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Old 07-06-2004, 12:00 PM
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Orvis Shootin Star Bamboo

Hey All,

So for my bday this year I am looking at getting a bamboo rod for small stream steelie fishing and am looking at a couple late 1950s orvis made shooting star models. One is 8'6" and the other is 9'. They are both 2/2s and come with 5" removable bottom grips which I like cause I could spey cast a little with them. Been looking for a rod to go with my great grampas 3 3/4 st. george and these may fit the bill.

I have never cast one and they would be bought sight unseen except for some pics I have of them. They both look in perfect shape. I have heard they are supposed to be excellent steelhead rods and was hoping someone on the forum has some experience with these models.

Thanks for any help or other models I could look at. Do not want to pay more than $600 for what would be a fishing rod and if there are others out there I should look at let me know.

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Old 07-06-2004, 12:04 PM
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NEAT! What reel do you plan to put on it?
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Old 07-06-2004, 12:18 PM
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A hardy of course

My great grandpa died about 10 years ago and I was given his trusty 3 3/4 st. george that I think is from the 50s. Been wanting to use it but it is too small for any of my spey rods. It should balnce these rods perfectly and there will be nothin cooler than landing a steelhead with this reel. Hope to pass it down to my kid once I have waded my last river.

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Old 07-06-2004, 12:26 PM
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Just catching on here dOh!

I am a admittedly a classic gear ignoramus but recently bought a good hardcover on antique and collectible fly gear (AJ Campbell), maybe I should take it down from the shelf and read it once in a while

Here's the deal everytime we fish together if you bring that setup you get first pass thru the pool
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Old 07-06-2004, 01:03 PM
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Thumbs up Shooting Star..........

Sean, I have the 9' Shooting Star and use it for steelheads on small and large streams when fishing with dry lines. I am quite fond of it and I am most partial to the impregnated finish which is much more rain friendly than varnish.
The 9' version that I own cast a 9wf as far as it needs to be cast with very tight loops and will easily turn over the biggest piles of deerhair that you will ever want to skate.
I have mine paired up with an old 3 7/8" Perfect but I'm sure the St. George will be fine with either the 8'6" or the 9'.
I do not recall casting the 8'6" Shooting Star ( I'm certain I have) I just don't recall it enough to attest to its qualitys but all those Orvis rods are wonderful and a pleasure to fish. Not to mention look at, fondle, caress, and of course covet.
An added bonus is that the Orvis folks still refinish there rods and will make them like new for a pittance of what other refinishers will want to charge you.
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Old 07-07-2004, 09:33 PM
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Other Makers....

Sean there are too many other choices to get very specific, however just thinking about it the last few days I have (decided0 that the three rod makers that most of my Cane Nazi fishin buds use in no particular order are:
EC Powells 2 and 3 pieces 9-9'6"

Granger 9' -9'6" (Both Goodwin and Wright McGill)

Phillipsons 9'

The vast majority of these rods are 7wt most labeled as HCH and do handle the modern WF7 quite nicely.
I personaly like to fish the 7wts on the smaller streams where fish over 7 are exceptional and fish over 12# all but none exsistant, they will do the job but sometimes they take a set. The set can be removed so it really isn't a big issue. Bigger fish are easier on the Shooting Stars and there ilk. A 9wt Cane rod is not a wispy little delicate item don't be too shocked if at first you find it a bit heavier than you were anticipating, it will be.
I am headed out in the morning foe a few days and will be taking with me two rods both are 7 wts a 9' Phillipson Powr Pakt 3 piece and a Wright McGill Granger Special 9'6" 3 piece.
There are a lot of similaritys between Granger and Phillipson. Phillipson was a Denver prodigee of Goodwin Granger also of Denver.
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