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01-13-2002 04:47 PM
Love glass rods

I really need to look "outside the box". I spend most of my time on salmon/steelhead boards and never check out the other boards on here.

Ii have quite a few glass rods. When I started fishing I do't remember seeing graphite rods yet, or maybe they were in very limited supply back in the mid 70's. We had Fenwick glass rods. My first driftrod wa (and I still have) was a fenwick F85C with an ABU on it. My catch rate really didn't go up that much when I switched to graphites, just a LOT lighter to toss all day long. I also have a few fenwick glass rods, from 7wt up to 9wt. Love them andget them out from time to time. IMHO, the older Fenwicks are great rods and not cheap at all. I love grabbing my 8' 7wt and hitting summerruns. Can't beat th feel of a steelie on a glas rod, having it bent in half without thewory of snapping like you d with graphite. Hot, cold, even if you ccidentally tap th side o the boat you don't have toworry about it snapping (unless you hit it ina cardor).

Personally, I don'tlike the new glass rods from fenwickk/lami. I feel thy're trying to bring back somethingthe just can't duplicate (especialy since Fenwick isn't fenwick anymore). I've picked uup a newer F89C ( I hae afew of thse rods to, al pre buyouts) and the lok llike junk compared to my old rods. Maybe I'm just biased by the old fens. I to also hhad som other glass rods (Danielson..EEGADSSSSSS, and an OLD soouthbend) and sld tem of years ago.

I'm not sure i I coul go out ad spend $200+ dolars for aglass rod. I gus you pay for something because it's "hot" now you don' eihe 1. remember thy wwere chaper priced or 2. or did't know they actually made them back in theolden days.

I myself would buy any older fenwicks or lami's. I have oon custom built s glass and LOVE it. I had quite a few of my old fens and lamis s glass stolen back around 83' when somnne broke into my Dad's truck before we were goin on our fishing vacation. Can never replace them, they were mostly handbuilt by a deceased friend ofours.

12-28-2001 12:01 PM
yep, i don't know a thing about computers

one of my guide's assistants, while looking over my shoulder, informed me that the picture I posted was too large, sorry about that, folks. won't happen again.
12-28-2001 11:58 AM

well I honestly don't use the glass rods to cast with, just troll.

I like the graphites for casting to be honest, and for people that don't do it everyday the lighter graph. rods are alot easier on the arms.

we actually have people get tired of casting, and a couple good fish will tucker them out.
12-28-2001 12:37 AM
fisshman26 I used to have a Glasstech 5ft6 for a 3 and thought it was the sweetest trout rod I ever had my hands on. Until one day it got pulled off of my boat on a sweeper never to be seen again.
12-27-2001 11:42 PM
roballen you haven't cast a fiberglass rod until you have cast a Russ Peak glass rod.. No one has ever come close to the Peaks glass rods. The ones I have cast were every bit as capable as a comperable graphite rod. If you ever get a chance to try one go for it , you'll be impessed.
12-27-2001 09:33 PM
mine was a Diawa

my brother bought it as an outfit at the PX in '65.

For a great deal of our trolling we use fiberglass rods. Nothing like a client dragging a $400 graphite rod along the gunnel to impart a little action to the fly.
12-15-2001 09:39 AM
Roop My first fly rod (and my wife's favorite one) is my 6 weight Fenwick, it's about 18 years old I think.

So is the "re-introduction" of glass rods the beginning of a cycle?
From the classic bamboo action to glass to graphite/ glass, to graphite to titanium mixtures....:eyecrazy:

Personally I think it's a result of people finally realizing that they don't necessarily need a fast action rod.

Not that there's anything wrong with owning every style/ kind of rod there is....
12-14-2001 07:54 PM
S blanks-1000 or .... designation

juro, think we have our next "contest." AND no fair if you work for the folks in Woodland Wash or picking up the telephone for a history lesson.

What series did Lami. call those s series rods? I only remember the 1000's as the bottom of the line graf's. But now is now, then was ..... was .....25 years ago?

Dang!!! Finally got the "smilies" to work. Thanks to the several folks who e mail the 'clutz' on the 'who-to.' How do you spell "computer illiterate?" Fre......
12-14-2001 04:22 PM
andre The sweetest casting rod I own is a 8wt 4pc glass Winston from San Francisco. I just never use the rod. I'm kind of hoping the buyer doesn't come up with the cash.
12-13-2001 10:28 PM
Adrian Somewhere in the basement of my house lie three old glass rods -one of unknown vintage, an Arthur Cove 8' 5wt nymph rod and a Portman 9' 9wt which is to this day a sure fire recipe for tennis elbow! I bought my first graphite rod back in 1976 and by today's standards it would be regarded a "dog" - the line rating was 6/10:hehe: Well, years and experience taught me better. I once had the chance to play with some original greenhart rods in various weights. The smaller trout rods - 3-4wt were a delight. The line you used was irrelevant, the rod just did its thing and out flew the line. The bigger salmon class rods up to 18' were a different story weighing a couple of pounds when equipped with reel, line etc. Men were "Men" back in those days and you needed well honed biceps to handle those big old weapons. I find it ironic that a well made glass rod is today considered expensive. Yet another example of life's great cycle of mystery I guess
12-13-2001 09:51 PM
striblue Ryan... thanks for correcting me,....I am sorry.. It's in the Winston catalogue. I picked up both Catalogues last night and and just made he wrong connection when I posted.

12-13-2001 08:29 PM
John Desjardins PMflyfisher , the Fenwick is ~$120, and the Lamiglas is between $260 for a 3 piece and $290 for a 6 piece. All the others are out of my price range, so I don't even think about them.
12-13-2001 08:21 PM
Re: The "other" fiberglass?

Completely agree Fred! In fact I think that the s-glass was so good it held up the popularity of graphite rods for years in the PNW, or so it seems. Light as a feather and you could really put the stick to a big fish with that strong but shock-absorbing blank. At the same time graphite technology got better and eventually the lami sales went to graphite as well, I think it was the 1000 series and LHS series rods.

Originally posted by fredaevans
My fav. of this type of rod material was Lamiglass' "S-Glass" blanks. ...

Still miss it.

12-13-2001 08:03 PM
Originally posted by striblue
Going though the Sage 2002 catalogue revealed that Sage is offering a full line of Fiberglass rods... calling it the new old rod. I wonder how it will compare to the actual old fly rods.
It does?? Where at?? I cant seem to find a thing about them.

12-13-2001 06:53 PM
pmflyfisher Thanks for the info will have to check them out. I caught a lot of fish on those old glass rods.

How expensive are these ? What range
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