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7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 11:42 • #1 
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I'm interested in building an 8'6" to 8'9" 7wt large trout streamer rod for drift boat and lake use. In particular I'm interested to know if anyone has experience with 8'6" or 8'9" 7wt rods by CTS and perhaps Livingston Western Glass and similar S-glass rods.
Thanks in advance
Ron


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 13:58 • #2 
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I own Dusty’s Western Glass 8’9” 7wt, and it is fantastic with streamers, mice pattern, and poppers. I have even fished dries with this rod on super windy days. It’s so versatile, much like a 16 gauge shotgun.

Mike


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 14:17 • #3 
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Hello, can’t go wrong with either company you listed. I would take a look at McFarland products. I recently assembled a GTX 586/ 4 and it’s a fantastic rod. The blank is a combination of E and S glass. The Blue Halo 8’6” 7 wt. also gets glowing reviews. It’s an E glass blank but their suppose to be releasing a line of S glass rods/ blanks in the near future.


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 16:58 • #4 
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Mike, how would you describe the action of the 8'9" 7wt? Is it more of a tip action rod?

I will keep an eye out for the Blue halo s-glass. I assume those will be Zentron like their Zenglass heavyweight rod series.


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Post 08 May 2020, 18:20 • #5 
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To me the 7wt Western Glass has a medium fast action. Maybe on the faster side of that medium fast action. Definitely not a tip action rod. It a very capable rod that I fish with an SA MPX line that is 1/2 line weight heaver, and it casts it without a hiccup. I also have a 7wt sinktip that I fish on it when throwing crawdad patterns or bait fish patterns. It has a progressive action with a very strong butt section for hard charging fish. It really opened my eyes to 7wt glass fly rods.


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 18:35 • #6 
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Agree with magicmikes assessment.... and it’s butt is strong ( do a search and you’ll find a photo of an 8 pound stingray I caught with that rod in the salt)!


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 19:58 • #7 
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Thanks Mike and backing1 this was very useful information that will help me immensely.


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 20:06 • #8 
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I have an 8'6" 8 wt from CTS built by wjude. It's a very smooth rod that cast nicely with a true to weight WF8 line. He feels it's almost like a heavy 7 and I believe he's fished that taper with a 7.5 line.


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Re: 7wt S-glass rods
Post 08 May 2020, 23:25 • #9 
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Allegheny, now that makes me wonder if the 7wt is a true 7wt. Regardless from my understanding the CTS sound like smooth casting rods.


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