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Ran across this this morning,  https://www.fishingtalks.com/fenwick-rod-catalog-1982-16901.html  , in those days there was always a rod in process of being built, usually on the coffee table as I was single 😉 and frequent trips to L.G. Custom Tackle . A few guys here may be interested in the classic Fenwick Glass Rod Line up and the numbering  system.

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Boron and Fenglass. Classic stuff.

From what I understand (and I could be completely wrong about this) Boron was overshadowed by graphite before it was able to be fine-tuned. It was just so easy to build a decent rod from graphite that no-one wanted to bother with the extra cost and complications of boron anymore. Developing a blank from boron required a lot of R&D work, graphite was a lot more forgiving. The benefit from boron was it could make a very light rod blank, but the trade of was a high price tag. 

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Dave send me some of those rigger rods, I'll put them to good use out on Lake O :)

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7 minutes ago, BillM said:

Dave send me some of those rigger rods, I'll put them to good use out on Lake O :)

NEVER!!! I use them up here. ;)

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I've got a Fenwick Boron 721. It was my favourite in the spring from the boat at Thornbury and Meaford when the splake were stocked heavy.

Very sensitive !

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5 hours ago, BillM said:

Dave send me some of those rigger rods, I'll put them to good use out on Lake O :)

At one time I built 4 blanks in that catalog as riggersticks

GFL-108 -8F ... 9foot 8weight flyrod paired with a Ambassadeur 5500 and 12 pound test for spring shoreline trolling on Lake O and pickerel on Erie

GFL-108-10F... 9foot 10 weight flyrod paired with a 6500 and 14 or 17 lb test , this was the same blank as the commercial Riggerstick according to Lorne

GFL-108-12F..9 foot 12 weight flyrod paired with a 7000 Ambassadeur and 20 pound test, this was a Fenglass blank and Lorne marketed it as the  "Kingstalker" as I recall in his catalog

Also built the Fenglass SH 1262F 10 1/2 foot steelhead blank with a grip for a mooching reel loaded with 20 pound test that I ran in the riggers.

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Cool find Dave. It got me to head scratching and looking about and then low and behold, I have the catalogue.   :)

 

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I good friend of mines' Dad used to build split cane fly and float rods back in the 50's and 60's. He is long gone now but the time involved and craftsmanship was epic. There was no fancy wrap or detail but everything was so precise and the balance was perfect. Sad to say I had a 5 wt, one of the last he built as he couldn't compete with the glass rods of the time and arthritis was setting in, but I left it in the UK in the early 70's and it didn't survive my parent's house move..😕

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