Benny B

Benny B

Devil's Lake WI, Wasatch UT

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Benjamin's Passions

Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding
Biking
Climbing

Benjamin's Bio

not a fan of responsibility, but it helps to pay for gear, beer, and burritos. every second of free time i have i'll be out on rock, snow, or water. see you out there.

Benny B

Benny B wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

Not much to say besides it does what it's supposed to. Great standard floating line, floats like it's supposed to (not all brands can say this), doesn't coil up, and lasts a while even with some abuse. Unless you specifically know you want some kind of specialty line, this is the stuff.

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Benny B wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If you're fishing a medium sized river with a fast rod, this line is great. Definitely helps to load the rod at shorter distances. I use this for primarily double nymph rigs and streamer fishing on the Weber and Provo and have no complaints. Not the most delicate presentation out there, but if you're throwing a line 30ft or less on a super fast rod, you still get the energy from the rod. If you're routinely casting longer distances with a fast rod on a lake, I'd go with the Rio Gold as your more standard line.

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Benny B wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I love this rod, but it has its limitations. Casting the 4wt compared to the 5wt feels significantly lighter to where a double nymph rig or larger flies do not do well on this rod. Also, roll casting with this rod is difficult as it just doesn't have the backbone for it. For overhead casting throwing a dry, it's perfect. Rod loads well and transfers the energy into a nice light presentation. Also, super fun rod to fight smaller to medium fish on. If I go out knowing I'll be fishing primarily dries that day or if I'm on a smaller river with tiny trout, this is my go to rod.

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Benny B wrote a review of on August 15, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

I initially owned a 9ft5wt rod and disliked the action for a general "all purpose" rod. Picked up the 9ft6wt paired with Rio Grand floating line for streamer and nymph rigs and it totally kills. Definitely a fast rod, but has a sensitive enough tip to feel the rod loading still. Not recommended if you're a newbie, but if you've got some casting experience under your belt this is a great rod. Great for hunting medium to larger browns on the Provo or Weber. As a fast 6wt it is definitely overkill for smaller trout and you don't feel much on the fight with the little guys, so depends on what you're after. Also, not the best rod for dries, but works in a pinch and on a windy day is my preferred rod. Stands up very well to the unexpected gusts where my other rods just buckle. I have yet to take this out on a lake, but it is definitely capable of putting out some line and will likely become my lake rod as well. Overall, depending on what I'm fishing for, this is a great rod and will be my go to rod for streamers, nymph rigs, and windy days. 5 stars, love it!

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Benny B wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

1. Nippers for your line = couldn't ask for better, easy to get up close to the knot, clean cut.
2. Needle to clean glue out of fly before threading - essential to have when trying to thread a small size fly especially that may have the eye of the hook blocked with glue from manufacturing.
3. The needle also functions very well in helping to loosen leader/tippet knots and tangles. Very helpful with small/light tippet tangles.
4. Instant hang nail relief on the river - hey, sometimes clippers have gotta be clippers.

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Benny B wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

3 5

Bought this since I liked the idea of having a fold down mini-work table to fix up flies since the foam board folds down nicely at chest level for that. The construction and design of this pack looked great, however the neck strap was super uncomfortable. As much as I liked the pack otherwise, that was enough to return it for a fishing fanny pack instead. Note: I don't know how the comfort of this pack compares to other chest packs, this was just the one I had and it was annoying enough to where I wouldn't want to wear it for a full day on the river.

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Benny B wrote a review of on April 7, 2013

5 5

Is it as pretty as a ghost net with nice woodwork? No. Is it as functional as a ghost net? Yep. Has a diamater similar to the Ghost Cutthroat net and even though the netting pattern isn't identical to the ghost series, it's still Ghost rubberized mesh that functions almost the same. I had no tangling issues fishing a two fly rig with this. Also, super light to where securing the net by stuffing the handle between my fanny pack and back worked well. If you want a great rubber mesh net and don't want to spend $100+, this one is hard to beat.

