It is currently 17 Jun 2021, 00:43


Previous  1 ... 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 New Topic Add Reply
Author Message
Post 19 Jan 2021, 18:10 • #476 
New Member
Joined: 01/15/21
Posts: 4
Hey guys,
I’m Sam from Kentucky and new to fly fishing. I got started because I found my Dads old Shakespeare Fiber Glass rod and reel, which led me to a cheap graphite outfit which in turn led me to an Eagle claw featherlight. I’m in love with fly fishing and it seems I prefer the feel of fiberglass, and it also seems that I have found the place to learn more about this whole trip!

Thanks
Sam from KY


Top
  
Quote
Post 20 Jan 2021, 08:37 • #477 
Master Guide
Joined: 08/03/14
Posts: 816
Location: central AR
Welcome Sam, yes indeed you came to the right place to learn about fiberglass.

Tim


Top
  
Quote
Post 20 Jan 2021, 18:17 • #478 
Glass Fanatic
Joined: 02/12/16
Posts: 3956
Location: USA-CO
Sam, welcome aboard!

Charlie


Top
  
Quote
Post 21 Jan 2021, 20:48 • #479 
New Member
Joined: 01/15/21
Posts: 4
Thanks for the welcomes guys. I got the eagle claw and okuma out on my lunch break today, missed a couple of fish and landed none, but I really enjoyed casting the new rig!
Thanks
Sam from KY


Top
  
Quote
Post 26 Jan 2021, 10:06 • #480 
New Member
Joined: 01/21/21
Posts: 4
Hello everybody,

I grew up fishing glass and bamboo fly rods - OK, I fish everything from catfish to bluefin tuna - and learned rod building from John and Jean Harrington. John was the inventor of fiberglass fishing rods back in 1945. He kept busy making Harnell (and later Harrington ) rod blanks. His' second wife, Jean, did almost all the wrapping and was a patient teacher. I'd often see James "Doc Ski" Labanowski in the shop, and he taught me a lot of finer points as well.
Much of my youth was spent "distance running" - which more often than not involved hiding tackle, food, and camping gear so I could fish the Sespe and Agua Blanca rivers in the Los Padres Forrest of Southern California.
I studied engineering in college, and would put the math and testing to bending moments of tapered tubular rods, and eventually worked out a blank for distance casting competition. I caught over 100,000 trout on a fly. Most of these on a single pattern - a brown and black wasp , a wet fly pattern that had two brown hackle tips for wings.
I'm learning bamboo rood making as well. I'm filing my own planing dies and will get the grinder built next. I hope to make a composite of glass, graphite, and bamboo that optimizes the properties of each.


Top
  
Quote
Post 04 Feb 2021, 14:19 • #481 
New Member
Joined: 01/29/21
Posts: 5
Hi everyone, I recently found this board and have been really impressed by, and appreciative of, all the information. Here’s a little bit of my back story:

I have been away from fly fishing for about 20 years. Back in the day, I used to do a fair bit of fly fishing (primarily for trout), tied flies, and made some rods for personal use. I attribute my drift away from fly fishing to a move to the desert southwest (away from easily accessible fly fishing waters in northern California), to work, and to raising a family. Each year, as life happened, fly fishing slipped further and further off the radar. Recently, however, my interest in fly fishing has been renewed.

As to how I got here: Over the years, I have developed a bit of an affinity for “old stuff;” not just any “old stuff,” but “old stuff” that is well made and functional, that performs on par or better than new stuff, and that is a good value. While I am not devoid of nostalgia and sentiment, I tend toward the practical. I don't collect anything for the sake of collecting and I am happy to use good new stuff where performance and value favor it. I have 100+ year old hand planes in the garage along with modern Veritas hand planes, and vintage straight-razors that are in the shaving line-up along with modern razors. However, back in the days when fly fishing was one of two things always on my mind (pretty much pre-internet), my knowledge was limited to what I saw in fly shops and magazines; reels such as Martins and Pfluegers and fiberglass rods were not on the radar. In any event, my mindset back then was a little different, and I likely would have coveted the new and shiny anyway.

Having had my interest in fly fishing renewed, I started looking for a couple older reels to pair with rods I had on hand. As my first fly reel, a Daiwa SF 706 (which I still have), instilled a fondness for click pawl reels, my search veered in that direction. In researching various reels I kept finding myself back on this site.

