Livingston Rod Co - Fiberglass Rods

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I just received my Livingston Rod Co Western Glass 8’6” 6wt. I have had only one chance to cast it. I hope to be able to fish it in the next week. After I get a feel for it I can post a short review.
 

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That's different (LL's), those have reached a mythical status, most rods do not, I have tried them, they are nice but I would take an SP any day.
Although I have never cast a Livingston rod I am sure they are very nice rods and kudos to someone starting from scratch in this industry, there's lots of competition our there but I like American Made, we make the best when we put our minds to it.
 
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Interesting conversation with Dusty at Livingston a few weeks ago. He will be updating up his website soon to reflect a change in his product mix, and suggested that he might thin the herd a bit.

I do not know if this means a change to pricing, but it might.
 

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Interesting conversation with Dusty at Livingston a few weeks ago. He will be updating up his website soon to reflect a change in his product mix, and suggested that he might thin the herd a bit.
From my practically non-experience that seems like a good move. I've poked around at the product lineup a couple of times and found the number of options a bit daunting.
 

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here is a recent review by a member of fibreglass flyrodders
With a couple months past since receipt of this rod, I was anxious to get it on the water. The result?....I was not let down. The water was mid-flow and allowed a perfect chance to test things on longer casts with nymph rigs. The reason I had targeted the rod all along.

When I spoke with Dusty at Livingston Rods I was appreciative to speak with a friendly voice willing to talk fly rods. Specifically glass fly rods. We tweaked the standard build 8' 6wt, adding a slim full wells grip to support fishing heavy winter rigs and larger fish. I also stayed with the natural glass blank and chestnut wraps since that was the look I was originally attracted to when deciding on Livingston. I spooled a Cortland Retro II reel with an SA Frequency Boost WF5F line, thinking the additional 1/2 weight in the taper would suit the 6wt. On the terminal end I went with a furled Furl Girl 5/6wt 5' mono leader with micro swivel, and 48" of 5X FlouroFlex tippet. Fly was a #16 beadhead REC Caddis Emerger with necessary split-shot and cork indicator.

What I found was an enjoyable rod in hand. It shoots line like a cannon, yet loads quickly for short casts. It roll casts a nymph rig with ease, quite possibly being the best roll casting rig I have owned to date. There is barely noticeable tip-weight when held, so common with 6wt and up glass rods, making it feel very balanced in hand. Casting stroke is smooth with no bounce whatsoever, and unexpected power.I was able to bring a few fish to hand prior to a humidity storm that pushed me off the water. What I found was a rod that played the first 12" rainbow enjoyably, as well as handling a couple 18" browns with ease.

The rod build is impeccable. Dusty does some beautiful work that surpasses many higher-end glass rods available in my opinion. This rod is exactly what I was looking for. A glass rod that will cover heavier trout work without being too big, but would also be a great smallmouth and light warm water rig.
 
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