Hello, I've been researching a new reel for my new Z-Axis and found a lot of information on this site, so I signed up. Here's a little info about me.
I've been fly fishing since 1965, I turn 64 July 1st, I started with my Dad teaching me how to cast on the front lawn with a Wright-McGill Trailmaster spin-fly combo, $4.95 South Bend reel and level line. I bought my first "good" rod with my summer job money in 1968, a 7 1/5' 6wt Browning Silaflex, then a Fenwick 8 1/2' 8wt when I moved to Alaska in 1974. I used just those two (the Silaflex and Fenwick) rods for all my fishing from then until 1991 when I bought my first graphite rod. I was newly married and working in San Francisco at that time and my wife gave me a gift certificate for a fancy fly shop in the city. A that time they carried four different rod lines, Sage RPL and LL series, Scott Power Ply and Winston. I tried all four in the alley behind the store. The RPL had no feel, remember I was coming off almost 30 years of fiberglass rods, the Winston felt too slow while the Scott and the LL felt just right. The Scott really spoke me so that's what I went with, a 904-4, now called a G series.
Later that year we moved to NW Montana where I really got into the fishing and started accumulated more and more gear. I now have a number of fly rods, reels, a drift boat, two rafts and other misc tackle. I'm not a collector, but once I own something I take care of it and hold on to it. I still have those old fiberglass rods, even the Eagle Claw, plus all my Dad's rods along with my newer rods.
Here's a list:
7 1/2 Fiberglass Eagle Claw
7 1/2' Silaflex
Scott 904-4 G series (1991)
Gary Sandon Custom 7 1/2' Bamboo 5 wt. (1992)
Sage 8 1/2' 5 wt. SP (1996 or 97)
Cortland 9' 6wt (from my Dad in 2005)
Another Eagle Claw from my Dad.
Winston 7 1/2' WT 3 wt.
After 15 years I broke my Sage SP and got a new rod from them, I opted for a fast action 9' 5wt Z-Axis.
I wont get into reels at this time, just that two Pflueger Medalist sufficed for my first 30 years of fly fishing. One more thing, after reading the thread on fiberglass rods I decided to string up my old Silaflex and try it out on the lawn. Wow, it felt great! It was wonderfully accurate and cast well from 10' to 45' and easily zipped out to 65', way beyond where I usually fish. I remember small Brookies felt like salmon on that rod. I'm tempted to bring it out in the boat this weekend.
Welcome to the forum John, glad to have you posting with us. Sounds to me as though you're a man after my own heart. You enjoy your tackle! We have a few threads going that you might enjoy. They are lengthy reads but worth your time if you've not already gone through them.
Welcome to you. I started a few years later than you, but with a lot of the same kind of equipment. My first "...good" rod was also a Scott G 904. I still have it and love to fish it out of a drift boat. Looking forward to your posts.
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