The Butter Stick...

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Forum' started by Jordan Simpson, Sep 15, 2013.

  1. Jordan Simpson Active Member

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    I was just browsing the Redington site and they have a rod out called the Butter Stick, a slow action fiberglass rod...
    Just wondering if anyone on here has had a chance to try one out and what their thoughts were- I've been looking for a 3wt for a while and am tempted to go fiberglass...
  2. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Check the bamboo and fiberglass section of WFF. Several of us cast the 8' 5wt at Gary Knowels' glass rod casting gathering last weekend. Versus other glass, it is squarely medium action, progressive taper. It's got a damp and smooth action. It feels a bit heavier in hand than the snappiest glass, but if you like to fish cane, it will feel very comfortable and familiar. I liked it. I'd put a 5-6 ounce reel on that rod to balance it out.
  3. Chad Lewis NEVER wonder what to do with your free time

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  5. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I was at the fiberglass bash at Gary Knowel's two weeks ago and spent perhaps 20 minutes with Ron McNeal's 8 foot 5wt Butter Stick in two separate casting sessions. I found it to be almost an extension of my arm, one of my 2 or 3 favorite rods among the 40 or so that were there. Considering it's modest price tag, the Butter Stick has to be one of the best rod values in today's market.

    K
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  6. Josh dead in the water

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    Considering that you and I have agreed on a couple other slow(er) action rods, your comments have got me interested in finding one of these to try.
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  7. Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    I'm thinking hard about a Butter Stick, but frankly I need another rod like another testicle. The Butter Stick's action is a LOT more similar to most of my bamboo rods than to say, a Redington CT. That said though, give one a test drive. If you can adapt your stroke to it's decidedly slow action, I think you'll have a hard time going back to fishing for trout with a fast(er) rod.

    BTW, there were several old Fenwick brown rods from the 1960s and 70s at Gary's fiberglass get-together, including my own FF 706 that I bought new and learned to fly cast on in 1974. It'd been years since I'd lined it up and I was frankly pleased by how well it cast (several other guys were too, so it wasn't just me being nostalgic.) A yellow Fenwick from about a decade earlier was even wonderfuller. Point being, Fenwick made those old brown rods by the zillions and you can likely find one on eBay for $50 to $75.

    K
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  8. Dan Nelson Hiker, Fisher, Writer, Bum

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    Love the Butter Stick -- it's a true slower action rod. FYI: I also love the soon-to-come Orvis 'glass rod (next spring?) but that one offers a faster action (more a medium- than slow-action) than the Butter Stick. I used the 7'6" 4-wt extensively earlier this year and found it to be a fantastic dry fly specialist.
  9. Randall Clark Active Member

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    Yeah, check out Cameron's review on TFM...it's pretty extensive. He also has a loaner program if you just can't decide and need a little "encouragement"...
  10. Josh dead in the water

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    I've actually got a FF755 that I very much enjoy. I would love to track down a 7 or 8 weight Fenwick of the same vintage.
  11. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Don't dismiss that idea too quickly. If the pharma-medical industry is correct, replacing declining testosterone is a good idea as you age. Doing it with your very own third marble would have the advantage of not requiring expensive medications.
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  12. Charles Sullivan dreaming through the come down

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    I have a couple of lamiglas fiberglas blanks in that range. I have a 6wt. honey blank and a couple s-glass 8 weights. If you are intersted I'd sell them for a donation to Trevor and his kid. Pretty much you decide what they are worth/ want to donate.

    Go Sox,
    cds
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  13. Josh dead in the water

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    Well hell. How am I going to refuse that. I get to help a buddy and get new 'glass. PM incoming.
  14. 10incher Active Member

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    I thought everyone had three?!? My mother must have lied to me.
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