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Salty MiniMags #7748106 07/11/12 11:50 AM
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Originally Posted By: Steve Zissou
George do you think the 8-10 Mini Mag would do adequate double duty in the salt? I was in the market for a do-it-all 8wt, thinking the Mini Mag might be an option as well.
Jose.

Jose, you asked the key question – the MiniMag series is based on the TFO Bluewater series designed for saltwater big game fish.
http://www.templeforkflyrods.com/products/rods/bluewater.html

I believe the MiniMags were overshadowed by the popular BVK series and somewhat neglected as a very versatile fly rod. IMO it is the best engineered fly rod on the market - the technology is amazing – “S” glass butt section, transitioning into a “hybrid” “S” glass/carbon fiber mid section, with a very sensitive carbon fiber tip section.
Smooth casting fly rod with a tip sensitive enough to feed a blue gill headshake on a 8-10wt MiniMag.

As much as I like the BVK, if I was restricted to only ONE fly rod, it would be a 8-10 MiniMag.
Good luck,
George

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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7748286 07/11/12 01:15 PM
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Couldn't agree with you more. They have so much power for the rocks and bull dogging redfish and black drum on the flats. The 6-8wt is a perfect flats rod with plenty of speed to punch a fly through a stout wind. Put a fly line with a short and heavy taper (redfish) and you can load the rod with very little effort. I have turned about 8 fishermen down here on to them, and it's every one of their go-to rod.

Like I have mentioned before, I have landed 40" tarpon on on the 6-8wt and didn't feel under gunned. I have also caught tarpon in the same size range on 8wt and 10wt and felt the fish had more control than I did.


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have you tried the Clouser series rod



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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7750755 07/11/12 11:25 PM
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Ok ... I have a 7wt rod already ... had my eye on the MM 8-10 for saltwater duty. Would the 6-8 be a better option?

J.





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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: Steve Zissou] #7751030 07/12/12 12:36 AM
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Originally Posted By: Steve Zissou
Ok ... I have a 7wt rod already ... had my eye on the MM 8-10 for saltwater duty. Would the 6-8 be a better option?

J.

Can't go wrong with the 8-10 MiniMag - my all time favorite..
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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7751547 07/12/12 02:47 AM
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Zissou? Are you drinking the Kool-Aid?


Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: seaaggie] #7751664 07/12/12 03:22 AM
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Originally Posted By: seaaggie
have you tried the Clouser series rod


I have. It too is a great rod for throwing heavy lines and heavy flies. The 8wt didn't seem to carry line as I would like, but it's not designed to. I have never fished it, so can't say much about the lifting power.

Originally Posted By: Steve Zissou
Ok ... I have a 7wt rod already ... had my eye on the MM 8-10 for saltwater duty. Would the 6-8 be a better option?
J.


It depends on how you plan on fishing it. If you are mostly going to use it on the flats go with 6-8wt, if you're planning using it from the rocks or surf get the 8-10wt. IMO, 8wts and above are too much rod for the Texas flats, not to mention the MM 6-8wt has incredible power. If you went by grains the 6-8wt would actually be an 8wt-10wt if that helps your choice.


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I have one, and for a bass rod it is great, for a flats rod it is superb, and even has some pretty good lifting power too



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Originally Posted By: texasflycaster
Zissou? Are you drinking the Kool-Aid?


If George G is pouring, I'm probably drinking.

And- I've always been a TFO fan in general. So yup, I guess I am!

And ... if that rod is half as good as GG says it is, it sounds like a bargain at MSRP.

Now I just need an opportunity to get to the coast!

J.





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Originally Posted By: Steve Zissou
Originally Posted By: texasflycaster
Zissou? Are you drinking the Kool-Aid?


If George G is pouring, I'm probably drinking.

And- I've always been a TFO fan in general. So yup, I guess I am!

And ... if that rod is half as good as GG says it is, it sounds like a bargain at MSRP.

Now I just need an opportunity to get to the coast!

J.


It's better than what he says it is!!! I love my 8/10 MM.
I'm also hoping to pick up a 6/8 MM this week.
They are phenomenal kayak rods!!! banana



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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7768988 07/17/12 01:14 AM
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I hope they are going to be good. I just ordered a 8/10 with a BVK 3 reel this morning wink.




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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7769588 07/17/12 03:24 AM
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I just started building mine tonight for my trip to Louisiana next week.






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Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7772215 07/17/12 08:26 PM
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Would the owner of a mini mag post a picture for me to see.

Thanks


Re: Salty MiniMags [Re: George Glazener] #7772305 07/17/12 08:49 PM
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Thanks George, Ive seen that just wanted to see the whole rod


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