I got snowbee rods and reels and just bought the cassette option.
I got it on a whim. It's ok but will still keep my cane pole.
It was a great day today with plenty of grayling over 2lb and even a couple over 3lb....the Opti K2 did it’s magic!
I’m new and was looking for a nice rod. Found it. Haven’t caught a fish yet been working. Ready for this 19 to get over with.
Great for any kind of trout fishing the reel has a great balance to the rods and has a wide spool that I have found efective for euro nymphing.
I really love Tenkara for small remote streams with a short (8 ft to 10 ft) 5:5 (slow/full flex) zoom rod that handily manages a 12" fish in heavy current, to mid-sized streams with a longer (11.5 ft to 13.5 ft) 6:4 (moderate/mid flex) zoom rod, but also have fished alpine lakes with a Tenkara rod.
I matched it with a 400gr commando head. Also loving the Opti Nxt 7110
When I'm in and casting under the tight stuff!
I have rods with both the medium fast and the fast action. You can tell from their feeling and action that they're based on similar blanks, but they do differ.
I prefer a fast rod, so for me, the fast models is my preference. They suit my casting style better and they're incredible to cast. They comfortably throw lines a long way and they're also very precise at close range.
They are well made rods with a sublime action which gives you plenty of power, as well as lots of feeling.
Very nice bag. Sturdy and well made. Many good features and convenient for air travel.
My husband received this for his birthday and now uses it for all his fishing trips and it is great when he need to hike into his spot.
I was looking for startup fly fishing set and after some research I got this one. It come with everything you need and even educational video which I found very informative. I used it first time on Fraser river up in Winter park, Co and coughs 4 trouts for about an hour with the fly from the set, even though I got some from the local shop. The line that comes with it is fine, but not great so that was the only thing I changed. Strongly recommended. I was debating between 4 and 5 weight, but buddy of mine recommended 4 and I don't regret it, since I fish in small rivers.
I recently bought the Loop Cross ST 14' 9# and tested some scandi shooting heads which I am pretty satisfied with (Guideline and LTS from F to S3 all in 555 grains).
I also puchased a shooting head from Airflo (Skagit Compact 2) in 630 grains. It shoots like a cannon and takes little effort to bring it far out.
But...it feels very heavy and somehow overloading on the tip of the rod...
I have had this rod for awhile now. For what it's worth these rods take a heavier line than you would think. I have fished 550gr, 575gr and this year moved to 625 gr Skagit. This was combined with a range or T-lines up to 15' of T17 and it cast brilliantly. I also have a range of Rio Scandi bodies up to 10wt and either the 9 or 10 wt worked really well.
This far and above out performs my previsous Cross S1. This rod can truly throw some line in very few false casts. I used this for carp and put it to the test with heavy carp patterns and Light carp patterns. When fighting the fish I had no problem turning the head of those powerful fish.
Just picked up the 7wt switch rod to make things a little easier with the brush lined rivers of Vancouver Island. Not a lot of room to form a proper d loop in most places I go lately and it’s sometimes hell to pack full length Spey rod through the bush.
Loved it's fast action and how it did turning over big pike and muskie streamers.
The blank is excellent and casts like a dream. Fortunately, I got used to the handle quickly and don't even think about it anymore. It was a gift from my expert fly fisherman grandfather, so it has sentimental value as well.
An all around good nymphing rod. Took the 6 weight, I built, in high water conditions and it performed well. Protected 5x tippett on a wild brown well over 20". For the price a well performing rod. The only improvement I would reccomend, is a stronger butt section. I think it would improve this rod's streamer throwing capabilities. Which is a must with any 6 weight in my opinion.
Excellent vise. I have a HMT vise and regal and this peak vise bets them all. So I basically use my peak now for all my flies.
Just got the vise and tied half dozen flies on it. Some thoughts so far:
- the quality is good, but not excellent. Teeth marks on the shaft. The thumb-screws are plastic and rough. Had to use a wrench to tighten the screw to lock the shaft from rotating freely. Lots of brass shavings fell out of the holes.
- in terms of usability, the lever for tightening the jaws is a little awkward. It sits between the jaws and the riser, so it's hard to immediately find it with my left hand without looking. Perhaps a question of getting used to it.
- no material clip :( I'll have to make my own.
- I rotated the vise towards me and flipped the hook upside down (180deg) to make a polish woven nymph. I had to use the allen wrench to free the riser, then turn it, then tighten with the allen. Awkward -- a thumb screw for the riser would be so much nicer.
- I like the clamp, it's bomber. Having two places for the setscrew gives some options in terms of where the vise can go.
- The jaws are nice, and I tied flies from #10 to #20 without having to adjust anything. That was great. Debarbing a #20 hook was a bit difficult, as I the gape was almost smaller than the diameter of the jaws themselves.
On the overall, I'll keep the vise. It's a bit on the rough side, but I enjoy the rotary functionality and with a few tweaks I'll get used to it.
This vise is exceeds my expectations. Instructions for setup and use included. I ordered the clamp version and there was an allen wrench for the setscrew to adjust the height. I wanted to lubricate the vise before use, but there was no allen wrench to remove the hook jaws. No matter, I had one in my toolbox. The
screws for the bobbin holder and the drag on the rotary feature are plastic, but they are adequate for the task, and I believe better than the brass ones made available by Peak because they won't score the metal. The layout to adjust the tension on the rotary feature and actually rotating the fly is well thought out. The cam for the hook jaws is substantial and should never wear out if lubricated regularly. The included bobbin cradle is easily adjustable for height and length, easily rotates out of the way, and is snag free.