Forgotten rod classics

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  1. Brookie_Hunter

    Brookie_Hunter aka Dave Hoover

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    HA. Haven't seen one of them in awhile. I remember when I was growing up, I used to fish a water hazard at a nearby golf course that mostly had bluegills, sunfish and bull heads and this 9-10 year old kid actually hooked one of huge carps also in there that no one ever caught on his Pocket Fisherman. Quite the spectacle....
     
  2. Ryan Bradfield

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    A friend of mine swears by the Red NTIQ rods.He catches huge Jacks on them on a 12wt.He reckons he cant find anything close to them.I cannot understand why they discontinued them?
     
  3. Jim B

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    This thread got me thinking about the first fly rod I built about 1981, from an 8'6" 7 wt 2 pc Lamiglass S-Glass blank....my first trout and summer steelhead rod....moderately slow, but plenty of lifting power. I haven't used it in about 10+ years....I guess it's time to dust it off and put it through its paces!
     
  4. Drifter

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    OMG, those S-GLASS rods were the best plug rods ever built! I had one for years that I drift-fished with and sometimes would run plugs with. they are very sought after by people in the know! I offered a friend $200 for his about 15 years ago and he wouldn't sell it.
     
  5. Ryan Bradfield

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    Which winston rods are known as classics?
     
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    I second this, my first "nice" rod was a 476 DS2, what a great rod!
     
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    Winston IM6 would be one.
     
  8. Ryan Bradfield

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    would this be the WT series?
     
  9. FT

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    Rob Allen nailed it in my opinion, a great rod design will always be a great rod design.
     
  10. Klickrolf

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    Agreed. In terms of single hand rods the Sage 8100-3 RPL (not +)was/is the best steelhead single hander I've ever cast. It'll do it all and do it well. Those who like roll casting for steelhead should own this rod.
     
  11. Jeremy Floyd

    Jeremy Floyd fly fishing my way through life

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    I am in the DS2 crowd. Those rods are really powerful if you let them snap for you. I have seen a lot of people collapse the tips on them by overloading them with bad technique or timing. They sure hold the load well/easily for single hand spey, and roll cast a mile.
     
  12. Porter

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    I think those were the NTI rods....the NTIQ were those they called baby blue...they had a quartz layer over a very high graphite count or some kind of mix :confused: . An ice sky blue color .....I think they ran from 8 to 12 weights only and came in three and four piece. I remember they had a high price tag 700ish (?)
     
  13. Ryan Bradfield

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    No Porter he definately had the baby blue NTIQ 12wt & 8wt rods.I distinctly remember them by that unusual blank colour
     
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    Just responded because your original post said red NTIQ...
     
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    There was a time when I favored fast action rods. But, over the years, I have come to find some of the slower actions to be more in time with my aging body. The CND Black Spey, and old T&T LP 4wt, and my latest acquisition, a Winston BL-5 10wt
     

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