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Post 16 Nov 2009, 12:35 • #1 
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I thought since CrustyBugger's Wanigas rod generated so much interest of late, it might be good to post these shots from my catalog.

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Post 17 Nov 2009, 05:45 • #2 
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WOW. Look at those prices.


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Post 17 Nov 2009, 06:25 • #3 
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Thank you for posting - very nice - quite rare in my mind ...

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Post 17 Nov 2009, 06:28 • #4 
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I noticed that in 1975 rods rated for 4wt lines were featured a light, 5 as a medium light, and medium action for 6-7. The lines defining actions was based on weight- I wonder if they veiwed rods actions differently such as slow , medium action, fast.

Cool stuff none the least.
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Post 17 Nov 2009, 09:47 • #5 
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In 1975 I was a mechanical engineer making $13K a year - and with stagflation and wage freezes I remember not having a lot of discretionary income in the 70s. I was a buyer of mainly Wonderods in the $20 range and my first Fenwick was one made from a blank because I thought the built rods cost too much. My reels were all Medalists, but I drooled over those Scientific Angler system reels. In real terms those old rods are probably cheaper now than then (at least from my viewpoint).


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Post 17 Nov 2009, 12:32 • #6 
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Setting the dial on my time machine to March 1975. Can you imagine what a 6' #4 Au Sable in mint condition would bring today on eBay ? Thanks for posting that great catalog, Jay.


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Post 17 Nov 2009, 17:06 • #7 
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Duff, To heck with selling the rod on eBay . I would rather imagine casting it with you at the next McFarland Gathering.

Gearboy, Would you mind if I pinned your catalog post to the top of the forum and used the information in the Wiki?

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Post 18 Nov 2009, 00:11 • #8 
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Of course not, good idea.


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Post 18 Nov 2009, 13:45 • #9 
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Duff,
Yes, selling one on that auction site would be great fun - perhaps even more fun taking the e mails one would receive during the auction..


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Post 19 Nov 2009, 11:38 • #10 
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I don't think rod actions were thought of in a particularly different way, but they are marketed in different ways; thus, that very well thought out catalog reflects his thinking and marketing concept. The angling tips convey timeless wisdom; the rod descriptions reflect emerging interest in "light" as midge fishing became popular and as "light" became a popular word in marketing--partly due to the dawn of the graphite era. Those descriptions are more marketing-influenced, though, and very cleverly done. Sales strategies have influenced rod/action descriptions and reflect a lot of trends, but the underlying concepts haven't really changed. Here is a more or less generic "default" description from about the same time period, the author having only information to provide, without a particular sales slant (I would guess that the maker above could plug virtually every one of the rods into these descriptive categories and would recognize them immediately. Nevetheless, when selling fly rods, he wouldn't want to say "This 8' rod has a medium action just like most others do." )

from Compete Outdoors Encyclopedia, multiple editions 1972-1980, an Outdoor Life Book edited by Vin T Sparano (a mainstream source, but in so far as one can generalize about how rod actions were thought of, about as good as any. Someone trying to sell them, of course, had to think of a way to distinguish his product, one of which would be to describe it differently):

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Compare that to the contemporary description at this link, that I noticed this morning as it was contributed to another discussion:

http://www.ctsfishing.com/flytermsexplained.php


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Post 23 May 2010, 10:48 • #11 
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These pages came out of an earlier catalog. It had no date. Below is a booklet that Art made that talks about Michigan fly hatches. I had posted the entire book, but the pics were lost in my photo bucket account, so I deleted the post. I will add a couple of pages. If anyone is interested, I will post the entire book. I also have more pages from the original catalog, that talk about reels, waders, flies, etc.

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Post 14 Feb 2012, 13:04 • #12 
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Post 28 Mar 2013, 17:02 • #13 
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Art Neumann was the original owner of The Wanigas rod shop and one of the founding fathers of Trout Unlimited.
Mark McKellip and Art Neumann

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Re: Wanigas Catalog
Post 02 Nov 2013, 09:23 • #14 
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What a great thread


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Post 04 Sep 2015, 19:52 • #15 
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Great thread indeed!


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