Dating old fenwick casting rods

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In marketing-speak, we’ve been through so much “next generation” graphite hype in the last 20 years that, if you actually buy the hyperbole, you might just think a rod made in the mid-1990s is virtually unfishable. No matter what anyone tells you, fly rods have not, in fact, evolved at the same techno-pace as things like digital cameras, laptop computers, and cell phones.A rod is still a rod, and in some cases, some graphite “classics” still have a look and feel that cannot be replaced, even by the very manufacturers that shelved these models in favor of the “faster, lighter” brands they replaced them with.

I was immediately smitten by the design—those internal-fitting ferrules, clean wraps, and the snappy balance that extended from the tip right through the handle and reel seat.

This might come as a relief to some of you, but age is not a detriment, even in the graphite fly rod realm.

There are some things that may have been forgotten, but in truth, have never been replicated.

It’s like driving a classic Ford Mustang, Chevy Corvette, or even a Jeep CJ-7. And there’s still inherent beauty in some fly rods that cost a whopping 0, or 0 when they were introduced back in the day.

If you can find one of these on EBay, sold second-hand, at a garage sale, or maybe have one willed to you by its former owner—hang onto it. Sage 590 RPL I remember begging and pleading with my wife to let me buy a Sage RPL, some 20 years ago.

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