Monthly Archives: February 2010

Passed Out: 2/25/2010

Today was the only day that I could get out to fish, so I left my home at 8 am for the 87 mile drive to Pass Lake. Some people might think its a little crazy, driving 1.5 hours to fish a lake up by Deception Pass for meager trout, but its therapy for me, and I say its worth it. Nobody else could join me, so I opted to make a solo run to iron out some winter blues and make sure that I am set for the Spring opener on Eastern Washington.

I should have known it was going to be a meager day as I forgot my Fishin’ Buddy sonar at home, but thats not that critical anyhow… just for measuring depth. I like it better for temperature, but I didn’t even have my handy pocket thermometer, so I was fishing a bit blind today.

I spoke with Chuck G. the day before and he mentioned that he fished it on Monday and got skunked! Chuck said he’d been fishing Pass since 1957 when he was 19 y.o. and this was the second time in his life that he’s been skunked on Pass. I should have heeded his advice and not went, but the allure was too much, and if I didn’t go, I’d still be thinking about it while at my desk. I suppose the saying: “A bad day fishing is better than a good day in the office”. I was hoping that the lake would turn on, as the weather forecast was decent and called for partly sunny skies with temps in the mid 50’s.

Once I got to the lake, I decided to row over to the north shore, near the Ranger’s residence. There I found two gents, one in a green pontoon, the other in a white plastic boat fishing Chironomids. I set up shop at the spot that Jim T. did well at the previous outing in the hopes that I’d be lucky too. I set up both rods, one equipped with a naked line and the other for indicator fishing. I fished it hard for a couple hours without any success. One guy in the white boat landed one, and the other guy in the pontoon landed 5.

They pulled anchors and went to the far east spot, just due east from the ‘Canyon’ and set up shop while I moved 50′ and decided to stay put and give it another 30 minutes. I should have pulled and followed them… After a while, they were both talking loud enough and when I looked over at times they had double headers. I then decided enough of this and go rowed over to find a clearing near them, but not in their way to see what all the action was. Fish after fish, they kept good pace, with a couple of doubles, they were pulling in fish after fish, while I was struggling to find some momentum.

I changed bugs, colors, depths, but nothing… until I overhead them talking about color. I put on my black with red #16 snowcone and voila, fish on! That didn’t happen until 1:30 pm., I believe a good hatch came off around noon once the water temp warmed up. The schools of these fish are moving all over the lake in search of this hatch and readily gobbling up any invertebrate biomass to plump up. I did pump one fish and found many daphnia and size 16 black Chirons.

I did find it helpful to measure to about 1 foot off the bottom. I think those guys had it dialed in perfectly, as the fish seemed to like that zone and were exclusively all caught at that depth. Sometimes fishing isn’t about doing, its about observing what works and what doesn’t. I seriously got a good whoopin’ today and was humbled by these two gents. Now I know I can’t blame it on the lake or the conditions, or the new equipment jinx. I was fishing a new to me Nautilus FW 3+ reel that I’d recently acquired with a RIO Gold 4 wt. line. I strung it up on my 8′ 3 wt. Loomis GLX rod. I found it a great caster and fun to fight those fish on the light rod. I think I’ll fish this set up in Eastern WA for my first trip next week. Hopefully I got all the kinks out of the system… I promise to not get any more ‘new’ gear, and hopefully be into some more fish next week.

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Titlow…no go: 2/21/10

Chuck Wu had a good outing last week and reported seeing good numbers of SRC and Resident Coho being caught by a lady flyfisherperson. I decided to give Titlow beach a try for a couple of hours as I was down in the South sound already. Titlow is about 45 minutes from my home and can be accessed by taking I-5 south to highway 16. Take the Jackson street (#4) exit and head south to 6th ave. Take a right on 6th and follow the curvey road until it stops at the park. Its really not a secret location, so otherwise, I wouldn’t be posting the name of the beach. I do like blog on my fishing trips as it serves a couple of purposes; importantly documents the times of year that I’ve fished and what worked and what didn’t. Honestly, its been fun to journal my experiences not only to share my reports, but also to share my adventures to friends and family who aren’t hear to fish with me.

