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    Default Thanks to drifter and D ray.

    Hooked my first few fish ever on the pin. I appreciate the gear advice and casting lessons you guys gave. Really sped up my learning curve.

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    Awesome deal Armo!!!
    Another one is dragged screaming to the darkside!!!

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    If I can hook up a couple lakers this year on my fly rod, I might have to try it.

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    Nice fish Matt!
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    Haven't met Drifter but I know D Ray knows his stuff if you're speaking about Dan Hardy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DRIFTER_016 View Post
    Awesome deal Armo!!!
    Another one is dragged screaming to the darkside!!!

    Noooooooooooooooooooooo


    Dont feel the force. Pull back, darn to late.


    Good Job Armo
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdelarm View Post
    Haven't met Drifter but I know D Ray knows his stuff if you're speaking about Dan Hardy.

    Yeah I am talking about Dan. If anyone is looking to get into Pinning I had a very positive experience during a casting lesson with him. He was engaging and patient during my many bird's nests of the first day.

    It did feel as if I was cheating a little sometimes with how effective this was. The casting is a little complicated and can be frustrating but once your presentation is out there it is pretty sweet what you can do with it. I never would have been able to reach these fish with a traditional rod.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armo_Ak View Post
    Yeah I am talking about Dan. If anyone is looking to get into Pinning I had a very positive experience during a casting lesson with him. He was engaging and patient during my many bird's nests of the first day.

    It did feel as if I was cheating a little sometimes with how effective this was. The casting is a little complicated and can be frustrating but once your presentation is out there it is pretty sweet what you can do with it. I never would have been able to reach these fish with a traditional rod.
    Yeah, you were cheating. Also, being able to get up at 5:30 AM and run out without drinking a cup of coffee is cheating as well.

    Pretty much a huge cheater...

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    Quote Originally Posted by woodman6437 View Post
    Yeah, you were cheating. Also, being able to get up at 5:30 AM and run out without drinking a cup of coffee is cheating as well.

    Pretty much a huge cheater...

    Haha. Yeah my non-dependence on coffee definitely served me well on this trip. I was pretty dead tired till that first tug (thats what she said) and then that was all the boost I needed.

    For those that are interested here is a link to an album of our trip.

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    Nice, I'd like to run a few drifts through there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Armo_Ak View Post

    It did feel as if I was cheating a little sometimes with how effective this was.

    Ha ha... I had the exact same feeling after giving it a try last Sept on the Upper Kenai.

    Cheating? Hardly. No more so than any other type of rod/technique one may employ. Spincasting, flyfishing, baitcasting, trolling, chunking lead, a sharp stick, etc... are all potentially effective fishing tools/techniques. Centerpinning is no different. Simply put, it is the most effective means to catch fish in some circumstances.

    I had decided to leave my pinning outfit at home next week till I spoke with you yesterday. On a small SE river flowing through rainforest, I was thinking the float rod would be too cumbersome to carry or use. I was going to take 6 wts for the cutthroat and 8 wts for the steelhead. After talking with you, I have changed my mind. Last night I ordered some smaller floats, shot, and 1/8 ounce jigs with 2nd day shipping
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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    I was going to take 6 wts for the cutthroat and 8 wts for the steelhead.
    Got anything smaller than a 6wt? For sea-run dollies and cutts I would go max 5wt, with a 3 or 4 about perfect. Remember, SE fish arent exactly huge, and 14-18" is most common (though you might get a couple 20"+ dollies). That is, unless you are fishing for trout in steelhead-infested water, then a 3wt MIGHT not be such a great idea.

    Besides, unless you are super limited on luggage space, you can never bring too many rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by danattherock View Post
    I had decided to leave my pinning outfit at home next week till I spoke with you yesterday. On a small SE river flowing through rainforest, I was thinking the float rod would be too cumbersome to carry or use.
    To be honest it was kind of a huge pain. That is until you got to a super deep pool with swirling current. Then it was amazing, and every time you had to stop on the trail and untangle became worth it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ak char View Post
    Got anything smaller than a 6wt? For sea-run dollies and cutts I would go max 5wt, with a 3 or 4 about perfect. Remember, SE fish arent exactly huge, and 14-18" is most common (though you might get a couple 20"+ dollies). That is, unless you are fishing for trout in steelhead-infested water then a 3wt MIGHT not be such a great idea.

    Yeah, that is the case. I am going on a steelhead river and will fish for some cutthroats and dollies along the way, alternating rods if you will. With that said, the likelyhood of accidentaly hooking a steelhead on a cutthroat pattern is highly plausable (I hope). Ha ha... I have a nice 4 wt set up I had thought of taking, but figured to error on the side of caution and take the 6 wts.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Armo_Ak View Post
    To be honest it was kind of a huge pain.

    Which reminds me, I talked to your pilot today as I will see him next week. We had a good little laugh about the float rod on the plane. I told him I had a 4 piece float rod so not to worry. He laughs and in good fun of course says, "You should tell Matt where you got your rod"
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    Yeah, Matt 13' 2 pce rods don't travel very well.
    You want a nice rod, build yourself a 3 pce 13' Rainshadow XST.
    They are much more plane friendly.

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    Not as friendly as a 12.5' four piece
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    Default New setup

    I'm looking at getting into a pin setup, probably mid May. Anyone up for schoolin' and teaching a newbie how to cast and just learn the ropes?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bowdy15 View Post
    I'm looking at getting into a pin setup, probably mid May. Anyone up for schoolin' and teaching a newbie how to cast and just learn the ropes?
    Bowdy
    Head down to Fishapalooza in September and I'll teach you a few things.

    If you want to get some schoolin' earlier talk to the lads at World Wide Angler on Lake Otis as they have some centerpinning lessons coming up I believe.

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    Awesome! Those are some pretty spectacular pics that you have on facebook, good job!
    Fish when you can, work when you have to.

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