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IFTD New Glass News
Post 18 Jul 2015, 09:04 • #1 
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I am flying back from Orlando this morning from a few days at IFTD and wanted to pass along the latest information on new glass for 2016.

First up is the reintroduction of the Fenwick Fenglass series. There are six fly rods in the series and they are pretty neat. I've been playing with a set of late stage prototypes and I know that others on the forum have cast these fly rods as well. I wish the price point would have been a little more modest but the series is priced $199 - $249 depending on model.

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ECHO Fly Fishing is not done with glass and the next step forward is the addition of the "Big Water Glass" fly rods with an 8'6" four or five weight and a 9' six weight. I REALLY liked the four weight, the five weight is still being tweaked just a bit, and I didn't get a chance to cast the six weight. The four weight is dialed. Not heavy in hand, powerful but isn't to progressive, and this one is going to be a lot of fun with dry flies on big water.

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Orvis has added two more models in the Superfine Glass series with a 7'6" three weight and an 8'6" six weight. I like this entire series a lot and it's great to have a six weight complete with fighting butt and overlining with a seven weight works nicely as well.

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The surprise of the show was walking up to the Diamondback Rod Company booth and meeting with Nate Dablock, new owner of this company and longtime past employee at Cortland. The short of it is that Diamondback Glass is now the Meeker series and Nate went back to the tried and true favorite tapers and feels for this four fly rod series. Price point will be $299.

The line up includes a 6'6" two weight, 7' three weight, 7'6" three weight, and 8' four weight.

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Okay...I am jumping on my next flight. I'll add some more notes to this thread this weekend.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 18 Jul 2015, 09:49 • #2 
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Heisa :eek ....my poor credit card :lol

Thanks for the Update Cameron!


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 18 Jul 2015, 10:05 • #3 
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My how times have changed, all welcome, however!


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 18 Jul 2015, 11:11 • #4 
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Cameron, You tease.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 18 Jul 2015, 11:13 • #5 
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The more the merrier!


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 18 Jul 2015, 17:01 • #6 
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Like the fiberglass tube


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 19 Jul 2015, 00:08 • #7 
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I for one am pretty geeked out for the new medalist reels.


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Post 19 Jul 2015, 06:12 • #8 
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dustdog12 wrote:
I for one am pretty geeked out for the new medalist reels.


I'm pretty excited about them also :P


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 19 Jul 2015, 07:10 • #9 
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myfly wrote:
dustdog12 wrote:
I for one am pretty geeked out for the new medalist reels.


I'm pretty excited about them also :P


They are nice looking-- but the check work! So Hardy-esque. Beautiful. I hear Nov timeframe, $123-$140 retail.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 19 Jul 2015, 14:48 • #10 
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Thanks for the info.
Looks like glass is really picking up in the mainstream.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 19 Jul 2015, 21:07 • #11 
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Thanks for keeping us in the loop on the pulse of the industry.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 20 Jul 2015, 08:53 • #12 
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Thanks for all your hard work. And can't wait to try some of the new rods and reels!


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 20 Jul 2015, 09:00 • #13 
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Wrote up a TFM this morning with a lot of the same info but some additional with more images as well.

http://thefiberglassmanifesto.blogspot. ... -2016.html


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 20 Jul 2015, 09:01 • #14 
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picketpin52 wrote:
They are nice looking-- but the check work! So Hardy-esque. Beautiful. I hear Nov timeframe, $123-$140 retail.


Yes...the first time I picked one of them up I started thinking a "If they mated" scenario of an old school Medalist and a Hardy. This would be their love child...


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 22 Jul 2015, 21:29 • #15 
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Cam, did Orvis change the color on those Superfines? It might just be my screen but they look a bit more like the original Golden Eagles in hue.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 23 Jul 2015, 08:40 • #16 
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Looks like the new Echos are 4-piece models. True?


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 23 Jul 2015, 21:48 • #17 
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Crusty Bugger...the color is the same. This image is just slightly off due to weird lighting and a filter to clean things up.

Yeti...yes, the three "Big Water Glass" models are four piece.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 23 Jul 2015, 23:53 • #18 
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Thanks for the info! That Superfine 6wt sounds interesting.


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Post 24 Jul 2015, 09:53 • #19 
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Time to get my order in for the Echo 4 wt. I can get rid of my graphite 9' wt. Hoorah!


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 24 Jul 2015, 11:21 • #20 
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Cameron so you cast the Echo big water rods what did you think compared to the existing models? Curious if they are stiffening them up a bit for more distance. I fish a lot of stillwater for trout and covering the water means long casts are the norm. So I am interested in how these compare.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 20 Aug 2015, 17:34 • #21 
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thanks Cameron, an exciting (expensive) time to be a glass fan.. ;-)
really like the looks and report on the new Echo 4wt, a perfect backpacking rod..


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Post 21 Aug 2015, 08:06 • #22 
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Thanks for the info.


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Re: IFTD New Glass News
Post 06 Sep 2015, 13:32 • #23 
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I'd like to see a D-glass 7' #4 !


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