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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-07-2018, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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Stumbling towards OH Fiberglass Rod Skagit

Like all old guys my 'yute' often calls to me and so I started re-exploring the fiberglass fixations of the good old days. But with modern rod designs and mostly with light 3--4 WT, short 7' rods. A pursuit mostly not relevant to this site.

Until that is, I got hooked by an Orvis 8''6" Superfine 6 WT and found that the matching Orvis Superfine 6WT line actually has a short 17' belly and an integrated running line. The combo got me thinking that it should/could work in skagit casting style --ala the OPST videos on one hand fiberglass rods. The rod is strong enough to manage most trout I'll come across, all but the real bruiser small mouths in our area, and even GL steelhead.

Still early days but I wam wondering if any here have used fiberglass rods in skagit mode?

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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-07-2018, 08:59 PM
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Yep all the time. Donít own any graphite under 13ft anymore. I have an Epic 686 which is very similar to your Orvis - itís great with a 200gr Commando.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 12:27 PM
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I've been doing some experimenting on two and three digit Fenwick's with both scandi and skagit heads. Can't wait to unleash them on our local (and not so local) trout this summer. Last fall I also used some tiny heads on 2-3wt glass rods down to 5'6" with great affect on some nearby brookie streams. Super fun.

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Tom, what setup did you use on those short rods? I'm looking to do the same with my 7' 3wt this year for brookies here in Maine.
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I built a ARE 13ft Glass 7wt Spey, I built the blank mainly because I thought ot looked cool and not because I planned to use it much. I have only used it a few times, and although I can cast it, I have not figured out the timing of my forward cast. I really need to dedicate some time to this rod to figure it out, but definitely prefer the might lighter IM6 rods that I have built.

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I dialed in my James Green 10' #7 glass over the weekend. I built it as a switch. It throws a 250gr OPST and T8 MOW tip like they're designed for each other.

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Sorry not to get back to you sooner, been a little unplugged. On the little 2-3wt heads I simply used some short scraps with a fairly steep taper to make the heads. They were only about 8 ft long and we really didn't hardly ever shoot any line. I do enough monkeying with lines that I have thousands of feet of line scraps laying around so it's hard to say exactly what they were. The bigger thing was to tweak the leader taper so that it had nice turnover - still not a big deal. What also worked really well was to just put on a regular 4 or 5wt single hand line and only cast the first several feet (as long as it's not a line with a long, fine, front taper). If you're not casting very far or trying to shoot line a DT 5 or 6wt would work nicely.

PS. All of my comments above are related to spey casts, not OH.

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I have an old Phillipson 6ft Master 5/6wt and a Phillipson Eponite 71/2ft 6wt, both vintage glass rods. I use a 200gr OPST Commando head with 5ft tips and 7ft tapered leader, you can use any type of cast you want from skagit to OH, works extremely well even with your back against bushes

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My first trout on glass rod, rigged with micro skagit setup

Rod is Ego Glass 7'8" 4wt, lined with OPST Commando 175 grain + 7'5" floating tip + 7' leader.
I usually prefer sinking tips always with OPST heads (they turnover weighted streamer better), but we have extreme low water now :-(

recommendations from OPST are:
3/4 wt - 150 grain
4/5 wt - 175 grain
5/6 wt - 200 grain
6/7 wt - 250 grain
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