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PostPosted: August 1st, 2018, 9:42 am 
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It takes a lot of fishing equipment for a 17 day trip. I have a Scott rod bag that I’ve had since the early 90’s that I carry all my rods, chest pack, waders, boots, etc. The fishing equipment goes into this bag, the clothes go into the larger Fishpond bag. Reels go into the carry-on. The system just works for me. Others in our group do it in one large bag, but I’ve never been able to.

Rods: I had four.Three Winston BiiiX’s ( 3 wt.; 4 wt.; and 5 wt.) and a five wt. Orvis Helios.
The three weight was for the Spring Creeks, the fives were for the larger trout and high water of the Missouri, and the four wt. was for the Bighorn. All worked perfectly.

Reels: Mostly Hardy’s. A Featherweight for the three; A LRH and CFO and Dutchess all for the four weight.......and a DD 4000 Hardy and Abel Super 4 for the fives. Again.....perfection. If there’s a sweeter sound in flyfishing than a screaming LRH singing its song as a trout takes you way into the backing I haven’t heard it. The purr from the CFO and the Dutchess are nice, but that LRH is something else. I bought it in 1986, and it’s worked perfectly for over 30 years.


Waders: A seven year old pair of Simms G-3’s. These waders have gotten the living snot beat out of them in the last seven years. They have more patches and gooped pinholes than gore-Tex now, but still keep me dry and comfortable.

Boots: Korkers with the interchangeable soles. I used studded rubber on the Spring Creeks (worked great......you do NOT want felt on mud, it’s slippery as snot........and studded felt for the DB’s. Both were fine.

Lines: I like Rio Gold’s. I have them on all my reels, and they’re perfect for a trip like this.

Leaders: All hand-tied with Rio Powr-Flex. Performance is non-pareil. Perfect presentations.

Vehicles: We rented from Hertz. We needed two vans so we rented them back in January. When we got to the counter.......no vans! WTF? They gave us a Ford Expedition and a Chevy Surburban. Bigger than we needed, but damn fine vehicles for our needs.

Flights: MST of us went on United, a couple of our friends went out on Delta. I wanted the United flight that goes Bangor/Chicago/ Bozeman, but couldn’t get it. I had to go through Denver too, but flights were fine and with only a short delay coming home through Billings the United flights were fine. The Delta guys got screwed up in New York, so they got home a day late.

And a shout out to the Lady at the United counter in Billings. She looked at my itinerary, and said “Hmmnnn...”. I said to her Oh, oh, that doesn’t sound good. What’s wrong? She said you’re going to Bangor Maine......why on Earth are you going through Denver, then to Chicago? I explained I couldn’t avoid Denver......and she smiled and said “I can”. She put me right through to O’Hare without the jog through Denver. Very nice, and very professional. I know a lot of people hate United, but I’m a frequent flier with them.......and they always treat me right. I like United.
Also.......remember flying in the old days where if you forgot your ticket you had to go back home? Today with smart phones and the United, Delta, and Allegiant apps on my phone everything is right on the phone. No messing with tickets, etc. damned convenient.......of course, you do have to make sure your phone is charged up, but that’s a very small price to pay for this convenience.

I still have to clean my flylines, but no trips away from home for me until mid-October, so I have plenty of time. Waders are washed, trust me they freaking stink after 34 trips in 17 days......everything is put away.

Gear really does take a beating on trips like this.

Dave M

PS: I forgot lodging. We stay at a House right on the Missouri in Dearborn.......just downstream from Craig. A very nice house, sleeps six, two decks, and perfect for our needs.

The house in Ft. Smith is bigger and nicer, but not as well equipped. From the outside it looks like a mansion......but the cookware and glasses certainly need refreshing. For what we pay per night it should be better. Of course, with six of us splitting expenses it’s beyond reasonable. There are a few “high end” Orvis endorsed lodges there where everything is provided and the staff wipes your ###, but we never........obviously if you know us.......go that route. We also guide ourselves.

The driftboats werented were Clacks and Adipose.......both were more than adequate for our needs.

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 1st, 2018, 1:52 pm 
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Lots of good info here, thanks for posting. I just switched over from my Cabelas card to a travel points card and should have enough for a trip out west fairly quickly with the sign-on bonus and the fact that I put almost everything on my card (and pay it off every month, without exception).

I love your DIY approach and the way you aim to stay frugal. That's also how I like to do my trips.


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 2nd, 2018, 9:37 am 
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Com'on Dave, lots of good info here but I need fish porn. Lots of smiling faces with hands full of trout.


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 2nd, 2018, 10:56 am 
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Lane.......

Fish pics are on the desktop. I used to have a Photosuckit account.....not sure if it still works or not. I can try later on, but can’t guarantee anything.

Dave M

PS. If it was easy as using FB I could just upload ......but can’t here

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 2nd, 2018, 7:12 pm 
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Great reports Dave as usual! Regarding your three BIIIx's, I broke my 9' 4wt BIIIx three weeks ago, which at the time was two weeks before my recent 5 day trip to Upper Rock Creek. Living in Twin Bridges made it easy and Winston fixed it for me for free in 8 business days. I was nervous about the repair timeline even though I have a 3wt HLS and a 5wt Helios II in the rotation.

To my point, while in Winston, I heard them talking about disco'ing the new and improved version of the Boron IIIx. Last time they disco'd them, so that they could put new guides on the same rod, I picked one up for $450 and it is now my favorite small stream rod. While fishing below a bridge on Rock Creek, 5 tenderfeet were watching me and my buddy's son fish and that stick felt like it was part of my arm. With just a flick, I was roll casting all the way across the creek and caught a beautiful Cuttbow on a rollcast in front of the tends. Fly was a Spruce Moth. That hatch is one of my favorites to fish nowadays.

Oops, got carried away. This fall the Boron IIIx's will be going on sale again in case you need to add a couple more to the arsenal.

PS - tenderfoot = anyone who is spending $1000+ per night to stay at the Ranch at Rock Creek.


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 1:42 pm 
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Good reports.

BTW you don’t need to host pictures on photobucket or anywhere else now.
In your reply just use the “upload attachment” section under the reply box.
Click choose file, then it brings up a box and you can pick them right from your pc.

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 2:31 pm 
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Lets hope this works

Dave M


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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 2:32 pm 
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Nope...didnt work. I'll try again. There was supposed to be about a dozen pics...I only see one

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 Post subject: Re: Equipment....
PostPosted: August 4th, 2018, 2:36 pm 
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Lets see if this works. I'm a Troglodyte with technology.

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