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Post 22 Oct 2021, 20:55 • #1 
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So I’ve now had the chance to fish my phillipson fly rod (6’6) a few times and it is a better rod than my fenwicks (which I still love). It casts so easily and well that each cast is a joyous process.

Any suggestions for 8 ft 7 wt?


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Post 22 Oct 2021, 22:42 • #2 
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Pretty much all Phillipson 8'ers are 7-wt, so I would pick a Master, Deluxe, or Royal.
Expert E80 is a 6-wt (my favorite 8' Phillipson - my favorite 8' rod),
Epoxite EF80S is an 8-wt (S for salt), and DFS is a 5-wt (dry fly special).
There are also B for bass taper 8-wts.

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and be careful around here telling The Truth about Fenwick and Phillipson.


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Post 22 Oct 2021, 23:02 • #3 
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Post 23 Oct 2021, 09:03 • #4 
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My MF80 is a good 7wt rod but works well with heavy flys and 8wt line

My 8’ swamp fox with glass ferrules is smoooooth and a 6 or 7 wt but i use a 6 on it.







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Post 23 Oct 2021, 11:50 • #5 
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I have the 6'6" Phillipson rod...custom built, great for tiny streams but can cast a streamer with ease.

My friend just pulled a pristine 8' Fenwick 7 wt out of mothballs and fished it for the first time the other day...cast a 7 wt 10' sink-tip nicely, though we didn't catch much on a local urban lake. I had a floating 7 wt Mastery bass line ready to loan him, but he never got around to it. Nice rod. He was going to trade it to me, but I think he will keep it, from what I saw of his casting and fishing from the float tube.

On another note, I fished an Orchard Industries "Actionglass" 9 footer, 7 wt...a yardsale find....that cast so well, felt like I could drop the fly into a teacup at 30-40 feet.... but left my casting wrist aching after a couple of hours of fishing. Cast an 8 wt sink-tip well and a 7 wt bass floater felt fine. Something about those longer tip sections that help in accuracy and picking up line, but I remembered why I seldom buy the 8.5 and 9-footers these days.


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Post 24 Oct 2021, 10:15 • #6 
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Phil-my 6’6 happily casts 1/0 streamers 40 ft, as long as it is not windy. The only thing it doesn’t like is weighted flies.


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Post 24 Oct 2021, 18:18 • #7 
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I agree that almost any of the 8' Phillipson's will do, but I love the 8'6" models with a 7wt as well. Whether you want 50's 60's or 70's era rods is up to you, but they all will do. I personally like the feel of the later models, but the red/green reelseats on the earlier models is really pretty.


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Post 25 Oct 2021, 11:18 • #8 
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If it says "Phillipson" on it it will be a great caster...but I too am a fan of the 8'6" rods...with a special place in my heart for the S-86 and X-86
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