Episode #5 now live on the web and all I will say is I don’t remember much after the first few minutes of the podcast so don’t hold me to anything I allegedly promise to do here. Enjoy and sorry for the lack of blogging laterly, we have been BUSY!!
First of all, I love the price! At just shy of $400 both of these rods deliver big and perform as well as any other rod in their class. Of course, spey casters as a whole tend to be on the more particular side when it comes to rod actions, and how a rod feels when loading it up with a D-loop and sending one out over the water can either make or break a rod for some guys.
I like the CPX 12’9″ 7 weight best for summer/fall steelhead fishing but it is a great winter rod as well. It casts well with medium to lightweight tips and small to medium sized flies. It even performed admirably with a 10 foot chunk of t-14 and some decent sized intruders and leeches for some early winter steelheading. This rod would do well with a scandi head for waking dries on rivers like the Wenatchee, Klickitat, Deschutes and Grande Ronde. It would also be a great stick for dollies on the Skagit/Sauk and big Alaska rainbows. Team it up with an overweighted Rio Outbound line and you would have a mean 2 handed overhead rocket launcher for targeting silvers and pinks in the late summer/fall on our Puget Sound beaches.
Personally, I am not married to any type of rod action. Most of the guys I know like a medium-fast rod that bends progressively, loading deep into the butt section. The guys who fished with me and cast both of these rods preferred the 7 wt. While it is a fast action rod, it has just enough give to load well even when using short heads. The rod cast well matched up with a Rio Skagit short 525 grain line and also performed with the Airflo equivalent, a Compact Skagit 540. I did not try it with a Rio Skagit Flight head, but I would guess it probably bombs with a 525 grain.
For the price this rod is extremely versatile and would be an ideal setup for someone looking to get into fishing with a full spey rod or someone wanting a second rod that will do a lot. Matched with different lines, tips and flies you could be set up to target larger fish species pretty much anywhere.
At 13’3″ the 8wt CPX is your go to winter steelhead rod for the PNW. I really like this rod, but some other guys I fished with felt that it was too stiff. I will admit that it is an extremely fast action rod. If you are used to casting more traditional, fuller flex rods you will probably not like how this rod casts, but this stiffness serves a purpose. The thing I like most about this rod is that it has the backbone to pick up just about anything and send it into outer space! It is designed for shooting line. In this sense it is not really a spey rod in its traditional form, it is a Skagit rod.
If you like fishing deep with heavy sink tips and big flies, this rod is for you. My favorite setup for this rod is a Rio Skagit Flight 600 grain head matched with a MOW 10ft t-14 tip and a big intruder. If you are thinking about this rod as your first rod, or if you are used to fishing with a more moderate action rod I would recommend loading it with a Flight 650 instead.
That said, I still have not found a combination of fly/tip that I cannot cast easily with this rod. It will do well for anybody that fishes for steelhead in the winter, and will shine on big rivers with deep slots, heavy current and BIG fish! On a recent trip to the Olympic Peninsula I got a chance to test this rod’s mettle against a big wild buck and it did not disappoint.
On a side note I also tested out the new Redington Delta 9/10 reel with this rod. Not only does the gunmetal finish make a handsome match for the gloss black CPX, but the sturdy machined aluminum frame and overbuilt drag handle big fish no problem.
Overall, I am impressed with Redington and the new line of products they are offering since Sage acquired the company. Kudos to their staff and team of designers. I look forward to seeing what they will have to offer in the coming seasons.
If you are interested in picking up a rod I would highly recommend checking out Skate The Fly for your purchase.
I am really happy to say that Ray’s Boathouse Restaurant here in Seattle reconsidered their plan to put wild steelhead on their menu after what I would assume are many emails from the public calling for them to refrain from such sales. Many kudos and compliments to Executive Chef Peter Birk for moving forward, my recommendation would be that everyone who emailed or called with their displeasure take the same amount of time to provide positive support for his decision. Those who criticize can’t just expect to point fingers and then not reciprocate in kind when something goes our way. Our presence has to be felt and measured on both sides of the coin.
With that in mind, this video which originated on Skate The Fly will show exactly why so many restaurants and markets continue to pop up with wild steelhead and their “caviar” on their menus. It comes from misinformtation provided to them by a misinformed and what sounds to be an uneducated supplier and whether that is by choice or via the native Americans he purchases from. Watch this video and see for yourself:
One thing to keep in mind here is that these wild steelhead, once harvested and sold to a supplier sell for around $1.50-$2.50 per pound!! That equates to around $7.00-$9.00 per pound at the retail price.
