08-30-2013, 07:20 AM
Anybody know anything about Kensington rods?
I just won an eBay auction for this rod. I know it is a cheapie but that is okay. Now that I know my son likes to fly fish, I thought I would get him his own rod. Even though it might be junkie, it was worth it for $25.50 shipped, I think ($18.75 for the rod, 8.75 for shipping). Who knows...maybe I am wrong. I think I probably paid what it is worth. No more and no less.
It is a Kensington 7' 6" with the model being K-3664.
How do I figure out what line to put on it? My initial thought is that it might be a 4 but I don't know.
This brings up another question: even of this rod is marked for a certain weight, does that mean it is a foregone conclusion that what is says loads it correctly is the best weight for the rod?
I was thinking about sort of overloading it a bit. My boy is surprisingly good casting but still has trouble now and then.
I know this is no fantastic rod but it will do for a kid who will go maybe 8-10 times a year. Plus I let him use my Orvis Clearwater and I cringe because he is smacking every tree he can see as we are walking to the water. Once he dropped it in on a bunch of rocks which doesn't sound so bad until you realize we were walking thru some moderate brush and he was holding it above his head--and he is 6' 4" tall. In other words, he is a kid! LOL!!! I don't want anything that is really nice just yet.
Plus I want to get this other guy I work with to go on some streams with me and, from experience, the shorter rod works better. It isn't like we need to cast 50-feet or anything there and with the tress all around, I think he will be better off borrowing this, especially since he has never fly fished in constricted areas and he is not the most patient fellow. (I am trying hard to change that! He still thinks it is all about the number of fish you land.)
Any and all thoughts are welcome.
“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after.” –Henry David Thoreau