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New Member in SoCal
Post 14 Jul 2021, 18:14 • #1 
Sport
Joined: 07/22/20
Posts: 66
Location: US-CA
Hi all, new member from SoCal. So much good information here! I'm new to glass, started recently with an Eagle Claw Crafted Glass Rod (CGR) 3 wt/7.5' which has been a lot of fun on small streams and ponds. I'm now looking to expand the glass arsenal!

I'm struggling to decide whether to go the vintage route (eg older Fenwicks, etc) or try some of the "low to mid-priced" current production models (eg Echo, Redington, Cabela's, etc). Do vintage rods actually cast better than today's low to mid-price offerings? Is the vintage appeal their timelessness, value, made in the USA mojo? Or all of the above? Thanks!


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Re: New Member in SoCal
Post 14 Jul 2021, 23:46 • #2 
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Joined: 01/26/07
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I have glass rods in all price ranges, both vintage and new. Many of the vintage rods are the equal or better than many of the rods today. You would really have a hard time finding rods better than many of the Fenwicks, Phillipsons, Fishers, Hardys, and some of the Berkleys. And there are other very fine vintage rods that I have not mentioned. Some of the new rods, such as Steffens, McFarlands, Barclays, and Livingstons are as good as any rods ever made. Some of the new low to mid priced rods are pretty good, but certainly not better than many of the vintage rods or even as good. The only way to find out is to just obtain one of each, which is what I seemed to have done. ;)

Larry


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Re: New Member in SoCal
Post 15 Jul 2021, 09:19 • #3 
Sport
Joined: 07/22/20
Posts: 66
Location: US-CA
Thanks for the reply! My search for a vintage rod begins....something along the lines of a FF807 might work for fishing the bays around here.


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