"Glass with Ass"

Lugan

Joe Streamer
#3
It's great to see fiberglass being resurrected by Orvis and other companies/makers big and small. The new generation of glass rods are a step up in performance and aesthetics versus most of the old rods many of us grew up fishing in the 1970's and earlier. My own rod arsenal is now at about 3/4ths glass, and I only use graphite for rods 9' and longer.
 

Old Man

Just an Old Man
#6
I think my first fly rod was a glass rod. Hell that was along time ago. I was about 24 or 25 when I bought it. It's getting harder to remember that far back. Some of those details get kind of fuzzy.
 
#10
I for one am happy to see a few larger companies get into the "glass game"...while I'll always have one of my Steffens wherever I fish, it'll be nice to try out some of these other offerings. I fish glass probably 95% of the time and regularly use 4-9wts in glass. Even if the real reason for Orvis, Redington, and Echo getting into the game is to grab themselves a new slice of pie, I think it can only improve each other's rod design with the material.
 

jordan101

Active Member
#12
I originally bought this for small creeks but have enjoyed fishing lakes with it as well. It has more power than you think. I have the 4wt and it shoots line a long ways. Leland, I will in for the 5wt soon.

Rowland
 

jwg

Active Member
#13
It's great to see fiberglass being resurrected by Orvis and other companies/makers big and small. The new generation of glass rods are a step up in performance and aesthetics versus most of the old rods many of us grew up fishing in the 1970's and earlier. My own rod arsenal is now at about 3/4ths glass, and I only use graphite for rods 9' and longer.
Got any specific favorites or recommendations.
For reference I do have a couple of the Cabelas cgr, 3 and 5/6 wt.
Jay
 

Lugan

Joe Streamer
#14
Jay - Yes, I definitely have some favorites:

-- Anything from Mark Steffen, though even among his rods, the 8'0" 3/4, 5/6, and 6/7 are standouts, plus the 7'0" 5wt. The latter 3 rods are my go-to small stream streamer rods. You cannot lose with a Steffen.

-- Wojnicki 77P4 and 227P4 - expensive but incredible performers are nice to look at.

-- Larry Kenny 7'3" 3wt - The perfect small stream 3wt, but keep in mind that a 3wt in glass or cane has a step less power than a 3wt in graphite, so this rod is good only for dries #12 and smaller, and preferably in little to no wind.

-- Scott Fibertouch (the older black blank series) - For quicker glass, this is a great transition from graphite for a first-time glass rod user. I still have the 601 (rated a 1wt but I use a 3wt line on it) and the 703 (rated a 3wt but I use a 4wt line). Love them. I also like the new yellow Scott F2 653, but hated the 774 which I thought was too wimpy for a mid-length 4wt. The tip is just way too soft IMO...YMMV.

I just got a Swift Epic 8'6" 6wt that I've only lawn cast, but has great potential. I can't recommend it yet, but it's one to look at IMO. I also have the 580 on order now and should have it sometime in March.

Also good based on my own and others' recommendations: Anything from the black blank Diamondback Diamondglass series, the GREEN blank Cabelas CGR (not the brown CGT, which most people think sucks), anything by Mike McFarland (though his are hard to come by and the waiting list is very long). Mike McFarland has started a new rod company with a business partner though, so I'm hopeful more of his excellent work will get into people's hands: http://www.seeleflyrods.com/ . The new Orvis rods are universally getting rave reviews. The new Echos too. The new Redingtons are a little mixed in the reviews, but most seem to like the shorter models instead of the longer ones. I cast the Redington 8'0" 5wt and thought it was a bit too sluggish and heavy feeling.

Anyway, that's my early morning stream of recommendations...