Today Cindy and I took a quick trip up to the house in Roscoe, I mean a quick trip, up and back, not even a meal at The Roscoe Diner. I went up to check on some work an electrician is doing to the place. Last year during an ice storm branches fell down on the service and after that it became evident we needed to do over the service all the way to the box. We're putting in 200 amps to cover all the improvements we have planned. Roscoe looked, well, like Roscoe, only a little colder 24 degrees, and a little less busy. I was surprised Catskill Flies and The Beaverkill Angler were both closed, especially a few days away from Christmas. One thing that was different in town was that the fire department was now in it's new home where the car dealership once was. On this trip we brought up a new (er) couch and some end tables and lamps. We wrestled with this antique sleeper sofa that weighed at least 500 pounds. I'll be dropping that off at Mazza in Tinton Falls tomorrow.
I received a nice Christmas present when I got home. I had sent my Orvis Power Matrix TLS in for a stripping guide repair and I guess since they have had it a few times already for repair they sent me their newest, a 9ft 9wt Orvis Access. This line is replacing the Power Matrix, and at 375 dollars it's their mid range fly rod. I can't wait to give it a shot. I was checking some specs on it. The Helios is 3-1/4 ounces, so is the Access. Here's what Orvis says about the new line,
|Access Fly Rods|
Cast this rod once and you'll question the low price.
Cast it twice and you won't fish without it.
Pay more for remarkably lightweight performance? There is no longer a reason. The new Orvis Access™ Rod Series offers true premium-rod, weightless performance at a remarkably accessible price. The carbon-based composite blanks are impregnated with a new epoxy-based resin system with plasticizers for a stronger composite. This is a proprietary new material demonstrating an exceptional strength-to-weight ratio, making these rods even lighter than some higher-priced models. Using proprietary tapers and actions perfected on Helios™ by Orvis rod designers over the past two years, Access rods offer a performance-to-price ratio unheard of in the industry until now. Access rods cast with the same power and precision as the highest-price rods on the market, are just as light if not lighter, and yet come at a price that is accessible to everyone.
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