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    Default So I ordered an Old 'boo

    Just ordered a 9' ,3/2, 5/6wt Horricks- Ibbotson Vernley Registered refinished 'boo rod. It'll be used out in Colorado, thats why I went longer and heavier. Anyone have a clue as to what type of line I should throw on it and if an orvis BBS II would work as a reel.

    Thanks,
    bones

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    Talk to Daniel at LRO and get Walter Babbs information. He is one of the best I can think of on knowledge of cane rods. Another well educated person on cane is GMREEVES who is a builder and very talented young man who is on this board. GMREEVES goes to the nth degree on his work and his knowledge even though he is still a young and newer builder. I have been to both mens shops and talked extensively with each. Either of these men could probably give you some very sound advise on this subject.
    Romans 10:9-10 KJV

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    Thanks for the kudos Flyred! As far as what line to throw on your new acquisition, I would say take it to a local fly shop that has several lines rigged for demo rods and cast them. I'm not familiar with the rod but it won't hurt to cast as many different lines as you can on it. I have cast just about every type of modern line on my cane rods and they all seem to have there place. I have cast DT, WF, SA GPX, SA XPS, Several different Rio's, some Teeny Sink Tips, Cortlands, and Wulff Triangle tapers. One thing to consider is the size of the guides. If they are really small, as most older rods were built for casting silk lines, you may need to go with a smaller diameter line. Depending on the year your rod was made, this could be a factor. I did some quick research and it looks like the Vernley was from between the 30's and 50's and the first plastic lines started showing up in the 50's. Enjoy the rod and post pictures of your fish with it for all of us cane junkies.

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    Probably looking at getting a Hardy Cascapedia or Bougle for a reel. In the diameters for 5/6/7 weight lines they weigh in at 5 to 6 oz.

    The description of my rod says it's impregnated; whats that mean?

    Also I've seen sveral reels, on dare I say it, E-bay. Am I wasting my time looking there? Several Hardy's and other neat looking reels under $200.00. Getting pretty confused, as modern reels for modern rods, are listed by line weight, not diameter or model number.
    Last edited by bones; 02-28-2010 at 11:14 AM.

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    If you're going to swing a classic Boo rod then you need to spool it up with some Silk DT fly line. There is a fellow that sells hand woven silk dt lines on EBAY.
    My humble Opinion.

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    IT GOT HERE TODAY!! Pretty rod to look at, stickers are all there and the bag is original and in mint condition. Yes, as everyone has told me, it weighs a ton but is very supple in action (I'd rate it at a true medium) just a little faster than my Hardy glass. Lawn cast it with a WF6F and a DT5S throws each equally well. Both lines are Cortland 444. gmreeves said, the guides may be small, very true of the stripper but the rest seem just slightly smaller than usual. Them old timers must ahve spent a lot on lines, seems as if a guide this tight would fray something like silk.

    Gonna take an anchor to balance it!

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