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Post 05 Dec 2020, 18:02 • #1 
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Location: Tauranga, New Zealand
I recently added the above rod to my collection. While probably not an uncommon rod in the US, I have not previously seen one in New Zealand. The rod appears in the 1966 Shakespeare catalogue and my one was built in November 1965. I see that there is a wide range of line weights that this rod is capable of casting and I look forward to getting out on the lawn and finding the sweet one. Being that the Wonderods are well known to many of this Forum's members, I am interested in comments about this model as well as advice to line preferences. The advice gained from the Wiki pages and the scanned Shakespeare catalogues has been very helpful. I have the history of who owned the rod and how it came to be in New Zealand which to me, is what makes it so special. It cost me NZ$26.00. Cheers


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Post 05 Dec 2020, 20:25 • #2 
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How long is it? # of pieces?


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Post 05 Dec 2020, 20:37 • #3 
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It's the two piece 8'6" 4.4 ounce rod. In pretty good condition. Posting images is beyond my capabilities. White glass, red bindings with black spiral trim. Cheers


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Post 06 Dec 2020, 10:51 • #4 
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If it was mine I would play with a 7 or 8wt.

Wonderods are unique in taper IMHO, some of them are sweet, some are just weird. Good luck, let us know.


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Post 06 Dec 2020, 19:48 • #5 
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Many thanks majicwrench. I reckon this model is one of the sweet ones. I found an old Cortland WF7F and it cast this nicely but am looking forward to trying an older WF8F. I tried a Scientific Anglers Frequency Boost WF6F (which is around a 6.5) and it was definitely a bit on the light side. A slower casting style and a careful application of power produced very pleasing results. Cheers


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Post 07 Dec 2020, 08:03 • #6 
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The "standard taper" is my favorite Wonderod taper---the rod is rated for a 7 wt.----I would use a Dt. 7 wt. or a WF 6 wt..
Good luck


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Post 07 Dec 2020, 19:53 • #7 
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I like Cortland 444 Peach for my Wonderods. I'd try a 7. Not sure why, but to me 444 seems to be in tune with every Wonderod I have for whatever reason.


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Post 08 Dec 2020, 00:17 • #8 
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Many thanks midmofly and slimjim1135 for your help. Much appreciated. Cheers


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