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 Post subject: What piece of gear......
PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 9:06 am 
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........that’s no longer made, that you really miss?

For me, hands down, it’s those Simms Koflatch wading boots that were like ski boots. Those suckers were bullet proof. No stone bruises, great ankle support.....just fantastic boots.

How about all of you? What piece of gear, no longer made, that you really miss?

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 9:42 am 
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It's a toss-up between my Browning SoloFlex 4-7wt fiberglass fly rod, or the Shakespeare 8' 5-9 wt Wonder Rod.
I could use the Martin wide up automatic fly reel with other of those two ..........
Gussa

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 11:46 am 
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Wished I could have afforded the 5 weight at the time...


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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 4:16 pm 
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kennebecfly: I have a 5 wt of that Sage XP. I used it for one season and realized my stroke liked something different. Mike Holt sold me an Orvis rod and the Sage has been sitting in the tube ever since. If you're interested...


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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 4:31 pm 
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Same boat here. Wish I’d picked up a 5 and 6 wt XP. Great rods. After that- there are a bunch of bamboo rods I’d love to have been able to buy from their makers. Not sure otherwise about fishing gear, as I think a lot of the best products made are being made today by companies like Simms, Fishpond, Vedavoo, etc...

Now hunting gear- that’s a different story. I wish Beagle Wear were still around. Hands down the BEST cold weather hunting gear ever made.

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 5:41 pm 
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Caught almost as many fish then as now, and probably had more fun.
My where we have taken this!
Tight lines...........
Gussa

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 5:45 pm 
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Bought 5 wt XP and SLT at the Bean outlet in Ellsworth - has to be over 10 years ago. LOVE both those rods....


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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 6:13 pm 
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You Elitist Bastids!

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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 6:50 pm 
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PostPosted: December 29th, 2018, 8:37 pm 
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Time... through a series of awesome life changes.... there just isn’t enough time for my favorite streams. I know it’ll swing back in the other direction eventually... but a little more time would go a long way. The good news is that I can see an emerging fishing buddy growing up.

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2018, 8:30 am 
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"Time..."

If you figure out how to get more of that, please let me know. I've often said, "If I could sell time, instead of furniture, I could have retired decades ago." Watched my son load his entire life (along with some of my ski and fishing gear) into the car and head for Salt Lake - it all goes by WAY too fast.


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2018, 10:49 am 
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The Orvis Super Tac-L-Pac vest.
I've tried chest packs, sling packs, fanny packs, just my pockets and I always end up going back to the vest. And, my vest of choice has long been the Super Tac-L-Pac but I'm in good shape. The one I'm using has years left in it and I have a spare :D
ps - chest pack is my second favorite way to carry gear.


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2018, 11:47 am 
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Rods under 9 feet for lines above a 3 weight. I build my own bamboo rods so it’s not a problem for me to make a 7 foot 5 or 6wt, but short carbon rods and blanks aren’t really available. My first good rod was a 7 foot 6wt fenwick ferulite in 1976. That rod was all I needed for the small streams and bass fishing around the Belgrade lakes. I still prefer short rods and fish mostly a one piece 6 foot 5wt or 7 foot 5wt.
The other thing I really miss is simplicity. Remember when you had just a few choices for fly lines? I like some of the new tapers, but a taper for each species of fish with a half dozen sink rates at $100 a pop???


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PostPosted: December 30th, 2018, 1:45 pm 
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I had an SPT from Beans and I flat LOVED that rod...but even Bean's rod shop could not get two sections apart- hence, I had a Orion POS. Just not the same.

Truth be told, about every part or tool I have today beats what I had in yesteryear- better boots, far better waders, better reels, nicer rain gear, much better sunglasses, and I hold the record for keeping a pair of forcepts (near 30 years now).

Now...I DO have rods that I would trade...!

Hutch

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PostPosted: December 30th, 2018, 5:54 pm 
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Just checked, and yup, it's an XP.


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