Travis Tzioumis

Travis Tzioumis

Brighton, Lost Trail/Powder Mountain, Unitas, Bob Marshall, Glacier Natl Park, Wasatch

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Travis Tzioumis's Passions

Fly Fishing
Hiking & Camping
Snowboarding

Travis Tzioumis's Bio

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Travis Tzioumis wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

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This is my dry fly line. I have it in a 3 wt on a Redington Drift reel for my 7 ft 3 wt butter stick. This line is perfect for that rod. Long front taper allows for smooth and delicate presentations. The weight forward design gets plenty of action out of the small fiberglass rod. It is an absolute blast to cast. I like that the colors are more neutral/earth toned rather than having bright fluorescent colors.

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Travis Tzioumis wrote a review of on September 22, 2014

5 5

I have the Butter Stick in a 7 ft 3 wt. with a Redington Drift reel and RIO Trout LT weight forward line and it is so much fun on small streams. This set up really excels at shorter casts and laying down your fly with a "light touch" , get it? 'Cause the line is the Trout Light Touch?

This rod doesn't need a heavy front taper to the line, there is so much action in the rod that using a long front taper or a double taper line would pair well with this. This is my new go to rod when following little blue lines around on a map.

Short enough to stay out of overhanging trees or brush delicate enough not to spook your target fish. The 3 wt is a perfect dry fly rod for throwing midges, caddis, small hoppers, BWO's and really any dry you have in your box.

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Travis Tzioumis wrote an answer about on September 16, 2014

Hey Jaime,
This bag uses a Pertex shell material, which is highly water resistant even though there is no membrane on the shell material. Pertex essentially uses a thinner synthetic fiber and are able to get a tighter weave which allows the bag to repel moisture while staying breathable. I've seen the WM sales rep pour a glass of water onto their bags and try to rub it into the shell. When turned over the water just ran off the side of the bag.

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Travis Tzioumis wrote an answer about on September 8, 2014

The 2 13/16" is designed by Hardy for 2wt DT line with 25 yds of backing. I would not recommend it for a 5 wt line. Personally, I would rather under weight my reel than over weight it. The 3 1/2" is for 6 wt DT line with 100 yds of backing. If I was in your shoes that is what I would go with if you want to stick with the Bougle. I've included the item number for the Bougle Mark VII for the 3 1/2" below, just type it into the search bar at the top of the page.

HDY0025

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