03-06-2011, 07:34 AM
Re: The end of an era, and the beginning of a new one.
I'm with Frank here. I can 'afford' to buy what ever I want, but I've found that 'price' doesn't always equate to 'what's best.' If you can pop for the extra few dollars you'll not be disappointed.
Rods are a life time investment; I've rods that are 40 years old and I look forward to casting. Are they 'state of the art?' At one time they were; now they're a huge bundle of good memories.
And that is just what my newest rod is (delivered Friday) ... an 11' 3" full on fibreglass switch rod. Local rod builder called me (knowing I've been looking high and low for a long glass blank - "S-glass" if at all possible) and said he's found someone with 5 old (and I do believe Steve when he said these may be as old as 20 years but in perfect condition) glass rod building blanks.
'If I can get my hands on one, would you like me to build you a rod?'
Steve 'cheated' a bit as he had Bob Meiser and Gary Anderson (if you're part of the 2-hander community you'll know just who these fellows are) 'test drive' the rod for a line match up, and then into my hands.
Can't wait for the current weather conditions to calm down a bit so I can give this Puppy a real 'fish.'
When wealth is lost, nothing is lost; when health is lost, something is lost; when character is lost, all is lost. - Billy Graham"