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07-06-2013 11:26 AM
MartyG Three salt water setups. All are 9.5 tip flex.

Orvis TLS 8 weight w/Orvis Large Arbor IV & Orvis Striper Intermediate plus a spare spool with same line. Old setup but casts great. Reels should always have spools removed when storing so they won't stick together.

Orvis ZG Helios 8 weight w/Orvis Large Arbor IV with Orvis Bonefish plus spare spool with same line.

Orvis Zero Gravity 10 weight with Orvis VO2 V with Orvis Tarpon line plus spare spool with Orvis Intermediate line.

Fresh Water.
Orvis Helios 2 5 weight 9.5 tip flex with Orvis CFO reel & Orvis Trout 5WWF line. Love this setup. Feather light and casts nicely. Also love the sound of the reel for what that's worth.

I didn't know much about fly fishing but met some very helpful folks at the Orvis shop in Fanueil Hall in Boston so I went there a lot. I have no experience with any other maker of reels or rods. The Abels and Tibors look nice though. Might go there if I need a replacement.
06-27-2013 08:57 AM
SouthEastNC economy package: Reddington Predator #8, Lamson Konic reel
05-15-2013 12:58 AM
chrismeyer morning,

i love my gloomis nrx 8 with a tibor signature reel. perfect combination!

chris
04-24-2013 01:27 PM
2nd Mate sage z-axis 8wt with a riptide.
have used a orvis zero g 10wt with the same reel as well.
when we were hunting large bones and GT's in the Chagos, my buddy carried a xi-3 10wt and a gulfstream for bones.
04-10-2013 08:22 AM
Vince I love the new Thomas and Thomas TNT rods. And my Nautilus ccf works flawlessly.
04-06-2013 12:36 PM
Swalt Juro, I agree. If your feet hurt, you can't see fish, your pack doesn't feel right or you look for something and its not there you are not going to have as much success or fun out there.

I have used a lot of different rods and reels and have caught fish and had fun with all of them. Last few trips when wading I have used a Gary Borger Pro Series 8 wt with a Sage 2580 reel. Both are light weight and the rod is easy to cast. I have started using the Rio Redfish line when wading. Loads quickly and is good for anything within 60' which is usually all you need wading.
04-05-2013 09:22 AM
juro Avg bones: T&T H2 4pc 7wt with Dannielson 6nine, SA bonefish and lots and lots of backing. I love this rod in the Bahamas.

Bigger bones: Sage Rplxi 8wt 5pc with Dannielson HD 710, SA bonefish and even more backing. This rod has done a lot for me over the years, and it's so compact in the OEM travel case.

They both come along, one in the luggage and one over the shoulder which never gets questioned at the security gate as a carry-on probably because of the official looking blue fabric travel case w/ reel and a few flies 'accidentally' thrown into the inside just in case of a baggage glitch.

My experience in bonefishing is it's the other stuff that can make or break your trip... shoes, socks inside them; sunglasses and garments; means of carrying gear like chestpacks, backpacks and slings; camelback water supply; etc etc etc
04-05-2013 08:22 AM
catspaw Loomis Pro 4X 8wt with Abel Super 8 and Wulff Triangle Taper. I like the Pro4X because it's a little softer in the tip for close casts but can still bang out a long one. If Loomis made a Pro4x 9' 7wt. I'd have one of those as well. Rajeff says they will offer them late 2013 or '14.
04-04-2013 07:58 AM
boatdrinks rise 8 wt with lamson konic 3.5
04-02-2013 01:05 PM
doctorsteve
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Originally Posted by doctorsteve
I just got a 7wt Winston BIII-SX that I can't wait to try. I have a Canyon reel that I haven't used in a few years. Going to pair it up with that. Normally I use an 8wt Sage XI2 with my Lamson. That's going to play back up for now. Will be in the Bahamas in less than 4 weeks now.
I used the Winston the whole trip. VERY nice rod. Excellent craftsmanship and the thing casts like a dream.
04-02-2013 10:23 AM
virginfly I use two primary set-ups here in the Virgin Islands. I use either an 8 or 9 wt. TFO TiCrX with either a Billy Pate Bonefish Anti-reverse with Orvis Clear Sink Tip Wonderline (8wt), or Tibor Everglades with Orvis Wonderline Gen. 3 (9wt) or Orvis DXR Anti-reverse reel with Orvis Wonderline Gen. 3 (8wt).
03-27-2013 09:55 PM
chainlynx
Sage

Sage Z-Axis 7 wt., Lamson Lite speed, royal wulff triangle taper. Simply awesome.
03-04-2013 02:03 AM
teflon_jones I currently run two rods that are almost the same. Both are Orvis Helios 9 footers, one an 8 wt 9.5 tip flex and the other a 7 wt 10.0 tip flex. Both have a Waterworks Lamson ULA Force LT 3X reel on them with an 8 wt line and about 300+ yards of 20 lb gel spun backing. At least one line is a Sci Anglers Mastery WF floater, but they both might be. I'm not positive of the brand on the second one! I'll rig up each rod with a different pattern so that I have a second rod ready to go if I'm casting from the boat and the fish aren't interested in the first fly I throw. It's much faster to hand the first rod back to the guy sitting in the bow than to tie on a second fly, especially since you usually tie lousy knots when you're rushing!

Both rod/reel combos weigh about the same as my 4 wt trout setups. I specifically went for the lightest possible rod/reel combo I could find, and this is in fact the lightest 8 wt package you can buy in the world today. The rods are just over 3 ounces and so are the reels. With line and backing, they're still only about a half pound total. Some guys that have fished for years for bones have felt my setups and don't like how light they are and want the heavy weight of their Abel reels and Sage rods, which are about a pound, or twice what my setup weighs.

I definitely go above and beyond with backing because I refuse to lose the fish of a lifetime because I don't have enough when I'm wading and can't motor after a fish. The biggest bone I've caught to date, a 10 lb 33" fish, almost spooled me even with that much, so I have real-world experience to back up (no pun intended) needing that much. I've caught plenty of 7-8 pounders and they can easily rip off 200-250 yards of backing too no matter how much pressure you apply or how heavy your tippet is (I often use 20 pound flouro btw, mostly due to seeing a ~20+ pound 45"+ bone up close and personal last year that I actually got a few casts at - and no I'm not exaggerating both the guide and I thought it was a small shark it was so big!).

I've used a lot of other setups over the years including other Orvis rods and reels, Sage, Winston, G Loomis, and others, but my current setup is definitely by far my favorite.
02-19-2013 07:29 AM
doctorsteve I just got a 7wt Winston BIII-SX that I can't wait to try. I have a Canyon reel that I haven't used in a few years. Going to pair it up with that. Normally I use an 8wt Sage XI2 with my Lamson. That's going to play back up for now. Will be in the Bahamas in less than 4 weeks now.
02-18-2013 08:10 PM
JLoop Recently broke the spool on my spare reel -- a Ross Evolution 3.5. Have done some internet searching but cannot find a replacement. Anybody know where to find a spool for sale?
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