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Fiberglass Rods??

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

doing.


•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.