I knew the low tide was after 4 pm, but I didn’t check the exact time, Chuck indicated that he and Mike T. did well on the outgoing low tide. It was gorgeous weather, and even if I didn’t see or hook a fish, it was good to get the ole’ stripping bucket on and cast all my flyline out on the new 10′ 6 wt. Native Run GLX. I’d picked up the rod for Pink fishing, and absolutely loved how well the rod threw a line. Its effortless to throw out all my flyline, was using a 8 wt. Cortland full intermediate slime line tapered down to 6 lb fluro and a Euphasid pattern.

When I arrived on the water, I didn’t see any other fisherman, or evidence of dimpling, jumping, or otherwise fish activity. I was surprised at how shallow the water was on the low tide, and was able to get a ways into the bay without having to worry about my backcast with the hoards of other beach combers and sun lovers that were out in force today.

After a couple hours of casting and searching, I called it quits. I wasn’t hoping for much, other than to get some sunshine on my shoulders. I’ve been to Titlow twice now, and have on both occasion struck out. I guess its all a timing thing, something that I don’t have the luxury of tending to. I am hoping to make it back out to Pass lake on either Wednesday or Thursday of this week. I’d like another healthy stab at those Brown’s and Bows, and will be tying up some more Chironomids to suppliment my collection.

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Pass Lake: 2/19/10

Its been over a month since I’d been able to wet a line with the birth of my son. I’ve been reading internet threads on fishing, and talking to buddies going fishing, and salivating for the day that I’d be able to get out. Jeff H. had been out to Pass a few times in the last couple of weeks but it’d been a poor show apart from Tom H’s. trip a couple of weeks ago. The weather was supposed to be nice and the moon phase was favorable for trout fishing, so I decided to make the journey to Pass to give it a whirl. Jeff H. was planning on meeting me there around 8:30 am. The drive was easy as it always is, just about a 100 mile from my driveway, and the weather was clear and sunny. It’s definitely been a mild winter here in the pacific northwest and we’re hoping for an early turnover of the lakes in preparation for another stella stillwater season.

The first thing I noticed when I arrived to the parking lot was the thick film of scum on the waters edge as well as many particulate floating in the water column. Perhaps the warm weather had the lake in turnover mode and the sun and the temp. have warmed the aquatic matter thus releasing gases that caused all the flocculent to the top. It was like diarrhea getting into the pram, but at least I didn’t have to touch it, like most pontooners or float tubers had to deal with. I was thinking that it’d be a low # of fisherman day on the lake, but there all congregated on the shoreline were the hoards of fishermen on a Friday morning. At the max, there were 13 boats all anchored up on the northside. I tried an area where Tom H. had some success without any success. Just as I was rowing over, Chuck G. called me and said that Pass had been fishing well and that Jim T. would be fishing it again today. Jim supposedly had a stella day the day before, with 40 fish landed. I was definitely stoked to hear that, but after an hour was wondering if that was a fish tale.

As I talked to Jeff, I noticed a Smith bros. pram rowing over, it was Jim T. He was back for another dose and I wanted to see what all the action was occuring on, so after another 20 minutes decided to pull anchor and row over next to him. he’d be doing well on chromies with static bag., both fished from an indicator and also long lining or fishing ‘naked’.

Jim was back to his spot, and almost immediately began catching fish! He and along with some other fellows in their prams were all hoping for probably a repeat of his prior days report. It wasn’t hot and heavy action, but it was consistant, with a fish being hooked with various boats around me. After what seemed like hours, but was more like 30 minutes, my indicator went down and I was onto a fish, a stunted Rainbow with large head and mouth, with little skinny body. It looked malnourished, but its stomach had bugs, so I decided to pump to find out what they were on.

Just then Chuck G. rowed over, he caught a couple fish and decided that the hog line wasn’t his thing and rowed toward Jeff in the Chironomid canyon. I caught and landed a few more fish and then decided to give the rocks a try, but the water was definitely murkier with the flocculent more prolific. About this time, I was feeling a bit under the weather and decided to make it back toward Jeff and Chuck to compare notes.

I dropped anchor in 13′ and soaked my bugs for a bit longer with no success. I finally ended the day around 3:30, deciding to leave early, grab a snack and coffee and make my way back home.

The water that did produce fish was at 14 feet, and registered 48 degrees on the graph. I did notice the water temp change from the launch at 8:30 @ 46 degrees, then rounding the corner, 47 and then onto the north part of the lake at 48 and held constant towards the north shore. Definitely a warm up from Tom’s 44/45 outing.

