And from a marketing standpoint it is understood as read that the old stuff is left behind.
But don't tell that to Cameron Mortenson.
|In full disclosure, I pulled this photo from Facebook.|
I have one glass rod. An old Heddon. Heavy and slow, it seems laborious until you set the hook on a fish. It is the sexy bend in the rod that captures the imagination. They are similar to bamboo, yet in a way that is difficult for me to define, they just feel different. For me, an admitted bamboo lover, I picture the cane rod along side a fedora, a pipe, and wild trout. With glass, much in part to Cameron, I picture just about any fishing location and attire you can imagine. They just seem to belong.
When I break out the old Heddon, I am reminded of Virgil Ward. Perhaps many of you are unfamiliar with Mr. Ward, but he was the first fishing show I ever remember seeing on television, and I recall him being in some rough country on a raging river with a fiberglass fly rod and Martin reel fighting monster rainbows. Crap like that hangs with you if you have the angling bug. At least 40 years removed from seeing those old shows, but they still resonate.
Virgil Ward helped make fishing a passion for me.
Much like Cameron Mortenson has generated an interest in glass.
I would love to have a small 4 or 5 wt glass rod...and a three weight as well for my times in the Smokies. If I ever do pick up one...or both, I think it would be cool if I could get Cameron to autograph it.
After all...he is the one who sparked the interest.
Check out The Fiberglass Manifesto...and join me in the pursuit of glass.
|...also ripped this off from Facebook. (Sorry Cameron)|