Leakyboots on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 12:51 am EST
One thing nice about fly fishing for over 50 years is some of your old rods. I was looking through my equipment and found two old Shakespeare Wonderrods and a old Cortland glass Rod. Been a long tome since these rods got any action, might have to get them out this spring.
Leakyboots on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 3:30 am EST
No auto reel but remember them. I bought the Shakespeare Presidental Rod in 1966 and was my first nice Rod. Those glass rods were a lot different than graphite rods, they're a lot like fishing bamboo rods as far as the casting.
Falsifly on Feb 17, 2017February 17th, 2017, 5:44 am EST
However a friend crushed it in the car door at 5am on opening morning one year. Oooooo... :(
This reminded me of a story from years ago Paul:
John, a good friend of mine, took it upon himself to hire a guide/friend to fish the Roaring Fork; my first experience with a trout fishing guide. Very first thing he wanted to do was take a look at the rod I had and it didnâ€™t pass his requirements. Instead he handed me a Sage he obviously used for clients so I accepted it and on we went. Toward the end of the day we were walking the rocky riverbank moving to a new spot when I took a dive. I displayed, what I thought, was a remarkable physical contortion saving his rod from any damage. As a matter of fact the rod never touched the ground. Before I had the chance to even get up he grabbed Johnâ€™s rod from him, took his rod from me, and gave his rod to John.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
Adirman on Feb 25, 2017February 25th, 2017, 11:50 pm EST
I tried casting my Grandfathers old glass rod a few years ago. The action is SO slow as compared to the Graphite rods! Not meant for much distance; however, short distances seems to require no effort and would be very easy on the shoulder after a long day of fishing IMHO.
Leakyboots on Feb 26, 2017February 26th, 2017, 1:44 am EST
Fishing glass and bamboo rods is like swinging a golf club. The less effort in your swing the further the ball goes. It's the same with those rods, a nice easy cast will send the fly further than if you try to power your fly rod. It usually takes me a few casts to get the feel. Setting the hook is different, with graphite a short jerk and your on, with glass and bamboo you have to set the hook.lol