|My standard 7 1/2 ft rod is based on the old
Montague Fishkill. Years ago I came across one in a pawn
shop. (I'd been passing the pawn shop for years and decided, on a
lark, to stop in.) I brought it home and put a 5wt double taper
line on it. It cast like a willow! I stuck the rod back in
the closet and forgot about it for several years. "A bad
investment," I told myself.
A few years later I pulled it out and checked it with a few different line weights and types. I put on a WF4F and the rod came alive! I've never seen anything quite like the change in that rod. I fished it, off and on, for a few years, then put it back in the closet again.
When I decided to add a 7 1/2 ft rod to my lineup, that rod came to mind. I miked it, added a little to the dimensions and built the taper as a 5 wt. As you can see by the soiled grip, I fish it a lot!
I didn't originally make this rod as a two tip rod. When I showed the taper to some of the other makers they questioned the actually tip dimensions. I agreed and checked the original taper size. My original measurements had been right, so as an experiment, I built a second tip with a different taper. In reality, I can't tell any difference in the way the rod casts. It makes me wonder about all this taper mumbo jumbo.
I often build a second rod blank, while I've got my planing forms set for a specific taper. It gives me a head start on another rod of the same type. So I built this rod.
This rod is one of the few rod's I built without an owner in mind.
As I said, I fish this rod a lot and it works. Here's a sample
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