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Post 04 Sep 2019, 12:19 • #1 
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Hi guys,

a friend of mine own a Ted Simroe rod built from a boron (boron / graphite mix?) blank made by Rodon.
Can anyone decipher what the 'BGM 290' written on the rod means?

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Post 04 Sep 2019, 14:23 • #2 
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Jay,
I have no idea what the "BGM 290" indicates.

My Simroe rod that I obtained in 1984 directly from Rodon/REC is only marked with the maker and what is probably the model number of the 9 1/2' 7 wt rod.

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Post 04 Sep 2019, 14:47 • #3 
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Boron Graphite Model 290, 2pc 90 inches, 7'-6"

Some of the builders and manufacturers of that time period labeled rods that way.


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Post 04 Sep 2019, 14:54 • #4 
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Well I think found the answer without knowing :)
Boron Graphite Mix (or Model)
290 = 290 inches = (about) 7.5 ft

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Post 04 Sep 2019, 15:05 • #5 
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Very cool. I have a 7wt that I really like and have been looking for a smaller one like your friends. They are not too common. I tried reaching out to Ted for more info but never received a response to my email.


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Post 04 Sep 2019, 15:12 • #6 
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Amazing blanks, I have a few in the shop. Any chance you could share a few more pics? I would love to see the Simroe appointments.
Christian


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Post 07 Sep 2019, 07:34 • #7 
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Boron Graphite M series?
Yes please, show us some more pictures!


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Post 24 Nov 2022, 11:35 • #8 
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I have almost a full set of Ted Simroe Rodon Boron Rods the one I have all have a serial number
T-2763 2 piece 7’6” 3 wt
T-2804 2 Piece 8’0” 4 wt
T-2865
T-2906

The finest graphite rods ever made. the 3 wt protects 7 x tippets and their slow action is superb. Winston and Sweet Grass Rods in Twin Bridges borrowed all of the rods and did some deflection studies on them.

Etc.

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Post 29 Nov 2022, 11:59 • #9 
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Gregg, Doug has a 8’8” Rodon 4 wt. that the late Paul Brown made from a blank. It’s an interesting rod but is far to light in the tip for my tastes. I have never seen one of the shorter rods. I wonder how Ted’s current bamboo rods compare in action to those old boron/graphite rods?


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Post 01 Dec 2022, 00:00 • #10 
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ffftroutbum wrote:
Gregg, Doug has a 8’8” Rodon 4 wt. that the late Paul Brown made from a blank. It’s an interesting rod but is far to light in the tip for my tastes. I have never seen one of the shorter rods. I wonder how Ted’s current bamboo rods compare in action to those old boron/graphite rods?


Interesting - I have an 8'8" 4wt Rodon boron/graphite that Simroe made. The late Marty Goldberg bought it at the NJ store that the late Ron Kusse ran - this was back in the '80's. It is demanding with your casting stroke, but when I put myself into the right mood, it does have its own charm.

It makes sense to me that the late Paul Brown built up Doug's 8'8". There are a few of us who are able to tune into these kinds of slow smooth sticks, and I sure treasure the original Fenwick World Class series that I've scavenged up over the years. In addition to the couple 903L's I started with, I've got among others a 902 and 901.

Right now the recent Montana Brothers Rodworks 904L has the same design philosophies and I need to do some comparisons on the water.

Hal Bacon decades ago had the East Branch series, which were in the same vein. As for glass with similar actions, I suppose the original Winston Stalkers were reminiscent of these actions. More recently, I got a 7' 3wt glass from Art Weiler - he calls them Willow, and that's apt. I assume the white blank came from Japan.

All of these are in the opposite realm from the zippy, often soul-less four figure graphites.

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