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Post 27 Jun 2020, 10:54 • #1 
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Here's a question for for you - what niche fiberglass rod designs would you like to buy if you could find them? I have three:

    Super packable general purpose glass rod - like an 8 foot, 5 weight, 6 piece (!) rod. Hardy used to make them back in the 1970's but they went to graphite in the 1980's and never looked back. I think that REI sold a version (made by Lamiglass?). I check on eBay once in a while but I haven't seen them pop up. I don't think there are any current manufacturers?

    Fiberglass Trout Spey. I may be crazy, but I'm thinking that such a rod would be perfect for nymphs or streamers in high Sierra lakes - there are many that have great access, but no backcast room. Echo made such beasts, but discontinued them 2 or 3 years ago.

    Glass Tenkara. Places I wish I had a Tenkara rod tend to be really small creeks. Just for fun, I'd love to have, say, and 8' or 9' glass Tenkara rod to go after the trout lurking in these smaller waters. I don't think anyone makes one?

What are your "I wish someone (still) made ... " desires?


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 12:57 • #2 
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sub-6’ 3pc 3wt progressive dry fly taper with an ultra fine tip.

doesnt exist. so I made one out of solid beech wood, but it’s a 1pc.

10’ single hand 3pc #5-6 slow-progressive wet fly taper. Exists in graphite (but still pretty darn rare...), and have been waiting patiently to find one priced right.


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 14:44 • #3 
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Would James Green’s 5wt 10ft glass blank that he offered cover both the trout spey and the wet fly taper needs? Also, anyone have one of these blanks tucked away that they wanna sell haha.

I’m kind of in the opposite that aside from the trout spey, there are so many great rods I’m running out of space and money


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 22:09 • #4 
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I would love to find an FF77-7 that would be an ultra packable sub 8’ 5 wt that roll casts well and is rare.

I seem to have just about everything else that I could need covered but that doesn’t stop me from looking for more to add.


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Post 29 Jun 2020, 12:20 • #5 
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Corlay I know of a scott g 1005 for a reasonable price - not mine but I saw one on a fly shop website. PM me for details.


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Post 30 Jun 2020, 19:05 • #6 
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There's two-
1st, The Unicorn, a Fenwick FF83 (8 1/2' 4 wt)
2nd, a Ijuin Yomogi 70643 (7 1/2' 4 wt)


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Post 01 Jul 2020, 08:36 • #7 
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IIRC the original Hardy Fibalite Smuggler was just a 4-piece 8-footer. I have the forerunner 3-piece JET and its lovely; I would love to find a 4-piece Smuggler.

I am pretty certain that Hardy only went above 4 pieces with the Graphite Smugglers. I got the #6 8’2” as a 21st Birthday present, and its a 7-piece. I think there was a #5 7ft Graphite Smuggler, but I have not seen one for years.


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Post 02 Jul 2020, 20:24 • #8 
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For a great pack rod, Eagle Claw. Absolutely love my 7’6” Trailmaster.

Handle can be switched around to accommodate a spin or fly reel. Perfect when you get to a really deep pool or can’t back cast.

Or check with some of the custom builders, Graywolf frequently has pack rods available.


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Post 03 Jul 2020, 08:11 • #9 
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10’ single hand 3pc #5-6 slow-progressive wet fly taper. Exists in graphite (but still pretty darn rare...), and have been waiting patiently to find one priced right.


The Bruce & Walker "Borders" is 10'6" 5/6. It is very heavy. I picked a couple up - they are pretty inexpensive, the second one just because it had a much nicer grip.

Haven't used it yet because I don't fish waters where I imagine it being particularly useful.


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Post 04 Jul 2020, 22:56 • #10 
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Swedish_Fish218 wrote:
For a great pack rod, Eagle Claw. Absolutely love my 7’6” Trailmaster.

Handle can be switched around to accommodate a spin or fly reel. Perfect when you get to a really deep pool or can’t back cast.

Or check with some of the custom builders, Graywolf frequently has pack rods available.


Pack rods, there just aren’t enough of them.


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Post 13 Jul 2020, 22:09 • #11 
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Your glass trout spey can be had if you don't mind Chinese made stuff. Angler's Roost sells fiberglass blanks (or did last time I bought one) that one can make a nice switch rod out of. I didn't go glass from them - I built one a few years ago on an IM6 graphite blank - sweet fishing & casting rod.

That GP Lamiglas rod you're talking of IIRC are their honey colored rods - such creatures are still floating around, and I think you can still get these rods or at least the blanks.


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Post 20 Jul 2020, 17:42 • #12 
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Anglers roost is no longer selling blanks due the passing of the owner. At least that is the last word I am aware of on the supplier.


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Post 20 Jul 2020, 18:02 • #13 
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Well not fiberglass but I’ve been searching for this for five+ years and ain’t found it yet.. Stolen off my porch
Fenwick GFF 905T
Graphite with that bamboo feel


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