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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Big Stick Prototypes for Sale

A little over two ago I sold my beloved 1974 Westfalia van, as being the parent of two that are under the age of three, it was not getting the use it deserved. I figured that I would use the money from the sale to pursue the idea of starting up my own fly rod company that specialized in Big Sticks for the rivers I love to fish. The idea was to make affordable big sticks that had lower line weights for the steelhead in Ontario.

The quest for the perfect rod continues but the prototypes are building up and I thought I would sell some off. The prototypes did not hit the targeted line weight and are 7/8/9/10 weights, I from what I could tell. They threw those lines with no problem at all. The action of the rods I would say is progressive. Lighter lines cast from the tip and heavier digs into the cork.

Please see the pictures of the handles and wraps below. They are the same on each rod. Just the lengths are different.
1: 15ft
1:16 ft
1: 17 ft

Rods are $150 USD and I will split the cost of shipping. I am also open to trades if anyone has anything interesting kicking around.

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Do they come with bags and rod tubes?

Can you tell us more about what lines, or line weights, each rod uses?

And finally, are you continuing the development process?
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I will put them in a tube for transport. Something out of plastic, but nothing fancy. I can see what my wife has around for old cloth to roll them in. When we tested them we just brought every line we had to try. We started light and worked out way up until we ran out of lines. Each rod went through the same process. Started with 7wt lines and up to 10wt. We used some shooting heads but mostly mid/long bellies. The one I fished in Terrace, I used a WA70 and a 7/8 gps.

I will continue the process. I have the next version as a blank I have to build to test this spring I am hoping. I have recently quit my job of the last 14 years and am working for myself now, so the time I have for this project is greatly reduced, but it is still on the backburner.

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The rods are nice smooth progressive blanks. As mentioned we tried GPS 7/8, 8/9 and 9/10 lines plus WA70 7/8s on them.

The rods handles them all and it just depends on your load preference.

For the price you can't go wrong.

Unfortunately the only thing we can't comment on is their fish fighting characteristics...8-(

I'd rather be chasing mykiss or salar...
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Have you tried testing the rods on a Common Cents System to find a more accurate rating.

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I have been working towards using the Common Cents System for the new versions, but I have not tested these stick. If the snow ever leaves I will try and rig it up for a test outside.
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A little weekend bump. I am open to offers or trades on these rods. If you have old hand planes or chisels, timber framing gear, recurve bow, classic rock/jazz records. Let me know.
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