Re: orvis catalogs requested for database
Like I said, this is from Ernest Schwiebert's book Trout Tackle-Two that came out in 1978. The book for the most part is a history of the split cane rod but also includes fiberglass and early synthetics.
(Beginning on page 244,)
"Orvis started its line of carbon-fiber rods shortly after Fenwick introduced its high-modulus designs. Leigh Perkins sent me an early experimental model completely without Orvis markings, although it's Superfine grip style and delicate reel bands clearly revealed it's origins."
(He goes on to list the product line of the original catalog. It's not stated in the book but I understand that these early rod were built by Shakespeare)
M9270.... 7', 1-5/8oz, 5wt.
M9276....7.5', 1 3/4oz, 6wt
M9280... 8', 1 7/8oz, 6wt
M9286....8.5', 2 7/8oz, 8wt
M9290.... 9', 31/8oz, 9wt
"Perkins was so excited by the performance of these early graphite rods that he soon decided Orvis would build it's own graphite rod plant, making it possible to control both design and quality"
(Schweibert then goes on a bit about the design.)
"Perkins is restlessly improving and changing his line of carbon-fiber rods; the following trout rods are in the second Orvis line."
M9250... 5', 1 1/8oz, 5wt
M9266.... 6.5', 13/8oz, 4wt
M9270..... 7', 1 5/8oz, 5wt
M9276.... 7.5', 1 3/4oz, 6wt
M9276-2... 7.5', 2 1/8oz, 6wt
M9280.... 8', 1 7/8oz, 6wt
M9280-2... 8', 2 1/4oz, 6wt
M9287... 8.5', 2 5/8oz, 6wt
M9286...8.5', 2 7/8oz, 7wt
M9286-2.... 8.5', 4oz, 8wt
M9290....9', 3 1/8oz, 9wt
M9297 ...9.5', 3 5/8 oz, 8wt
"These rods include some remarkable tapers that I have greatly enjoyed fishing in recent months. The first few hours of field testing taught me that the most delicate Orvis designs were striving to provide actions capable of fishing nylon tippet diameters of.005inch, and the responsive stroke and tip speed of tapers like the M9280 made roll casts as long as eighty feet possible. The more delicate M9287 design, at eight-and-a-half feet and well under three ounces, was specially conceived for fishing fine tippets and difficult conditions........."
( Here he goes on for a bit on his thoughts for future Orvis rods before describing the "current line" which must be from '77)
JM9272-1..... 7 3/4', 1 1/2oz, 2wt
JM9274-1..... 7.5', 1 1/2oz, 3wt
JM9277-1......7.5', 1 5/8oz, 4wt
JM9262-1.......8', 2 1/2oz, 4wt
JM9262-21.....8', 2 1/2oz, 4wt
JM9288-1......9' 2 7/8oz, 4wt
JM9270-11.....7.5', 1 5/8oz, 5wt
JM9279-1.......7 3/4', 2 1/8oz, 5wt
JM9242-21...... 8.5', 2 1/2oz, 5wt
JM9293-1..... 9 1/4', 2 3/4oz, 5wt
JM9298-1....... 9', 3 1/8oz, 6wt
JM9278-1........7 1/4', 3oz, 6wt
JM9276-1......7.5' 13/4oz, 6wt
JM9276-11....7.5', 2 1/8oz, 6wt
JM9280-1..... 8', 1 7/8oz, 6wt
JM9286-1..... 8.5', 2 5/8oz, 6wt
JM9292-1.... 9 1/4', 3oz, 6wt
JM9291-11....9.5', 3.5oz, 6wt.
JM9283-1......8 1/4' 2.5oz, 7wt
JM9283-1......8', 3oz, 7wt
JM9294-1..... 9', 3oz, 7wt
JM9294-21.....9 1/4', 3 1/4oz, 7wt
JM9286-1..... 8.5', 2 7/8oz, 8wt
JM9297-1.... 9.5', 3 5/8oz, 8wt
Jm9290-1..... 9', 3 1/8oz, 9wt
"The JM9280-1 model is still similar to the first prototype that Leigh Perkins sent me for testing in 1974, and the JM9287-1 is a current match for the earlier Limestone Special. The new JM9262-1 is an eight-and-a-half-foot rod, weighing only two and a half ounces, and is matched with a DT4F line. The JM9242-21 is designed for the Henry's Fork and its problems, and is a superb fly rod for taking large fish on light tackle. The Spring Creek design is currently listed as the JM9293-1 model, and is a favorite tool in the collection of Jack Hemingway, Although I have fished it with pleasure, with both Hemingway and Bill Mason, it is missing from my collection because its length makes travel difficult'. The JM9297-1 is similar to the older M9297, which was originally christened the Presentation Special. The so-called Tippet is a delicate three-weight JM9274-1 model which I have enjoyed on small trout streams. The most recent Orvis in my collection is the JM9272-1 which weighs 1 1/2 ounces and is designed for a unique DT2F line. It's delicate casting stroke is a little startling, and I cannot wait to fish it in the spring"
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart
Last edited by Rip Tide; 11-04-2012 at 10:12 AM.