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Fishy
08-24-2012, 11:50 PM
Has there ever been a Fishing/Hunting forum on the RS website? I mean, we already have a Bike/Motorcycle Forum...... How about something for those of us that hunt and fish too?

A lot of fishing and hunting involves the use of 4x4 roads to access far away spots, what better way to enjoy stories, fishing reports, hunting dogs, show off pictures and swap ideas with other RS members? I'm posting this in our Members Only section just to pitch the idea. I hope it's something that's considered.

I know there are a lot of forums already associated with our site, so if this idea stinks or it's been tried before with no success, than forgive my ignorance.

Something like this....

Here's a few fish I took this year on the fly rod. Both are back swimming in the waters they were caught from. I practice "catch and release" pretty religiously, but I fully support responsible harvest. Both were taken on an RS-2 that I tie in size 20. That's pretty small for you non-fly fishers. Maybe just a hair bigger than one of these letters.

nakman
08-25-2012, 11:29 PM
that's impressive, Stan, nice fish! :bowdown:

As for the forum I of course adore change, innovation, and improvements. Not sure if this hits all three but I'm willing to see how it goes... if it bombs just merge the threads back to Chat and call it a day. If it's no more popular than ham radio, or photography, so what. :thumb:

Fishy
08-29-2012, 10:52 PM
I thought this would be something a lot of guys were interested in.

"I fished (insert water) and fishing was great. Fish were feeding on (insert bug/lure)"
"We just hunted (insert field) and there were no birds for my dog to even point at"

That type of stuff. All local Colorado knowledge/tips/ideas/spots/resources.

In any case, fall streamer fishing is just about here. My favorite time of year! I'll be fishing the Arkansas very soon and camping around Five Points.. Also, streamer fishing on Spinney Res really gets going too. Anyone?

AxleIke
08-30-2012, 09:49 AM
Its probably a good idea. I both hunt and fish, but I don't consider myself much of either one, so I probably wouldn't use it much, but I imagine others in here would use it all the time.

However, I'm also a mountain biker, but don't use the bike forum for the same reason, I'm not much of a mountain biker. But that forum gets a ton of use, and I bet this one would to!

Thanks for thinking up new ideas! Cheers!

Corbet
09-01-2012, 12:42 PM
I'm all for it but a gun discussion might break out and we don't want that again...:)

Snowrun
09-01-2012, 06:25 PM
I'm all for it but a gun discussion might break out and we don't want that again...:)

2x :)

nattybumppo
09-01-2012, 09:13 PM
Did someone say gun?!

Corbet
09-01-2012, 09:38 PM
Sorry I meant gub:o

nattybumppo
09-01-2012, 09:46 PM
OK experts. What is a good quality/value short rod (7.5 or 8 foot) for fishing smaller streams and creeks? Probably 3 weight.

Fishy
09-02-2012, 04:30 PM
OK experts. What is a good quality/value short rod (7.5 or 8 foot) for fishing smaller streams and creeks? Probably 3 weight.

I'm a huge fan of the Sage XP series. They don't make them anymore, but you can sometimes find them on craigslist or on Ebay for around $300-$400. I have a 4, 5 and 6wt. Love them all.

For quality and value, it's hard to beat Elkhorn Fly Rods. They make a 7' 6" 4wt in a 5 piece that's very nice. Plus, they're local. (Loveland) Hard to beat for around $250. http://www.elkhornflyrodandreel.com/product/2EF
I don't own one, but I have fished with one for a day. It's well worth the money.

My all time favorite 3wt rod is a 6'6" Diamondback Diamondglass that I bought almost 10 years ago. They stopped making them, but demand was so high, they started back up again. I think I paid $400 for it back then and I wouldn't sell it for double now. It's the smoothest casting rod I've ever held. I haven't cast the newer model, and of course the owners of the original say the new one isn't as smooth, but that's hard to believe. If you can find an original, it's worth the cost.
http://www.cortlandline.com/products/default.asp?id=581

The St Croix Avid is another nice rod that is worth the price. I learned how to cast on a St Criox and it's also hard to beat at around $250.
http://www.stcroixrods.com/product/avid-fly

Not sure how much fly casting you've done, but The St Croix and the Elkhorn will be the 2 easiest rods to cast. The Diamondglass will be a much slower rod that takes some time to get used to.

nattybumppo
09-02-2012, 04:42 PM
Thanks, Stan. That elkhorn sounds really interesting to me. I have been casting off and on for 30 years and I have two rods...an Orvis 4 piece 9' pack rod circa about 1980, and a 9' Sage of similar age, now snapped in half due to it getting caught between the ground and a 10 year old heel. Notice I said "casting". I have yet to learn how to actually catch fish! Thanks for the advice.

Fishy
09-02-2012, 04:47 PM
Sage will replace/repair that rod for $50 if you send them the rod. They are FANTASTIC when it comes to customer service.
http://www.sageflyfish.com/about/warranty/
The website makes it sound like they may not replace it, but they will.

I broke my 5wt XP in Montana last year and had it back in my hand in less than 2 weeks.

Fishy
09-02-2012, 10:35 PM
That elkhorn sounds really interesting to me. .

