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Mother's Day Amago bass

PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:15 am
by rvrgzr
Yes, this 'mother' was returned to the water quickly.

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Re: Mother's Day Amago bass

PostPosted: Sun May 09, 2010 11:34 am
by wrknapp
Looks like that new Amago is just the ticket for you. How about your own thoughts on it versus the Yamame for bass and bluegill and other warm water species? You have enough experience now with both to illustrate the differences.

Randy

Re: Mother's Day Amago bass

PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 5:20 am
by rvrgzr
wrknapp wrote: How about your own thoughts on it versus the Yamame for bass and bluegill and other warm water species? You have enough experience now with both to illustrate the differences.

Randy


The Yamame is better for casting poppers and more wind-resistant flies, in my opinion. The irony is the Amago, due to it's flexibility, has worked better for me in fighting large bass (over 2 lbs) and big bluegills. I've had the aforementioned fish pop off the 5x tippet when using the Yamame.

When Czech nymph fishing with split shot and/or weighted flies, the Yamame is better for casting the weight, than the Amago. Since I have not been able to use the Amago in waters that have large trout, I don't know how well it will work. I have stopped using the Yamame in waters that have large trout, since I lost so many fish due to their breaking the 5x tippet. Will the Amago be able to flex enough to turn the rush of a 20 inch rainbow? I'll let you know. It sure seems to handle the runs of 3 1/2 bass. But, we know there's a difference between the strength and speed of pond bass and river raised trout.

Re: Mother's Day Amago bass

PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 8:25 am
by wrknapp
I wonder if these rods might handle heavier tippets in the right hands? It seems to me that the 5x 5lb limitation may not be necessary once the learning curve on fish handling has reached a certain point. Now that extra parts are more readily available, perhaps it is worth some experimentation. If one keeps the rod angle low enough to avoid the high sticking that is so effective landing small fish, perhaps one can use a heavier tippet with any of the rods. I may take the plunge and experiment a bit. It is worth breaking a tip or two to me to know the limitations better. I'll report here if I learn more.

Randy

Re: Mother's Day Amago bass

PostPosted: Mon May 10, 2010 4:26 pm
by rvrgzr
wrknapp wrote: I may take the plunge and experiment a bit. It is worth breaking a tip or two to me to know the limitations better. I'll report here if I learn more.

Randy


Daniel! Oh, Daniel! Don't blame me for this one. And has it been 2 or 3 tips I've broken?

Good luck with the experimentation, Randy, seriously, and let me know how things work out. I do think the rod held parallel to the water while fighting a large fish makes a difference.