Tag: fly reel

Budget brownlining

Who says you can’t fly fish on the cheap?

gear bagI made the call, wanting a rod I could kick around. A master carper convinced me that an 8-weight would work dutifully (as long as it wasn’t a rocket launcher like I previously deployed), and then cut me a sweetheart deal to boot. I walked out with a Temple Fork Professional series. It’s fairly heavy as my quiver goes (it’s a 6-piece after all), but still casts pretty smooth.

Carp setupI dug through the spare gear box, and pulled out an old Lamson LP 3.5 (and an extra spool). While that made it even more burdensome from a heft standpoint, I figure I’ll get a good shoulder workout in the process. Strung one spool with a floater and the other with a sink tip, both lines which I picked up at the same time as the rod (along with five new 10ft, 1X leaders).

My total out-of-pocket, tax, tag, and title – $106.67. That doesn’t include the reel, but I suspect I could have nabbed one of those LP jobs on eBay for around $70, putting my total investment at around $180. The skeptic might say I’m only happy with the price, but I really do like the setup’s feel. And I won’t feel bad if I bang it up a bit either – in other words, I can just go out and have fun.

And that is what fly fishing is supposed to be about.

Gratuitous fly fishing post for the evening (UPDATED)

gear bagYou can be gratuitous too

I’ve had a pretty darn good September so far. For some odd reason more than a few folks have been abnormally kind to me – I hardly deserve it, but I’ve had a chance to do some much needed gear upgradingengage in more frivolous purchases … contribute back what I can to the local fly fishing economy as a result. And in not-so-grand fashion, I’m now getting rid of a few things.

UPDATE: My excess gear is gone, so I’ve removed the portions of this post dealing with it (particularly since the pictures were such fine examples of my piss poor photography skills). Onward…

Second to last but still not least, Tom Chandler is cleaning out his closet too. From the sounds of it, he has enough gear to outfit every commenter on his blog for a solid decade, but the George Maurer Bamboo he’s seeking a good home for deserves attention that the average brownliner simply can’t provide.

And lastly (there is no “least” in fly fishing – the joke’s on you), Jason Puris of The Fin fishing social network nabbed a cap in my little Drift trivia contest. But instead of taking the goods and heading for the hills, Jason decided to return the favor – I received a fine t-shirt in the mail today that reminds all fly fishing folk to…


Thanks Jason!

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