Last spring I scored this Minty “J“serial numbered Fenwick SF75-5 spin fly rod from the original owner’s son.
He said his dad purchased it in 1970 and used it fishing the Appalachian mountains of Maryland ,Wv And Pa .
I was stoked to have a rod made the year I was born .I was hoping to fish with It last fall when i turned 50
That however didn’t happen ...
Last summer I was bushwhacking a local tidal marsh when a BIG Northern Snakehead decided to blow me up and destroy my #12 Bett’s Trim Gim
The fight was fast and furious and I was able to hold on for about 30 seconds before the Trim Gim gave up the ghost with a nearly straightened hook. See pics
The worse part wasn’t Loosing the fish it was the small crack /creak I noticed the next time I used the rod .
Right at the first/base female ferrule (sorry I’ve got no “before” pics lost them on my hardrive ) only have the after pics
Tom @ Toms Custom Rods in Belair Md performed all the repair work.
Top notch repair along with some cork lovin and a new tip top to replace the dreaded OE carbide tip (Couldn’t stand it too much tip bounce) I was initially just gonna swap it to a fly tip top but compromised and went with this Fuji Ultralight ceramic tip top.
I really dig the Aetna foulproof guide Fenwick used on the Early Og Feralite spin-fly rods
Plus the cool sliding reel seat .
I can’t wait to have some adventures with this rod.
Rocking it with a Daiwa “Strike Force” SF 706 fly reel and a Shakespeare Alpha 035 spinning reel
Lines to be determined this week