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Post 11 Apr 2017, 23:34 • #1 
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I know a lot of us have been corrupted by vintage Orvis Graphite.

I know there are a ton of "Far and Fine" fans around there, but I have to say the "All Rounder" is my Orvis that I fish the most. While labeled a 7wt, it is a nice substitute for an FF806. OK, I like it more.


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Post 11 Apr 2017, 23:47 • #2 
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I liked the old 7'6" 4wt superfine. Pretty slow, not much back bone to fight fish with though.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 06:42 • #3 
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I still occasionally fish my 8'4" 3wt PM10. It's a mid-flexing rod that's easy to cast. Pretty rod, too.Image

Lacks backbone as dustdog said about the #4 superfine, though.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 07:56 • #4 
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I have an Orvis Western 8'3" 3 wt. from Jan. 1987. It is a great 4 wt. to me. Up-locking cork spacer superfine grip..
The older unsanded Orvis graphites are still nice tools!


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 08:14 • #5 
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I've fished: seveneleven, Far-n-Fine, Henry's Fork, Limestone

They are all pretty darn good. (for graphite)
Better as dry fly rods, than as subsurface fishers.

others I'd like to try someday: Tippet, Trout, All Rounder, Powerhouse, One Ounce


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 08:16 • #6 
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X2 on the 7'11" Far and Fine ............aurelio


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 08:28 • #7 
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I only have one which is a 7' 5 weight 4 pc Rocky Mountain. Fished it for the first time yesterday and I think I may be in love. Pure fun.

Carlz,
Are you trying to feed my budding new addiction with this thread??? :lol

David


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 08:43 • #8 
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Mine was a 7'9 5wt. Cant remember the exact model name though. It was my first "real" fly rod. It was a full-flex, 2 piece, with green thread wraps and a black reelseat with rosewood or something like that. I could still manage to get a whole line out of the tip though.

On a fine summer day when I was about 13 I was on vacation. I had came up from the lake to relax in the cottage at the top of the hill. I rested my rod ontop of my mother's mini-van. Well, we had to take some trash to the local dumpster and completely forgot about the rod. It flew off and was crunched in 3 by the car behind us. Sigh.

In that same weekend I managed to cut my foot open and get stitches. It was hard to call it a vacation.

Nick


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 09:05 • #9 
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Orvis tippet from the early 80's. Still have that rod.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 09:54 • #10 
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Orvis (Seven Eleven) 2&1/8th oz. 7'11" 4wt. from 1984. I purchased this bugger originally and still have her. I now fish her only on special occasions like a my 50th and now again this coming summer on my 60th. :) What a great fishing tool it has been over the years.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 10:39 • #11 
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Hands down may favorite vintage Orvis graphites are the Ultrafine and the 711. I've stalked many a trout with those two rods and find myself fishing those most of the time when casting dries.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 11:00 • #12 
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The Far-And-Fine


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 11:06 • #13 
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Rocky Mountain 7'9" which is one of the best rods (that Far 'n Fine blank used for so many fabulous Orvis rods) I have cast. I often choose it over my good fiberglass faves. I believe it is one of the best blanks ever used for a fly rod.

Paul


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 11:18 • #14 
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Some of my favorites and models I own are the Tippet, 7'11" (from 1979), Henry's Fork, and the 4 piece 9 foot Spring Creek. My favorite of the bunch may be H Fork followed closely by the 7'11" and Tippet. But I could change my mind at any point. My brother had the eight foot Trout and it was nice. My cousin back in the day had the Far and Fine and it was nice as well as I remember. I would not mind owning a Tight Loop and a Zephyr at some point although I have never cast them.

The older Winstons are pretty desireable, but I as a whole, I might pick the older Superfines over them.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 12:03 • #15 
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I took a few pictures of my (one and only) Orvis graphite fly rod. I see more of them on my horizon.

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Post 12 Apr 2017, 12:15 • #16 
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Hands down my 7.5ft, one weight. It adopted me in 1989, caught hundreds
of fish all over the world. The rod has high milage and shows some battle
scars, the tip is down about 1.5 inches and one bent guide has been
replaced. The tube is missing its cap, and has many chips and bruises.
I paired it up with a Ryobi 255MG, they get along very nicely!


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 12:58 • #17 
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Graphite: Ultrafine and Tippet
Bamboo: Superfine and Seven/Four

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Post 12 Apr 2017, 13:00 • #18 
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Spring Creek, 9'3" 5wt. I have a 2-piece from 1977 and it's as lovely a big-water dry fly rod as I could ever want. It's my Delaware River "holy grail" rod.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 13:02 • #19 
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Boy those are in great shape. That Tippet looks outstanding!


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 13:34 • #20 
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My favorite is the 9'6" 8 weight Rivermaster. It is a line rocket launcher, and a great steelhead-type rod. I looked for mine for a long time after having cast one. Second place winner in my opinion is the Henry's Fork; I want to try a Far N' Fine sometime too.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 15:56 • #21 
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i have the 7'6" 5 far and fine built 12-83 and a 7'6" 5 HLS built 1-93 , i have a guy on my Hockey team wanting one and a guy at a local fly shop wanting the other but i haven't gave in yet.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 18:11 • #22 
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My favorite is an Orvis 8' 4wt 'Tight Loop', a lovely rod.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 19:00 • #23 
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Years ago, I bought a Orris 7'11" for my daughter to have some day. Never been out of the tube...but since it is the only one I own, it must be my favorite. I tried them all and decided to get that one for her. I hope to put her on some trout with it this summer. Matched it with a small Battenkill Barstock in silver...a very nice combination.

Before I came back to glass, I was fishing Diamondback graphite about 15 years ago. I used a 7 ft 4 wt 'Classic Trout' back east and a 9 ft 4 wt 'Western Series' for out west (although it really should have been at least a 5 wt due to the wind). As the production of these fine rods spun down I bought a 8 ft 3/4 wt 'Classic Trout' and an 8 ft 4/5 wt 'Western Series' to keep for the future. Neither has been fished and they still have the cork protector on them. I do think I am more inclined to the Diamondbacks than I am to the Orvis rods, personally.


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Post 12 Apr 2017, 20:21 • #24 
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I go back and forth between a Tippet and a Brook Trout, both 7-1/2', one a 3-wt. the other a 4wt.
can't make up my mind which I like better.

tt


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Post 13 Apr 2017, 20:03 • #25 
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I only own 1 orvis, a rocky Mountain I picked up while in college. Haven't used it in years. I'm into the diamondbacks though. I went on a buying spree a few years ago. I was picking them off eBay for $50. At least for the lower ends, all american, americana, vsr, even the carbonites. Great rods for the price. I also picked up a few classic trout rods and westerns. And even have 2 diamond glass rods. My total is close to 20 diamondbacks. Yeah, I'm a fan.


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