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Re: Current collections
Post 22 Sep 2020, 15:27 • #326 
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Location: US-MD
Livingston 764
Livingston 865
Kenny 835

done


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Re: Current collections
Post 22 Sep 2020, 21:08 • #327 
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Location: USA - Illinois
backing1, just curious... do you not have a need for an 8'+ 6 wt.? Searching for enlightenment Sir.


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Re: Current collections
Post 23 Sep 2020, 00:02 • #328 
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Joined: 12/05/18
Posts: 125
Location: US-MN
My wife owns a horse, therefore really encourages me to purchase any fly fishing gear I want. I’d have to work pretty hard to exceed the horse budget!

My collection has “progressed” from “factory”, to a custom rod builder, to knowing who designs and (in some cases) is making the tapers; it’s just cool for me to know (and support) the people doing the design and work.

I’m happy to ramble-on about why each of the rods listed is special, just ask!

3wt.
Graywolf Troutsmiths Carbon 8’

4wt
Epic 476
Livingston Western Glass 8’9”
Livingston YS Fast. 9’
Graywolf Troutsmiths Carbon 8’6”

5wt
Livingston Western Glass 8’6”
Echo 3 10’
Graywolf Troutsmiths Carbon 8’6”

6wt
Livingston YS Fast 9’
Echo 3 9’
Epic 876

7wt
Blue Halo Gen II 8’6” (two of these)

8wt
Blue Halo Zen 8’6”
Reddington Vapen 9’.
I can find good in almost everything, this rod is no exception, the red golf grip handle is great. But it’s no joy to cast.


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Re: Current collections
Post 23 Sep 2020, 10:27 • #329 
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Had a few changes since I last posted on this one...

gone: Echo 11' glass switch

let's start at the beginning.

6wts
Steffen 8'
Berkley Parametric 6'3"
Berkley Gowdy P/M 7'6" (I also use this as a 7wt)

7wts
Echo BAG Quickshot
Fisher 8'6"

8wts
Steffen 8'6"
Seele 8'8"

10wts
Epic Bandit 7'9"
North Fork Composites 8'6" Iconoglass (just got the blank)

12wts
Seele 8'2" Saltz Pro

10 rods....I guess that's not too bad.

Cheers!


I guess I forgot to add in my graphite stuff...I do have some and most of it actually gets used from time to time.

3wt:
10' unknown brand for euro-nymphing, works great though (for that application)

7wt:
9' (now 8'11") Dan Craft PT--surprisingly, I actually like the way it casts better now
8' TFO Mini-Mag (6-8)

8wt:
9' Orvis H3D (cannon in the wind)

10wt:
(2) 8' TFO Mini-Mag (8-10)


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Re: Current collections
Post 23 Sep 2020, 15:11 • #330 
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Location: US-CA
2 weights
Scott F652/3

3 weights
Hardy “The Stream”

4 weights
Scott F754/3
Hardy Palakona “The Gladstone” (7ft cane)
Hardy Marvel (7 1/2ft cane)

5 weights
Hardy Trout Fisher
Scientific Anglers System 5
Livingston Western Glass 895-4
L.L.Bean pack rod made by Timberline (Bill Franke) on a Lamiglas blank
Sage Z-Axis (carbon)
Sage RPL (early 90’s carbon)
Sage DS (early 90’s carbon)

6 weights
Hardy Fibalite Perfection (9’)
Sage Z-Axis (carbon)

Most used in 2020 (in order)
Scott 754/3 (small streams and headwaters)
Livingston Western Glass (bigger water, dry droppers)
Sage Z-Axis 6wt (my go-to for hurling big multi-fly nymph rigs)
Bean pack rod by Bill Franke

Hmmmm... seems like I could cut things down a bit, huh...


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Re: Current collections
Post 25 Sep 2020, 17:02 • #331 
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Husky
90 percent of my fishing now is trout and bluegills the other 10 is a once a year shad trip and an occasional smallie venture ( due to flooding and poor conservation Maryland smallies are maybe in the 10-12” range anymore)... so a strong 5 weight is all i need (I still have a t&t lotic 5 which may replace the Livingston 5 as I’ve never used it-its new- so I’ll probably sell that one as the t&t has been used frequently).... having said all that a 6 wgt is a superb line weight for EVERYTHING!


