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    Talking New to me Fly Gear.

    I've recently inherited, aquired, purchased (however you want to put it) some used gear which is in very good condition. A coworker and manager of mine had a child and between that and work hasn't fished in a few years. So he decided to clean out his garage and "let me use" his gear. I've already got a Sage Launch 5wt rod from him which I enjoy. So I decided to Aquire the rest. ol He's got a TFO Lefty Kreh 3wt and Lamson Konic 3wt which I am familiar with. But what I have questions about is a Bauer M1 super lite and a Sage VT2 5wt 8'6". I haven't cast the VT2 yet. So I'm anxious to do so.

    My questions is how does it cast and fish? He said it was a fast action but I'm not sure. I know it's a older model and I'm just wondering if anyone's fished one. He was a clinch fisherman as myself so I'm guessing he used it there. I prefer a 9' but we'll see.

    Also has anyone cast the Rio InTouch series of line. Either the gold or perception series? I fish Rio gold mostly and I am pretty well satisfied.

    Btw, the Clinch has been GOOD this spring, as you all know.

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    Here is my 2 cents on the new Rio question, I have fished the old Gold for a couple of years now and love it. The old Gold can take a average caster in my humble opinion and put 20 yards on a cast and probably give them for the first time a chance to get great loops on a cast on a regular basis. I have been using the new tri-color gold for 4 months now ever since I went into LRO to have a new reel spooled with new line and Daniel and Dan hooked me up with it this winter. As people know I am tight and a big Ebay guy but after assuring my howls of despair of cost, I can say coulda, shoulda, done it even sooner when it came out. The last couple of years I only use a 2wt or 1wt in the park, so this was for my home tailwater the Clinch, when I break out the TFO 4 or 5 wt.

    I fish a lot of soft hackle or wet flies(buggers) so I often have long line out on the water after a drift and stripping back. I always liked the original gold because of the 2 colors and it's help judging distance and did not think the tri-color would make much difference. It does help, especially on the retrieve, a lot of time with weight on especially with a fish, the head of the line is down and knowing the distance helps on the retrieve as well as the cast. Who needs to do math on the river, when I can just at a glance visually see the roughly 20ft/28ft/43ft color separation on the line, a big help for a boy who went thru the public school system!

    On the flip side I know people who will never leave Cortland 335 or swear by the new Sharkwave/Sharkskin line (talk of texture line wearing grooves in guides scares me, who knows if true). Sounds like you lucked out on the rods have fun!
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    Thanks Bigsur! I planned on getting Rio Gold but saw the new InTouch series and wondered if anyone has fished it yet. I know a lot of people who fish courtland lines and say they cast and shoot like a rocket. Ive thought about trying some out but I'm pretty sold on Rio for now.

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    Robin, That bauer superlite is a nice reel. I'm currently fishing one on my 5wt and really like it a lot. Very smooth drag and for the past two years its been pretty bomb proof. I've actually done nothing to it and its just as good now as it was when I got it.
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    Thanks Adam, he told me about the reel and I told him right away I want it. I'm excited for it. I'm gonna line it up and fish it this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Robinryder2 View Post
    Thanks Adam, he told me about the reel and I told him right away I want it. I'm excited for it. I'm gonna line it up and fish it this weekend.
    If for some reason you don't like it ---> holler at me
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    Haha okay but don't wait on me

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    I have a VT2 in 9' 4-weight, that is my principle Caney Fork rod. It's not as fast as most Sage rods, but smooth. I like mine just fine.

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