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post #1 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 12:22 PM Thread Starter
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Do you sell or keep old rods?

My season is for the most part over until next spring, so thoughts turn to flies to tie for next year, and maybe a new rod (or two?). I have always sold single-hand rods that were starting to collect dust in the closet, figured someone else could use them and I can use the $ for a new rod, except for the rare few that have sentimental value. End result is I do not have a large collection, but do use what I have kept. But never do this with two-handers, always seem to keep them around. Have one I have not used since my first year at the two-hand game, and another that I do not get along with very well.

What do you do? Are most of you sellers or collectors?
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post #2 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 12:31 PM
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Seller. Iíve even sold some I said I never would and in a couple cases, regret selling. The T&T 1307-3 and the Sage 8150 come to mind. All were sold to finance another rod or reel. Still doesnít seem to help me thin the quiver much as I think I still have north of 15 double handers.


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post #3 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 12:43 PM
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In the past I was a buyer/seller...but as I've come to "know" what I like and don't like equipment wise now I'm mostly a buyer.
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Buy and sell until I think I have my quiver dialed in. I’ve sold or given away lots of rods this year and that was stuff that was not getting enough use. Other rods that were gifted to me will never be sold but I may give them away or put them on permanent loan as a few generous folks have done for me.
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post #5 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-03-2019, 12:52 PM
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Neither a seller nor buyer!

I'll never sell my father's SH bamboo or his favorite Medalist reel.

In terms of DH rods, I've got a Meiser 5 weight for summer, a 7/8 MKS for winter, and a 15' 7/9 weight for big rivers. I don't need/want more, and don't plan on selling any of these. We've become close friends!

Then again, I'm a Scot, so what do you expect.

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Buyer, since I work as a casting instructor I'm always picking up rods and don't sell them because it's nice to have a true variety of different actions, size, and weight rods. I have my "A team" set of rods I rarely let others use that fish with personally more than the rest of my fleet but I do enjoy casting everything and knowing I can constantly and consistently change between rods and cast them well. And yea....i might have been called a rod hoarder a time or two lol

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Iím still a newbie at the TH game, but Iíve bought and sold a bunch of rods buying second hand us a great way to find out what works and what you canít manage. Presently Iím in the process of getting my TH quiver set up for this winter. After tomorrow, I will own six TH rods with two being trout Speys and the rest for steelhead.

In the one-hand world, Iíve bought and sold at least 50 rods over the last 40 years. Right now Iím around a dozen and still fine tuning.

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post #8 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-04-2019, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by sinktip View Post
... I think I still have north of 15 double handers.
I obviously need to get busy as I only have three in the quiver!

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"Hello, my name is Tyke & I'm a hoarder.......

Hello Tyke, welcome to rod hoarders anonymous......"

That's my confession out of the way, I have sold a few rods in the past, but only a few, so I'm currently at 2 dozen double handed Spey rods of 12 - 16 feet plus another 4 purpose built switch rods of 10'8" - 11'6" & 7 long single handers with built in extensions of 10'6" - 11'4".

Anything of 10 feet & less (& I have quite a few) I just classify as a straight single handed rod, irrespective of whether it has an extended handle or not.

I think the second hand price of many rods is so low that I'd rather hang onto them as spares, loan rods to pals, & for the memories.

Yeah, I'm single, I can get away with a house over flowing with fishing tackle.

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Edit: in my defence that is after over 30 years at this game & some of the rods left go back almost to the start of my addiction. T.
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I'm a Meiser groupie ... there I said it

In the past I have owned some exceptional rods that I thought I would never sell and would be a part of my quiver forever.
Alas, after becoming enamored with the performance and craftsmanship qualities of Bob Meiser and his team, I made to conscience decision to exclusively own and use Meiser rods.
Therefore to help fund my addiction, the quiver needed to be dispersed.

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I fall into the seller/buyer category like many of us I guess. I gave up on being sentimental about equipment a long time ago. If the rod or reel has been collecting dust for an appreciable length of time...that means one or the other is ready to be turned over for cash. That usually goes into buying some other piece of equipment or perhaps feeds my desire for some of the materials I use tying classic salmon flies.

Occasionally it comes down to an offer you can't in point. I had a 7'0" 4 weight Garrison bamboo rod I got from Mr. Garrison in the early 1970's. It was locked in the safe and had been for a number of years. That rod was fished regularly in the beginning...christened with a 3 pound Letort Spring Run brown trout...but as its value began to increase exponentially it was time to retire the rod. When I received an offer of 5 figures...need I say more? That has been the case with a few other collectible rods as well. However I still have some cane rods I trout fish with along with a few graphite rods...but no cane, only graphite when on an Atlantic Salmon river. That is what works for me.......

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I'm a fly fishing hoarder. I rarely part with a rod but, materials are my jam. I've sold a little recently to fund my trip to the tying show in Albany, Or. this spring. Planning to spend a few weeks in Oregon. Hope to see you guys there.
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If there's even a chance you might use it, keep it lol!
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post #14 of 28 (permalink) Old 11-04-2019, 01:54 PM Thread Starter
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Originally Posted by Skol Bandit View Post
If there's even a chance you might use it, keep it lol!
Good advice....

There are a couple of rods and reels I have sold that I wish I had back...
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I have tended to own gear for a while and end up selling to upgrade or as my interests change (clicker vs drag reel for instance). I've settled in to a Meiser groove and I don't see myself letting any of my current two handers go. I'll more than likely add a couple / few in time, but I am very happy with these rods I have and everything about doing business with Bob. I can't say I have any regrets on rods I've sold and fortunately have been able to replace a few reels I've sold in the past and having learned my lesson don't plan on selling the ones I have. As for single hand rods...all I own are RPL's and there's probably a dozen sitting behind be and I'll plan to keep em all...paired with same era Lamson LP's.
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