I took the 7 ft 6 wt out to a local trout stream. I loaded up on old cold STH reel with a non-descript 5 weight forward line I had laying around. The reel was too heavy. I fished any way and had fun. I really should have put one of my ross reels on this thing. I was shocked by how light the rod was. I was even more surprised by how well it cast. I did have to shorten up my stroke a bit, particularly on my back cast. I had to make pronounced stop and the wait….. but not as much as I expected to have to do. It did not like ti whan I tried to throw a 3 inch weighted bugger though. I just enjoyed the history of the rod. This thing is much older than I am. Why do we need to spend all that money on crazy fat rods when all we chuck are small little flies? Sure I can toss 130 ft of line on the new Sage One but would that have helped me on the 20 ft wide river I was fishing? I guess glass is not dead. I think it’s just that people forgot how much fun these rods are to cast.
So I cast the 8 ft 6 wt Fenwick glass rod yesterday. I took it out to another favorite south east PA trout stream. I thought that the added length would mean the rod was slower. I actually really liked this rod too. I fished it with 9 ft leader and a medium fish pimp indicator with a since 16 heavily weighted copper john on it. It roll cast beautifully. Like the rod before it I had trouble with some of the mending and I also had to shorten up my back stroke quite a bit.
I am stoked to have acquired these old rods. I can’t wait to fish them more and get fish to hand with them. I can’t wait to use my mini switch rod