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General practitioner
Post 14 Feb 2021, 11:31 • #1 
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My favorite of Chris’ rods has always been the 70p... until now... I still adore the 70p but the 79 General Practitioner is astounding... a true do it all rod that is so smooth yet with the strength to turn big fish... when casting short it drops them on a dime and when casting long that semi-parabolic-ish butt just wings it into the next zip code... my only question is: do I call it a
Paragressive
Or a
Probolic ?


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Re: General practitioner
Post 14 Feb 2021, 14:30 • #2 
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The Barclay Synthesis 7'9" GP sure sounds like a nice rod, from all I've heard. Do you fish it more as a 5wt or a 4wt? Also, do you have the 3pc or the 5pc version?


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Re: General practitioner
Post 14 Feb 2021, 14:40 • #3 
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Fished as a 5....3 pc.


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Re: General practitioner
Post 14 Feb 2021, 17:34 • #4 
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The only other person I know has a GP is Aurelio, so you should get with him.


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Re: General practitioner
Post 14 Feb 2021, 18:29 • #5 
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I’d love to fish with him but he’s about 1,000 miles away..... maybe some day!


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Re: General practitioner
Post 15 Feb 2021, 11:16 • #6 
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The Barclay 79 GP is hands down my favorite rod to use because of it’s combination of versatility and fun factor casting and fighting fish. I like mine with a GPX 4 half heavy to a Rio Gold 5 which will let you feel the butt kick in at shorter range. There has been times where I used a different rod due to worrying about losing it kayaking in deep stained water and wishing I used it instead.It might not be a popular rod to the masses like the 4/5 GP but if Chris developed a 79 GP heavy “ Combat Medic” 6/7 with the same feel with those line weights I would save up every penny to get it.


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Re: General practitioner
Post 15 Feb 2021, 17:31 • #7 
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Now THAT is a great idea... maybe if we both bug the hell out of Chris he’ll cave in and build one just like that... good name for it too!


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Re: General practitioner
Post 15 Feb 2021, 19:41 • #8 
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Excited to see this post and the positive comments about the GP. I ordered a 79 3pc from Chris a couple of months back and can't wait for it to arrive. Hoping it will become my go to on the Gunpowder in MD.

I was torn between the 3pc and 5pc, but I've never had a 5pc and something about having fewer ferrules finally won out in my mind. If I was traveling a lot, I'm sure the 5pc would have been the one.


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Re: General practitioner
Post 16 Feb 2021, 13:30 • #9 
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Yes mine’s a 3pc (all my rods are)... hope to see you sometime on the Gunpowder... we’ll both be fishing the same rod!


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Re: General practitioner
Post 17 Feb 2021, 10:17 • #10 
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What reel are you guys using I find my 5pc. is perfect with a EC 11...........Aurelio


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Re: General practitioner
Post 17 Feb 2021, 11:56 • #11 
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Hardy LRH


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Re: General practitioner
Post 17 Feb 2021, 21:13 • #12 
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That's funny. I too have a Hardy LRH in mind for the 79 GP. Or, a Ross RR2. Excited to try both. Definitely hope to see you on the Gunpowder. Not too many yellow blanks out there in my experience. Should be easy to identify!


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Re: General practitioner
Post 17 Feb 2021, 22:51 • #13 
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I use a Martin MG3 the most but also a Browning Strata. Have a new Bauer SST 4 reel on the way for a deal I couldn’t pass up. I think it is going to be my go to especially on lakes known to have decent size carp in them.


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Re: General practitioner
Post 18 Feb 2021, 10:40 • #14 
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I used an old school Ross Colorado 1 on my GP. I have the three piece version. Seems to balance perfect with that rod.


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Re: General practitioner
Post 18 Feb 2021, 19:48 • #15 
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Curious: I have an early Chris’s build 7’10” 5 weight three piece that has always been one those 5 weights that is amazing fun to fish and for Spring Creeks here in Central Pa is universally do all. BobHa’s 8’1” 5 and McFarland’s 8’ 5 E glass , and even the Orvis Glass 8’5 toss in that grouping.
Love to cast and compared Chris GP to his early 7’10”?


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