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Old 01-19-2010, 02:33 AM
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Question Did I make a good choice?

I recently bought a Lamson Konic 8wt. fly reel. Before I bought it I was also looking at the Orvis battenkill LA IV which was $100 more. Was the Konic a good Choice for LM bass, Stripers, Carp, and maybe a saltwater trip someday or should I have spent the extra $100 for the orvis?
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Old 01-19-2010, 08:28 AM
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I think the Lamson Konics are a good choice of reel for what your wanting it too do. I am guessing though that the striper guys would suggest if your purely targeting stripers , then a 9wt and the Konic 4 reel would be a better choice.
The Lamsons have a good drag and that is what you need for stripers and carp. Its not so important for LM bass as they usually make short runs and most of the time can be played off the reel. Put a couple hundred yards of gelspun backing on it and spend the extra cash on a good line.
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Old 01-19-2010, 11:38 AM
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Thanks for the info. I just didnt see givin the extra $100 for the orvis when i could get the reel and line for what the orvis costed just for the reel. Thanks again.
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Old 01-19-2010, 01:37 PM
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Hey Bronzeback, I got 2 konics, a 4 and a 3.5 and one spare spool for the 3.5, I have caught bones and permit in da bahamas mon to bulldogin reds in the lowcountry and have not had a single problem, they seem to be indestructible as I accidentally dropped one on the pavement , Also salt cannot touch em and for the price how can you go wrong. For me I spend my money on trips all over and I don't have the $ to buy higher end stuff, but i need stuff that works, so far no worries, I cannot wait to see how they hold up to Tarpon in Cancun in May, and False Albacore in Nov!! IMO you made a good choice!
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Old 01-19-2010, 02:50 PM
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Thats good to hear how good they are I havnt even had a chance to use mine yet
I sure would like to go Tarpon fishing as a dream trip. What is that trip gonna cost you if you dont mind me askin? Thanks for the info
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Old 01-19-2010, 03:07 PM
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Well i am going to Cancun in May for my brother wedding, so I will be down there, and I have never been there before, for about a week. I contacted some frineds on another message board down in Charleston and one fellow had a guide that he highly recommended. SO I contacted him and set it all up. Chartering a guide in Cancun is suprosingly cheap. There were basically 3 options a 4 hr trip for 275.00 a 6 hr trip for 325.00 or a 8 hr trip for 450.00 or 475.00. that is for 2 anglers. The 8 hr trip requires a longer boat run and you are fishing an area that is more or less a permit trip. For a lot of people that would be exactly what they are looking for. I got spoiled and landed 3 permit my first trip to the bahams, so i am not so deranged by them , For me the idea of 6 hrs on the water and you are fishing within 10 minutes is right on. The tarpon will be in the 20-50 lbs class (juvenile) it is also prime bone, and snook time as well, Having never chased Snook or Tarpon they are my top priority but man I love dem bones like nothing else. If you are interested in "affordable" fishing places hit me with an email, I don't have the money to chase tarpon in Fla at 500.00+ a day if you know what i mean! SeeYa

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Old 01-19-2010, 03:46 PM
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Ok Thanks man I'll keep ya in mind. Me and my wife was thinkin about goin to Key largo this fall if we can raise the money. Do you know anybody in that area? I was just lookin to go for red fish but a small poon would be nice. I have never been Inshore fly fishing so I appreciate any advise I can get. Thanks again.
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Old 01-19-2010, 06:30 PM
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Well it is kinda like this, if you are gonna go to Fla and fish inshore reds and trout will be your main target unless you head to the south half of the state, now I know tarpon and snook are caught north of this imaginary line, however that said when I was looking for a Fla trip everyone I talked to including friends and guides said that unless you are going all the way to the keys then you might as well go to Charleston (Where I am from) because it is the same species. So the Keys Yea I know of a few places that are affordable lodgeing wise that have kitchens which of course saves you money on meals, I figure you will not be bringing a boat so then there is a the kayak rental option, there is wading from what I have gathered, a lot of my info is on my home computer so I will look at it when I get home. Sorta depends on your budget and how long you will be going. But if you are just wanting to taste tailing reds and trout Charleston is hard to beat in the summer as it is so close a drive (once they fix the gourge!) Be careful that salt water will make you crazy!
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Old 01-21-2010, 01:46 AM
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If we are able to gather up enough cash I think were gonna try to go to the keys. If we can't what does a trip cost in Charleston? Thanks again for all of the help.
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Old 01-21-2010, 10:20 AM
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Well like anywhere else it all depends on where you stay and what you want to do,travel time depends on where you are coming from but it is not a far drive. if you can't stay on one of the barrier isleands (IOP, Sullivans Isle, Folly) I would try and stay in Mt. Pleasant, there is a bunch of shopping and places to eat. As far as fishing, I have a couple friends who are guides down there, Capt Ben Floyd and Capt. Mike Benson are both really dialed in to the reds down there. Mike works at Charleston Angler in Mt. P 843-884-2095, Mike can also possibly put you on to a few walk-in flats so you can fish other days alone also Mike sells flies that you can pick up if you are fishing the tailing summer tides and he wrapps a crab pattern that they just jump on!, I would also mention that at the IOP marina you can rent kayaks during the summer which also gives you options. Seeing as how this would be your first time in the brine I would have to maike a few other suggestions as well. Since cost is a issue I wouldn't worry about flats shoes on your first time a old pari of tennis shoes will work but Pluff mud (plough) is not fun and will steal you shoe Remember tall grass soft (pluff mud) bottom, short grass hard bottom words to remember. A buff is worth it due to the sun. If you are going in the summer and want to chase tailers look for new moon cycles which offers the needed higher flood tides. Also when you practice casting think 30 feet and in accutracy is vital and I have hooked more reds literally inside 15-20 feet than outside 40 for sure. Finally if you can afford to go guided do it as early in the trip as possible so you can learn what to do and look for first hand. Good Luck
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