Originally Posted by speyghillie
Steven is right in what he says,Mr Grant only really wanted to show what his rod could do,and never meant to set any records, on some of his casts he cast the entire line length, and had no more line on the reel, it was never his intention to show what he could do, but what his rod could do, he was a very modest man, of slight build and 10st, was no 7ft giant and of huge build, with arms like tree trunks, that most people believe you need to be to cast greenheart.
The line was a fishing line, not a casting line, and one he used on the river when he was fishing.
Just something you mention there that I would comment on - the greenheart rod and size of person using it. I once bought a pair of officer's riding breeches from the 1WW. Pure wool, brand new and unused, right waist size but really spindly legs below the knee. I think that we sometimes under-estimate how small people used to be, including members of the upper-classes who in another era (prior to 1918) were those who had most opportunity to wield greenheart salmon rods.
I use modern carbon rods, but also have a spliced Sharpes 14'er from 1964. I have a silk DT line on that. I'm not oversized, and perhaps a little bit lighter than my usual 'fighting weight' because of a hefty cancer treatment last year, but I really can't understand that people 20 years my junior find my Sharpes extraordinarily heavy. It's wood, and wood is heavy! I hear this comment about modern carbon rods, and sometimes wonder what sort of feeble creatures are being produced today! In Norway, a high percentage of the recruits here (they have conscription here) are sent home on health grounds: I suspect that in common with other countries younger people spend too much time in front of the PC. (Whoops.... better get out there!)
Listening to people around the river during the summer complaining about the weight of their rod and feeling tired, I wonder if a lot of the weight perception comes from anglers not varying the intensity of the grip on the fishing rod?