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I had a chance to throw an older 9wt glass rod today. No manufacturer name, just a Captains name and built by Lynn in August,1987.

That was an eye opening experience for this fairly new fly fisherman. I don't know how you folks who used these rods have any rotator cuff left. Heckuva a workout. I love vintage stuff but give me a modern rod any day.
 

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Don’t expect to use the same casting stroke on a fiberglass rod. Once you get the rhythm down a glass rod is a lot of fun.
I got it slowed down and was getting it out there pretty well at times but that dude is heavy. Fun to throw though.
I have an 8wt Echo BAG. Light years different in speed and weight.
 

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I actually started fly fishing (and building fly rods) before graphite, now called carbon fiber was available...

We all thought they were just fine but today when I pick up one of the old lamiglass or fisher rods that I built in the mid to late seventies they do feel really heavy and difficult... Must be getting old...
 

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I got it slowed down and was getting it out there pretty well at times but that dude is heavy. Fun to throw though.
I have an 8wt Echo BAG. Light years different in speed and weight.
I have an Echo 8wt BAG also. Currently I have my TFO 340 reel on there which is pretty heavy. I don't blind cast, so the weight of a setup becomes somewhat irrelevant. I stand on the front of the boat, wait to see a fish, make a minimum of false casts to said fish. I don't use the BAG all the time. Is it a novelty kind of thing? Probably, but it is a fun rod imho.
 

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I had a chance to throw an older 9wt glass rod today. No manufacturer name, just a Captains name and built by Lynn in August,1987.

That was an eye opening experience for this fairly new fly fisherman. I don't know how you folks who used these rods have any rotator cuff left. Heckuva a workout. I love vintage stuff but give me a modern rod any day.
I got interested in a "new" glass rod about 10 years ago: a five weight for trout fishing. I researched the hottest new blanks, and hired a semi-pro rod builder in Santa Fe, NM to build it. Then I fished it.....then I sold it. It was beautiful
I had a chance to throw an older 9wt glass rod today. No manufacturer name, just a Captains name and built by Lynn in August,1987.

That was an eye opening experience for this fairly new fly fisherman. I don't know how you folks who used these rods have any rotator cuff left. Heckuva a workout. I love vintage stuff but give me a modern rod any day.

I got interested in the "new" glass rod revival of about 10 years ago. The blanks were supposed to be slightly faster, with much better feel than 60's and 70's era rods. I did my research, consulted with semi-pro rod builder in Santa Fe about the right blank, had him build the rod to build to my specs, and then fished it quite a bit. It could certainly get the job done, but it could not do one thing better, and did not feel as good to me, as even the most modest carbon rod in the same weight class. The experience was of some interest, but at the end of the day, I could see no reason limit myself. I sold it.

I grew up riding 70's era BMW boxer motorcycles. I even rebuilt an early 80's R100RT, and did so with a few modern touches. Did an Iron Butt ride on that bike (St. Louis to Albuquerque in one day), which was sure handsome. Then I rode a a modern R1200RT. It was stunning how much better that bike was. I promptly bought the new one and sold the rebuild. You can't go home again, with rods or bikes.
 

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I got interested in a "new" glass rod about 10 years ago: a five weight for trout fishing. I researched the hottest new blanks, and hired a semi-pro rod builder in Santa Fe, NM to build it. Then I fished it.....then I sold it. It was beautiful



I got interested in the "new" glass rod revival of about 10 years ago. The blanks were supposed to be slightly faster, with much better feel than 60's and 70's era rods. I did my research, consulted with semi-pro rod builder in Santa Fe about the right blank, had him build the rod to build to my specs, and then fished it quite a bit. It could certainly get the job done, but it could not do one thing better, and did not feel as good to me, as even the most modest carbon rod in the same weight class. The experience was of some interest, but at the end of the day, I could see no reason limit myself. I sold it.

I grew up riding 70's era BMW boxer motorcycles. I even rebuilt an early 80's R100RT, and did so with a few modern touches. Did an Iron Butt ride on that bike (St. Louis to Albuquerque in one day), which was sure handsome. Then I rode a a modern R1200RT. It was stunning how much better that bike was. I promptly bought the new one and sold the rebuild. You can't go home again, with rods or bikes.
Sold me just bought 2 new rods on eBay.
 

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I remember when the first graphite rods came out in the early 70's. Trolling rods, either Fenwick or Garcia, $1500.
 
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