8150 Brownie I had Steve Godshall redo the cork and seat for me. A beauty and wonderful to cast.
The Sage 6126, I absolutely had to have one and when I got one I was like ok, what now. I’m still trying to find a floating line that I like. It casts a skagit like a champ so it’s my go to summer tips rod but that was not it’s intended use when I got it.I’d be curious about experiences you’ve had when you’ve revisited some of those sweethearts from your past. Is it possible you wouldn’t like them now as much as you did then? Would you find that you appreciate them more now? I have a lot more years of history paddling kayaks, and have had a few classics over the years that just were never really improved upon with subsequent generations. At least they weren’t “improved” by my standards anyway. That said, the few times I’ve been able to get in one of those older model classics that once worked so fantastically well for me haven’t exactly been as sweet as my nostalgia for them. I can honestly say in at least one case I’ve gone from “love it!” to “can’t believe I ever liked this hunk o junk”...
I’m wondering if some of you may have had interesting experiences going back to cherished equipment after years of using newer stuff?
The ARC 1287 was my first two hander...purchased brand new when it came out. I still have my original rod, and I bought a second one as a back up. I sold the second one to a member here with no regrets.Easy ..........the beloved Scott ARC 1287
Todd, you are fortunate in acquiring a true gem in the B2Xb 13' 3" 7/8. Arguably the best rod ever made....whatever you do, never ever part with it! (and if you do, please call me first!)"Seller's Remorse" is the reason I almost never sell stuff! The downside is I am a pack rat/hoarder who is always wishing for more space to put stuff. I also get anxiety over which rod to fish on a given day, with too many to choose from. Although I have to admit, I have been finding every opportunity to fish the rod I most recently acquired, a classic Winston 13'3" BIIX 7/8! I was gifted this beauty by a good friend a couple weeks ago (thanks Tony!). I think if I ever sold this rod, I would regret it! Tony purchased some newer generation rods last year so he was paring down his collection, somehow feeling like he just had too many rods. Somehow, I just don't relate to those kinds of feelings...
Rich, I loved the action of my old Fisher 10' 8wt :smokin:The most disappointing broken or lost rods are a Fisher 10' for 5 wt I mostly short-line nymphed with (a friend fell on it)