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Old 03-14-2013, 05:02 PM
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Default Union hardware bamboo rod

I just picked up a old bamboo rod by Union Hardware Co., Torrington, Conn. I gather from Googling that there's nothing particularly "special" about this rod, nor did I expect there was. I just thought I'd like to try out a bamboo rod, and it was cheap (thrift shop). Whether it came with the Fenwick aluminum tube it was in or the tube came with it is a matter of perspective, I guess

It looks to be in pretty nice shape as far as I can tell (know nothing about bamboo rods, really). The windings are tight, no thread unraveling, guides are all there and undamaged, doesn't seem to have any cracks, splits, scratches. The cork grip is somewhat soiled, but not badly, and is in good condition. This rod has been fished, but maybe not too much and maybe not for a long time. Flexes well, etc.

Anyway, my question is, what line weight might I try on it? The rod is 9 feet, 3-piece. Would a 5WF (since I happen to have one) be OK? I also have an 8-weight, (too much?) and will soon have a 2-weight (almost certainly too little).

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There's a better than even chance that it's a 6wt .... maybe an 8 if it has a stout tip.
Try the 5wt line first but I think that for a 9' rod that's going to be a little light.
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Thanks, Rip Tide!

I'll try the 5-weight line and see how it goes. The tip is pretty whippy (in my non-expert opinion, at least). The guides are so small on this thing that if I like it and keep it, I think it'll be time for me to learn a bit or rod building so I can replace them.
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