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Hi Raiders

When I took the old Glassmaster to the rod builder I took along another old blank I'd been sitting on for a while. I found it in an antique/ junk shop in Huskisson last year. All the bindings were shot, the grips were gone, but the action grabbed my attention. It's a real noodle, light and whippy as can be. I showed it to some mates who reckon it's a very early Sportex in wood grain finish.

Jim, the rod builder was pretty excited when he saw it, he loves Sportex rods and from the pattern in the glass he's 90% sure.

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I wanted to have it made into a rod I could use for Blackfish in the estuary and Whiting and Bream on the beach.

We kept the original wooden butt cap, added cork grips and reused the original bind on reel seat. The seat was reversed so not to interfere with a sidecast reel

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We used single foot Fuji guides starting at 30mm to give some casting distance. All the guides were underbound to protect the old bank and give the colour contrast. 8 guides plus the tip

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Very happy with the result. 

Cheers

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Now I’m not so sure it’s a Sportex, Royce suggested it could be a Fenwick or a Grizzly. Fenwick used Grizzly blanks before producing their own.

Here is mine2B96ACD8-74ED-4C30-BB44-DE5BBB71AF29.thumb.jpeg.61d97e3c18e8e0748db943c7a188994d.jpeg

 

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Here is a Fenwick built on a Grizzly3DE52628-572E-4149-B05C-48973BF94B5C.thumb.png.1c0c7b16b99df2ac52d4000e8e2fdac9.png

I think they are the same sort of blank. Not disappointed, Don Green started Grizzly, was an innovator in hollow glass rods. He sold the business to Fenwick and stayed on for years and they produced the first graphite rods before starting his own company again....

SAGE!!!

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Call it whatever you prefer Fenwick, Sportex or whatever, nobody is going to argue over it, whatever it is ( and Fenwick as far as I'm concerned ) one thing for sure is you have yourself one beautiful rod there, and it deserves to be looked after from now on.

I think it's in the right hands.

Frank

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