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Old 11-02-2012, 11:46 AM
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well I took the plunge last weekend and ordered a custom four weight seven foot bamboo rod with two tips. The tips will be slightly different, and one will be a little stiffer. The handle will not be cork, but burled hardwood for the sensitivity factor alone. While at the rod builder's place he showed me a gently used 3 weight that had one tip. Told me that he'd make me a deal on that one that I couldn't refuse. I may end up two rods after all is said and done!
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Old 11-02-2012, 01:35 PM
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Is this your first bamboo fly rod? I tried one about 25 years ago and used them ever since. I have a bunch of synthetics but they don't get much use. It's tough to grab a synthetic once you have used a good bamboo. I have four, two 4wts and two 5wts.
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Old 11-02-2012, 08:56 PM
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Is this your first bamboo fly rod? I tried one about 25 years ago and used them ever since. I have a bunch of synthetics but they don't get much use. It's tough to grab a synthetic once you have used a good bamboo. I have four, two 4wts and two 5wts.
I hadn't planned on buying one, but in the back of my head I always wanted one. I just liked the feel I got castiing one, and the effortless distance I got. These rods just seem to stack up power like nothing I've used in the past. Most of my rods are Scotts with a couple Sages and maybe three or four Loomis rods. I do have one high end Winston that maybe the single worst rod I've ever owned. That thing won't cast, and at best is a thirty foot ros with the wind behind my back. Makes a good pitching rod for really big rats and things like that. (feels like trying to cast with a flipping stick!) If I also buy the three weight, I'll use it for pocket water.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:46 AM
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I started with an Orvis Madison 5wt years ago and loved it. My favorite is a 4wt 7.5 ft. custom Two piece that I use exclusively on the small New England streams. The action and feel is incredible. Also have a Winston 5w Brackett and an old Payne 5w. The closest graphite i have in terms of feel similar to a good bamboo rod is a Winston Tom Morgan Favorite that is an 8ft/ 4wt. The rest of my rids are various weights of Orvis and Winston, Orvis being quite popular here in the Northeast and not too bad depending on style. I also don't like many of the Winston graphite/boron rods, but do like the IM7 based rods. They have much better feel.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:41 AM
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i have a bamboo rod with 2 tips in a cloth bag and an aluminum case i bought
about 35 years ago at an estate sale. ive never used it and it appeared unused when i bought it. its a montague brand which im told is not a very high
end rod. i should sell it as im strictly a salt water guy down here and this rod
certainly wouldnt do for that. how much is the thing worth seeing as its in mint condition? as i recall its a 3 or 4 pc about 8' in legnth. i'll have to refresh my memory by looking at it again.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:24 PM
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I started with an Orvis Madison 5wt years ago and loved it. My favorite is a 4wt 7.5 ft. custom Two piece that I use exclusively on the small New England streams. The action and feel is incredible. Also have a Winston 5w Brackett and an old Payne 5w. The closest graphite i have in terms of feel similar to a good bamboo rod is a Winston Tom Morgan Favorite that is an 8ft/ 4wt. The rest of my rids are various weights of Orvis and Winston, Orvis being quite popular here in the Northeast and not too bad depending on style. I also don't like many of the Winston graphite/boron rods, but do like the IM7 based rods. They have much better feel.

I love to fish the Appalachians down in Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia, all the way up to the PA border.. That's where pocket water is king, and I love it. My two favorite pocket water rigs right now are a Scott G series rod in 3 weight (7 foot), and a Loomis Triology in 2 weight (8 foot). I will be playing around with a 11'6" Tankara rod this spring (might get the 13' one instead) as this might be the killer rod for pocket water. I used a 13' one last summer for about an hour, and caught a bunch of fish on a home brew green rock worm. You litterally toss it out there and let it do it's own thing in the current. The system is cheap, and there's no reel to mess with. The actually flyline is about eight inches long and made from the back end of an old piece of two weight flyline with an Orvis loop attached to it. The leaders are kinda specialized in they are very long (10' to 16' being the norm). In otherwords the perfect pocket water system. The whole rod collapses down to about 20", so it's easy to take up into the higher elevations and can be ready to fish in about three or four minutes!

Have been planning a trip up your way for about a year now. Want to fish the Catskills one more time and then move on up to the Finger Lakes region. After I'm done with that I want to head east into Vermont and New Hampshire following the Connecticut River up into Maine. Then head east over to the Rangely area. Brother in law has an RV we can operate out of, and I think it would be neat two and a half week trip up there (maybe even a month). In the past I always did a long trip out west. Starting up near Chalma New Mexico and finishing out in Montana, stopping here and there along the way. I even had three or four places I fished on the way back home. Seemed like every year I found two or three new rivers to explore the next year. Have fished a little bit in California, and kinda want to do that one again.
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Old 11-03-2012, 12:28 PM
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i have a bamboo rod with 2 tips in a cloth bag and an aluminum case i bought
about 35 years ago at an estate sale. ive never used it and it appeared unused when i bought it. its a montague brand which im told is not a very high
end rod. i should sell it as im strictly a salt water guy down here and this rod
certainly wouldnt do for that. how much is the thing worth seeing as its in mint condition? as i recall its a 3 or 4 pc about 8' in legnth. i'll have to refresh my memory by looking at it again.
There are some of those rods that are pretty decient, but I don't remember which ones. At that age it probably needs to be rebuilt. I have a beatifull bone fish rig, and can't fish salt water in the day time anymore. I'm in that 10% group that's highly suseptical to skin cancer, so I just gave up on it. Makes a fine bass and steel head rod though.
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