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Re: 1st fly rod

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My first fly rod was a fiberglass pflueger 9' 6 weight that I bought on amazon for around $50. It wasn't a great rod, and I had trouble casting it. It came with a really awful level line that didn't float, and a simple reel that seemed to work fine.

I promptly replaced it with a 9' 6 weight made from a graphite blank by some guy on ebay. I think I paid $30 or so for it.

Posted on: 2013/8/13 20:54


Re: 1st fly rod

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A 7' hollow steel True Temper rod that my father gave me. Bent it in half while plying the banks of the Susquehanna River early one morning, fishing for smallies, rock bass, or anything else that would hit my streamer. Caught a tree on a back-cast. Had 3 good years with that rod honing my skills and testing my rudimentary fly patterns.

Posted on: 2013/8/13 21:09


Re: 1st fly rod

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Mine was a Fenwick FF706 with a Pfleuger Medalist 1494. Picked it up in '71 or '72 I think, but can't recall where in picked it up. Perhaps Gale Deals (sp?) in Chambersburg.

Oddly enough, I also has a broken tip. I really liked the rod and definitely need to get that tip fixed this winter. I haven't fished it since the late 70s.

Posted on: 2013/8/13 21:14
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Re: 1st fly rod

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Cortland 8 1/2 7 weight in 1983. Quickly joined by 2 Sage second blanks 8 foot 5/6 and an 8 1/2 foot 6/7 weight.

Posted on: 2013/8/13 22:15
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Re: 1st fly rod

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I was too young to remember my first rod, but not to young to remember that I broke the tip off on my first cast at Clarks creek and had to sit on the bank and watch my dad and cousin's fish for the rest of the day. I didn't try to go fly fishing again until many years later when I received a Cabella's Prestige 7'6" 4wt outfit for Christmas. That was probably 7 or 8 years ago, but it's still my primary rod.

Posted on: 2013/8/13 23:30


Re: 1st fly rod

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Quote:

BrookieChaser wrote:
My DS2 I mentioned earlier in this thread.

I bought a Sage DS2 soon after I started to flyfish, an 8'6" 3 weight. It's my favorite flyrod when fishing the Trico hatch. I still have it and fish with it ALOT. My very first flyrod was a hand me down from my Dad. It's an old Eagle Claw 6 weight fiberglass with that heavy auto winding reel vintage late 1960's. I caught ALOT of bluegills on that rod when I was a kid. My brother has the rod and reel now but I don't think he fishes it any more.

Posted on: 2013/8/14 8:51
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Re: 1st fly rod

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My buddy gave me a St. Croix 6'6" 4wt and I purchased a littel orvis battenkill reel and line for it. Total cost for the reel was around $100.00. I still have it and sometimes use it. If it wasn't for him I may have not got into fly fishing. I will return the favor someday to someone interested in fly fishing. Since then I have spent way too much on rods and gear so my wife tells me.

Posted on: 2013/8/14 9:12
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Re: 1st fly rod

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A year ago I owned one fly rod that my Dad built for me, now I have 13. I got bad, I got it real bad.

Posted on: 2013/8/14 12:33


Re: 1st fly rod

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laszlo wrote:
A year ago I owned one fly rod that my Dad built for me, now I have 13. I got bad, I got it real bad.
That's not that many! LOL

Posted on: 2013/8/14 16:23
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Re: 1st fly rod

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Shakespeare Purist two piece,8'-6" 7-8 Wt. Fintech sx f1 reel. No idea what the line is. I got the rod for $50.00 It was really $150.00 but someone marked it wrong. The reel was $10.00. While discussing the price of the rod with the owner I said I've never fly fished before and wanted to try it but didn't want to sink to much into it having no idea if I'd like it or not. Makes cense to me he says, gave me the rod for the price marked, then gave me the line. Put the backing and line on the real, and said enjoy.
As a side note: I'm lucky enough to still have the whole set up complete. It hangs inside my tying room above the door now.

Posted on: 2013/8/14 20:29

Edited by lv2nymph on 2013/8/14 20:51:53
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Re: 1st fly rod

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Solid glass,made in Japan bought it probably in 1950. I still have it .GG

Posted on: 2013/8/14 21:43
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Re: 1st fly rod

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7 1/2' 6 weight South Bend Classic I, fiberglass with metal ferrules, around $10 in 1967 or so. Still have it. I ran across it in storage a couple of years back. It could use some upgrades, but the basics are there.

Posted on: 2013/8/17 0:01


Re: 1st fly rod

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Cabela's Prestige 9' five-weight that my wife, Joy, bought be for Christmas a couple of years ago.
I had left her a broad hint after being being urged by my friend Dan, (Moonbeam) to take up fly-fishing.
Thanks to Dan and the Heritage Angler, I'm well and truly hooked!

Posted on: 2013/8/17 9:43
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Re: 1st fly rod

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Glass in the late 60's

Posted on: 2013/8/17 11:46


Re: 1st fly rod

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My first fly rod was a Browning Gold Medallion 8.5' 5/6 weight bought at the original Dick's Sporting Goods in Binghamton New York about 16 - 17 years ago.

If I had known more about fly fishing I'd have bought a shorter lighter rod for the tiny brush choked brookie streams I often fished in Northeastern Pa. I eventually did get a smaller rod.

Posted on: 2013/8/18 10:24
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