Adrian, you must be 'older than you look.'
Wow, I can tell you were 'exposed' to the old greenhearts if you remember having to go through the wrapping process. My first experience (raised in BC) with 2 handers was from an old Scot with a greenheart something like 17'ish feet long. When you're 12-13, the difference between 17 and 18 foot is zip; IT'S JUST ONE HECK OF A BIIIGGGGG ROD.
Anyway, that was job one, job two was to 'grease' the silk line, job three was to get control of the beast. Life was pretty good back then in central BC.