Laser Fly Rods from Sportfish in Bridge Sollars

DoctorFly

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My first carbon rod, bought from Sportfish (Philip Parkinson era) in Bridge Sollars, was a Laser (or Lazer) 9ft 5/6 weight.

It was apparently a Japanese blank made for the American market, and very advanced for the time (mid 1980s). There was no shop, just a room in a big house, and I came away with a couple of free lines and free vouchers.

Does anyone know the history of the rods and blanks?

Cheers,

Andy
 

DoctorFly

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My first carbon rod, bought from Sportfish (Philip Parkinson era) in Bridge Sollars, was a Laser (or Lazer) 9ft 5/6 weight.

It was apparently a Japanese blank made for the American market, and very advanced for the time (mid 1980s). There was no shop, just a room in a big house, and I came away with a couple of free lines and free vouchers.

Does anyone know the history of the rods and blanks?

Cheers,

Andy
My mistake - it was Tacklemarket not Sportfish! I don't know if Philip Parkinson had anything to do with it. Doh!
 

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My mistake - it was Tacklemarket not Sportfish! I don't know if Philip Parkinson had anything to do with it. Doh!
You might have been right on the Parkinson front too though.
I bought a lazer 11' # 7 way back then (early 80's) too, still have it, its a bleedyn heavy piece of kit compared to to-days offerings.
Pretty sure it was from one of the Parkinson fledgeling companies, might have been sportfish.
Only know it was Parkinson because I then tried to buy another new product from his company, was a Ventile jacket.
They (he), could not supply the size required, even though the advertising blurb said they could, ended up sending a size too small, resulted in cancelled order.
Was a bad deal for him, because I was looking to purchase several to give to my outdoor staff at the time!
 
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