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Old 03-11-2009, 07:16 PM
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Default Steffen Bros. Fiberglass Rods

I would like to hear from those of you who have Steffen Bros. fiberglass rods. I am a recent convert to glass, and am trying to decide between their 3/4 weight and the 5/6 weight. I want it for a small river (about 12 feet across) that is fairly swift and can hold brown trout up to 20 inches. This is boulder-strewn pocket water in a rough jungle-like canyon that requires crawling over basalt rocks. I typically fish a weighted nymph set up here, sometimes with a dropper. Streamside brush makes an 8 foot rod about ideal. Any opinions about which might work better? I usually use a 4 weight graphite, but it doesn't load well at such short range. I generally gravitate towards the smaller range of the spectrum, and am tempted to get the 3/4. Thanks for you advice. MC
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I converted to glass last year for small stream light tackle fishing.
Originally considered Steffen but then discovered McFarland.
Ordered a 3wt custom "Spruce Creek" for my 60th BD present to myself.
Check him out. Will customize the rod taper to your desires.
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Old 03-12-2009, 06:51 AM
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Steffen will also custom your rod as well. Both steffen and McFarland are both good glass rods. Personally I would go 3/4
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Default Re: Steffen Bros. Fiberglass Rods

Have you looked at Performance Fly Rods? Dave Lewis is the builder and he describes the action of each of his glass rods along with a pic. He has been very responsive to my email inquiries. Not trying to steer you away from Steffen Bros, just thought you might like to see other options out there.

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Your description of the situation makes me think the 5/6 makes more sense. Or you could go with the 3/4 and get a 5wt line for your 4wt graphite rod for those tight streams.

Steffen bros seems like the best value to me of the custom glass builders, but I've not cast any of those makes.
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Neither of the above rod wrappers make the rod I'm looking for.
Back in the day, rod manufacturers made short, powerful rods that would toss a bushy fly or hopper-dropper rig in small streams with ease.
Now, marketing says we 'need' 2, 1, 0 or even 00 rod weights for small streams. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Who knows, maybe one of the big-dawg rod builders will read this and come out with the next, big, gotta have... 6', 6 1/2', 5 weights!
May I have a downlocker with that please?
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Better late than never. Jack, Mark Steffan or Mike McFarland will make the rod you want.
Dave Lewis builds on Lamiglas blanks. Soft E-glass. I have 4 Lami's.
Mike McFarland builds on E-glass also. He has his own tapers and builds the rods to your specs. I have 3 McFarlands.
Mark Steffan rolls his own. S-glass. Faster than E-glass Lami's and Micky F's' I have a 3/4w that likes 4 w lines. Very smooth, and quite powerful. Right GRN?

mhclayton For the size of water you're talking about, call Steffan and he'll answer all your questions and give you his recomendation. You can't go wrong. A 4/5 might be a rod to think about.
BTW, just because Steffan doesn't have a size or weight you're looking for on his website, doesn't mean he doesn't have them. I don't think the website's been updated in 5 or so years.

Jackster, if you want a poodle throwing rod under 7', talk to either one of these guys.
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better late than never. Jack, mark steffan or mike mcfarland will make the rod you want.
Dave lewis builds on lamiglas blanks. Soft e-glass. I have 4 lami's.
Mike mcfarland builds on e-glass also. He has his own tapers and builds the rods to your specs. I have 3 mcfarlands.
Mark steffan rolls his own. S-glass. Faster than e-glass lami's and micky f's' i have a 3/4w that likes 4 w lines. Very smooth, and quite powerful. Right grn?

mhclayton for the size of water you're talking about, call steffan and he'll answer all your questions and give you his recomendation. You can't go wrong. A 4/5 might be a rod to think about.
Btw, just because steffan doesn't have a size or weight you're looking for on his website, doesn't mean he doesn't have them. I don't think the website's been updated in 5 or so years.

jackster, if you want a poodle throwing rod under 7', talk to either one of these guys.
great advice
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Mojo, what's yer take on those Eagle Claw glass rods Joni likes? I got one of the 6'6" ones and tried it with a SA Trout WF4F and wasn't thrilled. I think I'm gonna try a 6 on it next time so that I'm actually getting that stout lower section involved in the cast.

Also, what say you experts on the Fenwick FF807? I'm seeing a few on ebay and wondering if it could be the pre-incarnation of the Sage short rods. With how many I'm seeing, I have to wonder if its coincidence or if that was the dog of that product line.
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