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Product Reviews / St Croix Imperial rods
« Last post by Catch Cormier on January 10, 2015, 04:05:27 PM »
First some background.  While in Raleigh, NC, over the holidays, Cosmos and I stopped by a locally-owned fishing store which plans on carrying TFO this spring.  The owners were very friendly and highly knowledgeable, except when it came to fly fishing (however, Coz has agreed to help them out and even do some in-store clinics).

The only fly rods they had in store were a pair of St. Croix Imperial rods.  I've owned a half-dozen St Croix rods of different models over the years, a few I've loved and others "meh".  But the old Imperial was one of my favorites... a very good performer at a great price.  Well the new version is even better.  I tested it out and was impressed.  At $260 a great value for a made in the USA rod with a warranty.

Anybody own one of the newer Imperials?  If so, what's your experience?

One other observation... I mentioned this to the owner and he didn't seem so excited. His issue wasn't with the rod, but with the company. "Their products don't move."  It took me all of two seconds to realize that you almost never St. Croix anymore. They used to be a fixture at shows and conclaves, but nowadays you're more likely to see Bigfoot!  What happened there?

Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: North Texas White Bass Run
« Last post by Brian Davis on January 10, 2015, 11:49:21 AM »
Thanks, Les.  I may head over there.  I understand the tailwater at PK is pretty good, too.  I have some relatives around there so i may try that, too.
Red Stick Fly Fishers / January 12 meeting - Janet Rhoadus, Launch Leeville
« Last post by Catch Cormier on January 08, 2015, 11:09:00 AM »
The next meeting of the Red Stick Fly Fishers will be on Monday, January 12, 2015 at the Wildlife and Fisheries building on Quail Drive in Baton Rouge. Time is 7:00pm. The public is invited.

For January, our guest speaker is Janet Rhodus, Founder of Launch Leeville. Janet will talk on "Launch Leeville – What’s Happened & What’s Planned".  In addition, Janet Rhodus is “in tune” with the happenings of the Leeville area as both locally and on the state level. Members may have some questions about where they can and can not fish, etc., and she is certainly the person to ask.  She will also have tips on what's biting right now and where.

Also on the agenda:  upcoming club activities including Fly Fishing 101 (Feb. 21), Red Stick Day (Mar. 7), and a possible weekend trip to the Little Mo.  Also some local rainbeaux trout reports.

Red Stick Fly Fishers / RSFF 2015 Meeting Subject ideas
« Last post by Jack Lithgoe on January 08, 2015, 11:08:23 AM »
Jeff-Thank you for what you do for the club.
I hope this is what and where you meant for this discussion to take place. 
I like the idea of bringing in local experts from unfamiliar fishing locations.  Certainly we will benefit from having Janet Rhodus brief us on Launch Leeville, and I would be interested in knowing more about Slidell, Pearl River, and the eastern side of the Mississippi river.
On your other suggestion, I feel compelled to warn the members that when you bring up an idea that might help our significant others "shop" for us...(yes flyfishing pieces and parts are ambiguous to the uninitiated) you might be opening up a worm can that could have you sitting thru a similar meeting set up by said significant other at a jewelry, home decor, etc "show" and registry.  Some of you might accept an invite to a Victoria's Secret "show" but I just feel that we should be prepared for a reciprocal request from our significant other.  I would guess that some of us might attend such a dubious event, albeit in some sort of disguise.
General Discussion / Re: Rod Carrier Build
« Last post by Roger S on January 07, 2015, 04:27:11 PM »
I've been wanting to do something like this for my rack system and like what you've done so I'm stealing the idea.

Thanks for posting that up

Rod Building / Re: A couple recent builds on glass
« Last post by Les Jackson on January 07, 2015, 12:27:16 PM »
First and foremost, while I am a fan of the white Kabuto and love the design of that series of glass, I am shocked to see many builders choose to wrap these high end rods as if they were modern day Shakespeare Wonderods. For my tastes, that's a mistake; however you have chosen a different path with the green wraps with black tipping- very classic and understated against the white. I enjoyed your selections on the Kab and the two handed rod as well.

Good job.

Rod Building / Re: A couple recent builds on glass
« Last post by Larry Offner on January 07, 2015, 06:16:43 AM »

Absolutely gorgeous!
Rod Building / Re: A couple recent builds on glass
« Last post by Rick Zieger on January 07, 2015, 06:13:05 AM »
Very nice job.  Like the color combinations.

Rod Building / A couple recent builds on glass
« Last post by albcorb on January 06, 2015, 05:15:29 PM »
Here are a few pictures of  two recent builds on fiberglass rods.
The white is a Kabuto 7'6" 5 wt. going out this week and the other is a Herters vintage blank 7' that i used the common cents method for an 8 wt. for smaller rivers and ponds from a boat/canoe/kayak.

Warmwater Fly Fishing / Re: First catfish on a flyrod
« Last post by nickyfins on January 06, 2015, 04:45:11 PM »
these guys are catching fly fishing for carp on dry flies and catching catfish too
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