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Old 12-17-2009, 04:39 PM
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I have a 5/6 weight Pfluger Medalist fly rod with an Okuma Magnitude disc drag 5/6 weight reel. The question I have is that the butt on this rod looks like a 8 weight saltwater fly rod. Why is this. I mean it tapers toward the tip, but the butt is insanley thick. Could you please tell me why?
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Old 12-18-2009, 12:24 AM
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Traditionally 5/6 weights have cigar grips and wood and metal (usually nickel) reel seats. Some rod companies will make their rods with the saltwater seat (aluminum seat with cork butt) to make it saltwater safe. I have never tried it, but I understand that Speckled Trout on the Texas coast is fun. I have been told that a 5/6 weight rod is the norm.

Some people just like a fighting butt on a light rod, too. If I ever win the lottery, I'll have a custom 9'6" 5 weight made with a fighting butt.

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Sounds to me like a half wells grip with the reel seat in the cork end.
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......I'm a little confused
I was thinking that he meant that the butt end of the blank was thick
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How old is the rod? Lots of bamboo rods were made with "swelled butts", and
maybe that's the case here. It's supposed to combine a sensitive tip with
a butt section capable of actually fighting a fish... or something like that .

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That's a beautiful rod Frank. What maker?

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It's a Nick Taransky rod, but it's not mine.....
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Frank,

That's really too bad. He certainly makes beautiful rods. I have a Jim Payne and a Granger which both have the swelled butt. I fished nothing but bamboo up north and out west for years for trout, even on lakes. Love that bamboo.

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I have a 5/6 weight Pfluger Medalist fly rod with an Okuma Magnitude disc drag 5/6 weight reel. The question I have is that the butt on this rod looks like a 8 weight saltwater fly rod. Why is this. I mean it tapers toward the tip, but the butt is insanley thick. Could you please tell me why?
Bad rod design.
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