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Artistic view of a Male Pteronarcys californica (Pteronarcyidae) (Giant Salmonfly) Stonefly Adult from the Gallatin River in Montana
Salmonflies
Pteronarcys californica

The giant Salmonflies of the Western mountains are legendary for their proclivity to elicit consistent dry-fly action and ferocious strikes.

Dorsal view of a Zapada cinctipes (Nemouridae) (Tiny Winter Black) Stonefly Nymph from the Yakima River in Washington
Nymphs of this species were fairly common in late-winter kick net samples from the upper Yakima River. Although I could not find a key to species of Zapada nymphs, a revision of the Nemouridae family by Baumann (1975) includes the following helpful sentence: "2 cervical gills on each side of midline, 1 arising inside and 1 outside of lateral cervical sclerites, usually single and elongate, sometimes constricted but with 3 or 4 branches arising beyond gill base in Zapada cinctipes." This specimen clearly has the branches and is within the range of that species.
27" brown trout, my largest ever. It was the sub-dominant fish in its pool. After this, I hooked the bigger one, but I couldn't land it.
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Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 6:50 am EDT
Just curious to see if opinions have changed.
I posted a question in 2009 asking for suggestions on the purchase of Mid-Arbor fly reel for $100. I bought an Orvis Battenkill that year. I've decided to up that figure to $125.00 to see if the favorites have changed.
Bruce
Kschaefer3
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Kschaefer3 on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 6:52 am EDT
IMO, you could buy a better reel in 2009 for $100 than you can for $125 now. I had an incredible bias toward the Lamson Konic when it was $100 though...
Flyflinger
Fredericksburg, Virginia

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Flyflinger on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 7:07 am EDT
I've only recently joined this board so I didn't see what you had in mind. Based on what you described, I imagine you are asking about a pawl-click, mid-arbor reel. Do you care whether it is stamped or milled? What weight of line? Minimum capacity? Line-holder or reel to fight fish with maybe an exposed rim for palming?

Lately, there have been a number of reels made overseas, some appear to be quite well made. The US newcomers in the market seem to be having their reels and rods made overseas or are priced well above your budget. Nearly all have some sort of disk drag. Forget Hardy, since they are a bit overpriced. But the secondary market might have something within your budget.
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 7:57 am EDT
I don't think a click-and-pawl reel would provide enough of a drag system.I would like to outfit it with 6wt. line as stated in my question. It will be a line-holder with the ability to play 15 to 20 inch fish (trout) in a mid size stream current, especially early in the year.
Thanks

PS. I was looking at the L.L. Bean mid-arbor but I don't want a gold reel. It received some good reviews.
MiltRPowell
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MiltRPowell on Apr 9, 2015April 9th, 2015, 8:30 am EDT
Bruce- Hello seeing you said you were looking into L.L.Bean. Did you look at what Allen Reels had. Don't cost a thing to look. There is a post on Allen, with some views. My buddy just got one, so far he is very happy. He already took a 18 inch out of the Catskill on a big flats. He is trying a rod & reel from them. He car trucked his 6wt. talking with his kid. I'd loved to been abird in a tree ta have seen that. For he said trunk wouldn't close, so he slammed it. Then he found out why.!!!! Ah things happen....... Allen is a young company, with some good reviews. Food for thought.......
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PaulRoberts
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Colorado

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PaulRoberts on Apr 11, 2015April 11th, 2015, 3:33 pm EDT
Bruce, watch Cabela's for sales. My last reel purchase was a Redington Rise that I like.
Feathers5
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Feathers5 on Apr 14, 2015April 14th, 2015, 5:46 am EDT
Bruce- Hello seeing you said you were looking into L.L.Bean. Did you look at what Allen Reels had. Don't cost a thing to look. There is a post on Allen, with some views. My buddy just got one, so far he is very happy. He already took a 18 inch out of the Catskill on a big flats. He is trying a rod & reel from them. He car trucked his 6wt. talking with his kid. I'd loved to been abird in a tree ta have seen that. For he said trunk wouldn't close, so he slammed it. Then he found out why.!!!! Ah things happen....... Allen is a young company, with some good reviews. Food for thought.......


I feel his pain. I did that to one of my rods.
MiltRPowell
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MiltRPowell on Apr 14, 2015April 14th, 2015, 9:24 am EDT
Yes sir,I think alot of us that fished for years have a story or 2 on, no I didn't just do that. Just alot of guys won't tell anybody. Masters in there own minds, never made a mistake, or I just wouldn't ever do something like. Till they do it. I have ta say my buddy, was really good about that, cause he loved that rod. His son told me later, mom asked what happen. He told her, see said oh,dad's had that rod since before you were born. Later kid said, went out in the kitchen, Ma was making dad his favorite cake. His wife a great gal.!!! And there was deer meat for dinner, HUH!!!!
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Lastchance
Portage, PA

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Lastchance on Apr 14, 2015April 14th, 2015, 2:15 pm EDT
Yes sir,I think alot of us that fished for years have a story or 2 on, no I didn't just do that. Just alot of guys won't tell anybody. Masters in there own minds, never made a mistake, or I just wouldn't ever do something like. Till they do it. I have ta say my buddy, was really good about that, cause he loved that rod. His son told me later, mom asked what happen. He told her, see said oh,dad's had that rod since before you were born. Later kid said, went out in the kitchen, Ma was making dad his favorite cake. His wife a great gal.!!! And there was deer meat for dinner, HUH!!!!



Sounds like a great wife and an understanding dad.
MiltRPowell
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MiltRPowell on Apr 14, 2015April 14th, 2015, 3:40 pm EDT
They don't come any better. Farm, 3rd gen. Son wants to work conservation, maybe Econ, he has time as yet to plan. I think he'd be a great conservationist. He has great understanding. Gee I wonder, where he got that from. Think, great parents, Huh!!!
flyfishingthecreekM.R.P.

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