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#1 midwestexile

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Posted February 22 2009 - 12:50 PM

I started wondering about why there are so many fans of one-piece surf rods up to 11' but you don't hear about one-piece fly rods. Silly me, a trip to the internet revealed that one-piece fly rods have a following, although factory 1-piece rods for salt aren't easy to locate. Maybe I did the wrong searches here, but I didn't come up with much about one-piece fly rods on Surftalk.

Does anyone throw with or make one-piece fly rods? What blanks are out there?

Trouble is, anyone who uses one probably loves it and anyone who doesn't probably hasn't tried one, so the number of informed and unbiased opinions may be limited -- but why should that stop us ?


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#2 Lurejunky99

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Posted February 22 2009 - 12:58 PM

Loomis Pro-1 fly rods. Google them and you'll see them. There's also a lot of old threads on them, use the search.


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Posted February 22 2009 - 1:10 PM

Loomis Pro-1 fly rods.


Thanks -- a model/brand eliminates a lot of search clutter.

I tend to think of Loomis and bank robbery in the same financial terms, but these are relatively inexpensive for a Loomis and run 8-12 wt.


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Posted February 22 2009 - 1:13 PM

Thanks -- a model/brand eliminates a lot of search clutter.

I tend to think of Loomis and bank robbery in the same financial terms, but these are relatively inexpensive for a Loomis and run 8-12 wt.


Actually, even though I'm not too familiar with them, there seems to be several lines of their Cross Current series - because some are very reasonably priced while others are very expensive...I wouldn't know the differences between the two from a hole in the wall, however


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#5 midwestexile

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Posted February 22 2009 - 1:18 PM

http://www.striperso....t=loomis pro-1 was quite useful. Thanks LJ99. And at just under 9', it's my confort length and I could even imagine that transporting one would not be impossibly complicated.


As for price, I own my share of tackle who price would have sickened my father, but times change. A willing seller and a willing buyer are what sets value, and Loomis certainly had no trouble finding people who think it is worth the money -- if they have the money.


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Posted February 22 2009 - 1:39 PM

The one piece fly rods are great & as far a GLoomis goes they are one of if not the best out there! IMO The difference in pricing is in the material used in the Graphite. You have the Cross Currant & the CC GLX which is more expensive. Reason being you don't see a lot of one piece is there just to much of a hassel transporting them around. Many Fly fishers travel & have you ever seen or tried to get a 1 piece 9' Rod on a airplane? Plus the why the company's are making rods today there isn't that much of a difference in a multi piece fly rod. I do a lot of traveling & take 3,4 even 5 rods with me. I'd love to take a 10 surf,bait casting rod with me but it's just to much work!


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#7 Mike Oliver

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Posted February 22 2009 - 2:16 PM

FTG,

Yeah one piece 9 footers have their moments but only when travelling by public transport Bus Train and aircraft. I love fishing one piece surf spinning rods up to 11 feet. I really would like a one piece fly rod for the same reasons I like one piece spinning rods. No joint issues, should get straighter blank and better overall feel and stronger blank and lighter to. If I realise my dream I will have to buy the blank in the US build on it there whilst on my trips and leave with friends until the following year. I am surprised more American Fsihers do not have one piece fly rods. For heavy surf work in wet suits I can't think of a better tool. You Guys are lucky to have access to such kit.
Not hard to carry a 9 foot rod on a roof rack or inside some of those big trucks you drive.

Mike


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Posted February 22 2009 - 3:13 PM

Not hard to carry a 9 foot rod on a roof rack or inside some of those big trucks you drive.

Mike

9ft 1pc Loomis does fit inside an Audi A3 fyi.


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Posted February 22 2009 - 3:46 PM

9ft 1pc Loomis does fit inside an Audi A3 fyi.


I can see it now. Rod $500. Vehicle to carry rod, $35,000. Getting to leave wife and kids at home to make room for rod in vehicle, PRICELESS.


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Posted February 22 2009 - 6:03 PM

9ft 1pc Loomis does fit inside an Audi A3 fyi.


There you go no probs then. Seriously a one piece fly rod has to be a nice tool to fish with


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Posted February 22 2009 - 6:04 PM

I can see it now. Rod $500. Vehicle to carry rod, $35,000. Getting to leave wife and kids at home to make room for rod in vehicle, PRICELESS.


Brilliant


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Posted February 22 2009 - 6:12 PM

ive got a few 9 foot one piece 9 wt rods around from when bass fishing with fly rods first was popular . also back then 9 ft was not so tough to find. berkley, dynaflex an a couple more made them. the idea was to add the ferrules yourself and having a 9 footer made it easy to make a 2, 3, or 4 piece rod

im not sure what shipping has gone to but i can locate some 9wt blanks if anyone is interested and i know prices on the blanks arent cheap. btw they are glass


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Posted February 22 2009 - 6:37 PM

I can see you with a 9' rod strapped to the roof of your Mini Cooper!


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Posted February 22 2009 - 6:52 PM


Does anyone throw with or make one-piece fly rods? What blanks are out there?



CTS makes a 1pc blank in almost every imaginable length and weight. But getting them into the US is a pain in the arse.

Rogue makes a 1pc, a 7'9" 8/9/10 and a 10/11/12wt.

Eddie and Kenny at Biscayne rod have their "Billy Baroo" 1pc. I've asked before and they said the blanks were available.

There are still quite a few of the old Fisher graphites around too.

Loomis has no plans on making their Pro1 blanks available for rod builders. And that's fine by me.


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Posted February 22 2009 - 8:11 PM

I own 10 Loomis Pro Ones in various weights. The only reason anyone should own a multi piece rod is for travel. IMO. Casting a one piece fly rod is "magic".


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