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  1. An article just identified ARDX as one of a bunch of smaller companies that are speculative and have a high cash burn rate. To make any "real" money on it one would have to own thousand or more shares. There are many other better companies to invest in.
  2. Ray, just looking at it, I'd actually say this is an older Orvis rod, relabeled for Bean. The shape of the handle is not typical Loomis. The cap on the rod tube is Orvis-like. There was also a 3 piece version of this 12wt with the same finish and cosmetics. Clearly a very well made rod.
  3. Also, here are the Wulff Ambush line specs. The difference being that with the Ambush lines, one can add tips (from experience, the tips can be another .20 to .25 of the base head weight). The estimate above for 600g for the 14wt is consistent with other Wulff lines. Specs (head length and weight in grains) for the Wulff Ambush integrated lines: AMB 12.5 F 29′ 525 gr. AMB 13 F 28.5′ 550 gr. AMB 13.5 F 30′ 575 gr. AMB 14 F 29′ 600 gr. AMB 14.5 F 31′ 625 gr. AMB 15 F 30′ 650 gr. I have a Wulff Ambush 14wt line somewhere. Easily handles another 150g tip (10ft medium or heavy Mow/iMow for overhead use). There are also Ambush heads (not full integrated lines) with the same weight specs.
  4. From internet searches and user reports: Wulff Bermuda Short lines (these are two tone - sand/blue, floating, integrated, but with a warm water use rating): 12wt -- 463g but head is marked 22ft on box (105ft total length) 13wt -- 550g 28ft head (marked on box, 105ft length) 14wt -- 600g (apprx.) 29ft head (marked on box, 105ft length) note: apprx, interpolated bet. 13 and 15wt 15wt -- 650g (on box) 30ft head (marked on box, 105ft length). It seems most unusual that the 12wt head is so short, relative to the other ones. --Killie
  5. Any idea who built that rod for Bean?
  6. The CPX 7wt is a great stick.
  7. That's great. I guess if you can measure that reel, you can re-do it all in 6061. Should be pretty bomb-proof. It doesn't look like it would be that hard to do, as compared to more open framed reels.
  8. So... 12wt = 463g and 23ft head (if accurate) 13wt = [____g and ___ft head] 14wt = 563 and ___ft head 15wt = 648 and ___ft head IMO, there's no way that the 13wt through 15wt have heads that are only 23ft. The 12wt line is the already the equivalent of T-20 tungsten material at 23ft.
  9. Line to backing knot depends on whether the line has a rear pre-made loop in it. If so, tie a very large loop in backing sufficient to fit a whole coiled or spooled line through, to facilitate changing lines. For a nine weight outfit using 30lb backing I tend to keep it simple: Double or triple (4-6 turn) Surgeons knot. Leave a tiny bit of the tag end and coat the tightened part of the knot lightly with pliobond or UV Knotsense (let dry and/or cure the latter in sun). When it's time to change lines, check the knot to see if it's holding up, and just loop to loop again, passing the whole lot through the large loop as needed. There are more complicated ways to do this that IMO are really only worth it in 10-12wt and above. Waders is a whole 'nother thing. I tend to go with cheaper, lightweight breathable (Redington Crosswaters seem to suit me just fine) waders that last 2-3 seasons before needing to be patched and sealed. Make sure the waders have attached gravel guards. Patagonia or Korkers wading boots are worth the money however. Just my 2 cents.
  10. Well if you put it that way, you are correct. LOL. But, I'd say the Pro II is WELL worth the $129 you spent. If you got the Cheeky Tyro 8wt reel that's on the STP website now then maybe you did waste some $ or maybe you didn't - time will tell. It's only $99, so you didn't waste too much, and I guess fine for a beginner, but wouldn't expect too much from it after a few seasons of heavy use. From the looks of it, the drag isn't sealed, and when it says that (only) the reel seat, drag knob and the wind knob are machined, that means that the rest of the reel is cast metal. Nothing terribly wrong with that, and the Echo Bravo reel I recommended is also a cast reel. The difference, IMO, is that the Bravo has a sealed, and user maintainable drag (can take it apart with no tools in the field, and keep everything clean and dry a bit more easily). Like all bargain reels, I'd be sure to rinse the reel with fresh water and dry it carefully after each outing. If you already had fun with it, then it's probably worth it. Keep getting out there, and practice casting. Get casting lessons early on.
  11. I found some of the weights by remembering an older thread: But still no idea about head length...
  12. I just posted a request on Cary's thread to update the information on the Wulff lines, to include the Bermuda Triangle "SHORT" lines. Here's the only information I've been able to find on Wulff lines - the table only shows 12wt lines, and below. HL, do you have the head lengths and grain weights of these lines written down or somewhere in a file? Are they as short as Wulff says (specs say 22-24ft head length)? I seem to remember that you said the head lengths vary with grain weight and some are longer than 24ft. All of them are floating, correct??
  13. Cary, we need some info on the Wulff Bermuda "SHORT" lines which come in weights up to 15. These are warmwater integrated lines. So far the only information on Wulff lines I've seen goes up to 12wt as shown in the attached table. On the internet it says the Wulff Bermuda "SHORT" lines have head lengths in the 22-24ft range but HL indicated that this is wrong, and that they may vary in length beyond 24ft. If only 24ft I doubt that they would appeal to many users of long TH rods. With Wulff possibly being sold, I wonder even if these ultra short integrated lines will still be around.
  14. You only missed the early adjustment to people's expectations that the election results would deliver some great upheaval. Nothing to see there. I'm pretty confident that Wall Street will do just fine under just about any combination of power distribution between the two parties. It...doesn't...matter. Volatility is back. That is usually a bad time for the little guy. You are a broker?? Brokers are the ones making bank right now.
