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    I know this is a question that can be asked in a general forum, but i like to get input from my fellow upper midwesterners.

    I was given an old fiberglassrod of my fathers that was purchased in the early 70's, the only text on the rod says
    GLADDING SOUTHBEND 1-420-280 22J 8'

    Any input on this rod would be great, its pretty soft n flexy and is great condition

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    It would never be fished by me. I have an old glass rod of my dad and it sucked on the water. It is worth far more to me now as a keep sake and I would not risk it getting broken. It always brings back memories of my tad teachign me to trout fish with eggs when I was like 7-8.

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    I don't know what sort of rod Mr. Gar's father had, but back in the day there were both highend and 'affordable' glass rods, just as there is today with graphite.

    But since I'm not a upper midwesterner , I'll just say that your rod is the former (for a Southbend anyways), not the later.... rare too.

    Fish it, it won't break. Fiberglass is a lot tougher than graphite
    The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements. --- Horace Kephart

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    Quote Originally Posted by burtfishmonger View Post
    I know this is a question that can be asked in a general forum, but i like to get input from my fellow upper midwesterners.

    I was given an old fiberglassrod of my fathers that was purchased in the early 70's, the only text on the rod says
    GLADDING SOUTHBEND 1-420-280 22J 8'

    Any input on this rod would be great, its pretty soft n flexy and is great condition
    Burtfishmonger,

    If you're from the midwest, then it's not surprising that your father had a Southbend Gladdings rod, as they were one of the several midwestern manufacturers of fiberglass fly rods in the '50's, '60's and '70's.

    The history on Southbend actually goes back to the Worden Bucktail Manufacturing Company of Southbend, IN; a fishing lure company (1905). After several early changes of hand, they made both steel and bamboo rods up until WW2. During the war, they mothballed their rod-making equipment and did what most rod manufacturers did; they made radio antennas, parachute materials and radar components. After the war, they got back into rod manufacturing using this "new" material called fiberglass. They made both solid and hollow glass rods in their Maquoketa and Spencer, IO production facilities. Gladdings purchased Southbend in 1965, so your rod is post that date.

    I'm familiar with the 1-446 model, but not the 1-420 model. I would put its age right around the early 1970's.

    There's nothing wrong with vintage fiberglass rods; either solid or mandrel-built hollow blanks. Personally, I'd fish the rod. Probably not as my everyday "go-to" rod, since the attributes of graphite are considerable, but I do fish both vintage inexpensive solid glass rods, (a 7'1" Montgomery Ward's Hawthrone 6 wt.; which is on the low end of "low end") and high-end hollow glass rods (i.e., a 7.0" Phillipson registered Midge 4 wt.). They're a change and they're also great to play a trout on.

    Have some fun with it; your father probably did.

    Good luck,

    Pocono

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    thanks for the input, i think this will be a good rod just to always have in my truck when i cant carry the whole arsenal.

    thanks guys!

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    Hi burtfishmonger,

    If your rod is white then I had one of those rods but I don't think it said Gladding on it. At least I don't remember it. It may have been the worst fly rod I have ever owned. It was a noodle stick. The midsection was soft and it had all kinds of peculiar flexing going on. It seemed like the midsection never knew what the tip was doing. I am not a fan of soft/slow rods so some people may have liked it.

    Frank

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