Cortland GRF-1000

#1
So I picked this rod up with a cortland crown 2 reel from my local hawk for $50. It was in really good condition with a few scratches to the finish, but nothing major and no damage. If it weren't for the finish scratches it would look new.
Not sure how I feel about this rod at this point. I have an echo solo and that is the most experience I have with Rods. The Echo solo I have is a 6wt fast action. There is a HUGE difference in the action of these two rods. I believe the cortland is a medium to slow action. It is amazing how that feels. The echo is the easier cast, the cortland is a smoother cast. using the same lines I can get almost the same distance with the solo going just a bit further and the corltand requiring more effort. The echo picks up the line with little effort the cortland is a little more sluggish.
At this point I am tempted to Craigs this rod because I am pretty sure I can recoup or gain on this rod. I am thinking I prefer a medium to fast action rod overall.

Any thoughts on slower action rods? Any benefits to using one?
 

speyfisher

Active Member
#2
Don't be so quick to condemn a slow action rod. We have all been sucked into this fast, faster, ultra fast, marketing hype. It's been going on for so long that hardly anyone will label a rod's action as moderate, let alone slow, or relaxed. Just play with it, find the rod's tempo, shorten up the stroke. Contrary to popular belief, a slow action rod is capable of throwing tight loops as well as developing high line speed.
 
#4
Don't be so quick to condemn a slow action rod. We have all been sucked into this fast, faster, ultra fast, marketing hype. It's been going on for so long that hardly anyone will label a rod's action as moderate, let alone slow, or relaxed. Just play with it, find the rod's tempo, shorten up the stroke. Contrary to popular belief, a slow action rod is capable of throwing tight loops as well as developing high line speed.

Outside of fishing for steelies, I don't have a need for a fast rod. Rarely am I making a cast longer than 40 to 50 ft, which usually comes at the end of the day when I'm too lazy to sneak up and make a shorter cast.