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May 20, 2011

Flex Appeal: Let's Give Away Some Fiberglass Fly Rods

By Kirk Deeter

How better to celebrate a spring Friday than by giving away three Cabela's 50th Anniversary custom glass fly rods? I know I'm chomping at the bit to get out there and get out fly fishing, and I suspect you are too. So we'll get right to the point.

I asked you to show me your appreciation of "flex appeal,"  and these three folks won the goods:

ckRich who said: "Fishing with glass, or even bamboo, gives modern anglers the opportunity to literally step back in time. Most of the time you have to read or hear about what was the “cutting edge” 50 years ago, but with gear you can literally feel the history. Nostalgia at its finest." I agree completely, and am a sucker for nostalgia.

mnobles23 who said: "Fiberglass rods are similar to traditional archery gear, which I have used for years. Sure, modern technology makes things easier to use, but is it really better? I think there's something to be said for gear that doesn't forgive a lack of skill. There comes a sense of pride and accomplishment in knowing that you succeeded because of your ability, not just because your gear is very "forgiving." Amen to the traditional archery analogy.

And Brian W. Thair who wrote: "35+ yrs ago: 6AM. Sunny, no wind. Everybody else still asleep in the mountain lakeshore cabin. Hip waders and my home-made 9' fiberglass (Fenwick blank)rod, DT7F on a Hardy Marquis. Don't let the screen door slam. One fish rising, over and over and over, same place. Cast of a lifetime, put a #12 dry fly right in the 10-ring! Sucked under instantly. Just a 6" rainbow which I will never forget." Anyone still that excited about a 6-inch trout, 35 years later, truly "gets it" and deserves a rod.

Check out the rods here, pick your model, then hit me at editor@anglingtrade.com, and I'll see that you get your prizes.

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from _c_A_c_ wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Congrats to all of the winners! And, ckRich don't forget about me when you take your new rod out on its maiden voyage (since I did help you write your winning comment)!! Seriously though,well stated arguments by all.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Ha, you wish you helped me write that! But I'll still let you fish with it anyways.

Thank you KD! I promise to put it to good use, I've got a specific small stream in Missouri in mind just for this rod.

Congrats to the other winners!

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Sweet rod. Love the handle and reel seat. Might look into getting one.

Congrats to the winners.

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Congrats to the winners! I've never used fiberglass and am interested to try it sometime.... but for now I'll stick with my high-tek graphite lol.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Thank you. I've caught lots of fish. Not very many times at all when I've "caught" the moment.

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from CorieSquared wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Kirk, can you recommend a book or resource for a brand new fly-fisher? I'm having a hard time figuring out where to start without having a real life reference.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

CarleSquared...Kirk has a book out! The Little Red Book..on fly fishing! I bet he recommends it! There are other books as well. SA use to have some great magazine publications specifically dealing with How to FLY Fish. I like visual imagery as well. Nothing like watching a U-Tube on how to. Seeing is believing for me.

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from jamesti wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

congrat, guys.

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from kirkdeeter wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

That was very kind of you Sayfu... and I genuinely appreciate that (we are going to have to fish together, sooner than later).

But I'm going to disagree with you, yet again! The Little Red Book is indeed a tip book, and it does come in handy for all levels of anglers (at least Charlie and I wanted it to be so)... but CorieSquared... before you go Little Red Book, if you're just starting out, there are better resources. Check out the Curtis Creek Manifesto. Or Check out the L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing. And the newly-released Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing (or anything by Tom Rosenbauer). To grab the essence, you should read A River Runs Through It... the novella... the movie is great, but the words are better.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

" Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters."

Best line in the book.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Deeter..As you well know, Sayfu luvs to disagree, and DEBATE! It gets me into the essence of something rather than just shaking your head yes, and not seeing all sides of an issue. I came up with a book, years ago, that my fellow partner and I, drew up for the Sage Rod Co., and it addressed most everything from A-Z regarding basics..equipment, line tapers, and rod actions, bug ID, and the essence, casting, and a little on presentation..in a 3 day class. I still use it with modifications as time went along.
See, I differ with you on the glass rod appeal. My appeal is it is the very best tool you can use in the shorter lengths. It is very difficult to create a decent action in graphite in lengths of 7 1/2 ft. and less. But modern day glass with modern day resins?..thin walled, very light, and they load up and present the fly without the need for an aggressive arm movement trying to bend the graphite rod. And landing a big fish?..easier with glass. Fiberglass is forgiving, protects lt. tippets, and even dead lifts better than graphite. When bigger, saltwater fish became the domain of the fly angler, the graphite rods would explode when they reached a certain load lifting big fish from depths. Many went to glass that dead lifted much better. And shorter rods?..the leverage advantage goes to the angler. If presenting, and landing fish especially on lt. tippets is the challenge when using the shorter length rods, fiberglass beats graphite IMO, excluding this nostalgia thing.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Sayfu, Good comment but I will add glass will not give you the tight loops necessary to fish small water. (I assume you are talking small waters when you are talking 7 1/2 foot rods)

Have never felt a fast action glass rod which is not a bad thing but for tight spots and dry flies (small water must) graphite works much better.

