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Hammer not sure if you read Willie's post "interveiw with Scott Mckenzie"

Back in the late 19th century, Alexander Grant gave an exhibition of Speycasting on the Thames using one of his own greenheart rods and achieved a distance of 65 yards, a remarkable feat considerable the advances in technology over the past 100 years.

Greenheart is a dense heavy wood so I imagine that this rod would qualify as a beast.

Gardner has this to add...

O'Gorman, writing in 1845, mentions rods for the Irish Blackwater of up to 26'. According to WJM Menzies, an 18' greenheart rod was suitable only for 'a comparatively puny man'.

Wow... a puny man??
 
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