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LeakybootsFebruary 17th, 2017, 5:51 am

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One thing nice about fly fishing for over 50 years is some of your old rods. I was looking through my equipment and found two old Shakespeare Wonderrods and a old Cortland glass Rod. Been a long tome since these rods got any action, might have to get them out this spring.
Will Shaver
PaulRobertsFebruary 17th, 2017, 6:30 am

Posts: 1776
Sounds like fun.

Years ago I had a Kassnar glass rod I really liked. However a friend crushed it in the car door at 5am on opening morning one year. Oooooo... :(
RogueratFebruary 17th, 2017, 8:17 am
Posts: 441

does the Wonder-rod have an automatic reel with it? I fished my father in law's setup once or twice out of curiosity, it would take getting used to.

tight lines,


'less is more...'

Ludwig Mies Vande Rohe
LeakybootsFebruary 17th, 2017, 8:30 am

Posts: 14
No auto reel but remember them. I bought the Shakespeare Presidental Rod in 1966 and was my first nice Rod. Those glass rods were a lot different than graphite rods, they're a lot like fishing bamboo rods as far as the casting.
Will Shaver
FalsiflyFebruary 17th, 2017, 10:44 am
Hayward, WI.

Posts: 656
However a friend crushed it in the car door at 5am on opening morning one year. Oooooo... :(

This reminded me of a story from years ago Paul:
John, a good friend of mine, took it upon himself to hire a guide/friend to fish the Roaring Fork; my first experience with a trout fishing guide. Very first thing he wanted to do was take a look at the rod I had and it didn’t pass his requirements. Instead he handed me a Sage he obviously used for clients so I accepted it and on we went. Toward the end of the day we were walking the rocky riverbank moving to a new spot when I took a dive. I displayed, what I thought, was a remarkable physical contortion saving his rod from any damage. As a matter of fact the rod never touched the ground. Before I had the chance to even get up he grabbed John’s rod from him, took his rod from me, and gave his rod to John.
When asked what I just caught that monster on I showed him. He put on his magnifiers and said, "I can't believe they can see that."
LeakybootsFebruary 17th, 2017, 11:31 am

Posts: 14
Those old automatic reels had a spring inside wound tight and if you tried to take them apart the spring would let go. Lol they were impossible to put back together.
Will Shaver
PaulRobertsFebruary 17th, 2017, 5:34 pm

Posts: 1776
Hmmmm... that guide had his priorities I guess.
AdirmanFebruary 26th, 2017, 4:50 am
Monticello, NY

Posts: 488
I tried casting my Grandfathers old glass rod a few years ago. The action is SO slow as compared to the Graphite rods! Not meant for much distance; however, short distances seems to require no effort and would be very easy on the shoulder after a long day of fishing IMHO.
LeakybootsFebruary 26th, 2017, 6:44 am

Posts: 14
Fishing glass and bamboo rods is like swinging a golf club. The less effort in your swing the further the ball goes. It's the same with those rods, a nice easy cast will send the fly further than if you try to power your fly rod. It usually takes me a few casts to get the feel. Setting the hook is different, with graphite a short jerk and your on, with glass and bamboo you have to set the
Will Shaver

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