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Old 09-29-2012, 08:11 AM
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Default New cherished fly rod from our youth

We all have a fly rod that made an impact on us when we started, it has even more of a hold on us the younder we were when we used it.

For me it's a Shakespeare 8' I guess 7wt Wonder Rod. It is heavy quirky and real wobbler but It is what I caught my first fish on and love it. Klunker Shakespeare automatic was heavy, jumpy and forget about a drag. The brown level line was no distance champ or for delicate presentations. But I love them both

My oldest son (19) has developed his. I bought him a really budget rig about 6 years ago. South Bend graphite 8'-6" 5/6 wt with a plastic Cortland Reel that came packed with a budget WF6F. Think the rod was $27.95, reel was about the same. Rod had plastic but secure reel seat. From 4yds away a very handsome rig. I didn't want to spend $$ if he didn't take to fly fishing.

Rod has it's limitations, very slow, does not like lots of line out but does cast accurately at 20-45 ft. Reel is budget all the way, though utterly reliable.

However he simply loves this kit. Has caught lots of brim, bass & hatchery trout on it. He has other kits of great quality and performance but he reachs for this rod more often than not.

It looks like his "vintage/cherished" kit is imprinted. When he's my age it'll probably hang in a place of prominence as mine does.

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You both know well one of life's greatest secrets..that 'more money spent' does not equate to 'more fun had.'

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Wish I still had my first Wonder rod. Had a lot of good memories! Just saw a pic of me fighting a Shad on it in the 70s and gave me the biggest smile! Wouldn't trade that for all the expensive gear in the world!
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I still have the Shakespeare WonderRod that I got while I was in high school. That was in 1962. I still fish the rod with a Pfleuger 1495 reel and a WF6F line. It still catches fish "like it used to".
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For me it's a St. Croix Imperial 9' 4/5 from 94'. I had caught a ton of Bluegill on my first fly rod(can't even remember what it was, and bluegill are and were a pretty insignificant fish to me) but never could get a Trout to eat. After fly fishing for about 6mo's I got a nicer rig(the Imperial with a System2 reel) for my 14th b-day. I got my first trout to eat with that rod on an Elk Hair Caddis I tied, I'll never forget that day or give up my Imperial/System2 combo(I'm actually looking at it sitting in my rod rack as I type this).
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I still have the Conolon that I caught my first solo fly rod fish on in '63.
I've since rebuilt it, even repairing the tip that snapped while I was sanding off the hideous badly chipped blue paint.

After all that, I believe I only used it a couple of times. The rod's a dog and it always was.
But I still have it
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My first fly rod is here but could use a restoration. I don't know that I'll ever do that, it's an Ike Walton 6'9" solid glass rod. When I think back about how hard it was to try to cast that thing it's a miracle that I stayed the course.
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Eagle claw with one of those reels that retracted by themselves.
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cant remember my first trout rod,(i know it was a brown blank with a brown cork grip and a metal/plastic style UL reel seat). i do however remember my first salmon rod. the classic ugly stik made by shakespeare. what a brute put my old mg-72 multiplier on that bad boy, now that was quite a rig.

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My first fly rod is still my favorite. It's a Cortland Fairplay rod 8' 5/6wt. I put 6 wt line on in and a BPS Hobbs Creek reel. I absolutely love this set up. I've taken trout, bream, bass on it.

I'd gladly buy a Cortland rod again based on that.
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