I landed a total of 2 Rainbows, and 6 Brown trout, ranging from 12″ to 17″, nothing spectacular other than the largest Brown, which gave a nice show by leaping twice on some heated runs. The Browns seemed to be very healthy, but the bows seemed a bit more lethargic. It was worth the trip and we all got to catch a few fish. I think by the time I left Jim T. mustve landed a few more, he was doing consistently well with the long lining. I tried my long lining, but only ended up working for 1 of the trout. I’ll have to re-read and give another try when the water temp and the fishing heats up.

I was very satisfied with the performance of the Springcreek Pram, and I wasn’t alone, there were three other fisherman using the same boat. I was also glad to to see the show of prams versus float tubers and pontooners. The whole day, I only saw 2 float tubers and 2 pontoon boats, the rest were prams. I think the pram idea is really taking off south of the Canuck border.

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Test Row: 2/18/10

Today was an absolutely gorgeous day and the forecast is looking good for tomorrow as well. I had a couple of adjustments that I made to the S.C.P. (Spring Creek Pram) and decided that it’d be nice to take it out to my local Mercer Slough for a test row. I must say that I am impressed with how easily it glides in the water and the light weight makes it easy to load and unload by myself.

I also brought along my Cataract mini mags and gave them a try, but Im going to have to rope wrap the shafts and remove the Oar rites as they hit the top of my thighs in the boat. The oars that came with the boat are fine, they have a lightweight aluminum and adjustable shafts with curved plastic blades. They have Scotty locks and made it effortless to row. I ended up rowing the distance that it would take from the Pass Lake launch to the very north end of the lake.

It was nice to take the t-shirt off and catch some vitamin D rays. Evidently a friend of mine was also thinking the same thing, yurtle the turtle. Im gathering my stuff and preparing for Pass Lake tomorrow, report to follow. The photos didn’t turn out too bad, seeing as how I took them with my iPhone.

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Waiting to Spring! 2/14/10

Well, the weather forecast didn’t look very promising for Pass yesterday, so Jeff H. had cancelled out on Friday night. Well, I should’ve known that he’d change his mind as I saw my phone on Saturday morning and he’d texted at 6:30 indicating that he was on his way and the weather didn’t seem to bother him. I’d already made plans to stay home, as I just found out that my in-laws were coming for Portland for a few hours. My wife’s mom was going to bring a bunch of ethic foods for my wife, to help her out during this transition time of breastfeeding and such.

Anyways, I’ll save the baby stuff for another blog. The short end of the story is, that I had some time on my hands and a boat with some work to be done, so I decided to refinish the oak gunnels and seal up a transom issue on the new Spring Creek Stillwater Classic. I figured we’re still a couple of weeks away from the action starting to heat up, so I’d be get my boat ready and familiarize myself with its features. Theres not much to familiarize, but it is a smaller boat, a little narrower than the Hopper 2, and of course alot lighter! It doesn’t have as high sides as the Hopper, which is good for the wind and will be easy to row with the built in keel versus having just the flat bottom.

This boat was advertised as being 55 lbs, but I think its more like 60 which corresponds to the website and in talking with Jim Wheeler at Springcreek. It has the motor guide with built in Ramsey winch style power mounts for use of a Group 24 Marine motor. I don’t know that I’d use my Minn Kota, but I guess it’d be nice to have for trolling around the local lakes after the WDFW has stocked it with triploids.

What I also like about the Springcreek pram is the built in floatation which is located up front on the bow and two pocket areas in the transom. If there was ever a time that the boat capsized, it would still float. Of course all my gear would be gone ,but at least I’d be alive. I do plan on having and using my Sterns inflatable PFD while fishing from the pram, since its not only the law, but also a smart idea.

The boat came with the carpet kit, adjustable length oars, which, Im not sure if I’ll use but its nice. Scotty base mounts, one on the bow, two on the transom, and upgraded seating with a comfortable back. Woo hoo! I already have all the rope, anchor locks and anchors, so its a pretty nice turn key package.

My one complaint about the manufacturing of these prams was the use of wood screws on the transom to mount the anchor locks. We typically use bigger anchors, 8-10 lb pyramids and the weight and sometimes stress when pulling them from a deep mud puts alot of stress on the transom. My Hopper ended up splitting and the wood separating, so I had to repair it by reinforcing the area with some plate alumium. I think I’ll have to do that upgrade on this boat as well and by drilling bigger holes to accomodate new stainless bolts and nuts. The last thing I want is to have issues when Im out camping and fishing in the Okanogan and having to repair stuff while I lose fishing time.

