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  1. Trampus


    Thanks to all you Guys from the bottom of my heart. It is very comforting to know that there are people who care...people I have never met, yet who I have a kinship with none the less. I will be going on my annual fishing trip to the Sierra's September 25th. just like I have done for the past 36 years. Cindy was always supportive of that and helped me prepare every year by baking deserts for the guys and helping me shop for all the food and supplies. I will have time to reflect and to heal on this trip and when I return, I will hopefully be stronger. Once again...Thank You! Dan
  2. Trampus


    Last Wednesday my world crashed down around me and I am hanging on as best I can. My beautiful wife whom I had been married to for 40 wonderful years, went to be with the Lord in her sleep. Today is first day that I could actually sit at my computer and think about something other than her and it is only to tell you I will be absent for a while as I come to grips with my loss. Take care of yourselves and cherish every moment you have with your loved ones. Dan
  3. For me it comes down to intent. Was the presentation designed to illicit a strike like the streamer and stinger (for short strikes) then I would say no it's not snagging even though the hook did in fact snag the fish. If on the other hand a hook bare or dressed that is dragged through the water for the sole purpose of hooking a fish that has no intention of feeding then I would call that snagging. I think one is an action (snagging) and the other is a result (snagged) that are not mutually exclusive.
  4. Yeah, that's "flossing", different than pegging. That is 100% snagging in my opinion, as is pegging Learn something new every day...we don't get salmon or steehead runs down in my neck of the woods so the terminology is greek to me
  5. Don't know squat about salmon fishing but watched it being done in Alaska where the "anglers" were lined up darn near shoulder to shoulder dragging their 'flies" across the river. One local said the salmon aren't hungry just focused on their run and swim up stream with their mouths open and are hooked when the line slides through their mouth. If that's true then I would say snagging best describes it.... but like I said....I don't know squat about salmon fishing.
  6. Seems like the CEO and I think alike when it comes to customer service. Glad to see you are satisfied Salty.
  7. I for one gave him a chance.... but his continued lack of concern for other posters opinions and feelings far out weighed any positive contribution he might make, that I couldn't derive from another source. I for one am not willing to put up with endless grief on the hopes of a glimpse of something worthy...Thankfully the Admins have provided a solution
  8. First post: "Got the rod back but not the old tip. They admitted their mistake..." Go ahead Cold...kick the hornets nest one more time! I'm sick of this childish pursuit to prove your right by picking apart other members opinions. Apparently the concept of "agree to disagree" is one you don't condone so I am going to take the only appropriate action left to me and remove this nonsense and aggravation from my life by blocking you. Don't bother responding for my benefit because I will have already blocked you.
  9. Congrats Steve! I'm sure you will make your goals.
  10. Welcome Hops! Glad you are returning to your roots so to speak!
  11. Hey Brody The Copper John and Zebra are both bead heads as you know. The only other of the flies I mentioned that I fish with a bead head and without is the Woolly Bugger. I fish it with a bead head in still water and in deep pools or runs with good success. Good luck!
  12. You didn't mention where you will be fishing East, West or Midwest (or I missed it) cause we out west have slightly different choices. For dries I use Elk Hair Caddis or Stimulators. For wets/ Nymphs_ Soft Hackle Hare ear, Zebra Midge, Copper John, San Juan Worm Streamers_Black Crystal Bugger If I had to pick one of each they would be EHC, Hares Ear and the Bugger. These work for me (most of the time)
  13. I went with the Versileader for the same reasons you listed above and think it's the best option for where I fish. I will use the 7wt in the Owens River this fall when the big Browns and Cutties come up out of Crowley and I need a little more backbone.
  14. I kinda decided on this for my 19 year old granddaughter who is in love with the color pink....and red. 3 piece IM6 9' 5wt rod w/2 tips 5/6wt CNC Aluminum Reel
  15. Absolutely! Start em off right! LMAO!!!
  16. I guess I should have clarified things a bit...I will start them on bobbers and worms and lots of bluegill to get them hooked on the sport then when they want to "fish like grandpa" try to ease them into fly fishing.
  17. LOL..I hear ya Joe...fly fishing is a contact sport I agree that giving them the rod too early may backfire but I want to at least build their rods in case something happens to me and it's too late. If I build a rod they won't grow out of and can use as an adult then time is not really an issue.
  18. I'm sure this has come up before but I couldn't find the threads so I'll ask again. I have three grandsons 4, 5, and 6 years old whom I will want to introduce to fly fishing one day and I want to build each child his own custom fly rod. Even if it doesn't take, they will have a memento of their grandfather that God willing, they can pass down to their children. My question is about what age is a good age to start them off and what size and action rod would be the best for a newbie youngster?
  19. The day before you would have like then Mike..crystal clear and mid seventies....
  20. I took this shot in late September with a disposable camera I carried in the glove box back before the days when cell phones had cameras. I was driving from our cabin to North Lake in the Sierra's and stopped on the bridge over Bishop Creek and snapped this picture. The contrasts is what caught my eye with the fall colors on the aspens, the greens of the pines, the blue of the sky, the whites of the clouds and snow and the water itself. Unfortunately this is a scanned image of a blown up print so the true resolution of the photo is missing (in the original you can see fish fining in the creek) but it is still one of my favorites and hangs over my desk.
  21. Trampus

