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Post 22 Oct 2022, 14:02 • #1 
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I am looking for recommendations for medium slow to slow action fiberglass (and graphite) rods currently being built. Seems like the trend is presently for fast to medium fast action rods and that is not what I am looking for. Any suggestions for the former rods would be much appreciated.

Rod


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 15:17 • #2 
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I too prefer a slower action. I found Orvis Superfine glass and Douglas Upstream series (carbon) worked for me. Both are full-flex. Try before you buy.

steve


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 18:06 • #3 
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Rod,

Have you cast any slow action rods? If so, which ones?

The classic slow action is a Lamiglas honey colored blank. They have become harder to find lately as Lamiglas is moving their production facilities around. But some of the rod builders associated with the forum might have a blank or two squirreled away.


Tom


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 18:36 • #4 
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James Green's rods come to mind. He is worth contacting. Dusty at ********* Rod Company has a series of honey E-glass blanks that could also work. I have a one-off 8'6" 5-weight honey E-glass that Dusty rolled that I would call decidedly medium.


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 18:37 • #5 
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spm1 wrote:
I too prefer a slower action. I found Orvis Superfine glass and Douglas Upstream series (carbon) worked for me. Both are full-flex. Try before you buy.

steve

I have both of these rods and very much enjoy them, nice and easy to cast.


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 20:34 • #6 
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I’ll second the Lamiglas suggestion - the 703 blank is excellent to fish and is the slowest rod in my collection. I’m also considering McFarland Spruce Creek and Ameriglass Classic blanks for medium/slower action 3 or 4 weight builds.


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Post 22 Oct 2022, 22:58 • #7 
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I was looking at the Redington Buttersticks on sale recently. Seemed like a great price, but passed on them after hearing they were very slooooow.

Barry


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Post 23 Oct 2022, 07:58 • #8 
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the Japanese do slow, very well.

Tiemco
Norie
Takada
Axisco
Studio Thin Line
North Country Angler
Caps
F.A.I.S.


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Post 23 Oct 2022, 15:49 • #9 
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I'll second James Green's rods, his 805 explorer has become my go-to for the past few seasons. Slower action but a progressive taper makes it more versatile than I initially thought, it handles a 406 5wt and SA titan sink tip 5wt (which is really a 7wt) no problem. We also use the same casting pond so I have tried out several of his other builds and loved them all.


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Post 28 Oct 2022, 15:05 • #10 
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I’ve a couple of Blue Halo rods that are on the slow (3 wt) to moderate (7 wt). Lots of choices.


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Post 28 Oct 2022, 16:32 • #11 
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I think slow is where the vintage rods lived. I had an 8' 7wt Pal Pro Weight that I had hoped would be a closed-in-stream smallmouth rod. But it was so slow even a 7wt line couldn't keep a smallie streamer off the water on the backcasts. Unweighted streamers or trout nymphs might have been a very different story, It was too slow for me to have confidence in fishing dry flies. Plus I don't have confidence in 7 weight lines for dry flying trout, but that's a different discussion, isn't it? I do like the vintage stuff, on balance.


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Post 28 Oct 2022, 23:00 • #12 
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the slowest rod i have ever cast is james green Heritage Trout. its a very nice dry fly rod.


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Post 30 Oct 2022, 09:53 • #13 
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jgestar wrote:
Rod,

Have you cast any slow action rods? If so, which ones?...

Tom

Tom is spot on with this comment because one person's definition of slow could be someone else's medium fast. I'll qualify that by saying I don't think ANY of the Orvis Superfine Glass rods would fit my definition of even medium... ;)

That being said, a reference point would help with recommendations.


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Post 30 Oct 2022, 10:04 • #14 
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the green Winston Stalker is the slowest rod I've evr tried to fish. Definitely not for me.


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Post 30 Oct 2022, 11:16 • #15 
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I think the OP is looking for current SLOW offerings.


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Post 30 Oct 2022, 13:56 • #16 
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The Montana Brothers Rodworks 904L, over the past many months has continually cemented my first impressions: This is the finest fly rod that I have cast and fished. A 9 foot 4 weight rod is what I usually end up fishing here in Northern Colorado, and this most enjoyable graphite MBR 904L handles my needs perfectly. The 904L is positive yet delicate, with a slow action that is ever so smooth. I am a tad biased towards this MBR Rod because it has the pedigree of, yet surpasses, the wonderful Paul Brown rods from the early 1980s. Paul was the finest fly caster that I have run across, and he was an invaluable Instructor for me during the late 1970s early 1980s when I was the Director of Fenwick’s Montana Fly Fishing Schools. And full disclosure for this post, while I had the pleasure of participating in the field testing during development of the 904L, I have no financial interest in MBR. I paid the full retail price for my 904L, and I have already ordered and paid for MBR’s upcoming 903L.

Good Luck, Bob


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Post 30 Oct 2022, 21:43 • #17 
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I have James Greens 8'3" 3pc Heritage Trout 3wt, it is a true 3wt & if I owned a 2wt line I bet I would like it and I am a over liner type, it is soft & slow. I also have a black Lami 7' 3wt, brown Lami from Dwight 8' 5wt, the Lami Brush Creek 6pc and a couple of those Norie like blanks that were selling - what a couple of decades ago? Personally I just think James blanks/rods are a step above.


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Post 24 Dec 2022, 16:05 • #18 
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Have followed this thread and have been provided a lot of good advice. Mostly, try it before you buy.

Anyway, I have decided I probably prefer a medium action rod and, if I do deviate from medium, I prefer it to be on the slow side of medium.

A slow action rod I did not like and sold over 30 years ago was an Orvis 2 piece, ‘Henry’s Fork’, an 8-1/2’, 5 wt.

Rods I do like are the 2 piece, pre-IM6 Winston rods, i.e., 8-1/2’ 5 and 6 wts’ and most Fenwick fiberglass rods, especially the FF806. Unfortunately, both are hard to find, particularly the pre-IM6 Winston.

Thank you all,
Rod


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Post 28 Jan 2023, 09:25 • #19 
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I also have a Montana Bros. 904L, really lovely rod for medium + waters. I liked it soo much I ordered the 904 too.

If you can get your hand on a 7 1/2' Hardy Perfection in 3 piece it's slow rod heaven and really good on smaller waters and capable of a lot more than one would initially think.

I have several other Japanese rods that are pretty Sticky, like my Airrite 6', 6pce 2wt, and Ijuin 6'6" 3wt

I'm sure there are a few other maker's out there that are making some pretty nice rods too. Lots of choices, so little time.


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Post 01 Feb 2023, 09:52 • #20 
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If you like the ff806 and the Winston maybe you should look at the older Fenwick hmg’s,very nice and don’t cost much.......Aurelio
I have 2 hmg’s a 7’ 4wt. And the 806 which I fish with a DT 5 and if I need to make long casts a SA master trout wf4 which is a long belly is really sweet on it you don’t feel it load close but cast great loops.


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