Glass is not dead! More and more savvy anglers are moving back to this old but excellent material and more and more new glass blanks are coming on the market all the time to meet the demand.
1. Fiberglass is heavy. No, the rod blank isn't much heavier than a graphite blank the same size. What was heavy about the old rods was the metal ferrules and long guide wraps popular in the 1950s and '60s.
2. Fiberglass is slow. Well, it can be, and that's not always bad. Each new generation of graphite seems to get faster, which means if you're a really good caster and need to cast a really long way, it may be the best tool for you. We mere mortals usually cast better with a rod that slows our casting stroke and forces us to be a little more graceful. Glass can be amazingly delicate at short ranges, and good glass rods are capable of casts as long as they need to be.
3. All glass rods are 2-piece monstrosities. Glass comes in 2-, 3-, and 4-piece blanks, just like graphite. Besides, unless you're trying to fly with it, why do you need a 4-piece rod anyway?
Glass really shines as a fish-fighting tool. Typically a glass rod bends deep into the butt, meaning that you're using more of the rod to fight the fish, which shortens the fight, which means the fish has a better chance to survive. And because the tip is relatively soft, it's a better cushion against shock if the fish takes off unexpectedly. And did I mention that glass is much more durable than graphite? I broke a graphite tip section once just getting it out of the bag. I don't ever remember breaking a glass rod.
|Price ranges for glass rods:
Inexpensive import blanks from Angler's Roost, Hook&Hackle, and others: $100 to $150
Import blanks for custom makers like Blue Halo, J.P. Ross, and others: $200 to $350
High end blanks like Steffen Brothers, Kabuto, Epic: $400 and up
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