My main concept for the X82MS was for side-drifting steelhead. There’s been a trend, particularly in the Northwest, for many years towards very long, limber side-drift rods. Up north, a lot of folks like parabolic 9’2″ or even 9’6″ rods rated in the 4- to 8-pound class for this technique. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with that thought process, but I just feel a shorter rod is easier to handle in a boat — especially in the confines of a drifter. Continue Reading
This is pretty interesting…John Posey of Lamiglas gives us an in-depth look at how fishing rods are built. No robots in there…pretty much everything is made by hand…in America. Gotta love that!
There was a time when I was into making custom rods…way back before the major manufacturers began mass-producing technique-specific sticks. In those days, there weren’t a ton of rod companies out there, and if you needed something that wasn’t offered in their lineup, you just built it yourself (my specialty was making plug rods out of fly rod blanks). Now, however, there’s a rod for every type of fishing you can imagine…no matter how esoteric.
While I’m a big fan of all the cool new technology, modern rods just don’t have the same aesthetics as those ol’ classic rods (like the ones I used to borrow from my uncle’s closet without permission!). There was just something so cool about the vintage sticks — the fancy thread work, the old school ferrules and guides and sweet-looking corks.
While those old style rods are pretty much a thing of the past, there’s at least one guy out there keeping the tradition alive: Master Rodsmith Cal Piccolo (www.piccolopole.com) makes custom 50′s style spin and fly rods that are functional works of art. Continue Reading
We’ve been out scouring the West Coast sportsmen’s shows this winter, in search of the coolest new fishing stuff…and let me tell ya, brother, we found plenty! From boats to plastic baits and everything in between — there’s a lot of stuff out there that you just may need.
Here are some of our favorites…Continue Reading
West Coast bass wizard Gary Dobyns has completely re-designed his entire Dobyns Rods lineup for 2009 and has a whole mess of technique-specific sticks to cover just about any bass fishing situation you’ll encounter. The Dobyns Rods’ new 702 SF spinning stick is a nice, lightweight and modestly priced entry aimed at finesse plastics aficionados. But how does it fish?
Okay, so the first thing you’ll notice about the GLoomis GWR 901C
is the color. The bright aqua color (GLoomis calls it “Seafoam Green”) is hard to miss — and rest assured you’ll always be able to spot which rod is yours in the boat in an instant. Color aside, does the rod live up to the manufacturer’s claims of being extremely light and sensitive and an excellent stick for large topwater plugs and soft plastics?