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    Some of you may know that I have been searching for a softer and shorter fly rod for fishing tight quarters on small streams and had finally chose the 7' 9" 5wt Far and Fine as the rod desired.

    I called Orvis with questions about the original F&F (dates of manufacture and etc.) and was fortunate enough to be transferred to their repair shop. During the conversation I asked if it was still possible they might have a blank laying around (never hurts to ask, right) and the gentleman said no but would look around and get back to me if one was found. Never thinking I would hear from him again, 2 weeks later I get a call saying they had located one in the back room of one of their shops. The price was $150 and the answer was YES.

    Just got home Tuesday with the blank waiting for me, the seam was marked but I needed the measurements for proper placement of the guides so I called again. While looking up the correct guide placement they asked if I wanted Orvis to install the guides, the price was $75 and would include the reel seat if wanted. I then asked if it was possible to use the down locking reel seat and copy the original all cork grip, said they would ask if anyone in the shop could do this and would get back to me.

    Well today I get a call from Orvis saying they could make the original F&F cork grip with matching down threaded reel seat plus apply the Helios spring guides, all for $75 dollars. So in a nutshell, Orvis will soon ship the last original factory made F&F for $225. I am not usually the one to stumble into such a find, but today, I am the veritable BLIND PIG.

    Dave
    Last edited by littledavid123; 01-04-2013 at 12:03 PM.
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

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    Dave: Yes indeed, what a great find, congrats!
    Ard is going to be jealous when he finds out how you scored on that great rod.

    Larry
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    Quote Originally Posted by littledavid123 View Post
    Some of you may know that I have been searching for a softer and shorter fly rod for fishing tight quarters on small streams and had finally chose the 7' 9" 5wt Far and Fine as the rod desired.

    I called Orvis with questions about the original F&F (dates of manufacture and etc.) and was fortunate enough to be transferred to their repair shop. During the conversation I asked if it was still possible they might have a blank laying around (never hurts to ask, right) and the gentleman said no but would look around and get back to me if one was found. Never thinking I would hear from him again, 2 weeks later I get a call saying they had located one in the back room of one of their shops. The price was $150 and the answer was YES.

    Just got home Tuesday with the blank waiting for me, the seam was marked but I needed the measurements for proper placement of the guides so I called again. While looking up the correct guide placement I was asked if I wanted Orvis to install the guides, the price was $75 and would include the reel seat if wanted. I then asked if it was possible to use the down locking reel seat and copy the original all cork grip, said they would ask if anyone in the shop could do this and would get back to me.

    Well today I get a call from Orvis saying they could make the original F&F cork grip with matching down threaded reel seat plus apply the Helios spring guides, all for $75 dollars. So in a nutshell, Orvis will soon have shipped to me the last original factory made F&F for $225. I am not usually the one to stumble into such a find, but today, I am the veritable BLIND PIG.

    Dave
    SCORE!!!!


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    Cool man! I always love it when I hear "let me see what I have in the back room"!
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    Major score, congratulations. Stories like this confirm the obvious. No matter what you see posted on a website--in terms of gear, stream reports, etc, the very best way to get your answers is to put in time and do your own legwork.

    You do realize you're on the hook now for a review with photos, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by jaybo41 View Post
    Major score, congratulations. Stories like this confirm the obvious. No matter what you see posted on a website--in terms of gear, stream reports, etc, the very best way to get your answers is to put in time and do your own legwork.

    You do realize you're on the hook now for a review with photos, right?
    Absolutely, when the rod arrives (3 weeks give or take), pictures and my thoughts on how it casts will be posted. Had second thoughts on putting the Helios spring line guides on, making the rod not exactly as original, but since it will be hard to see the difference and those guides have already saved my bacon once, they're going on.

    David
    I was going fly fishing until my wife suggested it, now I can't tell who is outsmarting who!

    Being "one with nature" requires a knowledge of what animals are living nearby and a weapon of sufficient magnitude to give you at minimum an equal chance of survival. No one has an invisible aura that animals can detect and sense your good intentions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by littledavid123 View Post
    Absolutely, when the rod arrives (3 weeks give or take), pictures and my thoughts on how it casts will be posted. Had second thoughts on putting the Helios spring line guides on, making the rod not exactly as original, but since it will be hard to see the difference and those guides have already saved my bacon once, they're going on.

    David
    What are the odds that they'll have an old original CFO II just "laying around somewhere" that they want to sell you for $50?

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    Maybe the same odds as them having the blank I wouldn't hold my breath on availability or the price...but a CFO is a great match for that rod for sure. As has been proven, what could it hurt to ask?

    Looking forward to seeing the photos and hearing your thoughts on how it handles.
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    And then when you have some time, Dave, could call up Sage for me? I have a question for one of their rod builders with spare time on her hands...

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    Maybe they can inscribe "The Blind Pig" on it too.

    Oh, and welcome to the club.
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