09-22-2009, 10:35 AM
Re: Im new to Bamboo rods....I got a bamboo rod...nice
My first fly rod when I was a kid was a 9' Japanese cane and it was a POS to say the least. Since that time, I've rarely heard anyone say anything positive about those old rods.
Then about 6-7 years ago I refurbished an old 8 1/2' rod that was my father's.
I find it to be a bit heavy for all-day use, but the fact is that it casts very nicely.
I balance mine (right ahead of the grip) with an old reel that was my grandfather's. A 6 1/2 oz. Bristol 65.
I think that old Union might be too light and is definitely of an older vintage
A model 1495 Medalist might be more to your liking
The US made reels are pretty popular and look great on a vintage rod. You may be able to find one on-line.
If not, the new, imported reels are perfectly good. They go for about $25 almost anywhere
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