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Old 04-05-2021, 06:24 PM   #1
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Cassette fly reel

I was looking at the Hardy ASR but stumbled on the Grey's QRS for less than half the cost. I believe Grey's is subsidary of Hardy. At $139 it seems like a no brainer for trout fishing. Bar stock aluminum, disc drag and easy cassette change out.

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Old 04-06-2021, 11:19 AM   #2
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No trout is going to break ANY reel. Go for it.
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Old 04-10-2021, 01:17 AM   #3
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No trout is going to break ANY reel. Go for it.
At least none of the trout you might catch.
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Old 04-10-2021, 07:51 PM   #4
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At least none of the trout you might catch.
Eagle, I can attest to that. Glen doesn't even fish anymore so consider that any useful advice he might offer only applies to equipment designed before the Great War.

But to the OP, I've found Greys reels not up to snuff. My son had one and it had unacceptable mechanical tolerance issues. They may have improved but the Hardy cassette reels are superior and worth the money if you can find one. I have 2 CLS Ultralites and love them.

On a final note, first foray into the ponds tomorrow with UpstateDave! It's been a long winter!!!
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Old 04-11-2021, 09:52 AM   #5
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I have a Hardy ASR and love it. It makes cassette changes easy while on the water. Just don't drop it. Its very lightweight so the spool will dent easily.

VT please post a report. I'm on the road and will miss early season (again). Looking forward to living vicariously through you guys for the time being.
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Old 04-12-2021, 09:38 AM   #6
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I have a Hardy ASR and love it. It makes cassette changes easy while on the water. Just don't drop it. Its very lightweight so the spool will dent easily.

VT please post a report. I'm on the road and will miss early season (again). Looking forward to living vicariously through you guys for the time being.
I'll be happy to post VT's report for him. "At first light, we left the warm confines of our sleeping bags to ready up for the battle ahead. After casting a few hours without any action I noticed I had no fly on. I then tied on one of my usual heavily weighted tarpon flies and successfully snagged a 10" brook trout which I played for half an hour. After several minutes of pictures I performed surgery to remove the gaff, err, I mean hook, and then gently released him."

This should actually be fairly close to his "report".
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So glad that Glen wrote such an elegant report! It would sound a lot better if he actually described the Adirondacks, ponds and fishing conditions. Alas, he has not been there in quite a while and, well, his memory isn't what it once was.

See the picture of Glen after half an hour on the water back in the day.

The fishing was decent. Not on fire, but decent. Most of my fish were in the 16" to 17" range and nicely proportioned. I lost two that I wish I hadn't, one due to a frayed leader. I should know better...

USD would not give you the same report. Despite doing everything I was doing, same line, same flies, he couldn't buy a fish. I thought he might actually pitch his gear overboard and take up golf. The one fish he did catch in 2 days of trying was 13". And hooked in the tail...

We've all been there but I don't foresee him ever hearing the end of it
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Old 04-14-2021, 01:32 PM   #8
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Did he get tired out chewing through that tree in the background?
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Old 04-14-2021, 01:33 PM   #9
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So good to see some of us old posters and good to see new ones as well! And that you are all still doing good and are getting ready for this upcoming open water fishing. Good to see VT and USD got into an adk. Pond already! Thank you for your report! I hope to get back involved on here again also! Miss this and I am looking forward to the shenanigans and great reports again! Getting back to the original topic. I would just like to add I started out fly fishing using an old STH cassette reel. It served the purpose and the price was right for me as a beginner. Probably not be produced to this day anymore. Can’t wrong with the Hardy.
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Old 04-15-2021, 04:59 PM   #11
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Its been awhile but I had to check in and see whats going on in the forum. VT I'm always excited to read your reports and your Glenn Bashing Sorry Glenn. Im itching to head up and try my luck on my favorite pond (VT you Know which one). Found this on Sierra Trading Lamson Remix 1.5 Fly Reel - 3-Pack made in the USA great price. Putting in a new skiff on the LI Sound, but much rather head out in my BlackJack. (RIP Pete Hornbeck).
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Its been awhile but I had to check in and see whats going on in the forum. VT I'm always excited to read your reports and your Glenn Bashing Sorry Glenn. Im itching to head up and try my luck on my favorite pond (VT you Know which one). Found this on Sierra Trading Lamson Remix 1.5 Fly Reel - 3-Pack made in the USA great price. Putting in a new skiff on the LI Sound, but much rather head out in my BlackJack. (RIP Pete Hornbeck).
Let me know when you're coming! I'm sure there's a wee dram of Scotch to be shared around the campfire after a day on that pond!
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Old 04-15-2021, 08:56 PM   #13
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Its been awhile but I had to check in and see whats going on in the forum. VT I'm always excited to read your reports and your Glenn Bashing Sorry Glenn. Im itching to head up and try my luck on my favorite pond (VT you Know which one). Found this on Sierra Trading Lamson Remix 1.5 Fly Reel - 3-Pack made in the USA great price. Putting in a new skiff on the LI Sound, but much rather head out in my BlackJack. (RIP Pete Hornbeck).
It’s so sad that after teaching that miscreant from Vermont how to fish I’m now the object of his inferiority projection.

There’s nothing left to do but to list of all his favorite ponds.
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Forget the Scotch, Glen I'm on your side. I'm waiting patiently with pen and paper.
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It’s so sad that after teaching that miscreant from Vermont how to fish I’m now the object of his inferiority projection.

There’s nothing left to do but to list of all his favorite ponds.
MISCREANT??? I represent that!
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Forget the Scotch, Glen I'm on your side. I'm waiting patiently with pen and paper.
Siding with Glen??? OK, it's Old Mr. Boston for you then...
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This isn't the safe environment it once was hahaha
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Perfectly safe. As long as your name isn't Glen and you're not from Long Island.
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Perfectly safe. As long as your name isn't Glen and you're not from Long Island.
It's lawnguyland to you.
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