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About LotechJoe

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    St Joe River, Northern Idaho
  1. Mark, Thanks for relating that story. I made me remember my dad. And, your dad knows of your right of passage.
  2. Brian, It's good to hear from you again. I lost all contact with my favorite folks when I moved. I forgot to save my address book and paid for it BIG TIME. I'm glad I've got you back again. I absolutely love my Gatti rods. I'm going to be fishing the 7 1/2 4 weight this weekend at Rock Ford. I'll let you know how it works out. You can find me at [email protected] . Give Donna my best.
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    Fly reels

    I fish mostly 4 and 5 weight lines for trout. Sometimes in lakes, but mostly in streams and rivers. I have two go-to reels that I use on my go-to rods. The 5 weight is an Orvis Battenkill Disc 5/6. It's probably the best all around and most reliable reel ever sold. However, for my 4 weights, I have a Fin-Nor Fin ite III. It's a click and pawl only with no click on the reel in, and a very pleasing and soft click/buzz on the run. I use the Orvis Battenkill on a Gatti IM6 and a refurbed Southbend # 59. I use the Fin-Nor on a self built 7' 4 weight 3 piece cane and a Gatti 7 1/2' 4 weight FRC. If I had to choose something to keep and something to throw away, I'd keep both reels and throw out my Pac Boots. I love them both too much to part with. I'd like to find another Fin-Nor Fin ite III, but they have been discontinued. (RATS) Anybody have one for trade?
  4. I've seen Dave Whitlock tie without using either. I watched him one time showing Flip Pallot how to tie a Carp Fly (on TV). When he was ready to finish the fly, he would add some Zap-A-Gap to the thread near the fly, make a few more turns and leave the bobbin hanging to keep the thread tight while the Zap-A-Gap dried. Then he cut the remaining thread close and added head cement. Worked like a charm. I tried it myself, but my effort didn't work as well as his. I still use a Matarelli and whip whenever i can.
  5. Graham, That fly is fantastic! You really need to enter it in the contest for the bamboo rod. I haven't seen any of the others that are entered, but yours is GREAT.
  6. Airhead, I never did see Alvin Lee in person, but I saw him on TV once. You're right about the hand being a blurr. Did Ten Wheel Drive play at Woodstock? There's another blurr.
  7. tidbit, I'm not sure what it's worth, but I maybe have a lifetime supply for 1 or 2 people. I cut most of it into 2"X2" squares, but may have bigger pieces from the original hide. I'll see if I can find it, because I just moved and some things are still packed/lost. Email me and we can talk about $$$. Maybe a trade? Use the word caribou in you subject line. OK?
  8. Airhead, Thanks for mentioning Alvin Lee. I completely forgot "Ten Wheel Drive." If you want RED HOT BLISTERIN' music, Ten Wheel Drive is for you. Still, I'm with Hendrix.
  9. Joe Walsh played tonight also on the show I watched. He did Funk 49 with Grand Funk Railroad. Santana did a duet with Clapton. It was "Jingo." Red Hot! Robert Cray was there. ZZ Top was there. Man, I'm startin' to have some serious Flash-Backs. I wish I could have been there live, but I'm sure my ticker would have failed. In the words of Ed Sullivan; "Good Show." Hendrix is still the best. Remember Electric Lady Land?
  10. Who's your favorite guitar player. My wife is watching Eric Clapton on public TV right now and it got me to thinking. Who is my favorite all time guitar player. I have enjoyed Eric Clapton, BB King, Segovia, Chet Atkins, Santana, Jerry Garcia, Jerry Reed and all the red-hot rock 'n' roll, country, classical and blues folks you can think of. But the only guy I ever saw just plain throw his fingers at a guitar and make it talk was Jimmy Hendrix. What say folks? If this is an inappropriate subject for this forum the administrators can and should delete it. P.S. BB King is playing now, so I'm going to watch TV for a bit. C'ya later.
  11. flyfishingboys, I know it's more than you said you wanted to spend, but I picked up a new Dan Vise for $75. I believe you can find one at BT's Fly Fishing Products. They are a sponsor on this site. P.S. I found one on their site. Click on Catalog and go to page 5.
  12. Thanks for the comments you guys. Frankly, I'm surprised more folks don't fish with Gatti rods. They are such a pleasure. I also have a 7 1/2' 4 weight FRC, and the line just flat whistles through th guides. Nick, I'm happy to hear the rumor of discontinued IM6's is false. If I can scrape it together or trade some stuff off, I may yet get that 9' 4 weight. Thanks again,
  13. steeldrifter, I'm no pro at casting, but I use mine for dry fly fishing mostly. I very seldom use a leader that's any longer than the rod. It simply casts better than any other rod I own. The effort I put into a 45 or 50 foot cast with my other rods, yields a 60 foot cast with my Gatti. However, my biggest fish to date with that rod was while site fishing a dead drift Pheasant Tail Nymph to a 20" Rainbow in a Central Washington Spring Creek. If you're thinking about getting one you might want to think about it soon. I heard a rumor that Gatti is discontinuing the IM6. Mine was selling for $140 US.
  14. One of my favorite rods to fish is my Gatti 8 1/2' 5 weight IM6. I'm curious if anyone on this board has ever fished one. I like mine enough that I would consider seriously purchasing a 9' 4 weight. I seem to get both accuracy and increased distance out of mine. Any thoughts?
  15. fcflyguy, Thanks for the welcome. Same to you. Unless I miss my guess, I only have one more post and the worms will leave my posts.
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