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Because I picked up another toy today...4 in 5 months. I have to slow down on the insanity. But it such a great hobby.
Picked up a sage one 590. 5wt 9ft. 95% of my fishing is for trout, which means weekend road trips living in Birmingham. This is also a versatile size good for most fishing conditions ill face.
Also switched back to felt boots, sick of busting my ass with spiked rubber and other soles.
Also picked up a sage 'approach' last month. Good back up rod in case I'm on a trip and break a rod or if I'm out with a beginner and he/she needs a rod. I'd rather them use that then an expensive Winston b2x.
Great thing about the approach is they're using the same blanks as the old sage xp, just not the bells and whistles. If you're looking for a pricier entry level rod ($300) this is a great choice.
Where do you fly fish? Tennessee?
Yes, north Georgia, middle and East Tennessee.
Do a western trip every year.
Red fish on the bucket list.
Had a couple, but got an Orvis 0 Gravity that I like the most. 5 wt.
If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.
I'm a big fan of Orvis, but that's just me. Nice setup though!
Nice. I've actually tried it in around Gatlinburg more than a few times and never had any luck. We would actually see the trout but could never get them to bite. Just one of those things that never happened for me. But I have caught a few Reds on fly. If I could suggest a spot, it would be the Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon in Central Florida. The atmosphere and backdrop will make you think you are on a fishing show.
Fly fishing is awesome. I've only done it with bedding bluegill but had a blast. I guess that doesn't really count since teenage girls can catch bedding bream but it is always fun. My dad can catch 2 to my 1 because he is so good at it.
Setup and fish
Beautiful. Where? Look like natives, or at least stream bred.
Missouri has a native strain called the mcloud rainbow. One stocking hundred years ago. Look similar to your pics.
I choked a few months ago. There was an orvis helios at 40% off (since they've come out with the helios 2 they can mark discontinued models down).
I should have purchased it. I'm set for what I do.
Here's the list in purchase order:
Sage discovery 580, 8ft 5wt. 1991
Sage rpl 590, 9' 5 wt. 2003
St croix 7.5 3wt, 2004
Orvis clear water 990, 9 ft 9 wt, 2008
Winston b2x 690, 9 ft 6wt, feb 2011
Sage zxl 490, 9ft 4 wt, nov 2012
Winston gvx 590 9 ft 5 wt, dec 2012
Sage approach, 590, 9ft 5 wt, April 2013
Sage one today.
I mainly fished my rpl, for years. Legendary rod. great deals on the b2x, zxl, and gvx...buy discontinued rods from your local fly shop.
I floated the south holston in East Tennessee back in November...my db Dunn rod case got soaked, like an idiot I let my rod soak overnight in the case. It oxidized and was all discolored...leading me to purchase the Winston and other sage...a month ago I decide to take a look at it...it's a festivus miracle, looked like new, color back.
My suggestion is this: buy cheap to start, find a good price point in terms of quality. In freshwater fishing the reel is less important than saltwater fishing.
Line is very important, love the new rio gold. Depending on where and when you fish, waders vary in importance.
My first set up was the sage discovery with a phleuger medalist reel ($25) and red ball boot foot waders ($50)...once you know you'll enjoy the hobby then upgrade accordingly, I still have a hard time spending more than $150 on a freshwater reel, but went balls out with a Ross reel today.
I usually stick with lamson konic's and orvis battenkill reels.
Hope this helps.
This post was edited by hubcitytider 10 months ago
Used to do a lot of fly fishing in Bimini!
Bone fish was fun to catch.
I have since for tired of it but this thread may make me start again
Glad I could help.
Abaco's (sp) for bonefish on the bucket list.
That was Coihaique, Chile.
Couple more from different places. (Alaska, Argentina, Chile)
This post was edited by Bodhi 10 months ago
The only thing I won't buy without is the warranty. Orvis has a 25, and I had a Cortland with a lifetime. I have broken both, and getting it replaced was super easy. $30-$40 shipping and you have a new rod in a couple weeks. Negates the huge prices at least a little, imo.
Great pics. I'm curious about picking bait. Is it the same as bass fishing when colors matter or do you slay them with the same bait year round?
Almost all my fishing is on small creeks in heavy brush so I never really needed a high dollar setup. My favorite rod is a little custom made 6 footer made from the top 2 sections of an old 9 ft bamboo rod. It's nothing fancy but a perfect rig for my needs.
"...this is the game plan, we have no alternate plan"-Erskine Russell
One of the guys we fish with...makes the most money and fishes with a $100 fly rod...he's also the best fisherman in the group on most days.
I'm learning to fly fish this summer, and hopefully will be taking a trip to the Wind Rivers of Wyoming in August.
Fished that area August of 2007. Great time. Zero crowds. Floated the snake as well. Great trip.
Another tip is to get a guide from the local fly shop. Several reasons (yes, can be expensive but worth it if you want to catch fish)
1) teach you how to fish. When you learn how to nymph fish, with an indicator, you turn 4 fish days into 30+ fish days.
2) the more money you spend at a fly shop, they are usually looser with fishing hot spots and tips. They want you happy. Happy people buy stuff.
I am a big fan Orvis but only cause an old buddy of mine was sponsored by then and that was the first one I knew of. He's a tarpon fly guide (I think that's what he fishes for and Red's)
I dream of a day when chickens can cross the road without having their motives questioned.
Everybody nowadays can make premium and affordable rods.
Orvis makes good rods, reels, (get their nets from brodin). Smart marketers in terms of big stores to attract women to buy a bunch of crap.
There's not much difference in the feel of the sage one and the approach...not $450 difference.
Temple fork was started by sage guys. They make very good affordable rods
I fished for years with a really cheap Cortland rod and reel. It works fine, but definitely did not have the action of my Orvis. I still use it sometimes when I'm fishing real small rivers like the Chattooga.
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