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Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by doorman, Jun 8, 2013.

  1. Tailing Loop

    Tailing Loop Adventurer

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    Nice gator trout!
  2. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    I managed to snag a once used 6pc 5wt Temple Fork travel rod last weekend. I had been to the flyfishing show and looked at the new TFO rods but they didn't have any travel rods. Went home and looked on Craigslist - the very first listing! I rode down to Lliliwaup on Hood Canal to try for searun cutthroat but didn't even get a bite. Same story at Old Fort Townsend on Port Townsend Bay. The chum fry just haven't migrated into the salt in any numbers yet. Posted today's ride on the PNwet/South Sound thread and had photos of a couple of nearby lakes to try. http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...ers-south-sound.213831/page-175#post-34508953 dd
  3. Tailing Loop

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    Does that 6 piece TFO rod have a model name? I have many of their rods, but did not know they ever built a travel stick. Thanks-
  4. Dan Diego

    Dan Diego Long timer

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    A friend saw this yesterday at the lake. Fly rod (split bamboo?) It appears to be from 1940 and never used? A bit short at 7'-6".

    Orvis ompregante is very expensive stuff. He’s trying to buy it.

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  5. Longrodokie

    Longrodokie Prepared Chris

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    I would have to do some quick research but i don't think orvis made an impregnated rod in 1940. There is a great online resource for old cane. I'll have to look it up. You have to be careful buying old bamboo rods. Some of the jap stuff and the horroks&Ibetson or montegue aren't worth anything and don't even cast well at all.
  6. Longrodokie

    Longrodokie Prepared Chris

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    The japs and some dept. store brands were notorious for making cheep rods with fancy names that were similar to the names of very fine rods.

    The orvis model rod this seems to be advertising. Would be a Battenkill and at 7.5 feet is probably not a trout weight rod and therefore worth less money.
  7. Longrodokie

    Longrodokie Prepared Chris

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    So...... Orvis patented the impregnated rod in 1946 and the database here-

    http://antiquerodandreels.com/databases/orvisdb

    Shows the earliest produced impregnated rods to be 1942. If it is genuine orvis then the values seem to run 575-800$ depending on condition.

    The link above provides serial # for orvis bamboo from 1940-present.

    If the rod is genuine it will have a serial# and can be verified.
  8. davidp14

    davidp14 Been here awhile

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    I've got a 7'6" 3wt orvis that is an excellent brookie rod. I've got some big rainbows on it that I was sure would break it but that thing keeps pulling em in.

    @dammitdave ,

    How does that travel rod cast? I've wanted one for a while but heard that they really only bend to the tip and as a result don' cast well.
  9. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I'm looking at a similar rod. I've got a heavy spey rod and a 5-weight TFO, but I've been thinking about a 3 weight (or 2-weight) under 8' for the smaller creeks. Do you like it? Drawbacks?
  10. Tailing Loop

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    In 1972 I bought my older brother an Orvis Battenkill 7.5' HDG (6) with extra tip for about $300 as I remember. We fished mountain streams for native trout a lot then, I still have the Madison rod I fished, it is also 7-1/2 for 6, I remember it was $216.00 when I bought it in '70 from Orvis. They are both fine little sticks. Although they were more than a match for 7-9" trout, they came into their own on smallmouth bass...
  11. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    TL the rod is a "Lefty Kreh Professional" series. OOOOOh!
    The upc sticker calls it a"TF 05 90 6P" I haven't done anything more than assemble it and wave it around like a mad priest in the driveway. My plan is respool my flylines and take it for a test ride this weekend and I'll post a review following. dd
  12. dammitdave

    dammitdave Long timer

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    OK p14 here's the fly rod flippin' review. The TFO travel rod is closer to a medium than medium fast flex. It flexes over the full length of the rod with a 6wt Cortland Bug Taper spooled up. You really have to wait for this rod to load to throw this line. I'll eventually try a 5wt line to see if it's a little more balanced. I rode down to Lilliwaup yesterday afternoon and didn't get a bite. Feeling a little discouraged I started fishing my way back toward the bike and saw a huge cutthroat worrying something right at the waterline! I instantly dropped a loop of line in the oysters in order to not be able to cast to that trophy. :-( Whilst untying the oysters the fly dropped to the bottom and snagged a weedy rock. By the time I was done multitasking that trout was paralyzed by piscatorial peals of laughter! I might try again today. dd
  13. Tailing Loop

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    Ah, the joys of fly fishing..warms me heart!
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  14. dammitdave

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    On Sunday I rode back down to Lilliwaup Tidelands State Park with my go-to rod and line and some of Bob Triggs "chum babies".

