Tag: pike

Rod Review: Scott S4S 908/4

gear bagI spent a few months in Florida over the winter, ostensibly for work. But with Tampa Bay just around the corner I decided that was as good an excuse as any to update my gear selection. After a bit of test casting and chatting with guides, I decided a Scott S4S 908/4 would be one of the new rods in the lineup. Unfortunately, Florida experienced a really bad, lingering cold snap, and I only got one day of wind-blown redfish chasing in before heading back to Colorado. Now, with a week of Andros Island bonefishing under the belt, I’ve had enough time with the rod to offer semi-credible thoughts.

What you should be looking for in a saltwater rod is a combination of casting and fighting performance. That’s correct…a quick test run in the shop parking lot alone doesn’t necessarily cut it – you need controllable power to push flies through stiff wind and tippet-safe force to turn those noses once you hook them. You also want a rod to have the general toughness to withstand a lot of time banging around in a rod well, being dropped on the deck, and finding itself on the receiving end of a liquid that can eat through steel-reinforced concrete like I eat through pepperoni pizza. Scott hit all points spot on, which means the folks in Montrose are either really fishy and whip-smart, or they have a spy camera hidden somewhere in my dining room.

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Quick review: The Barry Reynolds “Hog Collector” Collection of fly fishing videos

The Barry Reynolds Hog CollectionTwo videos might not make a collection, but this should not matter to you. There’s a fine art to collecting hogs, and Barry Reynolds is the RembrandtPicasso … ok, maybe just the Andy Warhol of the practice. Mr. Reynolds is best known for chasing fish that other fly anglers don’t have the stomach for ignore. His specialties are pike and carp.

Barry Reynolds is also famous throughout the angling world for known for being my partner in the last South Platte Pro-Am Carp Slam. We placed second, so it’s obvious I can’t hold back the bias with a full blown review of his videos. I’m therefore making it quick…

Pike On The Fly: In Pursuit of the Water Wolf is a collection of sheer and utter badassery of the likes I have never seen and you probably haven’t either. The lengthy clip of Barry and his crew whaling trophy pike after trophy pike on top water flies, bagging what had to be fifty to sixty of them in a single afternoon, is enough to make even the most purist dry fly angler green with envy. The multiple catches over fifty inches runs a close second.

Urban Warfare: In Pursuit of the Poor Man’s Bonefish is Reynolds most recent flick. It’s an assemblage of carp mayhem with nuclear reactors water treatment plants consistently in background. Barry often wet wades the urban South Platte, which is comes complete with a happy helping of e.coli. Some think the carp must be Barry must be immune to e. coli infection. Those people are probably right. This flick also has an ample supply of tips, as does it’s pike-oriented sister.

I don’t know the wheres, hows, or dollars involved in obtaining either of these videos as they were handed to me gratis by the man himself. So I’m going to make it easy on you – send via email or post a link to a picture of you with either a 35+ inch pike or a 28+ inch carp, with your fly rod in plain view, and I’ll send you the respective video absolutely, 100%, un-categorically free. I’ll be the judge as to size (unless your photographic evidence includes the tape), and I reserve the right to badger you incessantly regarding proof of identity.

That was unbiased quick, eh?

Dream Stream Grand Slam

I don’t know if there is such a thing, but someone got one anyway.

[singlepic id=88 w=100 h=75 float=left]We hit the Dream Stream today, and spent up until 1:30 pm wishing we hadn’t dressed for a winter storm – the day started off cold and gray, and way too quickly moved to warm and cloudless. For me, things got more productive as the day progressed – the morning was a bust, started the afternoon with several dinks, then moved up to a few 12 to 14 inch rainbows. As the sun began its drop behind the mountains I was able to haul in a fat 21 inch brown on a leech to round things out (and no, she isn’t being crushed – she’d just been grabbed out of the net and was in the water a split second later).

The real news here, however, is about the grand slam! Todd Pepin picked up a Kokanee, a stout Brown, and a Pike…in a single outing. We were none too happy to find a pike in the river (they eat trout with reckless abandon), but Todd’s feat has to be recognized. I’m doing that here, where said recognition shall remain for eternity (or until the database gets corrupted).

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And last but certainly not least, we caught a lobster. Actually a crawfish, but it was about seven inches long and gunning for my finger when I was setting him up for the pic.