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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 10-23-2007, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
 
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Right reel for my 6ft Sharpe split cane rod

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I need to get a reel for my Sharpe 6ft Split Cane rod and I dont know what the best reel would be - obviously it needs to be very light but there is no indication on the rod as to either line weight or reel size - all it says is The Midge 6ft 1 7/8 oz
Any help would be very welcome
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I would get a Hardy Flyweight for that rod. That reel was great on my little Sharpes.

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How you get the line out and fishing is personal preference so as long as it works and is easy no one should care but the caster. MSB
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The Flyweight immediately sprang to my mind as well. The Hardy lightweights are simply outstanding reels. You can't go wrong with one.
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The Midge - split cane rod

Many thanks for your input The rod is very light and I assume the 1 7/8 oz printed on it means that that is the rod weight - this is much lighter than the modern split cane rods of the same size - I'm thinking of these when I say that http://www.hardyfishing.com/167-Split_Bamboo.html

The annoying thing is that I had the original Flyweight reel but it was stolen along with a load of other gear and 5 rods!

I was wondering if you were suggesting the new featherweight or the original?

I've attached links to various other lightweight reels and was wondering which of these you think would be best - The angel featherweight looks nice and although I'm a purist at heart if a modern reel is better all round then I'm not against putting it on an old and traditional rod.

Also what line type and weight would you suggest?

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http://www.hardyfishing.com/179-Lightweight_Range.html
http://www.sportfish.co.uk/product/3...erweight_.html
http://www.sportfish.co.uk/product/3...Fly_Reels.html
http://www.sportfish.co.uk/product/3...ReelSpool.html
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I was speaking of the Flyweight reel from the Lightweight series. In my mind nothing else even comes close.

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Check out both the Flyweight and Featherweight. They're essentially the same reel and only vary in size (2-1/2" vs. 2-7/8" dia. respectively). I think the Flyweight would likely be a better match for that size of rod but check it out for yourself.
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Thanks pescaphile very helpful and much appreciated
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Mr Bogdan designed a run of a 100 reels for Farlows!! They were meant for use with the small (similar) rod which Lee wulff commissioned from Farlow. To find one would be a miracle as I would think that they are all in collections by now!
Farlow also made a nice reel called the Saphire which is a tad more than 3" from memory: it looks a lot like the Hardy & is quite common. failing that the two Hardy reels mentioned above are plentiful and good if a bit overpriced now.

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Very interesting!
I think the lee Wolf was 6.6 or 7ft but in truth I am not that much of a purist and all I'm really interested in is getting a reel of the right size and weight that does the job properly.
Its also interesting that this rod of mine doesnt seem to be commonly known - I clearly remember buying it at Farlows and there were severel of the same sitting there - I was in my early 20's (50 now) - I needed it at the time to fish some very prolific small spate burns on the west coast of Scotland but since then have seldom used it. I have now just bought a property in Devon which has a mile of single bank fishing on a classic small Devon river with seatrout and a small run of salmon but which also a resident population of brownies - I thought now was the time to re-visit the rod!
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I was speaking of the Flyweight reel from the Lightweight series. In my mind nothing else even comes close.
There is one, slightly better........?

Designed by Stanley Bogdan and made by Hardys in 1973: The Orvis CFO II or the slightly larger 3" dia CFO III.



However - unless using a silk line, line coil memory could well be a problem with the Flyweight or similar dia CFO II.



The Lee Wulff Midge rod, mentioned earlier, was one piece 6' - which had a habit of 'twisting' slightly although Sharpe impregnated bamboo was quite resistant to taking a 'set'.

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