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Benny B wrote a review of on April 6, 2013

5 5

I bought this with some reservations given the gimmicks and gadgets out there in the fishing market. The 1st fish of the day I caught while having this on me just managed to swallow the fly several inches to the point where normally I'd be cutting the line, saying goodbye to the fly, and feeling bad that I'm releasing a fish with a hooked fly half blocking his throat (rusts and works out over time, but still, not the greatest solution). Might have been able to work it out with a hemostat, but not without excessive handling and torque to the fish. With the Ketchum release, I just slide it down the line and effortlessly popped the fly right out with very little fish handling. The fish was in great shape and swam off and the fly was in great condition and reused to catch another shortly thereafter. This now resides on the same retractor as my nippers. Unless you plan on keeping your fish or have the desire to be an absolute minimalist, this is a great tool to have. Highly recommended!

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Benny B wrote an answer about on October 9, 2012

In Utah, this is my "all mountain" ski. For your out west trips, this is a great ski that covers the whole mountain and will handle any western style snow well. I wouldn't trade this ski for anything else out here. If you're skiing this back east or in the midwest, it will probably feel pretty overkill on runs that aren't as steep and have the midwest downhill hockey style snow. I used to ski a 90mm waist shaped ski in Wisconsin and that was even way overkill for that snow/hardpack/ice, so you might want to go with something more narrow if you can only pick one. The Mantra will definitely be a better in between ski, but the Gotama would totally slay it at a place like Jackson.

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Benny B wrote an answer about on October 9, 2012

I'm 5'11" and 170lbs, so similar to your size, maybe slightly larger. I ski the 186cm and it's been great for just about any condition I've thrown it on. Definitely not too long for me, even in trees or moguled runs. Even on chunky/hard snow it's handled it well which is not what I was expecting. The rocker is more gradual on this ski so that makes it better in the bad conditions as more of the edge tends to contact the snow with these than those with extreme rocker. For touring, I'd rethink a big ski though as I'd go for something more narrow and lightweight than this, but everyone has their preference. For downhill performance, this is a tough one to beat.

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Benny B wrote an answer about on September 18, 2012

I have thrown skis on this pack and I had both longer and wider skis in there. The only problem with using the side straps for ski carry is if you have the side pockets stuffed (which is where I jam two nalgenes), it'll get in the way of using it as a ski carry system. Relocating any bulky side pocket items to the main compartment if you have room solves the issue.

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Benny B wrote a review of on September 18, 2012

5 5

Carries all I'd need for a few hours or a half day of wading. The foam is nice to keep the flies you're using handy, the front pocket easily fits a medium fly wallet, tools in the sub-pockets with plenty of room to spare, and the back pocket fits anything else you might want to bring (extra tippet sizes, other tools, snacks, etc). I debated whether I wanted to go the chest or waist pack route and this works well. Just spin it around when you want to access your gear to the front and once you've rigged everything up spin it to the back again to keep it out of the way for casting or moving around. Works great! Unless you're out for longer than a half day or need extra clothing layers stashed I couldn't imagine needing more for short trips.

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Benny B wrote a review of on September 18, 2012

5 5

I'm a big fan of these. Maybe the negative reviews here were not sized correctly? I originally ordered a size 10 which is what I wear in every other shoe, boot, etc., but was swimming in those even with neoprene booties or waders on. Swaped em for the 9s and they're perfect with a midweight sock and the neoprene booties. With the correct size these offer great ankle support, the bottoms are sticky good sticky rubber for wet rocks (haven't encountered much slime yet), and they seem nice and light in the water. Definitely keepers!

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Benny B wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

5 5

Going on a hike, climb, fishing, anything outdoors, anything............... Bueller? This jacket packs down super easy into its pocket. Throw it in the pack anytime I'm headed anywhere and if the pack's full, it's clipped to the outside with the built in loop. Great jacket for when that threatening cloud out of nowhere has all of a sudden found you. For how light and small it is, it's a heavy duty enough jacket for most of the unexpected stuff any season except winter would throw at you. Great product.

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Benny B wrote a review of on September 17, 2012

3 5

These are great for keeping your hands protected from the sun and keeping the abrasion down from grabbing handlebars for hours, however the padding does not last at all. I like these for mountain biking because I'm likely to beat them up anyway so the cheaper glove is a better option. For longer road rides though the upgrade to gel padding would be well worth it.

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