I am sure you can guess what happened next: some older reels started arriving. Favorites of the bunch so far are the SA Concept 1 456s (big surprise! It is basically the Daiwa SF 706), Daiwa 730, and Martin MC56.

Of course, once reels significantly outnumbered rods, balance had to be restored to the universe. To that end, I finally got around to finishing a 7½ foot 4 weight IM6 graphite rod that had been sitting in the rod wrapper for nearly 20 years. I also started reading about vintage fiberglass rods on this site. This led me to dip my toe into vintage rod waters. A Narmco Conolon F88 recently arrived and I have two more vintage glass rods on the way - an Actionrod 1580 and a Cortland PRF-2000 (my first fly rod, which I still have, was a Cortland GRF 1000).

All my prior experience is with graphite, although I do prefer a more moderate action rod. I want to love that Conolon, but the jury is out. On one hand, it is in pretty good shape and in fishable condition. It casts a WF6 (the heaviest line I currently have) fairly well and I like the action, but it would likely do better with something heavier. On the other hand, it is VERY tip heavy and unbalanced with the reels I have on hand (the WF6 is on a Ross Cimarron). Not very comfortable or enjoyable to cast. I need to find a boat anchor of a reel or some other way to counterbalance the tip weight or it will spend much more time on the wall than on the water. I am hopeful the other two, which are shorter, will be more enjoyable to cast with the reels I have on hand.

Anyway, huge thanks to this board for the information and for being a part in rekindling my interest in all things fly fishing.


Top
  
Quote
Post 05 Feb 2021, 19:00 • #482 
New Member
Joined: 01/29/21
Posts: 1
Hello from Southern MN! First post, here.

I’ve been fly fishing off and on for about thirty-eight years. First fly rod was a Berkley Buccaneer, about 8’ 6”, in a 6/7 weight.

I put a Martin 65 on that baby, and lined it with an Ace Hardware (IIRC) weight forward line. I knew from reading magazines that weight-forward lines were for distance, double taper for delicacy, and level lines were primarily used with live bait! Oh, the horrors that image would bring present to some of today’s purists!

I’m mostly a bass/panfish guy, as that’s mostly what’s available here. I’m not a “trout guy,” but I’ve caught/released lots of trout out in WY/MT, fishing being incidental to other reasons for visiting. I educated the dumb ones, anyway... :P


Top
  
Quote
Post 11 Feb 2021, 00:18 • #483 
New Member
Joined: 02/09/21
Posts: 2
Hi all.
My name is Alex and I am brand new to this forum. I live in Lakewood California but am originally from Old Bridge NJ.
So I’ll get right to it. I was given this rod with absolutely no info about it. I can only find one marking on it but I’ll include several pix.
It’s 8’6” 2 piece rod and was trying to find out anything you can tell me about it.
Thanks to all.


[Fixed the photos. Tom]


Top
  
Quote
Post 11 Feb 2021, 12:11 • #484 
Glass Fanatic
Joined: 02/12/16
Posts: 3956
Location: USA-CO
Welcome, Topwater38 and AlexT006! Enjoy the board with all the great stories and expertise here.


Top
  
Quote
Post 11 Feb 2021, 18:24 • #485 
Administrator
Joined: 01/10/06
Posts: 7093
Location: Holly Springs, NC
AlexT006 wrote:
Hi all.
My name is Alex and I am brand new to this forum. I live in Lakewood California but am originally from Old Bridge NJ.
So I’ll get right to it. I was given this rod with absolutely no info about it. I can only find one marking on it but I’ll include several pix.
It’s 8’6” 2 piece rod and was trying to find out anything you can tell me about it. Thanks to all.

Welcome to the Forum!

My best guess from your photos is a Montague rod from long ago, as that tradename was purchased by True Temper in the 50s. The model number fits more with Horrocks-Ibbotson (50s into the 60s). Both companies made rods from brown fiberglass. You may wish to try it with 6 or 7 weight lines and see which feels best to you.


Tom


Top
  
Quote
Post 25 Feb 2021, 17:11 • #486 
New Member
Joined: 02/09/21
Posts: 2
Thanks I’ll try that. I also heard where you can hang pennies from the tip and determine the wt and flex.


