|Look at the length of that rod!|
One cannot discuss the travel rods of today without some historical rod discussion. I personally have been fly fishing for over 1/2 of a century (OMG!) so I have seen quite an evolution just in my lifetime. At one time I collected antique fishing equipment and still have quite a collection.
|Beautiful Split Bamboo Rod|
After that you had a real evolution into split bamboo with a few novelties thrown in like steel and Sears Roebuck even made telescoping beryllium copper fly rod which must have weighed at least 8 pounds; I know for I own one of these as well. Try fishing one some time and see if your arm lasts longer than mine. I think it was about 30 minutes smallie fishing on the New River in West Virginia.
Then came the thick, heavy old solid fiberglass rods of the 50's. These were much improved and even though still heavy, they were very flexible and forgiving. Their big advantage was that they almost never broke. But when they did, you had to be careful not to impale yourself with fiberglass slivers. When hollow fiberglass came along, oh what a difference! They were a little easier to break, but probably half the weight. They had great flexibility and you could throw your line what seemed like a mile. The only problem was that they did not flex at the ferrules very well which hindered action.
|Modern Day Graphite Fly Rod|
That brings me to modular rods of today--hollow graphite and highly flexible. The two types of ferrules and the thin design make them very light weight with incredible function! You can cast forever and look like a pro even if you are not one. All of the manufacturers have evolved and now there is very little difference between them except for cost. If you are a collector, go with Sage or Orvis or Thomas. But if you just like to fish and throw a nice long, accurate line to your fish, I just purchased a Scott 6 wt. (4 pc) for nymphing and I also own a 5 wt. RL Winston (4 pc) that I would put up against any rod out there. Besides, their service is great!
|My Fishpond Travel Case|
So do not hesitate about buying a multi-piece travel rod. Go for the price and bring your new rod up for some superb Idaho fly fishing this summer.
Perfect casts, hard takes, tight lines and bent rods (and tired arms) forever! I am sure you Idaho fly fishers will have some questions or comments about this one so fire away.
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