I receive a glass rod from Phillip Butterfield at Average Joe's Fishing Poles. It's a three piece, 3/4 wgt. 6'3" rod with a cedar grip. It's the first glass rod that I've casted in ages. And I Iove it. The sensitivity reminds me of my ultra light Ugly Stik but so much better.
I figured fighting panfish would feel like a million bucks but I hadn't thought of catching smallmouth bass on it too.
The guides are also blue. Upon request, Phillip is now offering rods made from Blue Halo blanks.
I'm glad to be a part of the new interest and grass roots movement in glass rods. I'm now looking to either purchase a 5 wgt glass rod or have another built. I would head out to the river but there are loads of people out. This rod makes the fight much more intense. The tugs and shakes blow my mind. When I had a smallmouth take my streamer as I drifted along a log at about 15 feet away, the fight was just amazing. He pulled and tugged and stayed in the riffles. The sensitivity made me giddy. I figured he was a larger smallie than he was playing.
Now, I can brag that I have a glass rod and have been playing fat panfish and Ozark smallmouth.
Tight lines, Josh.