It’s now over
Barb and I drove over to Mike’s shop and Mike brought out the rod. Barb, Mike and I took turns casting the rod. We first tried it with a five-weight silk line. Then we cast it with a four-weight silk line. After a few turns, the consensus was that the rod was happier when cast with the four-weight line. Despite its length of nine feet, the rod did not feel heavy in the hand. It cast the four weight line with authority, easily putting the yellow practice fly out past 60 feet.
Ah well, can there be any lover of bamboo fly rods reading this that does not sense how this story ends? Mike and I shook hands on a deal that will put a nine-foot, four-ounce, four-weight rod in my hands by April, 2013. I cannot wait for that day to arrive.
If this tale causes you to develop a strong desire to possess one of these rods, by all means contact Mike. Just remember buddy, there are two guys ahead of you.