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Fly Rods

Keep Fishermen On Top Of Their Games

It is easy for anyone to see the quality design of the Fenwick fly rod. And it is hard to find anyone who will argue that they have some of the best fly rods on the market. And they have had for many years. Since 1952 to be exact. They are experts in designing and producing quality fly rods that keep fishermen on top of their games all across the country.

You will sometimes hear that the old traditional models were better than the newer ones. This is merely a matter of preference and taste. The new rods are just as full of the Fenwick quality as the older ones. They continue to work on the technical design and action of their rods. They put a five-year limited warranty out with all their rods. These rods are tops in the performance department.

In the decades of the sixties, seventies, and in the first few years of the eighties, Fenwick turned out a huge amount of their glass rods. So many that it is quite easy to find them being sold on the secondary market today. Being on the secondary market makes it easy to find them at a bargain too. They still have the same performance abilities, the same quality design, and action, and they still deliver the integrity of the Fenwick brand.

More Than a Collector’s Item

Many of the first rods that Fenwick put out have become more of collector’s items than being fished. But they all had that Fenwick quality when they were made, and still, do. The first ones were produced by Grizzly and had the aluminum ferrules. The next set had ferrules that were made by putting a tip over butt fiberglass. It was the patented Feralite ferrule, and most of the rod makers since that time have copied that type of tip.

They then began making rods with E-glass. These rods also featured the Feralite ferrule but had a more crisp action in them, which made for better control in certain areas of the casting. Later on, Fenwick improved on these again by adding some Fenglass line. They still made their blanks from E-glass, but the work was shipped over to China. The Western style grips were still on these rods.

If you hear anything remotely negative sounding about the old Fenwick rods, it is that they seem a trifle heavier. But when they were made, they were very light compared to other rods. Technological advances and new manufacturing materials allowed for newer models to be made that were even lighter than the old Fenwick rods.

It was in the seventies that Fenwick made the leap from their fiberglass models to their new graphite models. The graphite was lighter, stronger, and even stiffer. This was also the birth of their infamous Lunkerstick that was the pride of bass fishermen everywhere. Fenwick was the very first to make all graphite rods. This was done under the watchful guidance of Phil Clock.


Many still say today that quality drips from the tips of the Fenwick fly rod, and with good reason. Once they had the graphite material down, they focused on technical improvements. Their claim to fame for this is the Fenwick Flippin Stick used for catching bass. They are still in the business of improving their designs and staying ahead of their market, producing rods for both freshwater and saltwater fishing.


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