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I have a friend who's interested in Gary's rods. Does anyone know if he makes a rod that's similar to my favorite Burkheimer (8139)?
Also, I know every builder/manufacturer makes a few rods that are especially outstanding. I'd appreciate knowing about any of Gary's that people consider really special.
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i'll help you if i can

i live pretty close to him (he calls me names when i'm drifting the river and he's jogging) :tsk_tsk: :hihi: ;) i've been `out of the loop',self imposed exile,but i will help , PM me,he's not a sponsor on the site so it wouldn't be proper to post any info.although he's involved so deeply with others in the biz.he IS contributing here,just not by name,glad to help,but PM ME
 

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Gary's rods

I have 4 of Gary's rods and have cast or used several others. He is putting out new rods and working on new tapers continuously, so giving him a call is always a good idea. I have a 12ft6" 5wt that is the perfect light summer steelhead rod. I also have a 13'3" 7wt that has a medium fast progressive action and is a fantastic skagit/tips rod. One of his most popular rods is the 1336 which is about 1/8th ounce lighter and quite a bit faster than the 1337. Finally, last time I was in there he told me about a rod being rolled up by Sage that is basically a 12'1 5/6 made from the XP taper. It will definately be my next purchase.
If you call him let him know you got info from this site.
 

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I find that Gary's standard tapers are nothing at all like standard Burkheimers. This is not meant to take anything away from them - I own one and it is a prized rod that sees a lot of use - but the tapers aren't like standard Burkies one iota. More like T&T.
 

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no!

he's a specialist,and he works his hiney off building rods(hey he does prettyfinewraptypestuff;this takes quiettime eh!),and his wife helps with the hand lettering and Larry Weslake(premier `driftcraft' boatbuilder who rents shop space from gary=his boats flat hang in the current,he built mine! ;) )sort of runs interference for wanderers who stumble `up there',Gary lives down about a two mile paved driveway has a two story awesome shop(damned candystore if you ask me :eek: ),but hey!,he's busy wrapping rods!,that's what he does,respect that :) ,look ,anybody want to contact Gary=Pm me if you can't get the info any other way and i can give you the contact info,i know he doesn't sponsor here,and i understand the format here as well so= respect that also ;) ,peace guys!
 

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Taper

SSpey, I agree completely. Gary designs his own rods and they are not at all like the Burkheimers. I have a 9143 Burk, which is an amazing rod, and my guess is it has a reverse taper. Gary's rods are mostly progressive taper. Also, not all of Gary's rods are from blanks rolled up by Burkheimer.
Cannon,
he has a website, but it is down right now. It wasn't a very good site anyway. If you are really interested give him a call. PM me if you want a phone#.
 

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`you got mail'

Gary's good freinds with kerry burkhiemer and bob meiser as well,certainly bob meiser has rods that can do what you want,don't feel shy contacting bob meiser,these guys rock ;),i DO look forward to the `future rods' (i asked Gary,can i get one of these in an 18? :hihi: :razz: :D :smokin: :chuckle: )
 

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Some of the neatest rods he has going currently are rods that give you both a one-hander and spey rod from the same blank--you just trade out the butt sections. For example, you'd have a 8100 XP one-hander and a 12'6" (I think they were 12'6", but could have been slightly shorter) 6 wt. spey by changing the butt section. Pretty great idea, actually. They're made from either his own Asian produced blanks, Sage XP blanks, or the Sage TCR, and they're reasonably priced given the end product. The two-hander he's building out of the 7100 TCR is pretty cool as well. Give him a call. He makes lots of different rods besides the ones from the Burkheimer blanks.
 

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For those of you wanting to talk to Gary, he lives out side of Gold Hill, Oregon (541 area code). That said, if you want to visit his shop .... GET A MAP!! It's NOT on any main road and can be a royal pain to find ... even if you've been there before.

That said, like Meiz's place, worth the trip.
 

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Gary Anderson rods

I have cast quite a few of Gary's rods and own a couple. I wouldn't characterize them all as having the same action, but they are a nice smooth medium action in general. My favorite is the 12'6" 5-weight. A super casting rod that is capable of handling steelhead of up to 10 lbs. and not too powerful for streamer fishing for trout. Gary has some even lighter rods that are designed more for trout as well as heavier ones that are the more standard steelhead/salmon sizes. Though his spey rods aren't as well known as others, they are, in my opinion, outstanding. For a small maker, he has a great variety of models, and he offers them on the same blanks made up in an economical version or one with higher end components. Some blanks are Gary's designs, some are designed by others. All are very nicely finished. Gary is a very nice person to deal with too.
 

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Thanks all. I think my friend will choose the 12'6" plus a larger one for bigger water.
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I also have two of his rods - the 13'3" 7 that someone else mentioned. It is a great all around 2 hander for steelies for both skagit stlye and long liners.

I recently got his 1204 which he rates for around 300 grains. I spent some time trying to get a proper line for the rod and spent a week with Mike McCune, skagit master. This rod just sings with the back end of a WC 10/11/12 (without tips 1 and 2) as a skagit line. It will throw tips and size 2 weighted flies easily and will easily handle steelhead to 10#.
 

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Anderson 1336 vs. 1337

Rick J and others,

How different are the tapers between the 1336 and 1337? I think of the 1336 as a medium-fast progressive taper with a powerful butt section. I have heard that the 1337 is significantly slower, but would like to any assessments from those folks that have cast both.

Thanks, John
 

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Hi John,
Have not spent much time casting the 1336 but I think they would both be considered medium fast. The 1336 was too close to my Scott ARC 1287 so opted for the beefier 1337. I think the 6 was a bit faster. One guy who knows those rods besides Gary himself is Jeff Putnam down in Sacramento (who is a spey instructor) You might give him a call or e-mail. You can access him via Bill Kiene's shop and think he has his own web site
 
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