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2012 Fiberglass Manifesto

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2012 Fiberglass Manifesto

A Visit To Tom Morgan Rodsmiths

(Tom Anderson, a.k.a. "Duff", is proof positive that retirement isn't so bad as his summer travels again took him west for several months of fly fishing and along the way he ended up at Tom Morgan Rodsmiths for this report.)

Some years ago I had the good fortune to be in the right place at the right time - George Anderson's fly rod shop in Livingston, Montana. Long story short, I was admiring a beautiful Tom Morgan Rodsmiths graphite rod from the rod rack, when I causally asked if Tom was also building glass. I was told that he was indeed working on some glass tapers and that if I could come back the next day he would have a prototype there for me to cast. The rod, a 7'11" five weight, was unpainted raw white fiberglass with a rudimentary grip and reel seat but cast a line that was a thing of beauty. Tom told me that that rod morphed into his 8' five weight with very few changes....

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