I know I haven't posted in a week, but I have an excuse. I've been fighting a snoot full, for the last 4 days or so and even though I have my new reel for my TFO 9' 4pc I bought when I snapped the tip off my 8'6" Streamlight, I haven't been in shape to get out to the lake and flipper around. By the way, my rod is back and LL Bean did a great job of putting the tip back on and no comments about stupid or bi-fold doors.
The reel I got was a Ross CLA 2 with Rio AquaLux fly line with an intermediate sinking rate of 1.5-2.0 IPS. The reel itself cost more than my whole Streamlight outfit. Then add backing, line, a three pack of 7'6" - 4X leaders and a dozen size 8 Wooly Buggers and I darn near had to take out a second mortgage on the house.
I was tempted to go today since we are between snow storms (last night we got dusted and tomorrow night we can expect the same), but the wind was blowing and the pond would have been choppy, besides the temperature was in the low 30's and I didn't think if smart to risk getting sick again. So, I'm off to the pond on Thursday when we're expecting temps to be in the mid-60's. I don't mind fishing in the cold, just don't need another snoot full.
I'm also going to try those big meal worms, that I get from the feed store, on Thursday. I've not seen anyone fish out at the pond with them. Might be interesting.
A busy day planned for Thursday. Hopefully all the pieces will fall into place. I just wanted to let you know, I'm still around.