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Old 11-01-2012, 04:57 PM
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hi,

i am compiling a a database with every orvis (unsanded) graphite in it. so far i got lucky and got a catalog from 1975, the first year, and a whole lot of catalogs from 1981 to late 90's. in order to be able to keep busy during the cold winter i am still looking for the catalogs from 76 77 78 79 80 82 86 95 97.
once i have the list complete i will post it as a reference for all those in love with one of the finest rod series ever built. so should you have an old catalog left, please feel fre to PM me.

meanwhile should you have a question about a rod, please let me know and i will see what i can find in my catalogs.

keep the legacy alive! and don't forget; this is the one that started it all in the graphite era. EDIT, Fenwick sold the first graphite rod. thank you Rip Tide

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and don't forget; this is the one that started it all in the graphite era.
As long as you conveniently forget that Fenwick was first.
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Would a photo scan of the graphite pages with year of catalog work?

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hi, of course a scan would be also very much welcome!
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Dr. Schwiebert has 3 pages on the early Orvis graphites in his book Trout Tackle-Two. I'll share some of it when I have more time
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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"
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thanks a lot man, really appreciate it, i wil print it and add to my catalogs for later use
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Hello all, I has been some time, but the collection is growing (in catalog and rods...), here is a peak of the 1977 catalog, I scanned just the pages relating to graphite fly rods.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/cn0ek3j3ox...log%201977.pdf

If you have an older Orvis catalog, feel free to share it with me in soft or hard copy. It is my intention to create a thread here with all info on Orvis graphite rods, since a collective overview is not yet on the net as far as I know.

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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"
HI Rip Tide, how do you like your orvis ultrafine 7'9" #2? I meanwhile also have one and sure is a sweet piece! i use a light blue dt2 from Hardy, which really works nice

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