Fourteen Sticks of Glass: Fishing and Appreciating the Vintage Fiberglass Fly Rod
Todd E.A. Larson
6” x 9” Softcover • 286 Total Pages • Black-and-White Images
ABOUT THIS BOOK
The vintage fiberglass fly rod -- ignored by many, scorned by some, revered by a few -- is the subject of this appreciation by noted fishing historian Dr. Todd E.A. Larson. In it, the author explores the history and fishability of 14 vintage glass fly rods, from famous names like Shakespeare and Heddon to overlooked makers like Kodiak and Brule to almost unknown manufacturers like Ted Williams, Inc. and Cisco Kid Tackle.
Equal parts history, fishing narrative, and autobiography, you'll follow the author as he wrestles with the conundrum of whether to fish a mint vintage rod, get frustrated by a truly awful 1960s fly rod, and celebrates an unlikely Stanley Cup victory with a midnight fishing exposition with a 1950 Union Hardware Nyglax rod. From the Hardy Sceptre to the legendary Fenwick to the rods of long-time rodmaker Andy Manchester, Jr., after reading this book you'll never look at a vintage glass fly rod the same way again. And just maybe you'll break out your father or grandfather's glass fly rod and discover for yourself just what makes fiberglass so addicting.
Fly Rod makers profiled (with detailed histories) include: Shakespeare, Fenwick, the Brule Corporation, Kodiak Corporation, True Temper, Union Hardware, Cisco Kid, Horrocks-Ibbotson, Klein's Sporting Goods, Martin Automatic Reel Co., Heddon, Ted Williams Inc., Angler's Mail / Hardy Bros. Sceptre, Andy Manchester Jr., and Elmer Van Wettering.
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