Just ponder that for a moment and think about how much money we have spent pursuing these fish and that is all they are worth on the open fish market…REDICULOUS!!! Definitely let listen to what he has to say about these fish he is selling, commentary welcome!
Yep, we are still at it, hopefully getting a bit better but likely not. This episode we have the pleasure of chatting with Brian O’keefe, renowned fly angling photographer, sales rep and just all around great guy. If the fly fishing industry had more Brian O’keefe’s, there would be nothing to worry about! Click the picture above to be whisked away…!
So it may have been evident for some time to some people that this was going to happen and to the rest it might be a bit of a shock. Skate The Fly, the blog you have come to love and the Podcasts you have likely tried to forget is now also the most intuitive online fly shop around.
Pardon potential bugs in the system, Dylan is working 25 hours a day to fix them as well as add new content. The blog is now available through the home page and we will be offering a promo code through Emerald Water Anglers for those interested, shoot us an email or give us a call.
The next episode of STF T.V. will air soon with special guest Tommy Girvin, lead guitarist of 20+ years for the Eddie Money Band and feverish fly angler.
Happy Holidays to everyone and check out Skate The Fly!
There is a commonality amongst us EWA and related folk. Sometimes it is hard to find, other times it is getting hit by a truck obvious. The latter is the case as one of my best friends Dylan Rose of Skate the Fly tells it like it is on his blog, here is an excerpt:
“If you find yourself blaming the fact that you can’t buy a fish because there’s too many people in your honey hole, you probably just suck. Local fly shops have great, low cost fly fishing classes these days, check one out. I’m sick of the regressive old school fly fishing paradigm that says you have to somehow be initiated into the club before you can drift your Elk Hair Caddis in a sweet riffle. If Oprah spawns a new fly angler, and they grow their addiction to the point where they feel a sickness in the pit of their stomach at the thought of their favorite river, lake or local beach becoming a sludgy toxic waste dump, then more the merrier.” Read more here
In this episode, Dylan Rose and I welcome our good and long time friend Coach Duff or Terry as we love to call him to the show to discuss the state of Hawaiian bonefish, guiding and anything else that might or might not pertain to it. Enjoy by clicking the picture above.
As before, please keep in mind this is for entertainment and contains some sarcasm as necessary to deal with the pressures for our lifestyles.
“I just launched my Fishing Dog Photo Contest, which should be a lot of fun. Who knows what images I might see. Grand prize is a Loop OPTI spey rod and matching Speedrunner reel. Worth what? About $1,200 retail. I threw this rod the other day and it launches. Other prizes are coming from Hatch, Yellowdog, Bug Slinger, Smith, fishpond, RO drift boats, and Deneki. If you’d like to be included in this contest with prize donation just let me know.”
Having grown up with a black lab as my dad’s co-pilot in the boat, I have plenty of experience with dogs, that like water, being in or near it when a fish is on or being landed, holy crap! We used to have to chain our labs head to the bottom of the boat, literally 2 inches from the bottom. We only found this out after simply putting his leash around the seat, he nearly hung himself going after a winter steelhead we had to chase down a run on an Oregon coastal stream.
My other favorite is when the dog things larger fish are out to get them and the growling and play fighting begins, try stopping a nearly 100 pound male black lab, from attacking your fish as you beach it, keeping the line taught on a spey rod and you can’t even get to your fish.
At any rate, some of my fondest memories of fishing growing up involved in one way or another a dog. Dog Bless ’em!
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Holy cow, this has been in the works for along time and I am mixed with emotions from scared to excited and frightened to elated, sort of the same I know but that is it, they are all running through me.
This is intended to be informal dialogue amongst good friends whom are making their living in this industry we love so much. Our special guest in this episode is Greg Thomas, author, dad and photographer who also happens to be a great guy and friend.
Along the way, beer, other people and sensitive issues come up so I will reiterate what Dylan, my co-host said, DO NOT WATCH if you are taking or plan to take fly fishing too seriously, don’t enjoy drunk fly fishing guides and some slight profanity or spoofs on those who DO take fishing too seriously.
Click here or the image above and enjoy!