The best thing about that rod is it's 5 pieces. It packs down really small, add a small 3wt reel and a box of dry flys and it could almost fit it the glove compartment. It's nice to have a rod for whenever you might pass a small mountain stream jam packed with Greenback Cutts!

If I was in the market for another 3 or 4wt, I'd have a hard time spending $600-700 dollars when I could get one of these for $250.

I think it's time to make this an official forum on the site!:thumb:

RicardoJM
09-03-2012, 06:59 AM
OK experts. What is a good quality/value short rod (7.5 or 8 foot) for fishing smaller streams and creeks? Probably 3 weight.

Best value going right now is the Orvis Clearwater line. Priced at right around $200 and guaranteed for 25 years. I've owned 7.5' in both 4 weight and 3 weight. Smaller streams and creeks often mean tight quarters and rock scrambling. It's comforting to know that if I have a mishap with my rod, it will be taken care of. Prior to the Orvis, my small stream rod was a pack rod from Cabelas. It was a nice rod but when it snapped I did get some help from Cabelas (really nice of them as it was beyond the warranty period) with the funds to replace it.

Best quality? You would think a guy that bought a LX470 versus a LC would have a clue - but I really don't know.

Red_Chili
09-04-2012, 08:10 PM
I'd be down with a fishing forum. Last time I fished was in KY on a farm pond. Needless to say, I have much to learn. Picked up a rod and some spoons the other day and ... well... I know nothing.

simps80
09-05-2012, 07:59 AM
me too!
I picked up my $41 fishing license :eek::eek: so I'm ready to go!

farnhamstj
09-16-2012, 09:33 AM
Kids were catching crayfish last week at Wolford reservoir. Raw chicken leg on a stick and Hot dogs were the preferred bait. Cooked them up in the dutch oven. Potato's, Sausage, onions, garlic, corn, seasoning. Tasty.

Fishy
09-16-2012, 08:59 PM
Kids were catching crayfish last week at Wolford reservoir. Raw chicken leg on a stick and Hot dogs were the preferred bait. Cooked them up in the dutch oven. Potato's, Sausage, onions, garlic, corn, seasoning. Tasty.

Awesome...... we used to catch them by the dozens when I was a kid!

And frogs too. A piece of red felt on a size 22 hook and a long rod to reach way out with, and they would snatch it every time.

Bruiser
09-17-2012, 08:16 AM
OK experts. What is a good quality/value short rod (7.5 or 8 foot) for fishing smaller streams and creeks? Probably 3 weight.

I was having the same dilemma, so I went straight down the middle and bought a Sage TXL 7'10" 3 wt a couple of years ago. It has been a really nice rod. I used it over the weekend on Spearfish Creek in South Dakota. It lays out drys nicely. Here is the one pic I took, although I promise I caught a bunch:D

https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-4PybxPBNt4o/UFcvEhNmosI/AAAAAAAAAkc/R_sSeyFFIRk/s144/2012-09-15_10-57-10_599.jpg

I have also had very good luck with Sage customer service. I have broken two Sage rods and each time they were very response.

Justin

Hulk
09-21-2012, 12:51 AM
We could do a poll. Or something. Seems like support for yet another forum isn't that strong. But I can be convinced.

Jacket
09-21-2012, 09:09 AM
This thread seems to be serving the purpose for the folks interested.

corsair23
09-21-2012, 02:49 PM
Maybe a sticky at the top of the Chit-Chat section or something? Unless you want it to be members only :)

Fishy
09-21-2012, 11:21 PM
Maybe a sticky at the top of the Chit-Chat section or something? Unless you want it to be members only :)

I just started it in the members section to see if there was any interest. I'm not saying I want to give away favorite spots and honey holes to non members, but I bet it would see plenty of use.

I say we make it official. :blah: it's gotten some pretty good use being in our members only section.

JadeRunner
10-01-2012, 08:37 PM
I'm thinking it's seasonal with hunting and fishing and that people doing one don't necessarily do the other. Although I do. I usually start to hook into a thread about hunting in the fall. I not sure we want to see more sub forums and sticky's. I recommend just starting new threads.

Fishy
10-03-2012, 08:59 AM
I'm thinking it's seasonal with hunting and fishing.

Seasonal for hunting maybe..... but some of the best fishing in this state happens in the "non seasonal" times. Winter, early spring and late fall. These are also the times when forums/chat boards see the most use. When the temps dip, kids are in school and it's dark at 5pm....... sitting by the fire reading your favorite forum becomes pretty popular.

Red_Chili
10-04-2012, 08:27 AM
I say somebunny starts a get together for fishing newbies like moi. I am clueless... but that was once true with big game hunting too.

Corbet
10-06-2012, 09:58 PM
From the game camera. I've had visitors 3/6 days. I think one of them licked the camera:mad: Less than a week to the open of first rifle.

JadeRunner
10-07-2012, 09:46 AM
We discussed this at the meeting and the consensus was indeed to have a Hunting and Fishing Forum. The trick is where. Which brings up the larger question of how the forum should be organized. We need to figure out that first. So sit tight. I will start another thread on how we want the forum to look.

Red_Chili
10-08-2012, 01:42 PM
From the game camera. I've had visitors 3/6 days. I think one of them licked the camera:mad: Less than a week to the open of first rifle.
Man oh man, I would have some real concerns about eating game meat so close to all that uranium mining. Just look at the glow...














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