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Help needed with Saltwater Fly Fishing Outfit

Post by Bob Fisher » Sun Apr 22, 2007 5:44 pm

Hey guys,

Can someone recommend a good rod and reel for fly fishing for bones? (NOT top of the line stuff... not yet anyway)
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Post by barra_on_fly » Wed Jul 04, 2007 8:15 pm

Get a Loomis! I have no idea what weight... I have a 10 weight and that does everything from barra to spaniards, haven't tried it on golden trevally yet, or permit. We do get bonefish here. Apparently. You have access to the biggest tackle shops in the world!! Ask them!!! hahahaha :lol:

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SWF Saltwater Fly Rod

Post by Bob Fisher » Sat Jul 07, 2007 1:41 am

thanks mate... yeah there's a lot of really big tackle stores in the US but none around here... so I would probably order it online and have it delivered to my door! that's why I wanted an opinion from somebody (like you) I've been a baitcaster guy most of my life - big fish on small baitcasters... Time to get into fly fishing since I will be going back to the Bahamas again next year!
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Post by barra_on_fly » Wed Jul 25, 2007 11:59 am

I'd read up an any articles, I know they go like the clappers for an oversized whiting.... :lol:
You'd need a good wide arbor reel with a decent drag too...
With fly rods I have learnt that it really does make a difference to cast with a more expensive rod.
Loomis, Sage even Scott probably in the 8 - 10 weight range with lots of backing.

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'Bone_on_Fly'

Post by Bob Fisher » Wed Jul 25, 2007 7:48 pm

I'd read up an any articles, I know they go like the clappers for an oversized whiting
I can attest to that... three bonefish on my first morning...
Only 12" to 18" of water, small spinning reel loaded with 3kg line. Once hooked they take off like a rocket! i.e. the typical rooster tail coming off the line as it cuts through the water at high speed....

bone on fly next time!

hey, maybe I'll change my username after next year

'Bone_on_Fly'

hmmm... sounds somewhat familiar :lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: 'Bone_on_Fly'

Post by barra_on_fly » Sun Jul 29, 2007 5:14 pm

fishmaster wrote: bone on fly next time!

hey, maybe I'll change my username after next year

'Bone_on_Fly'

hmmm... sounds somewhat familiar :lol: :lol: :lol:
Sounds great!.... Kinda reminds me of something though.... :lol:

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Post by barra_on_fly » Sun Oct 14, 2007 2:29 am

I will take pics of my Fly gear soon....
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About time... (56 k warning!)

Post by barra_on_fly » Sun Oct 21, 2007 4:52 am

Here's my G Loomis and Abu fly rods.
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Not sure why the Abu has the fighting grip!
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Wide arbor
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Gillies
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Gillies Guide 10/11 wide arbor reel
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GL 2 Loomis and Abu Gold MAX Tournament IM6 graphite (makes it sound better than it is!)
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Loomis and Abu 10 weights.
See the difference in reels?
Gillies vs Abu Fly Max 389
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There's a HUGE difference in the Fly Reels

Post by Bob Fisher » Sun Oct 21, 2007 5:41 pm

Yep, I see a huge difference in the reels! So what are their specific applications?
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Post by barra_on_fly » Mon Oct 22, 2007 12:13 pm

The Abu came as a combo. I use it for barra, saratoga, tarpon etc.
It is good for fish that you fight using the line through your fingers. There is a basic drag of sorts. Doesn't hold a huge amount of backing.
I have only really used the Loomis once in anger but it could be used for the more salt water speedsters like Macs, tuna, queenies even sails. It holds a couple of hundred metres of backing and has a good drag system.
They Abu will probably be relegated to specific applications (light leeader for bream, jacks or billabong barra) now as the Loomis casts much better and the reel etc is far better. Gillies is really only an average reel so I may even upgrade and put it on the Abu rod.
Got so many other things to buy!
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