Fly Fishing Tackle Reviews: Greys Missionary 6 Fly Rod

If you’re like me, there’s nothing you enjoy more than wading out into a cold, fresh, fast flowing stream and casting out a carefully chosen fly. Win or lose, it’s an exhilarating experience that every angler relishes. Your fly fishing tackle is an important component to consider, especially the rod. Here’s some information about a rod I particularly favour – the Greys Missionary 6.

About the Greys Missionary 6 Fly Rod

For anglers who travel and need a portable rod, the Greys Missionary 6 is a great choice. This rod is light without sacrificing power and responsiveness. Made from high modulus carbon, the Missionary 6 retains all the features of standard rods while remaining extremely functional. High modulus carbon is a high strength material that’s been heat treated at temperatures of 1500 to 2000 degrees Celsius to enhance its tensile strength.

Features of the Greys Missionary 6 Fly Rod

Being a travel rod, I appreciate that it breaks down into convenient lengths as short as sixteen inches. The Missionary 6 has a fast mid-to-tip action and nearly perfect balance, as far as I’m concerned. It also has a low in-hand weight, a feature that’s important for long duration fishing excursions. This reel doesn’t sacrifice anything — it has an anodised up-locking reel seat that lends both security and durability to the design. Finished in a striking pearlised red colour, the rod also has a matching Cordura tube. Fly fishermen will appreciate that the Missionary 6 comes in seven trout models and two salmon models, so you’re sure to find one that’s perfectly compatible with your fishing style. The rod also is available in single- and double-handed models.

More about the Greys Missionary 6 Fly Rod

Expect to pay about £200.00 for this rod, but many special offer prices are available, some as low as £175.00. Over the years, Greys multi-section travel rods have achieved a nearly legendary status. So when the company replaced them with the Missionary 6, many anglers had plenty of doubts. Fortunately, this rod has a much more refined feel than earlier rods in the line and is a clear improvement over previous models. I particularly like that the rod breaks down into 6 sections, so you can easily stow it in even the smallest piece of luggage or knapsack. Plenty of anglers keep one stowed in their cars for those impromptu fishing excursions or opportunities.

Final Thoughts about the Greys Missionary 6 Rod

This rod hits all the high points. From its all-alloy corrosion resistant anodised reel fitting to the convenient 6-section design, this rod assembles quite easily. All that’s needed is to line up the dots printed on each section. All in all, the Missionary 6 rod is well worth owning, not only because of its compact design, but also because of its superb performance and high functionality.

The Greys Missionary 6 rod is, in my opinion, a superior piece of compact and portable fly fishing tackle.

Carlson Wagonlit Travel Franchise Review

There are companies that have a long and dynamic history of mergers, acquisitions and expansion which date all the way back to the 19th century. The origins of CWT are in the vision of two unique, service-oriented characters from the late 1800s.

Georges Nagelmackers, a Belgian inventor thought of the concept of sleeping coaches on trains in 1872. Because of this, his Wagon-Lits company started the ball rolling in Europe. In the town of St. Augustine, Florida, Ward G. Foster was unofficially advising travelers about local train times that the “Ask Mr. Foster” travel agency – later to become Carlson Travel Network -created to honor him.

CWT now handles more than 51 million travel transactions each year with 21.4 million in sales generated by this activity alone. They still have the same driving spirit that moved Nagelmackers and Foster: A desire to serve the traveler, to instigate, to innovate and constantly improve the whole travel experience.

CWT works hand in hand with its clients so that they can act on the challenges of business travel management on the side; they make sure that they act on the needs and expectations of travelers. CWT upholds 6 values in everything that they do:

  • Customer Care: Putting the needs of clients first and striving to continuously provide an outstanding level of service.
  • Commitment to Excellence: Continuously seeking higher levels of performance.
  • Cultural Diversity: Fostering respect and a team spirit in the workplace, embracing and leveraging the multicultural essence of the company, and providing equal opportunities to talented individuals.
  • Reliability: Being a reliable and truthful business partner, committed to offering industry-leading products and services.
  • Entrepreneurial: Approaching new challenges with creativity, resourcefulness and agility, reacting quickly and effectively to provide innovative solutions.
  • Integrity: Building productive, longstanding relationships by being truthful and promoting open communication.

