Revel in the glass fibre revival
Vision Glass Daddy £229.99
GLASS fibre rods are starting to make a bit of a comeback in the fly-fishing world but they are far removed from the heavy, floppy models of old. With all the technological advancements in rod making, the new class of rods are a revelation. Vision have adopted the glass fibre technology in three new rods – a 7ft 6in 6wt Streamer, 12ft double-handed Salmon, and the 8ft 9wt Glass Daddy that I had for test. This distinctive two-piece rod with its yellow and black livery is aimed at the angler targeting predator species on the fly. Matched up to a 9wt floating predator line I could tell straight away that it has a middle to full flex action. Loading the rod it arced smoothly down to the water and as I lifted it flipped the line back with incredible ease, even with a large pike fly on the end. The subsequent aerialised line and forward shoot was all in the same vein – super smooth. I did play around with a few different predator lines and anything that has a short (27 feet) to medium (37 feet) head length with a reasonably aggressive taper worked really well at turning over a seven-foot predator leader and fly. I got a bit carried away at one point and was enjoying casting the rod so much that I went for a nice roll cast to flip the fly forward, completely forgetting the size of the pike fly which I almost caught in the face! At short and medium range the line shoot, presentation and turnover is very good. When striving for distance a long haul can really put a bend into the rod and this is when the glass fibre’s seemingly limitless stretch and flex comes into play. But it’s never to the detriment of the cast and all that flex is converted into energy and propels the line and fly really positively onto target. This flex also works in the angler’s favour when it comes to playing and controlling big fish as the rod is able to absorb all this power and protect the leader. The rod was equally at home with an intermediate line, one of the most popular for this style of fishing, and even handled Di-3 and Di-5 shooting head style lines, albeit with an increased amount of flex due to it loading that much deeper, but it is still more than capable of doing the job.
I think this new glass fibre rod has a huge amount of potential and once you get used to its flex and handling I am sure there will be a great many converts from carbon fibre. Its easy casting action and reserves of power are perfect for predator fishing and when matched with a 9wt trout line it would also suit those anglers targeting back-end fryfeeders on the reservoirs.
“Its easy casting action and reserves of power are perfect for predator fishing.”
The Glass Daddy is a two-piece model.
Chrome-plated guides and tip ring.