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Re: Current collections
Post 25 Sep 2020, 21:01 • #332 
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I can understand the strong 5 - just thought by your MD location you'd have a lot of big Smallmouth and trout water relatively close by, and have need for a big 6 and even 7 wts. for that kind of fishing. Use to be the only rod I had was an eight foot 5-6 weight graphite and used it for everything. Enlightenment gets expensive. :lol


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Re: Current collections
Post 26 Sep 2020, 06:35 • #333 
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Location: US-VT
Hardy JET 7wt
    3 cgrs 4-8wt Fenwick FF 7 and 8 4 wonderods ( one currently being built in the shop) Big Red 5wt 4 heddon Pals Orvis Golden Eagle 9wt Algonquin rebuild cortland 6wt glass butterstick 8wt 2 Wright McGills ( I wish I fished the Wright Mcgills more but the line slap drives me crazy) and an Olympic that I have not fished yet.... I tend to have a names for the ones I fish the most... just something that I enjoy and feel that it’s adds a sentimental connection. :)


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Re: Current collections
Post 26 Sep 2020, 10:28 • #334 
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MD waters have gone downhill in the past 15 years or so.... smallies in the 8-12” range.... not as many bluegills... trout average 7-12” ( though I’ve snagged a few 14-16 inchers) but that’s about it.... due to taking care of 91 year old mom, wife and a pair of Labs I don’t get to travel too far... but I’m sure grateful for what I do have!


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Re: Current collections
Post 15 Oct 2020, 16:44 • #335 
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Joined: 01/17/15
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Location: US-PA
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Silaflex medallion 7'6'' 6weight
Garcia americana Letort 7'6" 5/6wieght
Graywulff/Mcfarland 7'9" 4 weight


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Re: Current collections
Post 15 Oct 2020, 17:49 • #336 
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Location: Eastern Wa
Im embarrassed to say how many fiberglass fly poles i have now. But with 5-6 wt rods being my favorite i have about 20 of Fenwick and Phillipsons in those line weights (includes multiples of several models).


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Re: Current collections
Post 15 Oct 2020, 18:40 • #337 
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Joined: 03/09/20
Posts: 13
Location: US-PA
Fenwick FF756 - 3oz
Fenwick FF806 - 3 1/8 oz (first fly rod I ever bought in 1976)
Fenwick FF856 - 3 7/8 oz

Do you see a pattern here? Yes, I like 6 wt. rods, that way I can use my Scientific Anglers System 6 Fly Reel and my spare spools? I got the FF806 and SA reel at the same time and over the years got spare spools.

Other rods 2 graphite one 3 wt. and the other 6\7 wt. and two bamboo both 6 wt. and two spay rods.


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Re: Current collections
Post 15 Oct 2020, 20:46 • #338 
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Location: Washington DC Region
Gene,
Now you just need an FF79, FF84 and FF85-3 (6wt version) Maybe an FF70, FF75 while your at it. :)

The FF856-5 is also a neat rod. Those 6wt Fenwick's were amazing rods.


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Re: Current collections
Post 20 Oct 2020, 15:25 • #339 
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Location: US-PA
I'm thinking on getting a Fenwick FF90-3 6\7wt and replacing my FF756 or just adding a FF756-4. Also I see a place for a FF806-4, FF706 or FF705. The wife thinks I have too many rods now.

I'm not a big fan of short <7' rods.

My FF806 has an incredibly special place in my heart and I would never get rid of that one. Between that one and my South Bend 290 bamboo rod, the wife will need to get rid of them and my SA reel after I die.


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Re: Current collections
Post 25 Jan 2021, 18:37 • #340 
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Well now I’m at least semi retired and ended up not living at the beach I decided with what time I have left I’m just gonna fish the fishing I treasure most... trout and bluegills with an odd smallie thrown in so my Holy Trinity changed somewhat...
Kabuto 773 (really a 4)
Livingston 764
Barclay 79 4/5


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Re: Current collections
Post 25 Jan 2021, 21:03 • #341 
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My collection has shrunk by 5 reels so far this year.The wife is proud of me,i need a drink.Found at least have a dozen rods i can do without.Some i have no recollection of acquiring.


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Re: Current collections
Post 25 Jan 2021, 22:39 • #342 
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Joined: 09/16/20
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My go to rod for the last two seasons has been a Scott FS 724. Really like that one. Just sold a FS 663 to finance a Kabuto 663. Such a good price on the Kab I couldn’t pass. Figured I can always find another FS 663 down the road. It’s real point and shoot rod with a Rio Gold 3wt.

Received two more rods on the same day a week ago. Try explaining that one to your wife. Anyway one is a Scott F703, regretted selling the last one so found another. The other rod that day was a Kabuto 704 fresh from Kab himself. If it casts half as good as it looks I’ll be very happy.

Once I’m done paying for those I’ll be looking to add a Scott F764 and another Kabuto. Don’t know which one yet but leaning towards the 79345.


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