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Old 03-28-2009, 11:19 AM
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Default How long does a fly rod last?

Im new to fly fishing, and Im wandering do fly rods ever "wear out from all the back and forth motion the rod is put through? If anyone knows let me know. thanks
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The only problem I have ever came across was the real set and handle coeming apart, easy enough to fix that though.
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Default Re: How long does a fly rod last?

If they were quality rods at purchase they will last a long time provided you take care of them. I fish with a 1964 8' 6 ' light salmon 8wt. bamboo every year for silver salmon. I also have a 1979 7' 9" graphite Far & Fine 5wt. that is as good as new and sees use every year.

Most important advise is, #1 never lay your rod on the ground (someone will step on it) #2 when not in use put it in the tube (always) don't get in the habit of tossing it in the back seat broken down but still strung up, it'll get broke.

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Default Re: How long does a fly rod last?

I have a fiberglass rod that's 'sprung'
It's gotten a lot of use since I got it in 1972
I still use it, it just has a (even) slower action than it use to.

Some of my other 'regulars' are even older. Late '50s, early '60s
You just need to rebuild them once every 20 years or so
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Default Re: How long does a fly rod last?

That was more of an issue with bamboo rods and some of the older fiberglass rods (before graphite) that could "take a set" from casting or being left strung up and leaning in a corner. The rod could literally develop a bend and make it more vulnerable to fracture. It shouldn't be an issue with modern graphite rods.

I've never worn one out, but have broken a few-- casting flies with metal beads or lead eyes can shatter a blank if it whacks it. It can cause a stress fracture in the graphite which may break it on contact, of cause the tip to flop over a few days later. And they're always car doors, overhead fans, puppies that chew cork, saltwater corrosion etc. that will beat up any kind of rod. The best thing you can due to protect it is to be religious about putting it away in a rod tube for storage and when traveling from spot to spot, and rinsing it off with a spritz of fresh water if you use it in salt.

Other than accidental breakage due to operator error you shouldn't have a problem. When buying a fly rod, it pays to look over the guarantee too. Some offer a lifetime replacement to original owner, others offer a replacement for a modest fee, and with some you're on your own, and this is true even for rods in the same price range.

There is always the latest and greatest technology coming out every year, and some people chase that, and pay a high price of course for the latest stuff, but the reality is that a fly rod should last long enough to pass along to your grandkids. Though there have been a ton of advances in materials, and some of my 30 year old models are a little heavy and clunky by todays standards, i still fish them on occasion.

If you're looking for used rods, it pays to check out the guides to make sure they're intact and in alignment, and to make sure the ferrules where the rod pieces join aren't split or fractured (which can happen if they haven't been seated properly and the rod was cast while the ferrules were loose).

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Default Re: How long does a fly rod last?

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I have a fiberglass rod that's 'sprung'
It's gotten a lot of use since I got it in 1972
I still use it, it just has a (even) slower action than it use to.

Some of my other 'regulars' are even older. Late '50s, early '60s
You just need to rebuild them once every 20 years or so
even slower??? Can you take a sip of coffee between your back cast and your forward cast?

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As I remember ,when graphite rods first came out there was some comparisons that said a fiberglass rod is good for so many flexes & a graphite one was easily going to last 3 times that number.. I don't remember the numbers they were throwing around but they were so high that if you bought a glass rod your great grandkids could use it & if you got a graphite your great,great grandkids would be using it..
Most of the time the rod doesn't fail it's the guides, reel seat or handle. If the rod itself breaks it's usually because you nicked it with a streamer or a nymph on the backcast (done that). fell on it (done that), closed a car door on it (not yet), drove away with it on the car roof, (done that), Caught a real honker on a 3 wt. & tried too hard to net him before he was ready(done that) Had your dog jump into the boat on it(done that), Had your kid step on it (been there) & the all famous getting it caught in the maine cabin screen door...(twice, but only sober the first time)..... Luckily I haven't had a rod stuck together or i would have broken that too.
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