My wife visited a retired friend of ours and mentioned that we're both getting into fly fishing. Well, Ed, our friend, decided to give her 3 of his old fly rods and an old reel.
One of them is easy to identify, it's a Siloflex model 22980. Is says it's for line weight 6-7. It's a bit stiffer and heavier than mine. The only line I had was a L5F which is a bit light for that rod but I could cast it 45 to 50 feet. I think this is going to be my Salmon rod. A WF7F would probably be awesome on that rod.
The 2nd rod is a minor mystery. It's a Shakespeare Wonderrod Presidential. My wife remembers Ed saying it was a model made for either President Roosevelt or Wilson. It's a super light weight rod with a lot of flex. The other info on the rod says #848-7' 9" and then under that it says EKE which is (I think) the old designation for suggested line weight. My 5 weight line bends the heck out of the rod so I think it's probably a 4 or even a 3 weight.
Does anyone know anything else about the Presidential rods? It looks like this may be a nice collectible antique that's also a useful tool. Also, if EKE is the old line specification then what would that be in the new line specifications? My 5 weight level line felt heavy for it and it flexes so easily that I'm thinking it's a 3 or 4 weight rod.
The third rod is a total mystery. It's a black graphite rod with a super light action but not quite as light as the Presidential. There are no markings on it at all. The handle is a hard black foam instead of cork and it's really light weight. I put on the reel that Ed had (which turned out to be a Pfluger Sal-Trout model 1554) and it had a short, light line, probably a 4, that was only about 30 feet long tied to some very light backing line.
That rod cast like a freakin' cannon! The first cast I shot out about 30 feet of backing line! My wife came out and said "Hey! Ed said that's my rod and you're not allowed to touch it"
So I don't know what the heck that rod is but My Gosh it shoots line like a gun. Yep, my wife got a pretty special rod.