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Post 22 Jul 2021, 15:51 • #1 
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Got this old Wonderod off the Bay earlier this week for $40 and it arrived today, complete with original case. The thing is 7'9" long was absolutely filthy but I had a feeling it would clean up nice. Here's what it looked like upon arrival.






After 20 minutes of 320 sandpaper and some mineral oil with a cotton cloth and fine steel wool it looked a lot better. Boy, after putting a 1494 on it it's just looks and feels like it wants to go trout fishing. I've got a larger Wonderod in similar colors, an 8'6" FY-300 in sterling condition, but it feels like a club compared to this guy. This guy is going with me on the next trip and can't wait to fish it.








I'm going to try it with both 5wt and 6 wt line and see which I like better. It's surprising you can get a rod of this quality for this price.


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Post 22 Jul 2021, 18:15 • #2 
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Nice!

I've had a few of those 7'9" rods, they have all been 7wts in my hand, but whatever works good for you is the ticket.


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Post 22 Jul 2021, 18:26 • #3 
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Yes, I've done some research on what you guys like on these and it seems 6-7 is the most loved.


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Post 22 Jul 2021, 19:44 • #4 
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I use a 6wt on my 848 7’9” Wonderod


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Post 22 Jul 2021, 21:24 • #5 
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Gadabout, is that you? Really enjoyed watching you and your Wonderods back in the 60's.


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Post 23 Jul 2021, 11:27 • #6 
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I saw that rod for some time on ebay. The price you got was a lot better than it was originally offered for, nice job.

I have one 7' 9" wonderod 1240 that is most definately a 6wt. It weights 0.4 ounces heavier than the wiki indicates. But all other members report it is a 6wt too as well as the wiki.

I put together a listing of the Wonderods that were lighter weight and lighter line weights, based upon the wiki. I thought that the 1290 was one of those 5wt rods.

Can't wait to see are report from you on it, to see what you think about it.


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Post 23 Jul 2021, 21:11 • #7 
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Awesome!! Glad you got one. It is one of my favorite fly rods (have a beater and a pristine one). I enjoy fishing a 4wt line on each of my samples the most.



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Post 23 Jul 2021, 21:19 • #8 
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Cool stuff guys and that's a great pic Mike. I'm originally from western Washington where I used to use an old bamboo rod for trout fishing in the Olympics.

Turns out I have to postpone my trip for a couple weeks but I will for sure bring it with me. This afternoon I also picked up a nice 1280T with case


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Post 23 Jul 2021, 21:52 • #9 
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I was just out crick fishin using that same automatic pictured above.

That E WA landscape is where I grew up, fond memories of healthy trout.


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Post 23 Jul 2021, 22:37 • #10 
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I think I would re-wrap the guides and any other thread but I really like the grip shape and reel seat.


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Post 23 Jul 2021, 22:40 • #11 
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Thats cool you were both from Washington! Funny but I picked up a 1380T a few weeks ago and havent fished it yet.

I love the Martin 47s (got 3 of them). Seems like they are a perfect fit (as far as automatics are concerned) for smaller fiberglass vintage rods, compared to other bigger heavier automatics.


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Post 24 Jul 2021, 11:23 • #12 
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There is something magic about 7'9"...I think it is the PERFECT length for a flyrod. Shakespeare had that right from day one!


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Post 25 Jul 2021, 19:45 • #13 
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Elwha73, You're driving me crazy with the bargains you're finding. I was tempted by a 1280T for $75 without the original tube a couple of years ago. You got that 1290 with tube for a steal. It's a 5wt in my hands. The 7'9" 1280T and 1290 are wonderful trout tapers and handle 5wt (or even a heavy 4wt) fine. These are two of the finest Shakespeare fly rods produced. When I pick one up, It's hard to realize that a 70 year old glass rod is good competition for many modern rods. A good taper is a good taper.

I hope they find some good action soon.


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Post 25 Jul 2021, 20:22 • #14 
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Lots of buys out there Carlz! ;)

I have an FY-300 8'6" Professional made in 1966 but it's stayed in the closet ever since I bought it. I heard so many good things about the 1280 / 1290 I thought I'd give it a go. Wow, I know this rod is going to perform well.

Will post pics when I get it out on the water.


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Post 25 Jul 2021, 20:33 • #15 
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I have two 1280T's which are great rods. I have been looking for 1290, and the OP snagged this one before i saw it!!! Some of the 1280T's and 1290's have an interesting historical twist to them: manufactured early 50's so among earliest glass rods in general production I think.


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Post 26 Jul 2021, 17:39 • #16 
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Besides the early manufacture date, there is also the fiberglass wraps (instead of thread) on some. It's hard to pass one up, even when you have one.


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Post 12 Aug 2021, 20:00 • #17 
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Elwha73 wrote:
Gadabout, is that you? Really enjoyed watching you and your Wonderods back in the 60's.


Thanks. The “real” Gadabout has been gone for 35 years. ;)


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