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Fenwick FF706

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I picked up a Fenwick FF706 today for $60. I thought this was a pretty decent price. I didn't cast it yet, but I plan to use a 5 weight line on it. Have to see how it feels. Anyone use this rod? What line weight do you use?

Posted on: 2013/1/26 17:40


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What's the line weight marking on it? If its a 5/6, go with 6. I don't have that particular model, but on my Fen, I always go w/ the heavier line.

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I've got a FF756 - 7 1/2' long, 6 weight line. If they use the same naming convention, a FF706 would be 7' long for a 6 weight line. It may not cast the farthest but it has a great feel to it. My theory is that because the butt of a fiberglass rod is bigger then a graphite rod, it transmits the feel of the rod (and fish!) better.

FWIW, I put a 5 weight on my Fenwick by mistake once and it cast like crap.

Posted on: 2013/1/26 20:05
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Yes, the line designation is a 6 weight. I'll find out tomorrow when I lawn cast it. Just wanted to get some feedback regarding other's experience with this rod, or other Fenwick fiberglass rods in general. Thanks for the input, haven't casted a Fenwick fiberglass rod since owning 2 in the late 60's, early 70's. I do regret selling them, especially my FF605.

Posted on: 2013/1/26 21:57


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The FF706 was my first glass rod way back in 1973 or 1974. I tried DT5, buy the rod cast a DT6 much better. Feel bad that I've not fished it since the late 70s. I need to get it back on the water this year.

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I paid $60 for my 7'8" Fenwick back in 1985. It was marked for a 5/6 wt but I have always fished it with a 5wt DT. When I had saved up enough money to but it, I thought I had arrived, so to speak.

After letting it sit for quite a few years, I fish mine at least a couple times a year now. I think you are going to like your rod.


Nice find,

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Posted on: 2013/1/28 13:28


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I got an FF 706 from my girlfriends dad. The rod is in perfect condition for being 30+ years old. I haven't cast it yet but I feels great. I have no idea what situation I would use this rod in, any suggestions?

Posted on: 2013/1/28 15:06
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What's the length?

My Fenwick FF75 is my go-to rod 90% of the time. Got it paired up with an old Martin 61 reel. For PA, I've never had to cast further than that rod can handle. The only time I don't use it is on small mountain streams (I use a 6'6" rod on those streams) and for warm water stuff.

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7' 6WT

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Okay, its a little shorter than mine (mine is a 7'6"). Small to medium size trout streams, its a great rod. I throw everything on mine. Streamers, nymphs, dries, whatever. I just love the rod!

Posted on: 2013/1/28 15:35


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I did cast the rod yesterday. Definitely a 6 weight rod. I'll use this for smaller streams when I want a multi-purpose rod to fish anything from streamers and weighted nymphs to dry flies up to a size 18. In the spring I fish nymphs and streamers in the morning and the Hendrickson & Blue Quill hatches in the afterenoon. This rod can pull double duty.

Posted on: 2013/1/28 19:50


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Wait til you get a fish on it - it'll be great! I have a 7 1/2' 6 wt I built from a kit from cabelas in 1976. It's 2 inches shorter now but still fishes a 6 wt line welll and a10" fish can give you a good battle on it. They can also handle big fish too - I recall using it to bring in a 21" brown at the paradise and it did quite a good job!

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Where I think my Fenwick excels is when you don't have enough room for a back cast and must either roll cast or use a snap-t cast. Mine loads really well with just a little line out.

When I was younger, I did not think the rod could cast very far but when I dusted it off a few years ago, I found that it would lay out line almost effortlessly to any reasonable distance.

The difference is that in the interveining years, I had actually learned to cast and that put a smile on my face.


Shock

Posted on: 2013/1/29 13:21


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Seems like a nice rod to me outsider was laying some nice casts now I need some glass or bamboo.

Posted on: 2013/1/30 15:00


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I was really pleased fishing the rod today, to say the least. And I caught about 8 wild browns to boot.

Keppenbill, nice to meet you on the stream today.

Posted on: 2013/1/30 17:48



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