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Post 05 Aug 2019, 15:18 • #1 
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Can be 7 to 7.5ft. Can be modern or vintage but not a 6wt labeled as a 5wt - if you know what I mean. A 3 piece 7'6" rod is 31.5" so I know that won't work. I used to own an FF70-4 but that was a 6wt IMO although my FF70 two piece is a true 5wt. I'm guessing a modern maker offers such a beast. I just thought of the Cabela's CGR 570-3. Any others??


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Post 05 Aug 2019, 15:40 • #2 
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I have a FF75-4 that is labeled 5-6 weight and I like it as a 5wt. Awesome rod!


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Post 05 Aug 2019, 16:46 • #3 
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Yes FF 75-4 is nice with a 5wt and so is the 756-4, the former is certainly a 5, the latter is a faster 5 but again more a 5 than a 6. Fenwicks do vary a fair bit from rod to rod so it's worth testing a particular rod before buying.

The 7'11" Ijuin Yomogi 4 piece is a deep flexing semi parabolic progressive 5wt (can be underlined with a 4).


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Post 05 Aug 2019, 17:29 • #4 
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I too have an FF75-4 and mine is a 6wt. It can be fished at longer distances with a heavy 5wt line but doesn't load at shorter distances with that line. Either this model varies from rod to rod or peoples perceptions do.


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Post 05 Aug 2019, 18:33 • #5 
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Either this model varies from rod to rod or peoples perceptions do.

It's both. Any brand or model of rod will vary some due to individual lay up and variances within the materials. But every caster also varies in height, weight, arm length, hand size and type of stroke- the only way to know if any rod will suit you personally is to try it on.


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Post 13 Jun 2020, 15:15 • #6 
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have been a tournament caster for over 50 yrs
have several glass 5# that fit the bill bunch of carbon also. mfg samples and gear to sell
sceptre
sila flex
old fenwick
couple of old conlon
several 2 pc - 71/2 blanks

i am in summit cty (Bath)
dont know if i am allowed to post phone so look in book. no address just phone
if u want to see them u can come over
have casting pond
distance field
have all the line or use urs

look me up call maid or wife will give u my office private line
dont do pics
hope this helps
yes all for sale
jjw
p.s couldnt figure how to send mail been a while

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Post 13 Jun 2020, 17:37 • #7 
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Tiemco Fenwick “79.5” fits the bill...

whoops...
I just realized you stated 7’6” as a max length. Sorry...

that might be a tough one to find. Modern makers dont reallly make short 5wts...

McFarland probably could accomodate you.

Paddock is the last I know of to make a good (great! actually) short 5wt. But it was a 2pc.

Steffen makes a #4/5 taper, but I dont think shorter than 7’6”.

Bamboo might actually be easier to find in this configuration...


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Post 13 Jun 2020, 17:54 • #8 
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You might want to look at some of the modern rods labeled a 3 or 4.


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Post 13 Jun 2020, 20:46 • #9 
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Maybe a New Fenglass 704, some on here prefer it as a five.

Tim


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Post 15 Jun 2020, 11:08 • #10 
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If you could go to 7’9”, and 5 pieces, Chris Barclay’s 5-piece General Practioner is a terrific 5 wt.

You could try a vintage 7’ 2-piece 5 wt, cut each piece, and get spigots installed to make a 4-piece. I'd probably do as cheap as I could find and see how I liked the before and after before trying it with a quality rod.

I’m pretty much in the same boat on my FF70-4, and the FF756-4, as being more 6 than 5 weights, certainly in close. I guess if you went through 20 of them, you might hit one you liked as a 5. But checking out the CGR would be quicker and cheaper than the other options.


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Post 15 Jun 2020, 14:04 • #11 
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Thanks for the suggestions guys - I had forgotten I posted this request. Turns out I ordered a Kabuto 765 blank from Kab and built it out. A very nice taper and an honest progressive medium fast 5wt - very much like his 764 but better with a 5wt line.


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Post 15 Jun 2020, 16:49 • #12 
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Glad to hear it. And I need to make sure I look at the date of original posts like this before responding.


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Post 15 Jun 2020, 17:30 • #13 
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Upstreeam wrote:
Glad to hear it. And I need to make sure I look at the date of original posts like this before responding.

:) No problemo


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