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Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 09:22 • #1 
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First off I don't know if it's fiberglass or not so please forgive me if it's not . Has anyone used one of these ? Mostly I am just bored and want something to play with indoors but if they actually help anything that would be a plus (not that I need help) lol . Thanks for looking .
Scientific Anglers 120678 Groove Practice Fly Rod


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Re: Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 09:40 • #2 
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it doesn't have to support the loads of fishing, i.e., doesn't need to be strong, so I they could get the action they want using graphite.
but don't know the actual answer


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Re: Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 09:54 • #3 
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I had the echo version for a while, and yeah I think it does help if you can’t get outside to a park or something to practice with a full size rod. Mostly they’re really fun to play with inside. Especially if you have a cat.


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 10:01 • #4 
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I have one of the original indoor practice rods, Its fiberglass and uses yarn as the line. I had fun with it and it is practical as a practise rod. It will help you with timing as well as help you learn to tighten your loop. I took it to work and would play with it in the office. My boss didn't like it , but what I did before work and during my lunch was none of his business. But a number guys tried it and had fun playing with it. I even taught 2 guys how to cast with it and they still fly fish today. But I have to say I don't know much about the one sold by scientific anglers. But you may find it works for you. :)


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 10:08 • #5 
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Yea, my cat loves to chase the line. :)


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 10:19 • #6 
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They can help a beginner learn to cast a line rather than throw a weight off the end of a pole. And a cat is a good assistant. Having said that, I'd just go down to a discount store and buy the cheapest 9 foot fly rod I could find, probably $15 this time of year, or to a junk shop and pay $5 for one. Choose it as a usable beater/back-up rod. It's tip section, 4 1/2,' will work just fine. Fashion a temporary grip from any old tube or foam pipe insulation. A spool of heavy mason's twine and a scrap of yarn or ribbon and you are in business. My grandson, age 4, already forms a beautiful loop with one, opens or closes it as we decide how he wants the loop to look, and lays out a nice straight line. He did break one when the cat struck the yarn too hard and he reared back like Charlie Moore with a flippin' stick.


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Re: Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 10:21 • #7 
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Thanks for such quick responses . I ordered one from Echo the MPR . I like the fact that they also have a double haul kit for it . My wife has agreed to try fly fishing as long as I accompany her to a quilt show or two a year . Sounds like maybe I can use this to get her started ? If I can get her to actually catch a fish I think she will be hooked like the rest of us ...lol


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 10:55 • #8 
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I've used a rod tip and yarn for years but a more compact choice for me now is "The Accelerator" Fly Casting Trainer. The Accelerator is an ingenious device comprised of a plastic tube containing a ball bearing (and a simulated rod grip) that provides imediate feedback, through the action (& sound) of the ball bearing moving in the tube.

It may be available through Feather Craft or from the inventor, Floyd Dean through dean4fish@aol.com.


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Re: Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 11:01 • #9 
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Thanks , I've already bought what I need .


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Re: Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 13:37 • #10 
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FWIW - Lee Wulff was peddling those things back when Theodore Gordon was in knickers. We made our own by just using half of any rod we had handy since in those days, most rods were 2pc.

Here's Lee's version: http://royalwulff.com/products/royal-wulff-fly-o/


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 16:47 • #11 
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I have a "fly atom"4 foot something fly rod i can cast in the house and a 5'6 cgr that i can cast if i kneel down or cast side armed down the hallway.Really riles up the cats and dogs.Wife is not a big fan.


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 18:44 • #12 
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The Lee Wulf one is the one I Have. I got it when they first came out. They were made by Garcia if I'm not mistaken. Not quite as old as when Theodore Gordon was in knickers but more like when he got his first dry flies from Halford. ;)


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Post 16 Jan 2020, 20:15 • #13 
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the hersh wrote:
I have a "fly atom"4 foot something fly rod i can cast in the house and a 5'6 cgr that i can cast if i kneel down or cast side armed down the hallway.Really riles up the cats and dogs.Wife is not a big fan.

I have what is now a 3'9" Fly Atom - I was using it as a cat toy and there was an unfortunate vacuum cleaner incident.

The cat is an essential part of the training. You get so caught up in getting the cat to pounce on the toy - you forget about technique and just let your subconscious do the casting.


Tom


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Re: Practice rods
Post 16 Jan 2020, 21:09 • #14 
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They're great for dog fishing...



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Re: Practice rods
Post 17 Jan 2020, 06:55 • #15 
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they may shake their heads, but pound for pound, dogs don't run like cats


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Re: Practice rods
Post 17 Jan 2020, 09:02 • #16 
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Years ago I had a thin stem of black stem bamboo, about 3' long with around 8-10' of heavy green garden twine for a line. Worked remarkably well. It would even roll cast on a tile floor. Who needs a fancy, name brand practice rod !


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Post 17 Jan 2020, 11:03 • #17 
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So that was always the key in my experience...the roll cast. Getting the cat to "take" was not hard but getting a solid hook up was the challenge. I found that immediately upon getting the cat to strike, a quick roll cast would loop the yard around the cats neck. The runs were still too short but considerably longer than without. Boilerplate: No cats were harmed in producing this merriment.


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Post 17 Jan 2020, 11:30 • #18 
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You've gotta just put the screws to them. Sure, you may lose a few, but usually both cats and dogs are repeat biters...although cats will spook easier.


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Re: Practice rods
Post 17 Jan 2020, 14:21 • #19 
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with the possible exception of Italian greyhound, cats do better aerials.


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Re: Practice rods
Post 17 Jan 2020, 17:44 • #20 
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I've never tangled with an Italian Greyhound....bucket list worthy for sure.


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Re: Practice rods
Post 17 Jan 2020, 21:47 • #21 
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This thread has inspired me to book some trips for the coming year; Alaska for Huskies, Italy for Greyhounds, and finally, Germany for Dachshunds on the 3wt.


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Post 17 Jan 2020, 21:54 • #22 
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at least we're having fun yet


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Re: Practice rods
Post 18 Jan 2020, 10:43 • #23 
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:lol Winter has really set in across the Country. :hat :like


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Re: Practice rods
Post 18 Jan 2020, 12:22 • #24 
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jhuskey wrote:
:lol Winter has really set in across the Country. :hat :like


Better to see some humor vs. typical cranky off-season arguing. ;)

It's currently 12˚F here and we're waiting for a forecasted 6-9" snowfall to start in a few hours. I'm hoping the snow and cold weather that's supposed to follow it will freeze up my favorite lake so I can do some ice fishing next week. That's how I get my fishing fix in the winter.

When I got my first fly rod as a teenager (on sale in a local hardware store in the middle of winter), the first place I mounted up a reel and tried casting it was on the frozen surface of Lake George, NY. :)


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Post 18 Jan 2020, 13:32 • #25 
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and all this time clarkman and I thought we were arguing


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