002, 07:59 AM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Fred EvansDate: 1/16/2002 3:59 AM
It's good to be your 'own boss,' read that mine is 600 miles away. To shots with the rod today. Rod loaded with the RIO 10-11 Aclrt tri-tip using just the dry line configuration and two heavy tube flys.
 
LCS is right on (as usual) you're timing has to be right on or the line will fold up on you at about 45 feet. Get the timing down (SLOW UP the cast) and I (actually paced off the beach for some sort of reasonable info)  was shooting head and 5 or 6 coils of line out to a consistent 90+ to 115 feet. Miss you're timing and mend like heck to get out of it what you could. Think the 'hinges' in the tri tip line are a no go; solid taper looks like the better bet. Will try this with the RIO 10-11-12 WC this week end and report back. One thing that struck me of interest though, was the close nature of the first 'gathering guide;' seem far too close for this, or any rod. One experiment will be to skip this guide and see how the line shooting works. Better and I'll have this guide removed.
 
Will also pop on one of the tips and give that a try.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 01-16-2002, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
 
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Originator: Peter-s-cDate: 1/16/2002 5:03 PM
After typing the last post and reading yours, I dashed out to try the 15' 6" at the park.  All I could do was overhead cast the one line I had that might load it - the 300 grain Rio DC sinktip.  No water, so overhead casts only.
 
Hooboy, it does not take much effort - first cast was way too much muscle and it tailing looped badly - ease off, still looping, ease off some more - needle sharp, ittsy-bittsy loops and the line is so close on the rollout, it's interfering.  Finally nailed a few good ones and there went the whole 105' of line.  Felt some strain in the arms till I relaxed them and held the rod closer to the body then it was comfy.  Never thought a 15' 6" could be an easy casting, fish all day, kinda rod but I think this one will be.
 
Peter (one happy camper)
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