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  1. #1

    Smile Fibre Glass Rod Blanks

    Hi, can anyone help?
    I am looking for a blank to make up a 6 foot or 7 foot fly rod in fibreglass, fast action would be nice. Does anyone know where I could get hold of one, or maybe even have one I could buy. Even better would be a 1 piece blank around the 5 to 6 foot length mark. I'm looking to make up a rod to fish the more overgrown of our small rivers and brooks, which I'd rather risk my 1 piece cane rod . Line weight not too fussed about, as I'm sure any made would be for an appropriate line weight. I'm looking more for an older blank rather than a modern and rather expensive one.

    Thanks to anyone who can help me

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Halifax, West Yorkshire


    Glass blanks are hard to come by in this country, and your best bet might be in searching second hand shops, rather than looking at tackle dealers. Bit of a needle-in-haystack job though.
    They occasionally crop up on Ebay, but are usually more powerful rods such as the Hardy RW Superlite or Esk.

    I know you said you'd prefer second hand to new, but it might still be worth looking at the Lamiglas or Diamondglass blanks from the US.
    There's a good selection of blanks available in the size range you want, and the prices aren't too unreasonable.

    You'll be lucky to get anything resembling a fast action blank though, but personally speaking I find the softer action glass preferable for the type of water you intend to use it on.
    I've got a 7' #4 built on a Hardy Fibatube blank that I use for just that situation, and I use it in preference to my carbon rods, not just to protect them.
    Ian D

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Mainland Glawster


    Along the road to come what may. Over the hills and far away

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jun 2006
    Cambridge UK


    Give Johnny Hutchinson [Specialist Rod Services @ Biggleswade] a call on 01767 317122.
    He showed me a load of Glass blanks when I was there a couple of weeks back. I can't make any guarantees though!


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