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Post 19 Jan 2021, 18:10 • #476 
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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


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Post 20 Jan 2021, 08:37 • #477 
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Welcome Sam, yes indeed you came to the right place to learn about fiberglass.

Tim


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Post 20 Jan 2021, 18:17 • #478 
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Sam, welcome aboard!

Charlie


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Post 21 Jan 2021, 20:48 • #479 
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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


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Post 26 Jan 2021, 10:06 • #480 
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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.


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Post 04 Feb 2021, 14:19 • #481 
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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.


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Post 05 Feb 2021, 19:00 • #482 
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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


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Post 11 Feb 2021, 00:18 • #483 
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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]


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Post 11 Feb 2021, 12:11 • #484 
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Welcome, Topwater38 and AlexT006! Enjoy the board with all the great stories and expertise here.


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Post 11 Feb 2021, 18:24 • #485 
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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


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