Oct 12, 2014
Fiberglass is making a quiet comeback. Fiberglass dominated fly rods until
the advent of graphite in the early 1970s. Graphite is lighter, stronger and
just as easy to make, so it took over the fly rod scene as manufacturers and
anglers all quickly converted to it. But now, slowly and quietly, glass is
making a modest return.
Why? Several reasons that may make you want to give it a try.
•Fiberglass is softer and makes for an exceptionally smooth, easy-casting
rod that is very pleasant, yet plenty gutsy for most freshwater fishing,
especially for trout.
•For beginners especially, the softer rod makes it much easier to feel the
weight of the line loading the rod. Learning to cast or improving your
timing and overall casting becomes easier because the rod tells you what it’s
•The slower rhythm of casting a fiberglass rod is just easy and enjoyable,
especially for the caster with a naturally relaxed casting style.
•Fiberglass rods are generally more durable and resistant to bruising from
bangs and bumps. They are also somewhat harder to break from being bent
severely when landing a fish.
Almost all glass rods had made by small scale individual makers like
Steffen, L. Kenney, and others, but now the big makers have taken notice.
Orvis, Hardy, Cabelas, Scott, Cortland, Echo and others have just begun to
introduce new glass rods.
Try one at a shop. You may be pleasantly surprised.
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