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  1. Based on you cutting git to 34", I expect that you are trying to fit the rods into your checked luggage. If you want to carry them on, I find that if you use a longer (3pc length) tube that you can fit one more 4 piece rod into the same diameter tube because this keeps the handles from overlapping larger guides or other handles. I think mine are 38-40" long versus 32-33" for a 4-pc tube. The length need to be about a foot longer than the rod sections, because the handles are about a foot long. Let us know what you do and how it works.
  2. Looney, what kind f bird is that second (gray) one? It is pretty cool.
  3. Here are a few more of my last photos from the American River: American Kestrel Barrows Goldeneyes Bufflehead with Common Goldeneyes Cormorants Great Egret Barrow's Goldeneye Weird Gull posing for a merganser Great Blue Heron Some sort of Plover White-Tailed Kite with a kill My best Kingfisher photo ever (and only one in focus). I couldn't get a frontal shot. It was too skittish. Mockingbird Sandpiper???????????? Kildeer ????????????????????????
  4. Some of the issues with carrying rods on board (domestically) are: 1) Flight crew will not allow you to place them on the floor or against the wall if they see that. They don't want projectiles or interference with passenger footing in the event of an emergency landing. If the tube does not fit in the overhead unobtrusively, you may get bothered by the flight crew. If you are nice they sometimes put them in the closet (by 1st Class). I probably get a little special treatment regarding that because of frequent flyer miles, airline credit card, and I often buy the premium coach seat. 2) Some newer airlines have different size overhead bins. One of the new airbuses that I flew on had short (pull-down) overhead bins that were only two-suitcases long. My longer three-piece tube did not fit. Usually the standard aircraft 737, A32X, 767, etc. have long enough overhead bins. but smaller jet aircraft like Embraer, Fokker have smaller bins that won't fit with any suitcases. Forget puddle jumpers. I carried on my reels/backpack on a semi-charter. I sat on the flight for an hour with the backpack in my lap. Overhead was miniscule. Always check what aircraft you are flying. I have flown with two-piece rod tube in the past, but it is a crap shoot. 3) Boarding last can be an issue (i.e. late check-in coach or the new supersaver fares). Flights are generally full, which usually means that the bins are full when you board last. It can make it difficult to put your tubes in the overhead because you cannot put them in the empty space behind hard case bags. Shorter four piece rods can often be place on top of a couple side-by-side soft-sided bags. Some of the issues with checking rods are: A) Rod safety - Many of the factory tubes or aftermarket plastic rod tubes will not hold up to baggage machinery and tarmac equipment. I have a 4 inch diameter schedule 40 PVC tube that I use when I check (surf and fly) rods. It has always works, but it requires paying for an extra bag. A couple buddies have rod tubes crushed. On a flight to the Bahamas from Miami, we watched them load a buddies rod tube that was crushed with rods sticking out. In addition, my 4-pc rod tubes barely fit diagonally into my semi-soft roller bag. I have to wedge it in there. If the bag is treated as badly as most luggage, I expect the rods to incur damage eventually in checked in a non-hardcase bag. B) Rod Security - Our local fly shop owner had his Sage spey rod stolen out of his luggage on American Airlines on an Argentina trip. C) Damage reimbursement - Most airlines havea a damage waiver that specifically excludes fishing rods, classifying them as fragile item, no matter how they are packed. They won't reimburse you for damaged (and sometimes even stolen) rods. The fly shop owner (see above) was not reimbursed for his stolen rod. Another buddy who reinforced his rod tube with Kevlar wraps could not get reimbursed when it fell off the luggage trolley and was run over and crushed by a tug towing a plane. D) Weight - I typically pack a single bag that ends up weighing 47-50 lbs. Adding three pounds of rods and tubes can throw me over weight, which adds about $80. or $35 each way if I want to risk checking the rods on there own in the basic rod tube. For best results pack them in a hard case bag or check them in a indestructible tube. Also, do not check them in a name brand tube. Thieves look for that. Domestically and to the Alaska and the Bahamas carry on four piece rod tubes
  5. Is your tube the Sage Ballistic Tube? I have been using a standard 3-inch diameter plastic tube that is long enough to fit three piece 9 foot rods, so I can carry on three 9-foot saltwater rods. . It fits behind luggage in a standard overhead bin and , thus, does not take up any space. I recently bought a Sage Ballistic Tube that fits four - four piece rods. It is 6 inches in diameter, and probably won't fit in the same space without affecting the other luggage. Often the flight attendant will ask if I want to put the tube in the closet, but I cannot rely on that. How large is your tube in diameter, and did you fit it in the overhead?
