Re: Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change?

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Posted by Ken @ the Spot on 2010-09-27 00:42:51 in reply to Cork Fly Rod Grips - Time to Accept Some Change? posted by Dan Blanton on 2010-09-26 15:34:07

Great topic Dan and interesting to see the responses from your board members. I think many trout anglers tend to be more traditionalists by nature and will want to hold onto their cork for ever. By the same token those anglers that fish for bigger, tougher species in more hostile environments will welcome new materials that will help their equipment survive the rigors of that type of fishing. I would guess that manufacturers will try to slowly add product that will gain acceptance in the marketplace as we go forward. New materials are coming by sheer necessity and it will be fun to see were it will lead us.
I just cast a new rod from a well known manufacturer and I thought it was the ugliest color fly rod that I had ever seen. I was, however, very impressed by the performance of the rod and when I walked back into the shop I showed it around to some of our younger clients who thought the color was really cool. I guess what I'm trying to say is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder and these new grips will gain acceptance as long as they perform up to, or above, expectations.

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