Since I had the downtime, I also refinished the oak gunnels and added a seam of clear silicone on the glass wood interface to prevent water from seeping into that area and potentially rotting the wood. A couple more hours on the boat should have her up to speed for some stillwater action.

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Reel Karma

I’ve been fly fishing for over 25 years now and have owned ALOT of reels, but this reel is what I believe will be something that I will hold onto and fish most often. Why you might ask? Its because of the flexibility, build quality, price, and performance (hopefully). I just received the package today as the UPS driver showed up with his last drop off of the evening. The reel I am raving about is “The Fly Shop” C3LA reel in size 5/6. Whats different about this reel? Well, it first solves the issue of having to buy expensive and sometimes hard to find spare spools. This reel uses a cartridge or cassette type system, and one would wind the same amount of backing and fly to a spool, instead on the spool it goes onto the cassette. The cassette itself is not flimsy plastic, lexan or other composite, but rather CNC milled aircraft quality 6000 series aluminum. They’ve been hard anodized an attractive red color and look nice in my opinion against the black colored frame of the reel.

I was wondering how the fit and finish would be on such a reel as I would be concerned about dirty, salt, and other debris making its way in between the cassette and the hub, but to my amazement, these tolerances are very tight. The reel comes with 3 cassettes, and spare cassettes are $25. The typical trout fisherman might use several different lines depending on what he or she is fishing: rivers, lakes, streams, saltwater beach, spring creeks, etc… so the traditional way would be to buy a spare spool which would run anywhere from $100-$160 for the reels that I was formerly using; Galvan T-5 and the Lamson Litespeed Hard Alox 2.0.

The C3LA is $249, The Fly Shop offers free shipping and there isn’t any tax, so really in my mind there is easily over $500 worth of reel for this price. The reel also features a completely sealed and non-user serviceable drag system which seems to be good. There isn’t as much variability of the drag knob and it only takes 2.5 revolutions to go from zero to max drag. Im really interested to see how it handles fighting a fish, but not too concerned as its typically trout that I am going to be chasing with this reel. I still love my Galvan T-8 for Salmon, but will be considering changing those out if this C3 proves to be a reliable reel.

I figure that I have 30 days to test out the reel and it passes, then I’ll keep it. The Fly Shop indicated that there is a lifetime warranty on the reel, but I wonder if they’ll be in business 20 years from now. I guess that would apply to any reel company in this day and age. It certainly wouldn’t surprise me if a company like Abel went under, especially with more and more innovative and quality products coming from Korea.

I was hoping to head out to Pass Lake tomorrow with the C3 in tow, but it looks like the forecast is pretty crummy for fishing, so you’ll have to wait to hear about its fish fighting capabilities on my next outing, which at this point is unknown, perhaps next Tuesday.

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Tom’s Pass Lake Report: 2/04/2010

Printed with permission from Tom H. who fished it last week. I am hoping to make it out next week to test out the new Spring Creek Pram and my new trout cassette reels. I’ll be posting my report as well. Thanks Tom!

MAIDEN VOYAGE OF MY NEW PONTOON BOAT:
A PASS LAKE REPORT
02/04/2010

I recently purchased a new pontoon boat at, of all places, Walmart (on-line) for a reasonable price of $248. With free site to store shipping it was a real bargain. All my fishing buddies have pontoon boats or prams with me stuck in a round float tube. I still love float tubing because you are more intimate with the lake and the fish. Also it allows me to exercise my ailing knees with some low impact exercise. But when it comes to warmth, comfort, speed and a higher casting platform, a pontoon boat is just the ticket, much better for bigger lakes. I spent several days setting up the boat with rod holders, fish finder bracket and cargo area. I thought Pass Lake would be a perfect place to take its maiden voyage. It is a fairly close lake with a great boat launch, large fish and shelter from the wind.

Ching accompanied me on this trip and as well as the trip two weeks ago. We left around 5:45 from Ching’s house with the intentions of having breakfast at the Farmhouse Restaurant at 7:00. A former student, who lives in Anacortes, was to meet us there. We shared a great breakfast and great conversation. I’ve been very impressed with Angela’s adventurous spirit. She enlightened us with the story of a recent elk hunting trip. She has been hunting with her dad since she was very young. She also told us one time she was charged by an elk, coming to about 20 feet of her position. Her next adventure will be a trip to Alaska, taking the Alaska ferries through the inside passage.

