New to the glass

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by Gary Knowels, Nov 9, 2012.

  1. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    I knew she meant the new ones. Only problem she just said EC. Which is why I expanded. .would be a disservice to those looking for a glass rod and bipassed a nice old EC.

    Cameron is a great guy. Have known him since the beginning days of his original forum. It's a great place to get info and deal in glass and reels.
     
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    And again my reply was based on the second post. When you mention the metal ferrules,that was a different ball game.
    Very few own them but a bunch own the Walmart special.
     
  3. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Very few own what? Vintage EC? Come up to the NW and you may change your tune. And the post right after the EC he asked old or new EC. .Again why when I saw your post I clarified. We were (and still are) a Fenwick family when it comes to glass. But did use a lot of EC and Wonderrods.
     
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    Well now, wonder rod is a new ball game. I too have a bunch of the older Fens.
    And post number four says what I said...Just a miss understanding. Funny thing is we both agree, old EC=good, new EC = ......not so good :)
     
  5. Jerry Daschofsky

    Jerry Daschofsky Moderator Staff Member

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    Yup. Love the old Fenwicks. I finally liquidated some of mine and my Dads. .Down to about 70 (literally). A good chunk were bought new by my Dad or myself. But have picked up odds and ends over the years.
     
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    Old Eagle Claw, Orvis, and Hardy are the glass rods that I own and fish for the classics. Most are 8' and 6wt but I do have a Hardy Tarentino that is a 5/6 that is one of my favorites. I have some Lamiglas rods that have been built in the last 15 years and as stated above most of the newer glass rods are lighter and can cast very well. I like a rod that will roll cast 40 to 50 feet.
     
  7. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    It depends on what "new" Eagle Claws rods you are referring. The lastest model of Eagle Claw Featherlight which was introduced in 2010 is not junk and I think you'd be pleasantly surprised how good of a rod it is for a mere $25. It has a little quicker in action and doesn't have that hinging that most recent predecessor models have when casting beyond 25-30ft. They also flared up the reel seat some too to give it a little more sophisticated look. :p Newer or vintage, all the EC Featherlights are serviceable small stream rods but I'll yield some are better than others.

    Here's a couple reviews/discussion about the rod for those not familiar:

    http://www.examiner.com/article/the...ic-small-stream-fly-rod-for-the-frugal-angler

    http://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10726&hilit=2010 eagle claw

    http://www.flyfishohio.com/Eagle_Claw_Featherlight_FL300-8.htm
     
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    tonemike fish'n glass

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    i have a bunch of fiberglass rods... tremendous stream fishing tools!

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  9. Lugan

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    As Brookie Hunter says, this is not true. Two years ago Eagle Claw revamped their tapers and the latest ones have gotten very good reviews by the glass enthusiasts on the Fiberglass Flyrodders board.

    I'm possibly one of those glass enthusiasts (Tone Mike and Brookie Hunter are too), and though I can't comment on the latest Eagle Claws, I'll echo some of the opinions already written in this thread:

    -- A Steffen is probably my absolute favorite in terms of tapers for all-around use. They are also medium-fast for glass, so are a very good option for a first glass rod. You will still think they are slow at first. Then you will likely see the light and find a groove with a Steffen. Nearly everyone does. They are around $350-400 new, but maybe Ed can sell you his for less.

    -- The Cabela's glass rods (both last year's green CGR and the new ones) are a great option at around $100. Decent build quality for the money, and supposedly all good casters. Like the Steffens, they are medium-fast for glass.

    -- I would not recommend a Lamiglass "honey" (nickname for the yellow ones). They are slow for glass, which means they are... just very slow. You might like that, but IMO you should only consider one if you are feeling adventurous and want to experiment. The one Ed has is one I sold to him, by the way. It is very nice for a slower rod, but just didn't match my tastes. On the other hand, it took owning that rod to figure that out, so...

    Lots of other options, but those come to mind as top picks.

    Just my own tastes, but I personally have never met a vintage rod that I liked more than the best of the modern glass rods. Like any human creative/engineering endeavor, glass rods have been tweaked so much in the past decade that I believe now is the golden age of glass rods. Some of them are simply awesome fishing tools (and many are pretty to look at as well). Again, just IMO, and YMMV.

    Also, if I were you I'd buy used. That way if you try a rod and don't like it, you can re-sell it for about what you paid. I do it all the time.
     
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    There are a lot of older rods and a lot of new ones out there. Also there are a lot that made blanks and builders out there. To echo what has been said. The new blanks and rods out there are different then what the older ones are, that I started with. If you haven't try a new one, I might try to find one to cast. I have sold all my graphite rods but one. And gone to fiberglass, that includes a 11' 6/7wt switch and 9'6' 4/5wt switch rod I am going to have built for me. I have so much more fun cast fiberglass and to play a fish on one, you have to caught one to know. Hope this helps and have fun.
     
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    I agree with Glass being fun. About as close to Bamboo as you can get without the price. But I can't get ride of my Graphite. The weight, or lack of, is a big aid in fishing long times. My 2+ oz 8 weights are much appreciated if you know what I mean. I do like the MIXED glass/Graphite rods and I could be happy confined to them. However, I don't keep fish so I am concerned with having to play them to death. I have a Cabela's 7/8 wt that I just can't bring myself to braving on the 30+" Carp I catch...some day. LOL
     
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    Blue I do agree that the old fiberglass are heavier but the new fiberglass blanks being built now are much light and I don't have a problem. But I have a hexigraph-graphite rod that is a 8' 3/4 wt that I can't get rid of now, just to nice.
     
  13. Jerry Daschofsky

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    All these wimps complaining about weight. Sheesh. Still toss my 10 wt Fenwick all day with no problems. ;) Weenies. Lol
     
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    Last year I got myself a 9ft, 10wt Wright & McGill Granger Double Duty but I must confess it took a little while to build up my shoulder to cast it for a more than an one or two.
     
  15. Jerry Daschofsky

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    Well, I started fishing glass flyrods at 10 years old (and those were all 8-10wts). So I had a solid foundation. Even with a major disibility in my back and shoulder, still able to cast them all day long.