  6. That is (relatively) cheap. Many airlines charge around $200 for a third bag
  7. I just moved away from my river trail. I was able to take one last bike ride along the trail and get some last photos of birds. I will miss the great variation and number of birds here on the American River. Yellow-Billed Magpie Great Egret with the plumes and slight green by the eye that indicate it was close to breeding season Phainopepla (only the second one that I have seen) Red-Shouldered Hawk (two photos) Red-Tailed Hawk (three photos) Common Mergansers (male and female) Leucistic morph of Turkey Another Red-Tailed Hawk American Kestrel
  8. Keep seeing these smaller hawks zipping in between the oak trees along the trail. Other than American Kestrels, I have not been able to photograph any of them. I finally got a few photos at dusk, hopefully, with enough detail to identify them. Is this a Pacific Merlin or something else?
  9. Here are a few photos from my last few week of bike rides. It took me a while to get the hang of it again, I kept forgetting to reset the camera settings after taking stationary photos during mid-day, losing a few shots. missed my only shot at the only bald eagle I've ever seen around here (due to a low battery), After a few days I got everything together. Red-Shouldered Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk Red-Shouldered Hawk. This one let me get surprisingly close, It was just off the bike trail, but since the light was really low I had to get closer and get the tree branches in the background so that the bright sky would not cause the auto-exposure to back out the hawks features. Cooper's ?????? Hawk The above hawk was in the vicinity of the red-tailed hawk below
  10. Originally, I was not interested in the Outbound lines because I used shooting heads, which allowed me to fish the east coast with only three rods (since I could easily switch heads for different situations). I could carry on three rods and get by with a single checked bag. Over the last few years, I have fished numerous Outbound and Outbound Short lines I(in tropical and regular versions) on my 8, 9, and 10 wt Sage RPLXi, Xi2, and Xi3 rods. I have to admit that like them. The Short lines work like a shooting head, pick it up, false cast once to get line out, and cast it. They are best at under 80 feet ( I mostly cast in the 60-70 foot range). My primary use is for albies, who don't seem to be bothered by the short taper. I cast at a spot just above the water, so the line straightens out and then settles to the water. My flies range from 1-1/2 inch long bay anchovy patterns to 5 inch big uglies. The short heavy head work very well for bigger flies and smaller flies, too. If the turnover is too abrupt, lengthen the leader and finish with lighter leader material. For longer casts, use the (non-Short) Outbound with the longer head. It will take longer to unfurl; giving a longer cast. As I understand it, the man difference between Tropical and Regular Outbound lines is the stiffness (mainly of the running line). The Tropical line will be stiffer than the Tropical in colder waters, which might prevent some running line tangles. I have a mix of new and old, Tropical and Non-Tropical, Short and Regular. I use whatever is handy for my rod weight. I have noticed that non-Tropical Outbounds have a limper running line and regular Outbounds are better at longer casts, though I am never casting much more than 80 feet under any circumstances. Other than that I am good with all of them. The only problem that I d was that one of the original Tropicals had its core separate from the running line. As everyone has already said, Outbounds are already heavier,,,, DO NOT UPLINE them
  11. Nice purple finch photos, Looney. I especially like the first one...something about the spot lighting on it head makes it really pop.
  12. A few Sandwich Tern photos from NC. .
  13. Strangely enough this is a male Cardinal. I was trying to photograph a female Cardinal when it flew into the same area of the tree. I only got one good picture, and when I looked at it, I wondered .where the Cardinal went to I know there are problems with the coloration, and the lack of a visible crest, but another (bad) photo will help. The front was the more traditional, darker red with the black eye band, and orange beak (though its a little hard to tell), After searching the web, I found a couple of photos of Cardinals with the crest layed down (which I didn't know was possible) and different colorations. I think this might be mating plumage.
  14. NC Bird Quiz - I photographed this bird in Beaufort, NC two weeks ago.
  15. Very nice Looney! Just curious... what were the ISO and shutter speed?