May 12, 2017 at 11:43 pm #6317
Hey guys. My son wants a fiberglass rod, and he has chosen two names. They are Steffen, which I have some experience with but not much at all, and I know they have a great following. The other is the T&T Heirloom, which I know next to nothing about really except they too have a pretty good reputation.
He wants an 8′ 5wt. If any of you can help him decide between the two, we’d be thankful.
Oh, by the way. The guy who made my bamboo rod said he could make either one for $450. I know that’s a few hundred less than buying the T&T from a shop.
Any help is much appreciated.May 13, 2017 at 10:24 am #6318
I can buy a nice bamboo rod for that. I’ve always thought custom glass rods are over priced. It’s easy to roll a glass blank compared to making a cane rod.May 13, 2017 at 11:25 am #6319
I understand what your saying Creek, but compared to ordering a rod from T&T which is $760 and ordering a rod from the Steffen Bro. co., at $500, Chris would be saving my son money. Saving me really, :D. And Chris has a series of bamboo rods called the Prudential Series at $530 + $25 shipping. So for that amount Connor, my son, could get a nice boo rod just without all the fancy hardware and things. But he is stuck on the fiberglass because in his mind, bamboo being wood with a very thin diameter at the tip, he’s afraid it will break easily. To tell the truth, when I got my boo rod and saw the tip, I thought the same thing at first, but after awhile I got over that frame of mind.
I know that in some things you just pay for the name, and I also think sometimes it’s true with fly fishing because a fiberglass rod that’s $760, I’m sorry, I can’t and won’t do that, and as you and I agree on that a person can get a bamboo rod for around $500, most boo makers that I have found on the web charge anywhere from $1200 to $2500, and that seems to be the norm with a few charging $3000 and up. OUCH! I’m not saying they are not worth that much because I really don’t know all that’s involved in making a boo rod, but it looks intense. I’d like to try it someday, but I know it takes good mathmatics which I have never been good at. I failed algebra.
Now Connor is like me when it comes to length and weight of a rod. To us for some strange reason, no matter what the rod is made out of, a 5wt rod can not be under 8′ long. Why you ask? Hell if I know. It’s just something about it I can’t explain. I think that’s what bugged me about the CGR rod I gave you. It just didn’t feel right to me casting being a 5wt rod at a shorter length. Weird I know, but that’s just my preference.May 13, 2017 at 12:43 pm #6320
T & T makes some of the best rods around. A friend has one of their glass switch rods and loves it.
I’ve had good experience with Lamiglas rods and they still make fiberglass blanks, including an 8′ 5 wt. Found this site selling them for $215 – another $100 or so in components to finish it and it would come in well under either of the others.
No affiliation with this seller. There well might be even better deals out there.May 13, 2017 at 12:58 pm #6321
Isn’t Lamiglass softer than a Steffens? I heard some say that they are.
Chris is starting to make Lamiglass rods and wants to send them to me to try out and get my opinion. I am a little concerned about it because of what I heard and I don’t do well with the slower action of glass. I like my Scott F2’s feel because as for glass it’s a faster glass. Scott calls it S II glass if I remember right.May 13, 2017 at 2:20 pm #6322
Not having cast a Steffen I couldn’t say. My experience with Lamiglas fiberglass rods dates to the late 70’s – early 80’s, primarily with a 7 1/2′ S-glass I made up from a blank. Nice rod, it was my primary trout rod for years. Gave it to a young family member, he still has it.
If you can get a Lamiglas on a trial basis, go for it. If it seems too slow, try a lighter line on it. I remember an acquaintance asking for help with a yard sale glass rod (one of the white Shakespeare Wonderrods) saying it wouldn’t cast the designated line (a 6) It felt overloaded to me so we tried it with a WF5 and the rod came alive.May 13, 2017 at 2:59 pm #6323
Pretty sure Lamiglas is E glass and the Stephan is S glass. The Stephan will a bit stiffer. Stiffer by glass standards.May 13, 2017 at 8:00 pm #6324
Thought so.May 21, 2017 at 10:33 pm #6325
I have the Steffen 8 ft. 3/4 two piece rod, I bought the blank from Mark and finished myself. Sweet caster and very capable rod. I also have a Cbarclay 70 p 4wt, again a really cool rod with certain limitations but so much fun to fish. I’m not going to get trapped in the only one material for me, I have a gloomis nrx on the way. I want to try them all and see what works best for the conditions I fish here Michigan.
MikeMay 22, 2017 at 2:11 pm #6326
Hello Mike. It’s good to have rods in different materials just to stay out of the every day same old thing routine.
I have mostly graphite, but also have glass and boo. I find that I like certain materials better for certain waters I fish for some strange reason. Haven’t figured out why yet, but I do.
And welcome to this quiet but wonderful forum.
It has been quiet lately. Too quiet.
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