Will K

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  1. You have a GREAT wife
  2. Joe, I'd seen this question while searching the net for reviews of the CZN series rods and thought I'd add some ideas after getting one of the rods based on the rod's "size" and hugely positive and very large volume of positive reviews on various web sites. I really liked the idea of the 11' 4 weight. I wanted it for doing "chek/polish" style nymphing on a variety of streams / rivers I fish, and for "spanish/french" nymphing on a few tailwaters that are just gin clear and glassy. I had a bunch of cabelas points, so figured i'd burn them and give it a go. First impression: nice fit and finish. If you had handed the handle section to me, I'd have thought it was my BVK. It looks/feels real similar to me. There are slight differences but the feel of it is very much the same to my hands and eyes. Second impression: Wholly cow, 11' is a LONG rod! what did I do here! So, from there, I put my normal 4 weight reel / line on - a Colton CRGII with Wulff TT 4wt. Not quite enough weight to really balance this rod out at rest. With fly line out, it helped, but given it's going to be fished quite often with a 20-30' leader, there wont be much fly line weight to add balance... so I have ended up buying a reel for it (flyfishing benefactors Snake II). I actually went to a 5-6 reel for weight purposes. This real is about 1.75 oz heavier if my memory is correct, so it helped balance the rod out great during fishing. I'm still debating between a wulff 4wt TT and and a Rio Trout 6wt. But leaning towards sticking with the wulff... it's not a huge thing becuase most often, there is no fly line out there any way... but, one of the things in the reviews that sold me, were people saying it handled dry's, and just about everything else well... I am trying those lines because I have them, so Im trying to get a good feel before pulling the trigger on another line (avoiding that if I can). The 6 obviously slows the rod down a bit... But the 4 is not bad. To me, it feels close. I may just stick with the 4. But the bigger point is that if you put on that more traditional 7-12' leader, it feels like a long rod, but casts great. It's not cumbersome, nor does it feel unbalanced. The timing is a little slower overall doing standard single hand casting. I think this is due to the rod's long sweep given it's well, long. My weak (optimistically stated) single handed spey casting though took a step up. Overall, I'd say its well worth the MSRP, and unless it's a near absolute dry fly situation, I'm just in the mood for a shorter rod, or a very small cramped stream, it's replacing the Sage Vantage 4wt that's been my go to for several years.
  3. Awesome post Marcel. Hope you get a little bit of rain to help fill that stream a bit! Will
  4. Cool fly, and nicely edited.
  5. Awesome - I love your posts Marcel - always find them so cool, seeing new animals, streams and hearing about your adventures... very cool. Will
  6. Longcaster I tend to agree with popneset... Lots of details to read and backstories to dig before having context of all that stuff. Lots of info there. I think I'm likely to be "over-reading" your note on things that are sustainable being against the common man. I cant see anything further from reality. Catch and release and sanely managed fisheries for example allow me, a common man, to be able to catch fish of many species through out the year. the biggest dangers to my ability to do that, are people exploiting fish populations via excessive catch and keep, environmental polution and access restriction. By thinking sustainably, a common man like me can hope that my kids - who are only 2 - will be able to fish when they to approach 40. Maybe their kids will be able to fish as well. Sustainable is good. Unreasonable is bad. Promoting something as sustainable, when in fact it is simply a self serving strategy (IE, being a little nutty about plovers like many "environmental" groups or trying to promote "sharp shooting" as a viable deer management tool as examples) is really lame. That, to me, is like people claiming tollerance is the best thing - but having no tollerance for ideas other than their own.
  7. That's to bad - for the Plover... ironically, someone trying to fish probably would have been aware enough they would have avoided the nest... It's oddly nice that the jamoke who stepped on the nest got a good hard lesson that protecting wildlife is not always about making it inaccessible. If everyone worked together, we could probably support the plovers and people at the same time.
  8. Funny encounter HotFishGirl! Bummer she impacted your day though... I wonder if it was the same woman they showed on NECN the other night "gaurding" the dux beach Plovers???
  9. I'm all confussed now Salty. All confussed! Rachel Marie - It sounds from your post like your wife may have passed... If that's the case, very very sorry to hear that. I'd agree with FlySully, your ties are awesome. Keep em coming! Will
  10. I by no means am an expert caster OR on specific grain weights etc. I can tell you that all the wulff lines I've used (I actually have settled on them on all my rods right now.) have held up and worked well for me. Do they impact distance? Maybe - maybe not. The ambush I sometimes use on my 6 and 8wts seems able to shoot a mile with basically one double haul or a single hand spey cast. The floaters I have used in the salt are 10wt and have held up great and shoot well. I've easily cast flies in teh 5-10" range weighted and not with that rod/line combo... and again, I'm no expert caster. My point is that if you want a quality line option, as a non tech head when it comes to lines, I feel Wulff's are really solid and have worked great for me... The issue of how your system (you, rod, line, leader, fly) cast when a wulff line is used... I cant answer that. the person above who suggested trying it out was spot on in my mind.
  11. Totally agree. I used to try and huck as far as possible fishing trad gear. When I swapped to fly in the salt I just wanted to play with that fancy double haul I was learning and I was still trying to huck. All the fish seemed to come in the final few feet prior to the next cast, and on rocks, (even beach rubble kind of rock) they would be right in the wash. I still huck sometimes becuase it's fun... but given the option, I'd rather cast parallel to shore or into rough water. They really do seem to love that stuff!
  12. I like the eyes, sort of a mean squinty eyed look. Gives the fly a personality
  13. Gorgeous ties Steve. One thing jumps to me... you have very similar heads on each fly. It's a cool style point, I feel like I could pick out a Steve Colton wet fly in a line up after looking at this - which is a cool thing in my mind
  14. Great looking flies. Steve - I just bookmarked your blog after reading the american angler peice and, seeing it on the Small Stream Reflections blog as well.
  15. I've not been on in months, but took a swing in today and this thread caught my eye... I like that nymph and the idea's you guys have mentioned. Interesting thing I learned recently though is that the snow fly aka little black stone or snow stone etc though the adult is black, the nymph is actually a fairly light color: (link removed - Alan Obviously black nymphs work, but I thought this was really cool info and a change... I was sure the nymph was black like the adult. Now I'm going to tie up and play with some lighter collored nymphs for this purpose. LOVE those CDC adults too!