08-01-2010, 06:33 PM
Re: New member Fly rod and reel questions
I have a couple of South Bend rods and they weren't exactly high end.
Any quality rod will have about as many guides (eyelets) as they are feet long, so your 8' rod having only 6 is telling.
Automatic reels are fairly outdated. I don't know a lot about them myself, but they are still fairly popular with bass fishermen and there's no reason not to use it if you want.
Level lines are still used, but mostly by those who fish a fly rod with live bait. Your 333 might be too old. If it's been stored where it was hot or if it's cracked at all, you'll need to replace it. If you're going to be fishing flies, you most likely will want to replace it with a weight forward line anyway
I fish my vintage fiberglass rods in fresh water nearly all the time and prefer them. And some of my rods are better than 50 years old so don't be afraid to fish yours.
As for the value, I'm afraid it's just about next to nothing
So there's no reason to baby it
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart