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Old 10-07-2002, 08:36 PM
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Fly fishing present!

My new fiance offered to but me a fly fishing engagement present. Something I could take with me when fishing that would remind me of her. She is familiar with the equipment and knows the pricing approximately and said anything up to the Tibor/Abel range would be fine. There is so much out there and I am not positive that I would want her to be that extravagant given we will be saving for wedding/honeymoon. Any other ideas? I have been eyeing an RPLXI for a while and I hear that some nice customs can be made for around the same price.

Sean
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Old 10-07-2002, 09:17 PM
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Sean,

First of all - congratulations on the engagement. I hope that you had a wonderful engagement weekend in NYC.

All I can say is that I have picked up a number of SWFF items on eBay and I have never been let down. I bought a 5 piece RPLXi on eBay for $450 and I love that rod. It arrived as good as new.

In terms of what you should buy - I cannot help you with that choice. I just wanted to let you know that you can stretch your dollar in the off-season if you shop around online.

Talk to you soon...

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Old 10-07-2002, 09:44 PM
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Sean,

Should you decide to have one built, I have an excellent guy for you....generally speaking about 20% of retail...comes w/ the manufacturer's warranty and then his work has its own full warranty. Drop me a note offline if you are interested.

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Old 10-07-2002, 11:28 PM
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Sean...forget the rods..they break and change dramatically over the years... It's alot of money but a nice Abel Camo color reel...her favorite color can picked.... will last you a life time ...and then some... Something to pass on especially for it's significance...Just my opinion.
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Old 10-08-2002, 01:51 AM
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Congrats Sean! Whatever you decide, that is a very thoughful gift from her. Your o'dark thirties and occasional weekend trips will never be without her in mind.

I am a proud RPLXi owner and love the rod. I like a rod you can really feel load while not being at all soft. Not only does the rod communicate load really well but it recoils quickly and generates great line speed.

Reels are a nice option, perhaps engraved.
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Old 10-08-2002, 07:36 AM
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Congrats Sean! I'd opt for the rod that does it for you.
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Old 10-08-2002, 08:13 AM
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Sean,
CONGRATS! Glad to hear it!
All the above are great options. Not sure how far you ever got in tying flies...but maybe a nice vice and a bunch of materials and tools? The flies will travel with you when ever you head out fishing!

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Old 10-08-2002, 09:05 AM
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So I guess a 20" Jones Brothers would be out of the question?

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Old 10-08-2002, 09:16 AM
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Congrats Sean!!!

I'll second Nick's Idea. a Renzetti Master, Dyna-King Baracuda or ABEL vice will last the rest of your flyfishing days. combined with the right tools and you'll carry flies made by her gift for life. Tom D
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Wink although...

I really like my Jones Bros!!!
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I'll chime in with a vote for the vise, perhaps even with an engraving on the base. A buddy of mine had this done by a trophy shop that does lettering and engraving for a local little league.

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Get yourself a gold-plated Abel or Tibor, before it is too late.

In about ten years, every spool of tippet material that you buy will be good for a fifteen minute argument about, ' Priorities,' and you can dust off that reel and remember, the good old days.

Before you were married!
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How about a Ferrari to carry you to those far off fishing locales?

Shortens the trip which ultimately means more time with the wife.

It's simple really.
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Old 10-08-2002, 01:31 PM
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Thank you!

First off, thank you to all for the well wishes and ideas. Doogue, we did have a great weekend in NYC.

So far I am loving the 20' Jones Brothers and I don't know if Ferrai now makes an SUV to tow it with as well. I will have to check into that.

In all seriousness, there are so many great ideas it is hard to choose. I like the vise idea but I got a Renzetti Traveler this spring so I am not sure it makes sense to buy another one. I may hold off and check out whats new at the shows this winter.

Thanks again,

Sean
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Old 10-08-2002, 07:58 PM
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Fly fishing present!

First, big time congrats! Sounds like you found a winner! May the two of you be happy to a ripe old age together...which is exactly what Margie and I are (too) fast approaching!

Second...where can you put rod racks on the Ferrari?

Third...Jones Bros. makes a wonderful gift for any occassion.

Fourth... while the reel is a nice idea in all of the creative permutations so far suggested (and I have saved them all for MY Christmas list!) I like the idea of a presentation-grade vice, like the Renzetti. Get it engraved if you wish. The big thing is that you might wind up with a gift that keeps on giving in the sense that you'll be tying flies for the two of you. A lot to the idea that the family that fishes together...

All the best!

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