I don't even know where to begin...
Perspective, and the fact there were a lot more and a lot bigger fish to catch back then....a 'lightweight' Granger Special 9' 3-piece for 5wt weighed 5.1 oz. And that's for the blank alone, not counting the guides, grip or reel seat. Yet somehow back then people not only managed to fish them all day long, they caught more and bigger fish than we do today. It's all a matter of perspective.K
I got the exact same blank at a garage sale for $10 not knowing what it was, and I agree. It is hands down my favorite small water blank of all time!!!!!Many years ago I picked up a no-name rod hand made from a blank that only says it's a 4-wt and "Chalkstream." I got it at an outdoor show, where one of the fly shops exhibiting had a few of these, made by one of the employees. It's only 7'8", and after using it for several years, all of the other rods seem like broomsticks by comparison, but I never thought of it as a "slow" action rod until then, and can still put out as much line as I need with it. I use many others now, but it's still my favorite.