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Old 07-02-2010, 02:26 PM
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Default Identifying an unmarked rod

Hello there. Ive got an old 9' fiberglass rod that has no markings whatsoever on it. Does anyone know of a way to ID it?? Im not real concerned with the manufacturer, I would just like to know the line weight.

Is that just something that I would have to try different line weights and see how it does?? Or is there some way to test it??

I was thinking of using it for a surf fishing rod with a 7 or 8 weight line on it, but if its a 2 weight rod that wont do much good. Playing with it (without line) it feels fairly stiff, but I am by no means an expert caster. It also, if I understand it correctly, is a fairly slow action rod. Without line, it seems to bend down close to the middle, so Im guessing with line on it, it would bend pretty close to the handle in a real cast.

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I think it would be safe to try it with a 7 or an 8 weight line. Glass rods at that length usually have heavier line weight ratings.

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I agree, a fiberglass rod of 9 foot is most likely an 8wt, maybe even a 9 or 10
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Default Re: Identifying an unmarked rod

Hi kg6bws,

The guys are right. You won't find a 9' light line fiberglass rod from the old days. What color is the rod? I would start with an 8wt and then decide if you want to go up or down in wt by how it cast. I had a 9' 9wt fiberglass Fenwick fly rod that a friend gave me and it was so heavy that I never used it.

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Default Re: Identifying an unmarked rod

Same situation here.
I just acquired an 8'6" graphite rod that seems to be fairly light. I want to use as a 4 or 5 wt. rod.
How to determine?
Is rod base diameter any indicator?
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Same situation here.
I just acquired an 8'6" graphite rod that seems to be fairly light. I want to use as a 4 or 5 wt. rod.
How to determine?
Is rod base diameter any indicator?
Best way to figure it out is to cast a line with it. Whatever line weight works best is what you will want to use.

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