Fiberglass rods have seen a resurgence of late and models from the 1970's are valued by collectors and those who enjoy their slower action. The slower action is an advantage to those who fish small streams and enjoy using double taper lines.
I've been asked several times what rod I use to fish small streams and have recommended the Cabelas custom glass rod. I use the 5'9" 3wt with a 3wt DT line on it. This rod will also handle a DT 4wt as well. I've come to find out that Cabelas changed their custom glass rods a year after I got mine. From everything I've heard, the new ones are quite a bit stiffer and not as smooth as the older ones, so if you are looking for one try to find one of the older rods on ebay. I've included a couple pictures to make it easier to identify these rods. The one I have is the 50th anniversary edition made in 2011. It's a shame Cabelas changed the rod, they really had a sweet little gem of a small stream rod.
|My small stream outfit - Cabela's Custom Glass rod and Orvis Battenkill I|
|Close up of the green blank - this is the one you want if you can find one|
Recently, I found my very first decent fly rod tucked away in the basement. It was the first fly rod I spent some decent money on, a Shakespeare Wonderglass Kwik Taper (7'6" 6wt). Back then I had on old Martin reel on it. I've decided it would make a nice winter project to refinish it. I've got an old Pflueger 1494 that will match nicely with this old rod. I really like how this rod's rich translucent finish is looking after some sanding and a couple coats of varnish. I will post something when the project is complete.