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Craig_S

My new bone-buster

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Craig_S

I've got that satisfying feeling after dumping more than my wife would allow on my new bonefish rod. If you recall, my Orvis travel rod busted on a measly two pounder last spring. Orvis was really good on the customer service end and refunded my costs on rod and reel via gift card.

So today I ordered an 8wt TLS four piece tip flex, Mach IV reel spooled with dacron and a 9 wt Gen 3 Bonefish Wonderline. That squeezed me $335.00 over the price of the busted cheapo rig.

It had better be good! Any problems here and I'm going with a boycott. I will report.

Oh yeah, I had to get it as Wifey confirmed booking with Exuma Bonefishing in February. Cripes that's a long ways away!

Craig

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WxGuy

Nice!

Come on, February isn't that far away. The time's as short as summer break....just in reverse...seasonally. smile.gif

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The bone-buster is here! And I like it a lot. It's by far the stiffest rod I've ever worked, and it seems to work for me. I'm whipping 65 footers all over the yard. In the wind. The reel is about the best I have too. Very ergonomically correct and smooth. Everything stands up to the pretty test too.

And the best news is all wifey has to say is "I hope your happy with your purchase". There must be something she needs....

Craig

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A new bonefisherman practicing.

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The backcast

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Taking it home

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He's good to 35 feet. And that's going to be good enough.

Craig

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DEADhead

Nothing better than seeing a youngun' cast a flyrod... It has 'good parenting' written all over it grin.gif

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Craig_S

I try to be a good parent. And all signs are he's a real good boy. 'lotta love there. Both directions.

Truth is I think I could reform some meth addicts with a trip to the Bahamas. It has to be the one thing that beats a chemical rush. Probably cheaper too.

Give Bill of "Bill and Edie" a heads up for those pictures. Bill reinforced the "gift of the fly". I think he'd like 'em.

Craig

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DEADhead

I haven't talked to Bill in a while.... I did manage to see Edie a couple of weeks ago at our managers meeting, though we didn't get to talk about fishing...

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