Saturday, May 29, 2010
rod testing - it's a fiber day!
been pretty busy in the lab and dealing with some field research, and... paper works... I really think I should squeeze some fishing time between sleep and research,.. A moon light strikes my head ,when I was drinking a cup of tea in my front porch, The moon says, "Mark, you should stay home to finish up the overdued paper works, but you might sneak out for a couple hours to do a stretch." Hmmm... Brilliant!... OK, the stage is set, just a short visit of a sweet spot and test some rod and line combination... Not really serious about fishing, but serious about testing some new lines...
A fenwick 909, 9 feet 9 weight fiberglass rod, paired with a 10 weight fenwick fighting handle... the fiberglass switch! I was using 240 grain 10' belly + 130 grain 14' intermediate tip. This thing really rock! It feel a bit light, but cast small pinky fly nicely! I think this would be a killer combination for the south fork, Snake! The other rod I was testing is a Heddon Pal fly/spin fiberglass rod #130 / 7'. Man, this rod feel really really "ancient" and the blank is flat out beautiful! I really love the old design! Sha-Pa desu(i.e. elegant)! It is a true lovely rod with sweet fiberglass action! I was using 8 weight sinktip line... it load well, shoot well and it catch fish! What a little surprise to me... I think this would be a wonderful kayak rod, fly or spin... life is COZY! : )
Heddon pal and a old Pfluger
it get some tug... bend to the butt and exerting the fiberpower!