I never thought I'd say this, but my fascination with older glass fly rods and reels is over. Don't get me wrong, from a collectors standpoint it was very fun to collect vintage glass fishing gear. Along with the rods came some interest in classic fly reels.
Over the past few months I have been fishing more than I have been in years. I have been using modern gear lately and must admit that the modern stuff works better for me.
I have not been able to fish much in the past decade. My career and my kids took the front seat to my hobbies. If I want to get Freudian I must have collected the vintage gear to satisfy my fishing bug. Now that I am actually out there fishing I am finding the new gear to be more up my alley.
For smallies I have settled on a 9wt and 7wt TFO Clouser series rods. I am still a little cheap when it comes to reels. The 7wt is paired with a Redington Behemoth and the 9wt is married to a Lamson Konic. Not the highest quality reels, but I'll get there eventually.
In the coming months I will begin unloading my vintage collection on Ebay. No way can I sell them all (some are just too cool), but the majority will be sold to fund a few new lines and God forbid....nicer reels.
Time to get out there and fish rather than collect!