First up is a 6'6" Cortland FR-2000 glass rod. It is the perfect rod for casting under low hanging tree branches and down tight, overgrown creeks. It is smooth and powerful, and I always have a great time fishing with it.
|Cortland FR-2000, paired with a Berkley 556R reel, which balances it perfectly. And, bluegill.|
|Phillipson Registered Epoxite 7' 5wt|
Back in the day, Timberline made pack rods that were built on Lamiglas blanks. I think the guy who owned Timberline also made similar pack rods under the L.L. Bean name... My 7' 4-piece Timberline rod is perfect for throwing in a backpack when hiking around in trout country. And it throws a beautiful line, as well!
|Timberline 7' pack rod, built on a Lamiglas blank.|
My 7'6" Hardy 5-weight was definitely built on a Fisher blank. It's a sweet rod that throws great loops.
|7'6" Hardy Fibatube glass rod|
|The script on Scott rods has gotten much more elegant since the early days...|
|A lovely brookie flop in front of my Scott PowR-Ply rod|
|After the brookie had gone back to the river...|
|The Fenwick FF805, paired with a Marryat MR-8 reel|
Diamondback made some very highly regarded glass rods in the 90s under the Diamondglass model name. They say that the 8' 4-weight is the best of the group. I have never had a chance to cast one of those, but I do have an 8' 5-weight, and it is incredibly sweet.
|Diamondback Diamondglass 8' 5wt|
My last 8' 5-weight is a Fisher branded glass rod. I have talked about Fisher often, as they manufactured the blanks for some of the best glass rods for other rod companies. They also sold rods under their own name, and this 5-weight is as nice as any of my other Fisher-built rods.
|Fisher 8' 5wt and bluegill.|
|A ratty Mushroom and Swiss Bugger after a good day of catching fish with the 586LL.|
Thanks for checking out my list of Fives. I love talking about fly rods, so let me know if you have any comments, questions or concerns. See you on the water!
|One last look at the Fives...|