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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Your Rod has no Soul...

Sometimes late at night I sit in my Lab ( man cave for fly tyiers ) and take a fly rod out of it tube and just hold it, putting it carefuly together, lining the guides up perfectly.. then twisting my wrist admiring its guides and reel seat. Then I turn and look at my reels and like a mans barbie I try different ones on in a strange game of grown man dress up, that ones too heavy.. no not that one its too small, the balance is wrong.. there ya go, perfect. Then I put them away and walk softly up the stairs and climb into bed, often the wife inquires as to what ive been doing.. cleaning, arranging,reading... anything, you name it, anything but " ive been playing dress up with my flyrods " frankly sound a touch creepy just writing it. You see, I love my gear, flyrods in particular almost as much as I like fishing, in fact I may fish just so I can play with them, im not sure.. the verdict is still out on that one. I hate comments like "reels are just line holders" or " any rod can get the job done just the same" shit... sensless shit spoken by men who love the trout, steel or carp more than the gear. Some rods are lifeless, cold, stiff..absolutely bankrupt in the department of charm or soul. This is why I love Glass, glass the class clown of blanks, the game changer.. I am not fond of your T.F.O... or your z-axis... I donot want to hear about your Cabelas 3 forks package.. and yes, that reel is infact just a line holder. We won't talk about lines or leaders here becouse thats worse than religion or politics in a bar. I love rods with soul, heart, character... testicular fortitude is not a requirement for my rods simply becouse we will win with tact and strategy.. I have added a new rod to the RIVERKEEPER stable, I have recieved a great deal of guff and criticism over what I paid for " an outdated material " I find it funny that all of us will someday somewhere find that 2x2 foot square where we will be standing when the bullet hits the bone.. age overcomes us, or the cancer wins the fight. And you will be gone, they will dress you in expensive clothes you never would have worn in the world, and plant you in the ground in a box that cost more than the combined total of every mattress you ever slept on in your life... and then the Government will tax you for dying.. Uncle Sam will be getting $625 less of my money when my big show ends- Readers please welcome the Scott Fiberhammer to the RIVERKEEPER family... I hope it makes it into the family album many times in the coming years-

7 comments:

  1. If I had the $625 to drop - I'd be on the Fiberhammer like stink on poo. As it is - I'm a ways away from buying anymore e'spensive toys - but I can drool.

    So have you decided on what reel to pair that baby up with? Classic click pawl setup (maybe a big ol' Medalist?) or are you gonna go with some whiz bang hyper reel like a top end Abel?

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    1. Im gonna put a loop on it, and maybe look for a suitable Hardy... a 10' glass rod is a touch tip heavy, but not any worse than these 11-12' float rods.. a heavier reel will balance fine-

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  2. What is it you like about glass so much? The only two glass rods I've used were el cheapo's and thus made me think glass sux. Then again a $30 graphite rod would probably also suck. Maybe someday I should give glass a real try...

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    1. Well Tim the editor of my blog and the board of directors all are a little biased... and opinionated, so alot of the opinions around here are rather narrow minded.. but how about we get together sometime and I,ll let a properly balanced well lined modern glass rod show you its good side.. Glass will make you a better fly fisherman, unless you are already the man.. Thanks for stopping by-

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  3. Pissin' VinegarMay 11, 2012 at 11:23 PM

    I dunno why I never comment here, as I prolly should, but damn. The glass rods are gnar. If you just want to get down to the friggin nitty gritty, and catch fish. Progressive action 70's tech will trat you well. Bitter stick yo... Hope Crackutat is treating you well right now. Heard the 'tuk is full o fish!

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  4. I hope Pissin & Vinegar gets that speech impediment taken care of! What???

    Glass is not dead! I've got 50 year old glass that probably be around for another 50 and will outshine much of the graphite on the market right now...not to even mention new glass. Twice the rod for half the money. Luck with the Fiberhammer.

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  5. Glass rods hold my tomato plants just fine. Love em'

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