Becoming a franchisee of CWT will require you to first submit an application form online as a supplier of service. The form will require you to provide your tax identification number and a Duns and Bradstreet number. If you don’t have one you’ll have to secure one as well. D&B will give CWT and idea regarding your credit score and financial rating to supply their needs.

CWT is committed to ensuring the highest ethical standards in conducting their business, whether interacting with employees, suppliers, guests or other partners. Because of this, they conduct Business Ethics and Conduct training for employees.

Their suppliers are asked to commit to their Supplier Code of Conduct. CWT balances its global footprint and innovative technology with best-in-class tools to help clients around the world maximize the effectiveness and value of their travel programs.

Their proficient program management team helps build targeted business tactics that deliver on the optimization strategy, utilizing specialists where needed to drive initiatives. Their sophisticated tools and analysis ensure your company’s performance toward goals is measured and reported to enable ongoing improvements.

Total Investment Cost range from $2,500.00 to $10,000.00, initial franchise fees of $1,500.00, royalty fees of $950.00 per month, term of agreement is 5 years renewable at $1000.00.

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Across China, Xinjiang to Tibet, Turfan to Llasa – From Heaven Lake by Vikram Seth

Ostensibly From Heaven Lake is a travel book. The description is both apt and limiting. It is worth musing on the idea that travel may be merely a way of collecting a pool of nostalgia for future regurgitation. But this particular description of the author’s journey through China – initially west-east and then north-south in the early 1980s – does not seem to have added very much potential fuel to future’s recollected fires.

At the time it was hardly common for an individual to travel independently in China, let alone enter Tibet via Qinghai or – even more unlikely – exit China via Tibet into Nepal. But this is precisely what Vikram Seth did, and to add icing to the achievement cake, his preferred mode of transport was hitch-hiking. It is largely the mechanics and logistics of this journey that provide most of the content of the book.

Vikram Seth had been a student in China, so his goal was to see some of the less visited parts of the country and to exit, eventually, to India to be reunited, after years in college, with his family. He did have some language without which, given the twists and turns bureaucracy forced, he would surely not have achieved his goal.

Near the start of the book the author is already in eastern China, visiting Turfan which, on the other end of an axis that starts in Tibet, must be one of the strangest places on the planet. It bakes in summer and freezes rigid in winter, is in the middle of a massive desert but makes its living from highly successful agriculture. On a visit to the karez, the ancient underground irrigation channels that bring water from the distant mountains, the author chances an unauthorised swim against his guide’s advice. The author gets into difficulty. And this seems to be very much a thread that recurs throughout the narrative of From Heaven Lake. A determined first person seems intent on asserting a rather blind individuality in the context of a society that respects only conformity and seeks to exclude anything that suggests difference. In the conflict that ensues between these fundamentally different aims, we are presented with a catalogue of travel that seems to miss much of the potential experience of the country through which it moves. Thus much of the book deals with the process of travel, rather than its experience.

Despite this, From Heaven Lake is a worthwhile read. Besides Turfan we visit Urumqi and the high altitude lake that gives the book its title. The tour moves on to Xian, Lanzhou, Dunhuang and then across Qinghai to Tibet and especially Llasa. This city occupies much of the text, revealing that visiting it was very much at the heart of the author’s consideration.

We do meet some interesting people along the way, but they are largely bureaucrats, drivers or officials associated with the author’s travel arrangements. Given Vikram Seth’s experience in the country, there seems to be a missed opportunity here, in that more people would have embroidered the text with more interesting and enduring detail than the repeated travel problems.

In its time, From Heaven Lake might perhaps have been a unique account of a trip that few contemporary travellers would have contemplated, let alone attempted. Today it still presents in interesting account of a personal challenge, but offers too little contemporary experience to motivate the general reader to stay on board.