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    Default Fly rod conversion to spinning rod

    Hi,

    I am looking to convert my orvis 8wt frequent flyer into a compact spinning travel rod. Unfortunately I can no longer fly fish due to health reasons and have not had much interest in selling the rod. Whilst on holiday I hooked into something decent in Barbados and it snapped my rod in two, stupidly I only brought the one rod as I couldn't fit any others in my case. This gave me the idea to convert the orvis into a spin rod as it is more travel friendly. Can someone give me any advice on the pros and cons of converting the rod?

    I'm thinking of changing out the snake eyes for standard ceramic rod rings with the intention of using it mostly for lures up to 15g and the potential of still using it as a fly rod for destination fishing if my health ever improves.

    Thanks in advance

    JOHN

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    Default Re: Fly rod conversion to spinning rod

    Changing all the rings on any modern rod with its all-in-one finish will keep you busy I’m thinking. It’s nice recycling stuff but I don’t think it’s practical in this instance.
    Growing old disgracefully!

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    Just stick on a spinning reel, why do more?

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    Default Re: Fly rod conversion to spinning rod

    Quote Originally Posted by tangled View Post
    Just stick on a spinning reel, why do more?
    I did that 30 years ago on an Edgar Sealey fibreglass fly rod out of necessity. Loch Etive. Landed a dozen sea trout and outcast my mate with his proper spinning gear. He caught 2....
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    Quote Originally Posted by gegg View Post
    I did that 30 years ago on an Edgar Sealey fibreglass fly rod out of necessity. Loch Etive. Landed a dozen sea trout and outcast my mate with his proper spinning gear. He caught 2....
    It's all a bit bonkers really, we're bamboozled by marketing into thinking that we have to have different rods for different fish and different fisheries (and that there's a big diference between rods used for each) when in practice you could get away with very few rods for all kinds of fishing.

    There's a thread about how many rods people have - it's quite an eye opener. The real sport is shopping and collecting apparently.

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    I’ve used a fly rod with a fixed spool reel when needed. It winkled out a few fish I couldn’t get out conventionally. Now I’m inclined to drift down a streamer given the same conditions... I’m a dry fly fanatic until it stops working.
    Growing old disgracefully!

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    Default Re: Fly rod conversion to spinning rod

    Quote Originally Posted by jmf26 View Post
    Hi,

    I am looking to convert my orvis 8wt frequent flyer into a compact spinning travel rod. Unfortunately I can no longer fly fish due to health reasons and have not had much interest in selling the rod. Whilst on holiday I hooked into something decent in Barbados and it snapped my rod in two, stupidly I only brought the one rod as I couldn't fit any others in my case. This gave me the idea to convert the orvis into a spin rod as it is more travel friendly. Can someone give me any advice on the pros and cons of converting the rod?

    I'm thinking of changing out the snake eyes for standard ceramic rod rings with the intention of using it mostly for lures up to 15g and the potential of still using it as a fly rod for destination fishing if my health ever improves.

    Thanks in advance

    JOHN
    I needed advice from Orvis about a restoration on a bamboo '99'.
    I found their customer service very helpful. I would bet that if you sent the information above to them at customerservice@orvis.com someone there would help you make an informed decision. Do you intend to change the handle?

    S.
    "There are a thousand ways to make a fishing rod....most of them are right:- R.L. Nunley.

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