    the orvis way

    I believe it was "Dorf Goes Fishing" with Tim Conway...but you are right!!! The fact we remember it at all kinda dates us doesn't it?
  22. BTW. Do not even think of buying an exotic pheasant or something untill you understand pretty well what you are looking at. Research, research, and then re do the search again untill you can feel the difference. Yep! On the advise of the guys here I limited my Pheasant Tails purchase to just natural color and tied many flies with that until I knew what else I wanted to tie. Now after some research I bought Red, Green and Yellow to tie Sierra Bright Dots in those colors. It's a process. I also started with small packs of grizzly hackle until I was ready to spend some serious dough. I just picked up 5 half capes in Grizzly, Brown, Dun, Black and Cream which should cover most everything I want to tie for a $100.00 but still had that hesitation when I pushed the BUY button
  23. That was my point as well....Fenwick's warranty didn't cover breakage due to stupidity or carelessness but they valued their customers enough to extend an olive branch and as a result i later purchased a Fenwick Pacific Stik tuna rod, a Steelhead rod for surf fishing and two spin rods for my nephews. That's good business IMHO
  24. Yeah and if it were my business, I'd have sent the customer a million dollars to thank him for using my rods. Talk is cheap, rod tips aren't. Also, whats your source on these unconditional free replacement warranties? If they aren't something you just made up to sound good, I'd really be interested, as a warranty like that is certainly something that'd make me consider one brand over another. Every single warranty I've ever seen is, at the best, free repair or replace for manufacturer's defects (usually with the customer paying for shipping + insurance once way), fee for breakage repairs/replacements...and most high-end brands have some variant of those terms. Aside from the admittedly fantastic 100% satisfaction guarantee from LL Bean (a particularly notable exception), I don't know of anywhere you can get a fly rod with an unconditional, free, lifetime repair/replace warranty. And even at that, when you return an item to LL Bean for a refund or exchange, you don't get your used/damaged item back. You seem to be unusually pro company which makes me wonder about your perspective here. In addition, accusing me of making something up is not only unwarranted but in bad taste. I didn't just fall off the turnip truck Cold...I have been buying and fishing and sometimes breaking fishing rods for over 50 years. Fenwick for one has replaced two rods for me that were broken accidentally and not through any manufacturer defect... free of charge. I believe you have made your point in this thread but let me point out that just because you disagree with Saltybum's position, doesn't mean it is without merit and as such should not be dismissed out of hand.
  25. If it were my company and reputation I would have apologized for the mix up and would have sent a hat AND returned the money you paid for the new tip. Most good rod manufacturers have unconditional warranties anyway so a free tip is not above and beyond reason. After reading your post I know I would not buy a rod from them now, when there are other options available that have long standing reputations for excellent customer service, So clearly their decision to not make things right for a customer, will cost them more than just that one customers business.
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