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Post 23 Jul 2019, 14:15 • #126 
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Lunker, I agree. The Fenwick Voyagers are smooth rods, as well as the Lami's. I'll add the multi piece original Diamondglass rods and most anything by James Green.


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Post 24 Jul 2019, 12:14 • #127 
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Livingston 8’6” and 8’9” 5 wts. Super smooth and a sheer delight to cast and fish. Dusty is the king of long glass


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Post 25 Jul 2019, 20:40 • #128 
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I really like my Scott F2 703, It is very smooth and fun to fish!


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Post 26 Jul 2019, 04:06 • #129 
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To this very complete list, I have to add the Barclay Synthesis 8’2” 4/5 4pc. The ease with which it throws tight loops is, to me, astounding.


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Post 26 Jul 2019, 20:44 • #130 
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9' T L Johnson E S 7wt, this has to be the smoothest fly rod I have ever used, was hesitant buying it but liked the 4wt T L Johnson I have I took a gamble on it. It's really a shame these are no longer produced.


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Post 27 Sep 2019, 15:42 • #131 
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Phillipson DF76 Swamp Fox


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Post 27 Sep 2019, 16:35 • #132 
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Smooth may be more subjective than slow or fast but my smoothest glass rod is a Livingston 8'6", 3 piece, 3 wt that Dusty built on a CTS(?) blank...a close 2nd is a Larry Kenney 6 wt built on a 8'6"on a 2 piece Fisher blank.


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Post 27 Sep 2019, 19:04 • #133 
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The slowest Smooooooooth rod: Hardy Perfection 4wt. You can drink a cup of coffee waiting for the back cast to straighten out. Significantly slower than anything I've cast short of the Studio ThinLine and I think the Perfection might have it beat.

I'm too impatient for these slow rods now.


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Post 04 Oct 2019, 23:32 • #134 
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Fenwick ff86


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Post 05 Oct 2019, 10:49 • #135 
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7' Wonderods are my current favorite,smooth effortless casting and not as finicky with line as my phillipsons.


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Post 06 Oct 2019, 14:29 • #136 
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I think that the smoothest glass rod I own is probably an 8 foot 5 weight I built on a McFarland Spruce Creek blank (yellow). Also very smooth are a 7'6" 2/3 weight on a Steffen blank, a 7 foot 9" 4 weight on a Paddock butterscotch blank, an 8 foot 4 weight on a Diamondglass black blank, an 8 foot 5 weight Orvis Fullflex, and a 9 foot 6 weight Winston. I consider the 8 footers as all-around rods for small to medium sized waters and the Winston to be just plain good for all trout rivers.


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Post 06 Oct 2019, 18:34 • #137 
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I finally got to fish my Livingston 8'6" 4 wt. today. Unequivocally it is very smooth.


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Post 18 Oct 2019, 17:01 • #138 
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2X on the FF86. It is wondrous in that regard.


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Post 19 Oct 2019, 08:00 • #139 
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Was finally (briefly!) able to fish the Paddock 836 I built. I’d put this one in the smooth category


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Post 20 Oct 2019, 15:21 • #140 
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Fisher 8' 5wt
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Post 20 Oct 2019, 17:28 • #141 
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Bingo. Actually, you could name about any Fisher in the more common configurations. I couldn't decide which is smoother among the four I use most, each a different length and line weight. Progressive actions are, almost by definition, smooth. That is the whole idea.


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Post 20 Oct 2019, 18:31 • #142 
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very good point, it's tough to say progressive taper without also saying smooth - smooth progressive taper
That makes just about any Fisher, glass or graphite, or any Phillipson, a great candidate.
If light-in-hand graphite spinning rods get to play, any 9' or longer Lamiglas ML-rated steelhead rod - if you have a place to cast a long way.
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Post 20 Oct 2019, 23:27 • #143 
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Yup. My 8'3" 5wt Winston/Fisher is my smoothest casting rod. Transitioning from short, to medium, to long cast is like driving a high end car with a smooth transmission. No hiccups between gears.


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Post 21 Oct 2019, 20:06 • #144 
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Small stream: Barclay 70p. Nuf said.

Mid weight: Livingston 866. Redefines delicacy in the 6 wt category.

Heavy weight: Fisher 8’8” 8 wt 3 piece I hacked and ferruled from a 9’2” master blank. Awesome power and accuracy and oh, so smooth!


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Post 24 Oct 2019, 18:02 • #145 
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Golden Eagle 6’6” or Phillipson EF66 and EF70


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Post 13 Nov 2019, 08:17 • #146 
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My vote would be a James Green 7'3 Spring Creek series, #4..


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Post 13 Nov 2019, 09:07 • #147 
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Heirloom 763 and McFarland 773 yellow glass. Mike's beats the T&T by an RCH.


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Post 13 Nov 2019, 18:27 • #148 
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Smoothest Glass Rod? My 8' 4wt. Morgan era Tom Morgan Rodsmiths. It doesn't get much smoother than this one. It casts like silk.


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Post 14 Nov 2019, 08:16 • #149 
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Hellmtflies wrote:
Smoothest Glass Rod? My 8' 4wt. Morgan era Tom Morgan Rodsmiths. It doesn't much smoother than this one. It casts like silk.

I have enjoyed many of the Tom Morgan Rodsmiths glass rods and have yet to cast one that wasn’t smooth:). My favorite is also a 8’ 4wt build on a Morgan era blank. I have a good friend building out a post Tom Morgan era 8’ 5wt (McFarland rolled blank) and I have no doubt that it will give the 8’4wt a good run for the money as “smoothest”. I casted the rod at the Marlborough show last winter and couldn’t wipe the silly grin on my face all day and had to buy a blank.
Fred Paddock’s Signature series also seem to be in my wheelhouse of taper preferences (smooth, intuitive, progressive medium) but the 8’3” 6wt is the standout for me as smoothest 6wt glass trout taper rod.
I would have to add my Barclay limited edition 75p, Kabuto 7’6” 4wt, Ijuin 7’ 3wt, Graywolf 8’3” 3wt “the Natural” and Mcfarland 8’6” 5wt Limestone taper as exceptionally smooth glass fly rods for my trout fishing.


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Post 15 Nov 2019, 11:42 • #150 
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Little kern golden wrote:
Livingston 8’6” and 8’9” 5 wts. Super smooth and a sheer delight to cast and fish. Dusty is the king of long glass


While I've already said that my Livingston 8'6" 3 wt is my smoothest glass rod, my 8'9" 5 wt Livingston has been the most impressive...getting a guide on the Missouri to shout over any over, "Look at the bend in the rod" when I was landing several 20+ inch fish provided feedback on the fighting and lifting ability of well engineered and built glass over graphite (most of which would break when doubled over to quickly land and release large fish.


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