The Ugly Stick and the story behind the naming of the best selling rod of all time. At a tackle show in Chicago, Shakespeare and Fenwick both introduced a graphite rod with a name spelled the same- GRAFLITE. You can imagine the concern on both sides. After much deliberation it was determined that Shakespeare had secured the name first and Fenwick had to destroy all the catalogs in print and come up with another name.
It's interesting because, unbeknownst to the poster, Shakespeare were supplying Orvis with their blanks prior to Orvis establishing their own rolling plant. So the chap is probably spot on regarding similarities.Shakespeare graflite. This is not a misprint... 8 ft... i love this rod. ..it’s so similar to my early Orvis 3 wt graphite.. from what I could find it’s a 6 wt ?? But feels like a 3
I have seen no other ref. to a 'Graflite II' and Field & Stream ads from 1976 refer only to the 'Graflite' series. Furthermore, if the Graflite was released in 1974, the same year as the Fenwick HMG fly rods, then it's understandable that they did not appear in a catalogue until 1975. So, I wonder if the poster got the ''II'' wrong?I have not studied the Shakespeare graphite rods very much but I can tell you that the Graflite II series first appears in the 1975 catalog - an 8'0" 6-weight model. In 1976 they added 7'6" (5-wt), 8'6" (8 wt.) and 9'0" (9 wt.) models
I mention this not only because it is the earliest ref. to a 4-pc. fly rod I've seen but also because it records the year Fenwick introduced the brown 'Second Gen' HMGs.The Fenwick range of HMG rods take on a distinctive chameleon brown colouring this year, and will see the addition of four piece 'Voyager' fly rods ....
Again, here the owner says his 8' #6 feels more like a #3 which may be relevant to the op's original question, as may the grey/white wrap info, suggesting his may be a later run, if correct.IF the Graflite has the original labeled tube and correct bag, AND is one of the early ones with the gray/white wraps, it could be a $100.
Fenwick prefix "FF" = Fenwick FeraliteFenwick's 'FF' was 'Fiberglass Fly'.
'GFF' 'Graphite Fly F?' where I think the last 'F' stands for 'Factory'. Blanks were sold as 'GFL' but the 'L' evades me, as does any rational behind Shakespeare's 'Y'..
$10 - $25, Not much moreAny thoughts on relative value? I'm not interested in selling but I just wonder what it might be worth, out of curiosity, not that I'd expect it to be worth much. I'll update when I use my 4wt and 5wt lines on it this coming weekend.