The glass rod is perfect for nymphing and as you mention protecting light tippets.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Haven't tried a glass that short..7.5, but would think it would be ideal. You can create the taper with glass where it is difficult to get the taper at that short of distance with graphite, maybe not. When they started making what Fenwick called their "S" glass, and used better epoxies, you could see right through the glass. It was very light, and the action not "sloppy" Glass has always had that "continue to vibrate" effect. If you take one and flex it horizontal to the floor..back and forth, and stop quick glass will continue to flex...but not in the new rods I do not think. When you cast, say 20 ft. of line, the rod should flex, and load up on the cast without an aggressive effort. And that "action", one motion switch cast that is being used more frequently now, (type of roll cast) is much easier when the rod will load using less line.
Hope this makes sense. I enjoy the debate. I got out of hip replacement surgery 5 days ago now, and still am in pretty lousy shape.

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from kirkdeeter wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

That was very kind of you Sayfu... and I genuinely appreciate that (we are going to have to fish together, sooner than later).

But I'm going to disagree with you, yet again! The Little Red Book is indeed a tip book, and it does come in handy for all levels of anglers (at least Charlie and I wanted it to be so)... but CorieSquared... before you go Little Red Book, if you're just starting out, there are better resources. Check out the Curtis Creek Manifesto. Or Check out the L.L. Bean Ultimate Book of Fly Fishing. And the newly-released Orvis Guide to Small Stream Fly Fishing (or anything by Tom Rosenbauer). To grab the essence, you should read A River Runs Through It... the novella... the movie is great, but the words are better.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

" Under the rocks are the words, and some of the words are theirs. I am haunted by waters."

Best line in the book.

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from _c_A_c_ wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Congrats to all of the winners! And, ckRich don't forget about me when you take your new rod out on its maiden voyage (since I did help you write your winning comment)!! Seriously though,well stated arguments by all.

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from ckRich wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Ha, you wish you helped me write that! But I'll still let you fish with it anyways.

Thank you KD! I promise to put it to good use, I've got a specific small stream in Missouri in mind just for this rod.

Congrats to the other winners!

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from buckhunter wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Sweet rod. Love the handle and reel seat. Might look into getting one.

Congrats to the winners.

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from badsmerf wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Congrats to the winners! I've never used fiberglass and am interested to try it sometime.... but for now I'll stick with my high-tek graphite lol.

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from Brian W. Thair wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Thank you. I've caught lots of fish. Not very many times at all when I've "caught" the moment.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from CorieSquared wrote 2 years 48 weeks ago

Kirk, can you recommend a book or resource for a brand new fly-fisher? I'm having a hard time figuring out where to start without having a real life reference.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

CarleSquared...Kirk has a book out! The Little Red Book..on fly fishing! I bet he recommends it! There are other books as well. SA use to have some great magazine publications specifically dealing with How to FLY Fish. I like visual imagery as well. Nothing like watching a U-Tube on how to. Seeing is believing for me.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from jamesti wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

congrat, guys.

0 Good Comment? | | Report
from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Deeter..As you well know, Sayfu luvs to disagree, and DEBATE! It gets me into the essence of something rather than just shaking your head yes, and not seeing all sides of an issue. I came up with a book, years ago, that my fellow partner and I, drew up for the Sage Rod Co., and it addressed most everything from A-Z regarding basics..equipment, line tapers, and rod actions, bug ID, and the essence, casting, and a little on presentation..in a 3 day class. I still use it with modifications as time went along.
See, I differ with you on the glass rod appeal. My appeal is it is the very best tool you can use in the shorter lengths. It is very difficult to create a decent action in graphite in lengths of 7 1/2 ft. and less. But modern day glass with modern day resins?..thin walled, very light, and they load up and present the fly without the need for an aggressive arm movement trying to bend the graphite rod. And landing a big fish?..easier with glass. Fiberglass is forgiving, protects lt. tippets, and even dead lifts better than graphite. When bigger, saltwater fish became the domain of the fly angler, the graphite rods would explode when they reached a certain load lifting big fish from depths. Many went to glass that dead lifted much better. And shorter rods?..the leverage advantage goes to the angler. If presenting, and landing fish especially on lt. tippets is the challenge when using the shorter length rods, fiberglass beats graphite IMO, excluding this nostalgia thing.

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from buckhunter wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Sayfu, Good comment but I will add glass will not give you the tight loops necessary to fish small water. (I assume you are talking small waters when you are talking 7 1/2 foot rods)

Have never felt a fast action glass rod which is not a bad thing but for tight spots and dry flies (small water must) graphite works much better.

The glass rod is perfect for nymphing and as you mention protecting light tippets.

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from Sayfu wrote 2 years 47 weeks ago

Haven't tried a glass that short..7.5, but would think it would be ideal. You can create the taper with glass where it is difficult to get the taper at that short of distance with graphite, maybe not. When they started making what Fenwick called their "S" glass, and used better epoxies, you could see right through the glass. It was very light, and the action not "sloppy" Glass has always had that "continue to vibrate" effect. If you take one and flex it horizontal to the floor..back and forth, and stop quick glass will continue to flex...but not in the new rods I do not think. When you cast, say 20 ft. of line, the rod should flex, and load up on the cast without an aggressive effort. And that "action", one motion switch cast that is being used more frequently now, (type of roll cast) is much easier when the rod will load using less line.
Hope this makes sense. I enjoy the debate. I got out of hip replacement surgery 5 days ago now, and still am in pretty lousy shape.

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