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  1. X2 Best option available now in my opinion (I prefer it over Orvis' basket). I still favor my LL Bean one, but unfortunately no longer available.
  2. As you know, the stretching will help some. While I haven't used any of Cortland's salt lines in recent years, I found Sci Angler and Rio lines to be prone to tangling. I use Airflo for everything now and love it- less tangling is only one of its benefits over the competitors.
  3. Well said. The 9/12 frame serves both the 9/10 spools and the 11/12 spools- just to further clarify.
  4. Hatch Finatic all the way- plenty of good reels out there, but that would be my choice! I have a 5+ Finatic on my 7 weight Winston BIIIx and its absolutely perfect. Mine is the large arbor, but don't really need gobs and gobs of backing. If you are concerned about having a lot of backing, I would either get the mid arbor size in the 5+ or step up to a 7+...whatever works for you. I have three Finatics and love them all...very, very sweet reel.
  5. This pretty much sums up where I'm at as well. I own three C-VEXs and three Hatch Finatics. I believe both are better designed than any Tibor out there. The C-VEXs seem every bit as strong and reliable as the Finatics, but Hatch is a solid USA company with good support if that's important to you.
  6. Amazing footage from all over the world...practically brand new set. I enjoyed this set of four DVDs and am now offering to sell so someone else can enjoy- asking 75 shipping included!
  7. Moving this set elsewhere to offer- thanks SOL.
  8. I purchased this 26 lb. model when I was still living on the coast and never ended up using after moving inland. This is a fantastic piece of equipment that is no longer made...very comparable to the Boga, but many folks seem to like them better...I always thought it looked more rugged. Research online and you will find a very positive review. Asking 75 shipping included.
  9. No longer available- thank you SOL.
  10. Sorry- 70 -including shipping- is a steal on these. I literally just bought them a week or so ago, watched them once, and am passing them along for someone else to enjoy...each DVD retails for 25-30 each...making total over 100 new. Not only would you be saving over 30 bucks, but I'm throwing the shipping in.
  11. Price dropped to 70 shipped for all 4 DVDs
  12. I'd rather sell the set all together- don't blame you for asking though if you already have the others.
  13. To each his own, but I completely agree with this statement...pretty much sums it up! Hooks are not the item to try and pinch pennies.
  14. While I'm a T&T and Winston guy (vs Sage), I agree with what you are saying here. In a perfect world we would all get to try every model available in the size we're looking at before jumping into a purchase, but many times that's just not realistic. I've ordered plenty of rods based on other similar rods that I've owned or simply the research I've done concerning flex, components, etc...and come to think of it, I've very rarely been disappointed with a purchase that way.
  15. I'm going to try one this season on my 9 weight in the Sink 7 version. I have yet to purchase an Airflo line that I didn't like, so hopefully this one will be a winner as well. I come from an SA and Rio background and really prefer Airflo's product across the board- both fresh and salt water. Sorry I couldn't offer any experience on the Snipers yet...I believe if you do a search you will find some discussion here on them.
  16. That bottom right book is my favorite all time fishing book- those of you who haven't read it need to...you will have trouble putting it down! The book to the bottom left is a fantastic how-to book for False Albacore- the best of its kind and very practical. Somebody will be happy with this lot.
  17. New in box- clear blue color. In my opinion, these are the best intermediate lines on the market right now. The only reason I'm selling is that I'm planning on fishing my 9 weight more this year and am wishing I had bought another line for that instead. First 55 dollars takes it- shipping included. By the way, this is the newer Ridge version.
  18. Sold to Surfrat- thread closed.
  19. Did any of you attend Andy's presentation at LL Bean this morning? What a treat! Ive been hearing about this tarpon legend for years now and finally had the opportunity to see the energy and passion he has for this fish in person...very contagious!! My girlfriend and I spoke with him after and found him very personable and kind as well. If you ever have the opportunity to meet him or attend a seminar, jump on it!
  20. Jump onto youtube and do a search for "changing retrieve van staal c-vex"...only a minute long and easy as pie. You will love that reel- I have three c-vex's! I will say, however, that the 9/10 is a bit big for a 8 weight...to each their own, but within the two sizes that it was created for, I actually prefer it on a 10 over a 9. Enjoy!
  21. Yes- both did a great job. To those interested, LLB always has a Fishing Show Weekend in March each year and generally brings in some pretty big names...mark it down on your hit list for late-winter shows to hit for next year! They usually have info right on their website with details.
  22. *Thread Update* NoVisibleLeader has changed his mind on this purchase. Line is now available again- first 50 dollars takes it- shipping included!
  23. Sold to Novisibleleader- thanks SOL. Zip me a pm sometime this weekend and we will work out details.
  24. That sounds verrrrrrrry nice. I've got snow up to my windowsills in this old house and -11 predicted tonight!
  25. I'm with ya! I had about 10 below zero up here this morning when I got up...typical for January- not March!