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by Speycaster
Sun Mar 29, 2020 9:53 pm
Forum: The Unnaturals
Topic: Anyone fishing fiberglass?
Replies: 18
Views: 6997

Re: Anyone fishing fiberglass?

Sure do. Good fiberglass rods don't have quite the romanticism of bamboo, but they do have that same smooth, sweet feel and can make almost all the casts required in normal fishing. I learned with Fenwicks, graduated to Winstons and Claudios, and more recently have begun buying glass rods again. The...
by Speycaster
Tue Mar 24, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: The Tying Table
Topic: Synthetic parachute wing material?
Replies: 20
Views: 2941

Re: Synthetic parachute wing material?

Nylon does absorb water. The materials I've used with success and little frizzing are zelon, Widow's Web and, best of all, but now hard to find, Tiemco's Aero Dri, a poly yarn with hollow fibers, so low specific gravity.
by Speycaster
Tue Mar 27, 2018 10:42 pm
Forum: The Unnaturals
Topic: J K Fisher rods
Replies: 11
Views: 6342

Re: J K Fisher rods

Just so the history doesn't get lost, J. Kennedy Fisher made blanks for most of the best fiberglass rod companies, including Hardy, Scientific Anglers, Winston, Ferdinand Claudio, Cortland, and Fisher itself. All of those rods, except perhaps Cortland, were designed by the San Francisco crowd of rod...
by Speycaster
Sun Feb 15, 2015 1:24 am
Forum: The Unnaturals
Topic: hey by the way..whatever happened to...
Replies: 12
Views: 4660

Re: hey by the way..whatever happened to...

Not all boron rods were extra fast. It's the taper, not the material that determines the action. The boron Fenwicks were not all that fast. I still have several, and they are excellent casters. I talked to Jim Green, who designed the Fenwicks of all materials, including boron. He said the reason Fen...
by Speycaster
Mon Feb 09, 2015 8:22 pm
Forum: Grass Rods
Topic: Fishing Mrs. Young's Perfectionist
Replies: 16
Views: 4695

Re: Fishing Mrs. Young's Perfectionist

I've used shooting heads for over 40 years. I don't think using a shooting head has anything to do with stressing a rod. In fact it's easier on a rod than trying to carry a long line in the air because all you have with a shooting head is 30' of line of the appropriate size. The long casts are a res...
by Speycaster
Thu Nov 13, 2014 1:23 am
Forum: The Bar Stool
Topic: Fly lines
Replies: 12
Views: 1613

Re: Fly lines

I suggest you try polyleaders that are designed to be looped onto the end of a tapered line. They come in a variety of densities/sink rates and are not as heavy as sinking tips on sink tip lines, so cast with less of a flip flop. You can use them with any DT or WF line and just carry some to be used...
by Speycaster
Thu Nov 13, 2014 12:54 am
Forum: Grass Rods
Topic: My Latest Rod
Replies: 19
Views: 7340

Re: My Latest Rod

I've been fortunate to use a rod made by Tim and wholeheartedly second everything Eric has said. Tim has rethought just about everything and has created some fantastic rods. His innovations and some borrowed from other innovators has resulted in beautiful state of the art rods. Hollow building into ...