Hook Review: Tiemco 2499 SPBL size 6

dsc_5195-e1384550315299Uses

trout/steelhead nymphs and stinger/tube fly hooks

Pros

  • The Super Point is extremely sharp
  • Light wire doesn’t sink fly to the bottom when fishing soft inside seams
  • Did we mention that SP = SUPER SHARP
  • To date, it has one of the best hook-up rates out of any hook
  • When winter takes are light and your B-10s doesn’t stick, these will
  • It’s one durable little hook

Cons

  • It’s barbless, and sometimes you want a barb
  • It doesn’t sharpen well
  • It’s light wire and doesn’t sink well (yes, this is a pro and a con)

Something to think about…

When fishing the salmonfly hatch next spring your size 4 or 6 dry fly can do some serious damage on the smaller fish you catch. THINK about tying your big bugs on tubes and fishing size 10 and 8 2499 SPBLs out the back. Your hook-up rate will be great and your damage to the fish will be minimized.

Gear Review: SAGE 1090-4 MOTIVE

This past weekend I had the pleasure of taking a 9’ 10 weight Sage Motive saltwater fly rod out to the Oregon Coast to try for Chinook on the fly. To be candid, I am a novice salmon fisherman, but I have spent a good deal of time “in the salt” chasing surf perch, halibut, and rockfish on the Pacific Coast. One common theme during my trips is a desire to reach for another rod with a heavier tip instead of changing out flies or line. This is where the Sage Motive entered the equation, albeit this “2nd” rod turned out to be much nicer than my primary rod and the one I fished most of the time for two days on the water.

Casting Performance

This rod is a fast action, which helped propel a Rio Outbound Short Type 3 and streamers with bead-chain and bar bell eyes into tidewater. After fine tuning my “custom” maxima leader, roll casting and using a spey cast put my fly into the zone as far as 30 to 40 feet away. I’m sure a little more tweaking with the leader, and/or a better caster could throw it further. There was limited space behind me, but overhead casts (when not throwing the last of my go to flies deep into Himalayan blackberry) balanced well with the line. Mending worked well with the stiff rod tip. I was not very worried about presentation beyond ensuring my line and leader were straight without loops and turns.

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Bauer Rogue Classic – A spey reel with incredible guts.

DSC_0242Bauer Reels are made locally in Ashland, Oregon by a small group of dedicated makers. They were the first to introduce the large arbor design you see on most modern fly reels and haven’t stopped being one of the best reels around. All reels now feature a carbon fiber composite disc drag that is smooth and reliable. The engagement is instant and has no start-up inertia as a result of there patented clutch system. The Rogue series reels also have a V machined into the arbor to store excess backing while still maintaining a large arbor for maximum line retrieval rate.  A recent addition to their lineup was the Rogue Classic, which features a non-ported back to properly balance spey and switch. They also happen to look incredibly sexy, especially in all black.

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