  15. Wasn't cheerleading because I'm also down for the 1 yr just like almost everyone else. But if I hope to make up the slack I have to continue to take risks. Have to keep a leg in... My post was simply to point out that there are occasional very big days and if you miss them then it is not likely that you will do better than almost any index. That's all I intended by my post.
  16. Another good sized bounce today. If one has maintained sufficient ball sack, it pays to stay in the market. Can't just jump in and out thinking you know better because you will probably miss the biggest upside days, which actually happen infrequently and unpredictably.
  17. Biggest reason I think is that it looks like Wall Street is going to get what they wanted -- a divided government that can't legislate its way out of a paper bag. Although not all Congressional races are determined, it does look like there will be a period of political inertia, hence no ability to regulate the Street. The second possible reason is the new CPI report which suggests the Fed can possibly continue with only .5 percent increases and maybe end earlier.
  18. One thing that the O.P. may want to consider is that for some of the longer more powerful TH rods and blanks mentioned, there are very few currently made integrated weight forward lines that are dialed for these beastly rods. It used to be that Airflo made an 11/12 beach line with a 40ft head, and Rio had Outbound lines in the 12-14 wt range that were integrated lines with ~37.5ft heads. This is discussed ad nauseum in the many TH threads here on SOL. Almost all the heavy hitting 11ft to 12ft rods that are out there can be lined (integrated, weight forward or integrated shooting heads) with a few exceptions. The TFO 12x12 can throw 450g to 550g (465g is my choice, or an 11wt OBS) and there are currently produced (integrated, one piece) lines in float/int/sink variations that will load it. There are a few other production rods that throw 450-550g easily so no need for an expensive build if you can locate them. They are 11' or 11'6" and designated 10/11 or 11/12 (CND, Loomis/LL Bean Orion). It is correct that most rods labeled "spey" or "switch" are not the best choice for windy surf conditions. These other rods are hard to find but are made or were marketed as "surf" two handers. Beulah did not invent the category. Bean Orion Surf 11'6" 10/11 was one of the first, with a blank made by Loomis. TFO 12x12 and CND surf were around at the same time or shortly thereafter. There are switch rods and short spey rods that are less efficient at overhead than Mike O or Red Green's builds, but still capable in light to moderate wind. Some are even better than the Beulahs at overhead. Dig around and you will find out which models by which rod makers can cope with the heaviest currently produced integrated lines. Hint: search spey charts for shorter 9/10 or 10/11 wt rods, no longer than 12'6". At 13ft and longer most designated spey rods are too noodle-y with a few noted exceptions one can find in the archives. YMMV.
  19. That older TFO 12x12 is all I need for middling surf conditions, and anything under ~550g. It's the simple solution if you can still find one. Even has a long rear handle to snug up under your armpit. Go back a long ways and search posts by MaxG. Above ~12ft and 550g is where it gets interesting. Really hard to find anything off the shelf that will do it, especially in seriously windy, out-front conditions. That's where, IMO, your search really begins. Talk to Mike Oliver and RedGreen on this site. Best to re-think things... I also have a solution for an 11ft TH rod that can throw up to 630g. Not pretty. Daiwa Ardito spin rod, converted for a small amount of $. Great jetty rod for large flies. If that's all you're doing, then PM me.
  20. At 11ft, any old two piece carp rod blank that throws 2-4 oz should be suitable. Over 11ft, there are other options that throw heavier lines than the two rods you mention. Of the two the Exocet surf is the better rod for large flies. Have no idea about that particular Northfork blank. Look at the very large number of threads here dealing with two hand rods for the surf. Do a search (or multiple searches) using the search bar. Read up first, and consider that you might want to re-think everything.
  21. Last week, Jim Cramer said to "hold your nose and sell something" - meaning it's a good time to hold more cash. Also a good time to pull the trigger on any tax losses you can harvest. At least cut your tax bill if you have some real stinkers to unload. Can always wait 2-3 months and add back in if your former losers continue to tank and seem unfairly punished. Tech names, EV stocks, pot stocks, most of the S&P. Chips will eventually recover, EV has room to recover, but depends on political outcomes. On the other hand, don't wait too long to re-deploy cash. At current interest rates, cash is trash. Also, watch your allocation to bonds. Trim it, IMO, if it is over 10-15% because bonds are also trash-y if not actual trash. Fed will keep tightening and bonds will be a better bargain later when they overshoot and overdo it, as they almost surely will.
  22. I did no such took you to pull the trigger... LOL. So, anyway let people know what you got for that $400. Maybe do a review?? There is already a review of the Echo Bravo reel on the web. Google: Echo Bravo Saltwater Fly Reel Hooked4Life
  23. The version II has nicer handle and cosmetics. I believe the blanks are similar if not identical.
  24. See Mike Oliver's comment on the TFO Pro 8wt. He's a tough customer and reliable critic. $129 for the Pro II 8wt is, IMO, a no brainer. Or hold out for the 9wt, which is not any more difficult to line than the 8wt. Just do the math. (+1/-1).
  25. It is. In fact the 9wt is probably the best in that series. Here's a photo (Pro II 8wt) and some specs: TFO Pro II 9ft 8wt - 4.4 oz TFO Pro II 9ft 8wt - 4.5 oz Both are classified by TFO as "moderate action" but I'd tend to disagree. The 9wt is mod/fast action. The 9wt Pro II is lighter than the TFO TiCRx 8wt by quite a lot. The cosmetics are also cleaner than the TiCr/TiCrx. The new version III of the Professional is even nicer but costs ~$240.