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PartsmanApril 19th, 2019, 11:24 am
bancroft michigan

Posts: 253
I totally get it Matt, I hope you do well that setup, let us know how it works out. I decided Iam going to go ahead and get the orvis recon nymphing rod. I will let you know what my impressions are once I get out on the river with it.

Troutbum32January 10th, 2020, 12:08 pm
New Zealand

Posts: 5
The Sage ESN is a great choice! We've been testing one for the last few months and have had no regrets!
20 Years Fly Fishing in New Zealand and abroad.
PartsmanJanuary 10th, 2020, 4:17 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 253
Matt, I kind of fell in love with recon this past spring and summer, I really could not get the damn thing out of my hands when I was the water. Even some small to medium size streamers it worked well for me. But know I see gloomis has gone into this market with the nrx+ 4100. I know its more than what you wanted to spend, but this rod really looks it could be quiver killer. Im hoping to cast one soon. In the mean time it looks like we are going to get the mother of all ice storms here in mid-Michigan, I hope all my trout nut friends here in Michigan are prepared and please be safe. Water levels have been to high for me to fish, so Im tying! Anyone have some cool early season fly patterns, Im tying some little black stone flies know, maybe start on bwos if we have lights! Any way take care and be safe and think spring!

BarbaubeJanuary 14th, 2020, 9:51 am

Posts: 4
Hey! Please excuse me if I’m jumping in this thread a bit late but the New Recon is coming up in March. They will have a 10ft 2wt in the line up. My guess is that it will be a Euro nymphing rod, which Orvis never offered. I have heard that 2 wt euro nymph can cast dries with mono instead of a fly line. Does anyone has experience with such rod? When I euro nymph I only use mono on my 10ft 4wt and it’s magic. I can feel everything even with a 4wt. But I can’t cast dries with it.


MartinlfJanuary 20th, 2020, 6:41 pm
Palmyra PA

Posts: 2933
Hi, I used a long mono leader some last season, a Hends Camou French leader. I liked it and had some luck. It will cast a dry fly, but it's tricky. I caught one fish on a dry using it, but typically I'll switch to a traditional set up for dry flies. A guy I know has a formula for long mono leaders that I'm going to try next season.
"He spread them a yard and a half. 'And every one that got away is this big.'"

--Fred Chappell
BarbaubeJanuary 22nd, 2020, 9:37 am

Posts: 4
Thanks Martinlf!

I can't see myself going back to using a fly line while euro nymphing. The sensitivity much better. Do you mind sharing that long mono leader formula? Also what rod (weight) were you using for fishing dries with mono?
WbranchJanuary 22nd, 2020, 9:32 pm
York & Starlight PA

Posts: 2522
Also what rod (weight) were you using for fishing dries with mono?

I'd be very curious to understand how you can fish/cast dry flies mono.
Catskill fly fisher for fifty-five years.
PartsmanJanuary 23rd, 2020, 4:26 pm
bancroft michigan

Posts: 253
Matt, check troutbittens website, I have used his mono leader and found effective to certain degree, its basically a 24 ft. taperd leader. I fished streamers and nymphs pretty effectively last fall. I cant say I really care to cast dries with it, but it only takes a few minutes to remove it and put a normal leader on.

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