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    It was a late low tide but doable with daylight savings time. I didn't return to the area where I'd been skunked before but concentrated on the beach where the big cutthroat of Saturday evening had splashed, right at the bottom of the stairway shown in the photo above.

    Looking back into the bay that skunked me Saturday.
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    I didn't do any better on Sunday but I saw several more big cutthroat chasing chum fry.

    The ride of choice.
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    There were several Great Blue Heron, grebes, a kingfisher and even a loon along the beach. This is the type of oyster covered, rocky beach that feeds big cutthroat.
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    I let my fly fall to the bottom when my line tangled and it landed in an open oyster. The surprised oyster clammed up and I had to drag the rock ashore and pry the oyster open to retrieve the fly. At least the sunset was gorgeous. That's Dewatto across Hood Canal in the last of the sun.
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    I got out of my waders and back into fleece over heated gear for the hour and a quarter ride home in the dark. US101 along Hood Canal is a treat to ride when traffic is light and very scenic anytime. It was, altogether a very nice day fishing and riding. dd
  15. Fat Chance

    Fat Chance Been here awhile

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    You caught an oyster, that’s great. Fishing with my brother a few years back, he caught a clam.
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  16. 1911fan

    1911fan Master of the Obvious

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    I caught a hen mallard on an Elkhair Caddis once. Neither one of us was pleased.
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    tennistime99 Been here awhile

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    I threw a trout to the horizon when I was slapping the fly on the water behind me trying to learn how to cast. Apparently he grabbed on right before my forward motion. He looked like a nice little fishy...

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  18. dammitdave

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    Rode over to Sequim and Port Angeles today to pick up a couple of things. Traffic was heavy so I detoured to my usual forest road sanity saver and came home via Palo Alto Rd, Jimmy-come-lately and Wood/Snow Creek roads. Stopped at this little tarn and watched fingerling trout rise to a caddis hatch; probably the first of the year. dd
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  19. motofshr

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    Hey Howdy fellow moto-long rodders, I'm an occasional visitor to the site and just now came across this thread,.... sure wish I would have found this earlier as I have a passion for both ...
    Always have a flyrod along and try to plan trips around fishing destinations...motorcycling and fishing takes us to some beautiful places....but I'm preaching to the choir here...
    anyway my last major ride & fish took me through Southpark Colorado where I spent a few days throwing a fly at Antero Reservoir. I had packed along a float tube & once I found the right depth the fishing was great fun, as the Rainbows in this neck of the woods are strong fighters. The following pics lack fish porn but I had a hard enough time landing them much less holding a camera ....especially from the float tube........
    Planning to head that way again in June , hit the V-Strom Cache Ralley , fish Antero & Spinney for a week then loop up through Montana and hopefully fish the Madison...

    Been reading through the 29 pages and enjoying the pictures and banter...... 20170621_163452.jpg 20170623_124113.jpg 20170623_131233.jpg
  20. Halen

    Halen Suerte O Muerte

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    Spent the last two days reading through this thread, great stuff!

    Early May I'm planning a trip to New Mexico from Austin to fly fish the Chama River. From what I've been reading while kicking around places to fish in NM, this area is considered the "hidden gem" for fly fishing. That was enough for me to start crafting a trip to this area. This will be my first Moto Fly Fishing adventure, which I figured would be a great way to start.

    It's still going to be cold in early May (mid to high 20's at night), but the days are in the 50's. Based on what I've read in this thread, packing light is my top priority. With that said, my waders will take up quite a bit of space so I've got to plan around this.

    Any tips would be greatly appreciated!