RE:Dana's cool Spey Site
Yes, the Sage 7136-4 really is a beauty. Diane still talks about that rod and I have her picture that you took, using the 7wt, over my desk in the office. Now, I don't think any of the rods that I have tried are the "European" style, higher line speed rods(unless I missed something) But, with the 7wt. we talked about it being marginal for steelhead. Is the 6wt. a different style, is it touted as being the newer, stiffer European style versus the medium spey action of the 8150-4? What rationale makes that rod suitable for average size steelies? Or schoolies for that matter if there is a chance of something of real size grabbing the fly and taking off? I'm just trying to understand the rationale of the lighter weight model from Sage's perspective. Let me know what you think.
The spey stuff I'm going to tackle this weekend again.Bob V's pattern looks interesting, although I tend to think of spey flies as darker patterns for some reason. I have a new fly dryer prototype in the works too. We have 6 RPM motors here at work that get swapped out for being 'noisy'
but they still work real well for a long time.....
Lots going on....