View Full Version : Fiberglass fly rods

07-01-2007, 10:02 AM
Thinking about getting a fiberglass rod. Anyone on here fish them? Likes and dislikes? I'm looking at a 5 wt diamondglass rod for poppers and small streamer bass fishing.

07-02-2007, 11:01 AM
I was given a vintage Fenwick 7'6" 5wt a few months ago. The thing was in perfect shape, and nearly 40 years old.

I have taken it fishing a time or two and love the slow but responsive action of the fiberglass. It is quite a bit noodlier than graphite and doesn't have quite the same backbone as graphite. It is great for dries and small nymphs but is a little over matched when throwing larger weighted nymphs or streamers.

If you are wanting to pitch poppers and bass streamers I would about try to find a 8'6" to 9' 6wt or 7wt. That would allow you to turnover larger poppers without much problem.

I am by no means a fiberglass expert, just a guy who got bit by the fiberglass bug.

07-02-2007, 12:05 PM
I also have a fenwick, a 6wt about 30 years old. My very first rod, got it as a high school graduation gift. I still use it from time to time and noodley with no backbone is a good way to descibe it. Lots of fun noe the less.

07-02-2007, 12:34 PM
I like slow action rods for short distance casting on small to med. size streams. I'll still probably need the fast graphites for tailwaters but I'm just disgusted with the brittleness of the high modulus rods. Maybe I'm just hard on equipment too! The new S-glass rods are light and track well compared to the older rods. There are some good comparisons to cane with these rods but they are pricey also. I'm looking on Ebay also for some cheaper vintage 6-7 wt rods and hope to win a current bid in a few days. Thanks for your replies......... Troutman