Ever since the fly show I have been looking at fiberglass rods. The search has been a little overwhelming. There are so many choices and price points it is hard to know what is good and what is worth the selling price. Many of these old rods are selling for more than they did 40-50yrs ago. What's crazy is some are in the same exact condition they were 40-50yrs ago. A member of the local fly fishing club was nice enough to let me try out a bunch of different glass rods. He showed me a few that looked brand new. I found it hard to believe that anything sitting around for 40yrs could look that good but I saw it first hand. The day wasn't the best for casting. There was a stiff 15-18mph wind and it was eating up my back cast. I found I could one way or another cast with any of the rods. It was just a matter of timing and figuring out how the rod flexed. I liked all the rods but one in particular stood out. The rods I tried were:
St Croix 5wt
I went into this looking for a cheap rod I could throw poppers with but then I tried the FF705. I loved the feel of this rod and it has made me expand my search to look at 5wts. The only bad thing is fiberglass rods that are in the 5-7wt range have higher prices than heavier rods. There has been an increase in the demand for these rods which has made the prices sky rocket. Thanks a lot Fiberglass Manifesto. I don't want to spend more than $60 on a rod. Mainly because I'm not sure how much I'll like fishing these sticks. When I'm first interested in something I kind of geek out on it. I've read so much about Fenwick, Garcia Conolon and Wright and Mcgill that I'm kind of burnt out. I had been basically researching and shopping all weekend. After losing a Ebay auction I decided to take a break from looking for a rod. The TFF member was nice enough to lend me the FF705 to try it out for awhile. I'll play with this and look for rods from time to time. I really don't "need" another rod but what fisherman does?
I'd love to hear info from other people if they've tried or have these rods:
Fenwick FF806 or FL-7
Garcia Conolon 2404-A 5-Star Dry Fly Action