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Thread: Vintage Orvis Powerhouse 8wt. Is it really only 2 7/8 oz?

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    I have been using my old orvis rods and love them. The powerhouse for example is marked as just under 3 oz on the butt of the rod yet it doesn't feel lighter to me than a modern 8 reddington that is listed at 4.3 oz. did they use a different method in years past to determine the weight?


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    Default Re: Vintage Orvis Powerhouse 8wt. Is it really only 2 7/8 oz?

    Just the unfinished blank vs a finished rod?
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    Default Re: Vintage Orvis Powerhouse 8wt. Is it really only 2 7/8 oz?

    A small postal scale will answer your question. If you read the "grams" scale
    and convert to ounces you should get a more accurate weight. Let us know what you come up with.

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    Default Re: Vintage Orvis Powerhouse 8wt. Is it really only 2 7/8 oz?

    I think Fred is right, I think the weight given is without the hardware.
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    Default Re: Vintage Orvis Powerhouse 8wt. Is it really only 2 7/8 oz?

    Seems odd to put the weight of the blank on the butt of the rod, which I'm guessing is the butt of the reel seat of the finished rod. Perhaps that's how they did it, but doesn't make much sense since the rod was finished. Will be interesting to hear the actual weight.

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    Ok. I weighed the 7,8 and 9 wt orvis graphite rods. They are all very close to the marked weight. I guess they are lighter because they are shorter than modern rods

    Shooting star 9 wt is 9' and 4.25 oz
    Powerhouse 8 wt is 8' 6" and 2.875 oz
    All rounder 7 wt is 8'3" and 2.5 oz

    Check out the chart in this article. None of these rods are even within 1/2 oz of the 8wt

    http://yellowstoneangler.com/FlyRodC...sNativeRun.asp
    Last edited by cthomas2; 09-25-2012 at 11:12 PM.

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    Default Re: Vintage Orvis Powerhouse 8wt. Is it really only 2 7/8 oz?

    I don't think the weights are exclusive of hardware. For example, far & fine with cork spacer is listed about 1/2 ounce lighter than the same rod with wood spacer. As to the accuracy of the listed weight I don't know because its too early and I'm too lazy to go weigh one :-)
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