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clu5297419

Mountains, rivers and trails. Alta in the winter. Rivers of UT and MT in the spring, summer and fall. Trails of SLC and PC when the fish ain't bittin

clu5297419's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Biking
Skiing

clu5297419's Bio

Backcountry.com’s Gearheads are your instant connection to gear knowledge. They’re passionate outdoor experts hell-bent on helping you find the right ski, saddle, or pro. Follow their adventures and exploits.

I love to ski, fish, camp, and ride bikes. UT is where I live and play.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Fit: True to size

Everything about Arthur's review is spot on. Great shirt, lots of sweet features and its versatile.
I'm 6'2" about 200 lbs and wear a L comfortably. Its got a nice slim fit, and makes me look very handsome according to my wife.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on October 25, 2013

Lots of power.
5 5

I've got this rod in a 690 with fighting butt, or B handle.
This thing is great. I use it for my streamer rod and it can chunk a heavy streamer a mile. For shorter casts you're a bit over gunned, but that's why they make 3 and 4 weights right?
In addition to throwing streamers with it I also throw this one on bigger waters like lakes and ponds in the High Unitas and local reservoirs around here. I'll also be taking it to my April drift trip to the Green River in NW UT.
I've taken it on a camping trip in MT where I wasn't going to fish a ton and it worked pretty well. With smaller stuff I had to position myself at least 30 feet from the seam I was casting into. So if you're looking for a true all arounder the 5 wt would be better
But as an all-around bigger rod I love this thing. You can throw it a long way with tons of power so the wind doesn't stand a chance.
All in all its a great rod and I look forward to getting the 3wt BVk as well. This rod family is a winner.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times
Fit: True to size

Then try not to buy them.
These are awesome waders. The reason everyone talks about Simms waders being awesome and the best out there, is because they are. Being in the part of UT were I am I know a good number of guides and see a good number of them on the river when I'm getting after it. This is by far the most common wader I see these guys wearing. That to me is proof enough that they are worth the money. And they are made here in the US of A. BONUS!!!

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clu5297419wrote a review of on October 1, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've thrown this rod in both the 490 and the 590. I love both.
I'd say either of these weight rods can be used as a go to, multipurpose rod. It just depends on the size of the river you fish as to which you need. The 490 is going to throw lighter tippets and drys a bit easier, and the 590 can handle bigger bounce rigs and streamers a bit more easily. Honestly if you can afford both I'd suggest it. If you try different fishing strategies, and fish different rivers instead of just doing the same thing at the same place all the time you'll find a use for both.
At the same time either can be your go to all purpose rod. I've used the 490 on big rivers, and the 590 on small.
The best thing about this rod series is the feel you get along with the speed. I read a lot of reviews and comments about this rod and of the ones that weren't fans of it, the most common complaint was it felt like a baseball bat. I disagree completely. These rods have a great feel and give you an almost telepathic sense of where your line is and where its going through the entire cast. That I think is its best attribute. I get less snags in tight quarters as a result of this, and that's just the ancillary benefit. The other benefit is my casts land where I want them to, and we all know this can result in more fish being caught... I stress the "can" here.
All in all I think this is a fantastic fly rod. One that I'll definitely keep for a long long time. I'll hopefully pass it on to my kids some day.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on September 27, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've used it several times

These boots are super stiff. They do feel more like a hiking boot than a wading boot and you'll never have to worry about kicking rocks and stubbing your toe in these. They have an almost steel-toe feel to the toe box.
At first I was worried about the Boa system because I felt like they were tightening more on the top of the boot since that's where the dial is. But when you walk in them the tension distributes well across the whole boot.
The felt soles are by far the best I've even waded in. I haven't gotten the studs for them yet, but for where I fish I don't see a need for them. They stick to slick rocks like nothing I've used before.
These are hopefully the last boots I purchase. They feel like they'll last that long.
Well worth the money.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on September 10, 2013

5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

This is by far my favorite rod to use on anything besides big rivers. With a Click reel in a 489 its the perfect combo for dry's, swinging softies, or even some light nymphing.
A tip from Sage is to up line this one and you can actually use it as a fast action rod. I kinda believe it too. When you really start powering this thing out you can get it to cast a good ways and the action sort of speeds up as you do... Hard to explain, but its nice to fish. Definitely recommend this rod. Its great.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on May 15, 2013

3 5

I've tried so hard to like this pack. But I just can't.
It sticks out pretty far so when its loaded down it droops a bit, which makes it not stay up.
The neck/shoulder strap is Yvon Chouinard short so it digs in like crazy and gets your shirt all crooked and bunched up. I think this is something that Patagonia has a history of. 4 years ago i couldn't wear a long sleeve shirt from them due to the shortness of the sleeves. They've changed that in recent years so hopefully that will continue across other parts of their brand as well.
The features are great on the pack though. It seems well made and durable. I just may not be a pack person. Who knows.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

5 5

I have this reel on a Sage One 9ft/4wt and its a great go to set up. The smoothness of the reel and large arbor make it perfectly weighted and a great fighter for the smallest, or biggest fish you can convince to eat your fly.
This is one I'll keep for a lifetime.

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clu5297419wrote a review of on April 8, 2013

4 5

I have the 3wt/7ft Stream rod. Its a super fun rod to fish with... if all the conditions are perfect. Forget about fishing this rod in any wind. You just can't do it.
But if you're fishing a really small stream with really small fly's and a 7x tippet, catching a fish on this thing is super fun.
Definitely not my go to set up, but a fun rod that won't jerk a fly out of a fishes mouth like some other stiffer rods can do.

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