First build recommendation

Mark Kadoshima

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I'd like to try my hand at a fiberglass rod. Any recs as far as which rod is most fun and blanks? Cost of the blank really isn't a consideration...more quality. I'm sort of thinking a 6 wt bass rod....or a 4wt small stream rod (although I can make bamboo rods for that)....or a muskie rod???? Stillwater rod???
Any suggestions are appreciated.
Mark
 

Gila trout

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I'd like to try my hand at a fiberglass rod. Any recs as far as which rod is most fun and blanks? Cost of the blank really isn't a consideration...more quality. I'm sort of thinking a 6 wt bass rod....or a 4wt small stream rod (although I can make bamboo rods for that)....or a muskie rod???? Stillwater rod???
Any suggestions are appreciated.
Mark
Hello, the North Fork Composites 7’6” 4 wt. is a fine rod and would be great for creek fishing. CTS has a great line of glass blanks, their 8’6” 5 and 6 wts. are great warm and Stillwater rods. But my all time favorite glass is from Dusty Smith at Livingston rods. He has a full line of blanks in E and S glass from soft 3 wts. to wonderful medium fast 4 thru 7 wts. for more big water fishing. Blue Halo also has a nice Line of blanks that cast and fish very well. Good luck with your search!
 

Gila trout

Active Member
Can you shed some enlightenment as far as 'E' vs 'S' glass?
Thanks,
Mark
E glass has a lower modules than S glass and tends to be a little heavier. S glass fibers are slightly stiffer. But fine rods are built with both materials. Mike McFarland whom I failed to mention also makes outstanding glass and has a line rods/ blanks, the GTX series he rolls with a combination of E and S glass. Dusty at Livingston rods, YS series is a combination of 80% E glass and 20% low modules graphite. So makers are doing great things with both materials. If your interested go to fiberglass fly rodders the entire site is all about the use of old and new glass rods. There are threads that explain E vs S glass much better than I did.
 

Gila trout

Active Member
E glass has a lower modules than S glass and tends to be a little heavier. S glass fibers are slightly stiffer. But fine rods are built with both materials. Mike McFarland whom I failed to mention also makes outstanding glass and has a line rods/ blanks, the GTX series he rolls with a combination of E and S glass. Dusty at Livingston rods, YS series is a combination of 80% E glass and 20% low modules graphite. So makers are doing great things with both materials. If your interested go to fiberglass fly rodders the entire site is all about the use of old and new glass rods. There are threads that explain E vs S glass much better than I did.
A few others that should be considered. Larry Kenney of Scott rod fame has a line of glass rods/ blanks that are outstanding as well as does Swif/ Epic. Larry’s glass 8’3” 5 wt is one of the best 5 wts out there.
 

Mark Kadoshima

Active Member
My first bamboo rod is fishable...but definitely a first rod. Later rods turned out significantly better both functionally and esthetically.
Should I get a 'novice' first build or since I feel pretty comfortable wrapping and placing reel seats etc....can I probably go for it. Some of the blanks are more than others....so just wondering.
Thanks for all the help.
Mark
 

Mark Kadoshima

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I just realized...I have an email out to him. I noticed they don't sell blanks on his website. I have an inquiry as to whether he would be willing to sell me a blank.
 

Mark Kadoshima

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Yes he sells blanks. He is redoing his website and is now rolling his own blanks.
Just ordered an 8' 6" white glass 6wt blank for bass from Dusty. Cool that he rolls his own blanks and is a one man operation. Looking forward to getting started on it before bass season starts. Might try it on some rockfish too. Thanks for the recommendation.
Mark
 

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