Saltwater Fly Rods
The strongest rods are those used for fishing in saltwater, for such fish as tarpon, tuna, yellowtail, etc. All kinds of rod woods and split bamboo are used. Such rods are always short and stout, ranging in length from five to seven and one-half feet and weighing from ten to twenty-four ounces, depending on the kind of fish they are to be used for. They may be of two sections with removable butt; two pieces with solid butt and one piece with detachable butt. The latter is always best for heavy fish, though more difficult to transport. These rods usually have cane-wound handles with a short cane-wound section above the reel seat, for they must be used with two hands. They are fitted with double trumpet or bell-shaped guides, so that the line may be changed from side to side to prevent warping the rod. The tip is preferably of agate and of the double hole pattern. The illustration shows such a tip in full size and gives an idea of the size of such a rod. The ferrules, in jointed rods, are welted, for sake of strength, and the joints are doweled, as a rule.
For surf fishing for drum, striped bass and such saltwater fishes a rod of seven to nine feet, weighing eighteen or twenty ounces, is used. It should be stiff and have great strength and springiness. Guides and tip should be of agate. A long cane-wound handle is usually chosen though the spring butt is much used now. It is a long, springy butt piece with a cane-wound grip at each end.
Brooks, Lake. The Science of Fishing. Columbus, OH: A.R. Harding, 1912. Print.
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