Top
  
Quote
Post 25 Feb 2021, 20:08 • #487 
Glass Fanatic
Joined: 01/26/07
Posts: 1265
Location: Ada, Oklahoma
Alex,
I believe that rod is a Horrocks-Ibbotson. They had several rods in the 1200 series, including Woodsman, Ranger, and Special series. I could not find anything on a model 1212, but I did find a picture of a 1221 Ranger series, with that tobacco glass color and identical wraps to the one in your picture.

Larry


Top
  
Quote
Post 04 Mar 2021, 12:12 • #488 
Guide
Joined: 08/19/16
Posts: 189
Location: Brazil
AlexT006 wrote:
Thanks I’ll try that. I also heard where you can hang pennies from the tip and determine the wt and flex.


If you try this you may (or may not) like it.
https://www.common-cents.info/CCS_basic_Layout_1.pdf


Top
  
Quote
Post 07 Mar 2021, 11:07 • #489 
New Member
Joined: 03/05/21
Posts: 17
Location: New Mexico
Hello people,

New to the forum. I'm retired in New Mexico and have been fly fishing for about twenty years now. I enjoy fishing with classic fly rods but only have a couple of glass rods at the moment. I'm looking forward to learning more about the history and trends with fiberglass rods from everyone on the forum.


Top
  
Quote
Post 07 Mar 2021, 12:41 • #490 
Glass Fanatic
Joined: 01/26/07
Posts: 1265
Location: Ada, Oklahoma
Welcome aboard. You should be able to learn all you want and more from this board.

Larry


Top
  
Quote
Post 07 Mar 2021, 21:02 • #491 
New Member
Joined: 03/05/21
Posts: 17
Location: New Mexico
Thank you, Larry!


Top
  
Quote
Post 08 Mar 2021, 18:53 • #492 
Glass Fanatic
Joined: 02/12/16
Posts: 3956
Location: USA-CO
Welcome, dryflynm!


Top
  
Quote
Post 09 Mar 2021, 08:18 • #493 
New Member
Joined: 03/05/21
Posts: 17
Location: New Mexico
Thank you, Tomah!


Top
  
Quote
Post 25 Apr 2021, 23:02 • #494 
New Member
Joined: 04/25/21
Posts: 4
Hello, I'm Dan. I am new to fly fishing and especially new to the glass rods. I was gifted a garcia conolon fly rod 2454. I have a couple questions 1. what wt line would I expect to use with this. 2. the reel is currently a rt handed reel. While I am rt handed I reel with my left and hold the rod with my right. Is there a way to reverse this reel? Thanks, I am looking forward eather way to using this. I am currently in the Austin TX area.



Top
  
Quote
Post 27 Apr 2021, 15:08 • #495 
Guide
Joined: 08/19/16
Posts: 189
Location: Brazil
KingDan, to begin with, welcome to the forum! The wiki just shows your rod to be an 8-footer with a "dry fly" action, but it gives no line weight or diameter. You could probably go with a 6- or 7-weight line and see how it feels to go from there. If there's a line on the reel you could try that and then work out what weight it is. If you put pictures of the rod on the "collecting fiberglass fly rods" subforum you will probably get more replies.

The reel isn't one that I recognize. You could put it on the classic fly reel subforum, where it would get more attention. Be sure to take photos that show both sides of the reel, the underside of the foot, and the insides of the reel with the spool removed so as to see the click or drag mechanism.


Top
  
Quote
Post 27 Apr 2021, 19:38 • #496 
Global Moderator
Joined: 04/20/07
Posts: 8141
Location: US-ME
Welcome King Dan--and thanks Pampas Pete for encouraging KingDan to add posts. Both the reel and the rod (in Fishing... or Collecting...) would be of interest with more info and photos. Very likely, KingDan, they'll elicit more comment with new posts on each. Using the search function (upper right of the frame) will turn up a lot on the Conolons.


Top
  
Quote
Post 27 Apr 2021, 21:46 • #497 
New Member
Joined: 04/25/21
Posts: 4
Thanks for the replies, I'll definitely post pictures in the mentioned spot. I took it out today with the line that was on it, casting was nice, and it has good action. I really like the feel of the glass,


Top
  
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  

Previous  1 ... 16, 17, 18, 19, 20 New Topic Add Reply



Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 4 guests


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum

Jump to:  
Google
Powered by phpBB® Forum Software © phpBB Group