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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2013 3:23 pm • #  
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Does anyone have any thoughts on the differences , quality, and useability of these two rods?


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Howdy,

As long as we are talking about comparing fiberglass rods they will be very simular. Model #'s may have changed somewhat. The hardware I thinks was much better on the older rods. I am not into plastic reel seats and ceramic guides. I do think newer rods whether graphite or fiberglass seem to be a little stiffer in action also. I personally stick with then 1980 and earlier rods and love to fish with them.

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PostPosted: Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:40 am • #  
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My take on it is that graphite rods are easier to manufacture and that's why they're pushed today as "better" rods. Fiberglass rods require more steps in the process and more hands on skilled workers.

I have yet to find a graphite rod that matches a fiberglass rod for responsiveness and sensitivity. To me, they feel dull.

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Hi Gary,

Thanks for your response. You are preaching to the choir and I am in total agreement with you with regards to fiberglass vs. graphite. Glad to have you back! Cheers.

Regards, Scott


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 21, 2013 1:42 am • #  
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On the Abu Garcia V. Conolon question, if memory serves, the modern Abu Garcia rods are made in Korea or some other country? The Garcia Conolon rods of pre-1980 vintage are US made I think? Or?

In any event, the quality of the Abu Garcia rods is variable. In getting ready to move to Plymouth, MA, I have had to go through my 'collection' of rods and reels and winnow them down a bit. To only 30 rods. The few Abu Garcia rods went out the door as they didn't match up in quality of make. The guides, windings and even the fiberglass finish simply wasn't as good as that of the earlier rods. On a a whole, the Abu Garcia rods could not stand up to wear and tear as well as the Garcia Conolon have. But then I'm heavily biased.

The only odd ball rods I kept are two salt water rods called Reef Rods. I'm looking forward to giving them a workout once nor'easter season ends.

Once I'm settled I'll be around the forum more. Once I have a few more books published I'll have the cash to have more free time to spend more time on forums more.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:29 pm • #  
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Hi Gary,

I have found even Garcia rods made in China, so I would not be surprised for Korea, Taiwan or Japan.
Garcia made so many blanks and distrubuted them in so many places I still think a small amount of rods are finished today from NOS blanks. Hope you are well! Cheers

Regards, Scott


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