Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by para_adams, Jan 7, 2018.
Any idea if Mike is still alive and well and making rods?
Koa seat inserts are the best!
Mike dropped off the map and lives in a shack in the Seirras. I don't think he has made any rods for a while. He put his equipment in storage. I miss the old bastard. He made me a sweet 4 wt bamboo to remember my old man when he passed. He used to frequent Grassart.net but hasn't been there in a while. Mems.
Mike was a helpful and entertaining contributor to Grassart, as well as a host of others including yourself. It too dropped off the map. I knew of Mike's move. I think the shack and surrounding property originally belonged to his father.
Pflueger Sal-Trout & Granger 9050 at work.
Young 3" Marvel/FE Thomas 8'-0" 3/2 5 wt.
That Young/FET combination is about as classic as it gets. Nice!
Very handsome. What wood is the seat made of?
The sun makes the insert look like fancy wood, but I'm pretty certain it's the standard Spanish Cedar used in most Thomas rods.
Thanks Greg. I much prefer low contrast, non fancy wood seats with a few exceptions if done just right.
Freshwater, I use bamboo, love the feel.
1917 or so Fred Divine "The Divine" rod with a Patent-pending Medalist 1494
1927 Goodwin Granger "The Goodwin" 9653 with an early Orvis CFO IV
1952 Orvis Battenkill 7-1/2' 3/2 4oz with a Hardy Prince
1950s English R. Sealey Tudor Lightweight 7' with an early J.W. Young Beaudex 3"
And my favorite small stream rod, a 1968 6-1/2' 2oz Orvis Flea. Small and petite, coupled with an early CFO III, it still handled a 27" rainbow with aplomb.
Here it is again in another favored combo, with a Patent-pending 1492
Thanks for looking,
Edit: Fixed image link, thanks for the heads up, Ron!
Awesome, thanks Kenneth! For some reason the Divine didn't show up on my screen but I'd really like to see it.
I like the old rods with the intermediate wraps. Most of these rods were made with animal glue, which would soften on warm days or after a few hours of fishing, and wasn't very durable. The intermediate wraps helped hold things together. If you are restoring or refinishing a rod with intermediate wraps, you really need to replace them.
Even with modern glues, some rod makers, including me, put intermediate wraps on butt and mid sections of hollow-built rods, especially those that are used for salmon, steelhead or other big fish.
On the other hand, I hate intermediate wraps because they are a time-consuming PITA to do. Yet another reason why I'd rather make a rod from scratch than do a refinishing job!
Nice batch of rods and reels Kenneth!
1947 Heddon Riptide hooked up to a striper