Forgotten rod classics

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  1. Ryan Bradfield

    Ryan Bradfield Member

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    What rod range/ranges do you feel cast up there with todays top end rods & are now discontinued but remain true classics?
     
  2. Porter

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    Sage Xp (who thought I wouldn't list that one?) :D But only 6-9 weights

    Sage LL

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    I always had a thing for the older St. Croix Imperials of the 90's...moderate action but smooth caster and fun fish fighter. I think this one is up there with some of the slower rods. (not considered a classic)

    Fenwick/Wright and McGill put out some nice 30-60ish dollar glass rods in the 60'-70's that I believe rival todays 300.00 plus glass rods. Although that Scoot F rod is damn nice ;)
     
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  3. Stonefish

    Stonefish Triploid, Humpy & Seaplane Hater

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    Loomis GLX classics
     
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  4. Ryan Bradfield

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    i cast the original 8wt loomis GLX and i still cant find a rod to match the experience
     
  5. Drifter

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    Orvis, un-sanded late 70's and 80's superfines. Full flexing - unique - fishing machines! The lighter weights (3 & 4 weight) original HLS rods are awesome also. But then again I'm not talking "CASTING" I'm talking "FISHING" rods!
     
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    Old Man Just an Old Man (NFR)

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    I had a St Croix Imperial 4wt that when I got to casting flies with it. I could make a sandwich while waiting for it to load. It was real slow.
     
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  7. Ryan Bradfield

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    i have an early 90's orvis superfine 2wt,it casts beautifully
    ive heard the sage slt's and the winston WT's are fine casting & fishing tools also
     
  8. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Sage RP, SP and SPL. Many folks also regard Sage's long-discontinued, entry-level Discovery series among the best rods Sage ever produced.

    K
     
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    Phillipson Challenger fiberglass from the 60's. Slow but sweet!
     
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    I told the folk at the Sage plant that if they ever made a better rod than my DS2 4wt I'd buy it. They sold the DS2 to fly shops to use as rentals. I picked one up for $100 and it is my favorite unless I need long casts.
     
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  11. bitterroot

    bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    With the exception of one older Winston IM6, all my rods are Sage GFL's. These were the first rods that Sage cranked out beginning in 1980. I love them and so does everyone I know that casts one. All are 2 pc. with downlocking reel seats.
     
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    I have a 583-4 DS (metal seat)...fun dry fly rod. Good rod for small tight bodies of water and a good float tuber rod as well. I just don't use it as much as my LL. I didn't think of DS or DS2 as a classic but it is a well built rod, good action, and simple aesthetics.
     
  13. Nooksack Mac

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    Fenwick Ferulite in glass, and Fenwick HMG in graphite.
     
  14. Kent Lufkin

    Kent Lufkin Remember when you could remember everything?

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    Are we just talking plastic rods here? If not, my list of bamboo classics would be pretty long!

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    I think that top end gear performance has not changed a whole lot from the introduction of graphite until now. Once a great rod always a great rod. The technology has simply not changed that much.