I'm glad you've enjoyed seeing all of the wonderful rods that the members have posted. Please forgive my not posting pictures at this moment but I've gotta say it.......... I have an addition to the rod crew!
I'm not sure why, probably because of the 'as new' condition of the rod but I just took delivery of a 1968 Orvis Full Flex fiber glass rod. Tube and rod are about as good as any of this vintage I've ever seen and I'll take some pictures of the rod along with the intended reel for it very soon. I don't have a 1968 Orvis reel to go with it so will use an early CFO IV until the right old Battenkill comes along.
I did cast it a bit and all I can say is .................... nice
I have not taken the time to photograph the new rod but I do have the pictures that were sent before I bought it. Other than the rod bag the 1968 Full Flex fiber glass is in mint condition. The bag is not original and I'm on the hunt so I can put a period correct bag on the rod. I have been casting it using a DT 5 weight and it is just what I expected. It works beautifully and I suspect it will work with a 4/5/6 line, it isn't fussy at all. I can't wait to take it to a small to medium creek for some fishing.
I'm going to use an old CFO IV reel with it because the balance is about as good as I'm gonna get with this reel. The two are really nice together and I'll get around to photographing then as a set. For now here's the rod,
Paul, I have a 1964 bamboo salmon rod and I figure the bag is the same material. I either will find the correct material at the fabric store to make one or will ask orvis if they have any stuck in some dark corner. They seem to have a lot of depth when it comes to their old stock. I figure we'll (Nancy) end up making one, the velor bag that came with will do for now.............
Attila, They called this 6'6" rod a fast rod back then but by todays manufacturing standards it would be considered a full flex or slow rod. These come for sale regularly, some were made by the Phillipson Rod Company and others were actually fabricated by Orvis in their rod works. The Phillipson rods are usually called Golden Eagle for Orvis right on the butt inscription. They usually sell for 200 dollars and up depending on the year / model / and condition of the rod & hardware.
I am an Orvis aficionado but I prefer the old rods and their actions over the new. If you ever use old rods, pre 1986 you'll see what attracts me to them.
that's a sweet vintage orvis rod you have there ard the condition is remarkable for a rod that old.
i too am constantly scouring the net for all kinds of ff stuff. if i find a vintage orvis rod sock i'll let you know.
Casey, don't for get those 2 rods I messaged you about. The 7'6" 5 weight is still new and I figure it's older than the Orvis I just posted. The salmon rod is the stuff, I may still get that....................
I am not sure if this classy old Orvis used the 3M glass technology that the Golden Eagles used but they were the first synthetic rods ever to employ uni-directional fibers; years before the Fenwick HMG of 1974. "Full Flex" at that time was not an alternative to mid or tip-flex and today's mid-flex is in fact full flex and tip-flex, mid-flex. Orvis strives to eschew truly fast action rods and have not had a lot of success when they have tried to develop them. An exception might be some of the "Western Series" rods of the mid-80's. If you want to hunt for an unusualy good older Orvis rod, look for an 8'9"/#5 2 pc. Western circa 1985. They were only built for two years or so before being replaced with the more popular 9' length model which was much inferior.