Yeah, Mike, exactly. What you would expect to find down in Plato's cave, the unseen form of forms. Stocked pond trout are about as far away from the fifth essence as you can get. (Little known fact: The Philosopher King was a fly fisherman
Is your Redwing a varnished or impregnated cane? If the latter, fishing it in the salt is probably not a big deal since that process makes it impervious to water and adds strength. My H-I is impregnated and flamed. If it turns out that it takes a 7 weight line, I will most likely fish it for stripers as well.
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