February 16, 2017 at 8:02 pm #6027
Yes, that’s one of the reviews I read. It didn’t seem that negative for the LT line. I can show you 25 reviews that praise the In Touch over the old version. I won’t have any running line Scotty. I have a DT coming.
Their price is way off too. $100!! I paid $67 for the In Touch. I’m not worried. Where I bought it is friendly with refunds or exchanges. If I take it off the spool they’ll know that. No way to get it back on the way the factory does it. For sure if I cast it, it’s mine. Impossible to hide that. So, all I can do is peel some off to test the memory. If it passes that test i’m sure i’ll like the rest of the line. I have no worry about breaking off. Some guys set the hook like they caught a bass instead of a trout. All it takes is a simple lift of the rod.
The shop I bought it from is in Colorado, so it shouldn’t take long to get it unless they didn’t have it in stock. Then it’s drop shipped from Rio and who knows how long that will take. No big rush. Bob hasn’t even shipped the rod yet. It’s good to get all this stuff done while it’s winter.February 16, 2017 at 8:52 pm #6028
Very good creek. See now why I am weary of the things I see online and from people trying to sell me something I won’t like just to make a buck? The boys at my local shop I trust, and just because they don’t like something, or they do like something, they think of the customer first and allow the customer to decide what he/she wants. Their shop isn’t the best, but they are good folks.
And since you are getting the DT line, well, I suppose you won’t have to worry about any running line. I am amazed the 3wt line was still in excellent shape.February 16, 2017 at 9:11 pm #6029
If it all falls apart I still have the Peach. 😀February 18, 2017 at 2:10 pm #6030
I sent the Rio back and found a much better one. Watch this video.
February 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm #6032
- This reply was modified 1 year, 3 months ago by Creek.
I also figured out a way to put droppers on a line that’s simple and super easy to change droppers/flies. You can also remove the droppers and use the line without droppers and you don’t have to cut anything off. Then it super easy to attach the droppers again. I should have thought of this a long time ago, but it’s going to be so easy to fish spiders now.
This is what you do. To start off build a leader with blood knots at the points on the leader where you want droppers. You can build the leader from scratch or use a tapered commercial leader and just cut it at the dropper points and blood knot it back together. Ok, that’s the leader and you never have to touch it again. You can use it as a dry fly leader as is, or a spider leader with the droppers attached. You can put a tippet ring down where the tippet starts to make changing tippets easier and you won’t mess with the leader length that way.
Now for the droppers. Take a piece of 4X tippet and tie a perfection loop on one end. Make sure the loop is big enough for the fly to go through. It doesn’t matter if the loop is too big. The tie on your fly so the whole thing is 4″ long. You can make up a whole bunch of these at home with different flies on them. The wallet you have would be perfect to carry them. I may get a wallet too now with this method.
Now to attach the dropper to the leader is so simple. Wrap the loop around the leader above the blood knot in the leader. Put the fly through the loop and just pull the dropper tight. The blood knot will keep the dropper from sliding down the leader and actually, the dropper fits pretty tight on the leader.
Easy huh? You don’t have to tie any knots on the water to change flies or attach and detach droppers. I can switch from spiders to a dry fly and back really fast and never tie, cut, or change leaders. Except of course the bottom fly on the tippet end of the leader.February 18, 2017 at 10:10 pm #6033
As for the Airflo line, all I have to say is GOOD CHOICE! I am sold on that line and I use the Elite for my fiberglass rods as well as my Classic Trout rods. I use the Exceed for my med/fast rods, and the River & Stream for my Radian.
As for your leader and droppers, EXCELLENT! I am going to have to learn how to tie a blood knot now. Do you think a triple surgeons knot will work as well?
That wallet thing wasn’t such a bad idea now was it? 😀February 19, 2017 at 10:36 am #6034
The triple surgeons is fine. All you’re using it for is to stop the dropper from sliding down and marking the spot you want the droppers. It’s just not as neat as the blood knot.
The wallet is good when you have tippet attached to the fly. Although I have a nice compartment plastic fly box that might work good too. It has the dividers that can be removed to make one long section. That will hold the droppers and still have compartments to carry spare spiders.
The beauty of this dropper is the loops. With the loop wrapped around the leader you have the 4X dropper doubled over. So, it’s stiff enough to hold the dropper at a right angle to the leader. Instead of dropping down to lay against the leader as in normal droppers. This should prevent tangles and keep the fly away from the leader. Don’t use tippet any smaller than 4x. Too flexible.
Once you attach the dropper to the leader you’ll have one of those Ahaa moments. I did.February 19, 2017 at 12:02 pm #6035
They have blood knot tools you can buy, but it’s not necessary. Here’s a little trick to tying blood knots with a toothpick. Keep a couple in your vest. Just in case.February 19, 2017 at 12:47 pm #6036
It doesn’t look hard to tie at all. Just a little practice. I’m kind of embarrassed to say, but it took me two days to learn a perfection loop. If I don’t do something now and again I forget how to do it, so I like to sit in front of the tv and practice new knots. Just like my flies, which I messed up on because I have too many, so I have not tied in a long while. So I will be slow at it again. I need to tie only a few at a time, use them, then tie more just to keep me decent at it. But then again, repetition helps me a lot. It’s never easy with me, lol.February 19, 2017 at 12:54 pm #6037
That’s the beauty of my dropper system. Nothing has to be done on the water. Tie up everything at home. Which is always easier than when fishing.February 19, 2017 at 1:12 pm #6038
I like it creek. I will use a wallet for my spiders, and will tie on some 4X tippet with loops. Just need to order the wallet.
I got me order from Feather & Craft. I can tie some spiders this week.February 19, 2017 at 2:10 pm #6039
Make them 4″ long. Since you only tie a fly on them once, they stay that length.February 19, 2017 at 3:54 pm #6041
Because of my ignorance I have to ask. The knots you tie in the leader stop the tag from slipping down the leader, I got that, but is there a chance of them slipping up the leader?February 19, 2017 at 4:33 pm #6044
No, when you cast they’re forced down the leader. The same as when you use spit shot. You always put it above a knot. When you catch a fish they’re again pulled down.
You’ll be surprised how tight they fit on the leader if you pull the loop tight on the leader.February 19, 2017 at 4:37 pm #6045
I forgot to say. You ever string up a rod with a leader with droppers? It’s not fun and you have to cut off the flies to do it. With my style you just take off the droppers and you have a regular leader you can spool up onto the reel.
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