New to the glass

Blue

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#31
Well, I started fishing glass flyrods at 10 years old (and those were all 8-10wts). So I had a solid foundation. Even with a major disibility in my back and shoulder, still able to cast them all day long.

But with the rods available today, do you still choose that rod, or have you explored others?
 

Jerry Daschofsky

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#32
But with the rods available today, do you still choose that rod, or have you explored others?
I've fished a wide variety of rods. Mostly Sage RPL. Lots of TFOs including the deer creek speys. Still grab my old Fenwicks and fish them. In fact a lot of times my back up rod it's a glass Fenwick.
 
#33
It depends on what "new" Eagle Claws rods you are referring. The lastest model of Eagle Claw Featherlight which was introduced in 2010 is not junk and I think you'd be pleasantly surprised how good of a rod it is for a mere $25. It has a little quicker in action and doesn't have that hinging that most recent predecessor models have when casting beyond 25-30ft. They also flared up the reel seat some too to give it a little more sophisticated look. :p Newer or vintage, all the EC Featherlights are serviceable small stream rods but I'll yield some are better than others.

Here's a couple reviews/discussion about the rod for those not familiar:

http://www.examiner.com/article/the...ic-small-stream-fly-rod-for-the-frugal-angler

http://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=10726&hilit=2010 eagle claw

http://www.flyfishohio.com/Eagle_Claw_Featherlight_FL300-8.htm
The one I was referring to is the EC I bought about 5 or 6 years ago. Butt over tip, same size guides, black plastic reel seat. Worst hinging rod I ever owned, but for $20 what more could I ask for. It sounds like it's been upgraded since then. It's not the same EC that I had in the '70's.
 
#34
The one I was referring to is the EC I bought about 5 or 6 years ago. Butt over tip, same size guides, black plastic reel seat. Worst hinging rod I ever owned, but for $20 what more could I ask for. It sounds like it's been upgraded since then. It's not the same EC that I had in the '70's.
Mojo....Your hit the bull's eye on that one. That particular model of Featherlight is probably the worst one they ever made, at least I think so.
 
#35
Mojo....Your hit the bull's eye on that one. That particular model of Featherlight is probably the worst one they ever made, at least I think so.
I just can't bring myself to fish this thing. My main glass rods are a Scott F2 3 wt., Mc F's, Steffan, Lami honey's (which Lugan is correct, they're slow, but they're also very fun to fish with), TL Johnson. I also have some Fenwicks also, but I haven't fished them since I got the new glass rods.
 
#36
First off, I know alot of people who started out flyfishing with a Sweetheart (well, an older Eagle Claw anyways). So don't let ANYONE tell you they're garbage (one guy who DEFINITELY has the money to buy a super nice new glass rod still uses his). I still was using an old Eagle Claw multipiece pack rod for years (metal ferrules). There's nothing wrong with an old glass EC. Just remember, they will have metal ferrules. They cast fine, and play fish fine. I was always a Fenwick guy, so when I could afford to pick one up, I did. So what EC's I had were discarded pretty quickly. Only because we were a Fenwick family, and you weren't fishing back then unless you had a Fenwick. LOL. Seriously though, I caught ALOT of fish on old Eagle Claws. They weren't a bad rod if you find a vintage. Blanks were almost the same color as the original Fenwicks (a lighter almost tannish brown).

And yes, you'll be hard pressed to find any "vintage" glass rod under a 6wt. I don't think I've ever seen one under that range. But look around, you will find glass rods in a reasonable price range.
The Old Eagle Claws are great. The new ones are horrible! You can pick one up in Wally World for $20. It won't be long before it breaks but you probably can get $20 of fun out of it before it does. Very brittle, cheap etc. etc. Surprised Eagle Claw (Wright & Mcgill) would want there name on such stuff. Look for an old one. You can find em.
Jack
 

Jerry Daschofsky

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#37
The Old Eagle Claws are great. The new ones are horrible! You can pick one up in Wally World for $20. It won't be long before it breaks but you probably can get $20 of fun out of it before it does. Very brittle, cheap etc. etc. Surprised Eagle Claw (Wright & Mcgill) would want there name on such stuff. Look for an old one. You can find em.
Jack
Like Fenwick, Wright & McGill were sold off Years ago. So they have no say unfortunately. Been sold of A few times each I do believe.
 
#38
I had the opportunity to look at the latest Eagle Claw Featherlight 2 piece flyrod yesterday. It looked and felt pretty good having a slightly faster action than the last model. For $25 it is a good deal and I'll probably pick one up to use myself and to have on hand as a loaner for beginner fly fisherman and friends to try. The last Featherlight I had broke awfully easily but I'm willing to try the new one as they are a fun rod to fish and my Medalist 1494 needs a home.
Here is a link to a good rod review by a reviewer whose opinions I respect.
Eagle Claw Featherlight Fly Rod Review By Fly Fish Ohio
 
#39
I just took delivery today (from WallyWorld to-the store delivery/ pick-up) of the new 7' 5/6 weight Eagle Claw Featherlight rod. Going to have some fun with it for sure. Not a bad little rod $25. Don't look too closely. Remember $25 Nice reel seat and hardware. The action is improved over the older model. I am going to enjoy it and will get way more than $25 worth of fun from it.
THe size down - I think it is a 6'6" for 4 weight - is nice too.
Jack
 
#40
Lots of posts....did you ever find a glass rod Gary? Fun to fish with, need to slooow down your casting stroke. I still have my first fly rod from the 60's, a 7'6" 5wt Phillipson built by my cousin when he worked for Shoff's in Kent. Any fish puts a bend in glass!
 
#41
I was given an old actionglas 7'6" 6 weight from the 60's by a forum member. Well it used to be 7'6", it was donated to him with the tip replaced. It looks like the rod was broken right at the first guide and someone put a new tip top on it right there. It is painted to look like bamboo which I think is cool.

It is a really fun little caster, but I haven't fished it yet. I can't wait to throw it on some skinny water.

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