Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The Redington Butter Stick

Boy, I have a good wife. She gave me a fiberglass rod for Christmas. I love bamboo rods except for the weight and the issues associated with having to maintain them, price is also a issue. This is where the modern fiberglass rods can really shine.
This is where I must say I also adore some of the fast graphite rods out there,  I have a Winston that is amazing and I have cast some incredible rods from Sage and others but the rods I enjoy most when conditions allow are typically rods that flex right down into the handle.

Are bamboo or fiberglass rods for everyone? 
No, but if you fish a lot of dries at medium to close range you should give them a long hard look. 

What do they do better than graphite rods?
Nothing other than protect your tippet a little and even that could be argued.

Why do you like them if they are not better?
because they offer a more relaxed feel, the rods tend be more of a full flex than the current trend of high end rocket launchers. The best comparison I can come up with is comparing a something like a Mercedes 190sl to a Subaru STI. Everything about the Subaru would be better but that Mercedes would just still be a pleasure to drive and to some just more enjoyable because of what it lacks.

over at the fiberglass manifesto there's a review check it out!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

The AuSable Wulff and a bit about its creator.

Fran Betters was a guy who knew what worked and seemed not to conform to convention if convention did not agree with him.
He came up with many patterns, the haystack for example was ahead of its time. Would we have a comparadun if Fran didn't come up with the Haystack first? 

He's probably best known for the AuSable Wulff, a fly that is pretty standard except for the color. Orange thread and dyed rusty orange opossum dubbing. That said Fran's flies did have odd proportions as well.  The way he tied it the wings were placed further back and he also put a longer hackle section on his flies. I do not do either things and mostly for aesthetics. 
Anyway, here's mine, I conform to the standard proportions more than he did. Bet his fly would float better though! 

Friday, December 13, 2013

Red Ghost Tandem, A New England Favorite.

Messing with tandems, I don't troll but I'll tie them and I suspect they'd work well in the salt and tied with a synthetic wing would be great for pike.
The Red Ghost is a classic Maine pattern but without the widespread fame that the Black Ghost and the Grey Ghost have.