Last night, I decided to take a peek at cragslist for fly rods. I’ve been looking for a saltwater rod in the 8-10 range. I’ve been saving up for one of two brands that have lifetime warranties, something I think is necessary. That being said, it never hurts to look for a bargain.
Last night I found a Martin “Tuffy” model 3-017: 8wt for $20. It looks like it has never been used. Honestly, practically mint condition. Now, it may not be worth even $20. If so, great! I’ll feel less guilty using such a well preserved rod.
Here are a few close-ups of the important parts. I’ve never used fiberglass. Anyone have any tips or suggestions? Is there anything I should do to touch it up? Cement the eyelet threading? I have no idea.