Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Tryout

"Good Morning"....Eggs are not always a sign of morning, some enjoy them for lunch, or dinner, or late night. So perhaps I should say good morning, afternoon, evening or night. Oh well get on with it.

Last week I purchased a new rod for small streams, a Cabela's TQR. I paired it up with an Orvis reel that was a bit to heavy and did not balance well. Saturday while in Cabela's again I saw an interesting little reel. It was a Redington Drift 2/3. It felt nice and light and would probably fit the TQR well. So the card came out and I went home with the new reel. Mounting the reel on the rod, I felt it balance so well. I put on a line and went outside to lawn cast it. It was perfect. Now to test it on the water.

Cabela's TRQ 5ft 2wt....Redington Drift 2/3 Reel

I had the opportunity to fish it yesterday on a small stream. The water was on the cold side, but the sun was out and it felt good. I started fishing small streamers.

As you can see I was fishing the riffles and as I retrieved the streamer a fish struck, and I missed. It was at this time I noticed a fish rise. It was right near the bank where the log is. I drifted the streamer as close to the position of the fish, but no response. Several more casts and the same result. I tied on a dry fly and sent it off. The dry met the same result. I went to a Picket Pin and on the second cast the fish went to the fly. Hookup and hook off. I figured this was going to be on of those days.


I continued to fish the stream for an hour or so, fishing various flies. I came to this fishy looking place. I cast down stream a bit and retrieved the streamer through. The trouts take was hard and I hooked up. The little rod worked him away from the nasties and soon was at hand.



I was very pleased with the performance of both rod and reel. I was able to fish three types of flies very effectively.





25 comments:

  1. Hi Alan!

    Lovely outing I'm sure! Yes, it's really nice to fish with light gear. Nice to hear that you got a reel to match your small rod. I'm sure you'll get some brookies on dry fly soon too. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. The Jassid Man,
      Thanks.
      The combo as it stands is like an extension of your arm. Dries very soon.

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  2. that blue tint in the photograph looks pretty cool. good luck with your new setup!

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    1. Swamp Yankee,
      Thanks.
      There are times when the sun works well in photos.

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  3. Looks like you found a nice little reel will a little larger arbor that sound help the line from coiling too much. The tiger strikes again ???

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    1. Mark,
      Thanks.
      It was a bit more in cost then I wanted to pay, but now I'm happy I purchased it.
      There's another little bucktail uou might like to try. It's called a "Wardens Worry"

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  4. im just away to dig the frying pan out! nice looking reel!

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  5. Great job out there Brk Trt!! Save me a few ok?? Sounds like that setup is just waht you needed.

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    1. TROUT1,
      Thanks.
      Pete you'll more than catch up, and that's for sure.
      It's a nice combo.

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  6. Very nice. You are a fish magnet.

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    1. RKM,
      Thanks.
      The last few times out have not been banner. Better weather is close.
      That 12 inch brookie is still fresh in my mind. Got to go back there.

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  7. Gorgeous looking stream and a beautiful fish too boot! Congratulations on finding a rod and reel combo that sounds delightful to fish.

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    1. Rainbow Chaser,
      Thanks.
      They were for sure. It's a nice set up, going to get some use.

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    1. Mark Kautz,
      Thanks.
      I'll see what I can do.

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  9. Too sweet Alan. Beautiful fish.

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  10. Everything goes together perfectly in this post.

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    1. Jim Yaussy Albright,
      Thanks.
      Sunnyside up in the AM, scrambled in the PM.

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  11. Brk Trt..do you ever NOT catch a brookie when you go out? You are a machine, my man..

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    1. penbayman,
      Thanks.
      As a matter of fact I was skunked Sunday. And the time before that I had a good one hooked but lost him. March has been off this year.

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  12. Alan
    That Redington Drift reel you bought has got to be the best light action fly reel I have ever put in hand. It is the perfect fly reel for light action fly rods like the fly rod you are using. Reels like this have a tendency to disappear from the market after a couple of years and the company decides to replace the reel with another model. I hope this doesn't happen with this little Drift reel. It did happen with the Gloomis Venture 3 model another light action free spool model. It was discontinued, why Gloomis did this, no one knows. Beautiful stream and brook trout taken on the new combo. Thanks for sharing

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  13. Bill Trussell,
    Thanks.
    I've used it twice now and I love it. I'm sure it will be my #1 for small streams.
    I agree with you that companies pull certain products off the market to soon.

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  14. Sounds like you're having fun with that little rod. I may have to give them another look.

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