We arrive at Pass Lake around 8:30 and started assembling my pontoon boat and Ching pumping up his raft. This is so unlike float tubing. With a float tube I would just pull it out of the back of my car and I’m ready to go. It took a while because it once the first time putting it together in the field. I made a few mental notes that should hasten its assembly next time. It took about 20 minutes to finally get out onto the lake. It is amazing how easily the boat glides along with the oars and even with the fins.

Weather-wise, it was a beautiful day, calm winds with clear skies, and temperatures in the fifties. I fished my usual favorite places with no luck. I rowed across to the north side of the lake, an area of the lake where I never fished before because of the distance. The previous trip I notice a guy in a boat who spent the whole day fish the north shore near the park ranger residence. There must have been a reason. I had to find out. I rowed over in about ten minute. In a float tube it would have taken me 20-30 minutes. I found a nice shoal on that side. I also spotted fish on the side finder view of my fish finder. The water temperature was a degree warmer (43-44) than on the rest of the lake. I soon as I got there I started casting and stripping in a muddler minnow. Within five minutes I had my first fish on, a good sized brown trout about 15 inches. A few minutes later I landed another fish on, my largest of the trip. A 17 inch brown. It was about lunch time so I switched to chironomid fishing so I could fish hands free. I put on a bloodworm with a snow cone dropper 11 feet under a strike indicator, in about 12 feet of water. Of course, as I am eating my sandwich I get a takedown and miss it. But it shows that the fish were feeding on this side of the lake. I soon had another takedown and played a medium size rainbow. That was the first of many on the bloodworm. Ching came by and began fishing a bloodworm. He did land one at this location. After a shore break there was a small chironomid hatch and the bite was on. I proceeded to land several more rainbows and one brown mostly on bloodworms and 2 on the snow cone. Final tally: 14 trout, 3 browns the rest rainbows ranging from 10 to 17 inches. All in all this was a very good trip, with extras: good friends, good chironomid fishing and a great day in God’s natural world. (And I was able to avoid the new equipment jinx.)

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New Year, New Baby, New Toys…

Yes, all of the above. Im looking forward to the year of the Tiger, my wife and I are celebrating the birth of our first child, Luca. See all the details on his very own blog. I even registered an email address and bought his own domain name along with getting his SSN, and opening up a 529 account. Man, it sure is different being a kid these days. My wife and I have been blessed to be surrounded by many friends and family and little Luca was able to get some nice new toys. Not that he can even enjoy them now, but I guess its the thought that counts. I too have been a good boy and decided to get some new toys as well. First to start the year off right was a trade of the 8′ aluminum pram that I’d modified for stillwater use. I’d picked it up since you rarely see any 8′ aluminums in the market. It was a good enough deal, I figured it would be a nice ultralight pram to haul into those harder to access lakes. It was light but it was also a little flimsy and narrow. I put my dad in it while we fished the Duwamish for Pinks last summer and it worked out great. Dad enjoyed rowing the little boat, I however didn’t care much for it, so decided to part with it. A couple of seasons ago I picked up a used SpringCreek 8′ Hopper 2. It was my first pram, pretty nice, considering the whole package was about $2000 new. I didn’t pay that, but rather a fraction of that, as I tend to only buy stuff used, especially boats, fly rods and fly reels.

It was a great boat, but I didnt’ care for the weight, at over 100 lbs, it was a bit too much to haul around, especially roof topping it. After one season, I got a great deal on the Koffler 10′ whitewater pram, so I decided to sell the Hopper 2. While the Koffler was nice, it was in between sizes. While nice, it had its limitations. The first being heavy, not something that is easily dollied to the waters edge on Lenice or Nunnally and it had to be trailered, not very ferry friendly. Especially when they charge you the extended length rate. The Koffler went away to help fund the purchase of my saltwater boat… So, what did I do for my stillwater solution? I went with a 10′ used Sears welded jon boat, that I modified for double anchored Chironomid fishing. This was a great option, could be thrown in the bed of the truck, lightweight, that I could carry it easily and or dollied. Relatively stable, and very tough. I leave this boat outside, it can take the elements and had done so very well for many years. It shows its age, but it was also very inexpensive, so I’ll hang onto this one for friends and family to use. I had a blast wheeling the Sears boat out to Dash point, and to get in the zone of those Pink Salmon was definitely a plus when my friends on the beach were just out of casting range.

I had the opportunity to pick up another SpringCreek pram, this time an 8′ Classic. Which is supposed to be ‘THE’ best boat for stillwater fishing according to Jim Wheeler, owner of Spring Creek Prams, which is based in Tonasket, WA. First of all its light weight, weighing in at 55 lbs. which solves the access part. Its easily transported, in the back of the truck versus on a trailer, saving money at the ferry dock and also with trailer tabs and gas, its stable, with a wide beam, its quieter and warmer than aluminum, and its got all the add ons that I would put on a boat and then some: Scotty anchor locks, carpet kit, Flush mounted electric motor cable kit and battery box hold area, and an upgraded oversized seat with better back support which is nice when you spend all day on the water. I haven’t had the opportunity to water test her out, but I think I’ll take her out to the nearby boat launch and give her a test spin, just to make sure I am familiar with everything. Hopefully this will be the end to the boat swapping and upgrading. I know what I like and I guess it took a while to ‘get there’ and sometimes things have to come around full circle.

I’ve been going back and forth about reels lately. Fly reels are my weakness, and over the years, I’ve collected many different reels from Hardy, Ross, Galvan, Lamson, Abel, Orvis, Martin, Okuma, Nautilus, Marryat, and Ari T. Hart just to name a few. One thing that is true about reels is that its nice to have the flexibility to have differing lines on spare spools to swap out as fishing conditions change or if suddenly the fishing slows. There are days when you wished you had a type 6 full sink instead of a clear intermediate but you’re stuck with the one line on that one spool. With the average cost of spare spools for my Galvan’s and Lamsons running anywhere from $120-$160 new, its not cheap to outfit my range of lines onto these spools.

A week or so ago, I’d received a catalogue from ‘The Fly Shop’, which is located in Redding, CA. They are a unique shop and seem to very successful in their brand, as not only do they carry well known gear such as Sage and Loomis, but also have branded their own line up of rods and reels. As I flipped through the pages, I noticed a reel that caught my eye. It was the C3LA, I know the website says C4LA, as I think its a typo, but its definitely the C3LA. What intrigued me to this reel was the fact that unlike the first versions into the cartridge realm by Orvis (Rocky Mountain), and STH, they were heavy and the fly fisherman had to deal with weak plastic or plastic composite cassettes. The Hardy Demon is a newcomer to the cartridge reel market within the last few years and I thought about purchasing one of those versus the C3LA, but the cost of the Demon is $375, versus $250 for T.F.S. reel. The Demon is a little heavier, measuring in a 6.91 oz. versus 6.7 oz. Hardly noticeable, but it is a Mid Arbor reel, versus the large arbor of T.F.S. counterpart. Over the years reel manufacturers have come out with the large arbor idea which helps in many ways: less line coiling or memory, faster retrieval rates, more line/backing capacity of the spools/cassettes are among some of the benefits. What also attracted me to this reel was having CNC milled aircraft aluminum used throughout the reel, not only the frame, but also with the cartridges or cassettes as I’ve mentioned. The port holes in the cassettes are supposed to fit over the raised edge of the reel handle and the counterweight balance, and provide a flush and stable fit so that the spool doesn’t spin freely once its all assembled together.

With the cost of the spare aluminum cassettes at $25, its a much more cost effective and reasonable way to fish multiple lines with a quick change of the reel assembly. I also like the fact that its easy to flip the retrieve from left to right hand at a flip of the cassette, something nice to have when a buddy is fishing and his retrieve is opposite yours. Im looking forward to receiving the new reel and four cassettes, it comes with three, and I ordered one more cassette, as I have several lines in which I am going to line up: Full Floater, Full Clear Intermediate, Sink Tip, and the Rio Outbound short. I hope to receive the reel by next Monday, just in time to spool her up and give it the first water test on Pass Lake for the 16th of this month. Hopefully the double new equipment jinx won’t ruin my day on the water. I guess if the reel isn’t to my satisfaction I could always return it, and T.F.S. offers a lifetime warranty on all their rods and reels, which is nice to know. Hopefully they’re in business in 20 years as I plan to hand all my fly fishing collection to my son and other future kids. I just hope that they’ll learn to love fly fishing and appreciate the details in my selection of gear.

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