Gillies "Carina" Graphite

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Gillies "Carina" Graphite

Post by Marrakai » Sun Nov 29, 2009 2:39 pm

Picked up this fly-rod cheap second-hand to take to NZ next time, but I'm not a fly-fisherman's ah-sole so would appreciate your opinion of this wand (MXD?)
I was looking for something a little 'vintage' but have probably missed the mark with graphite....!
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The wire-runners are a little rusty and might need replacing if they won't clean up:- any tips on brand or supplier?

...or should I just chuck it behind the cupboard and look for something better?
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Re: Gillies "Carina" Graphite

Post by MXB » Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:45 am

@Marrakai . . .

Looking at the pictures you have posted it would have been released probably in the early 1990's, maybe 80's. The 97% Graphite means it would probably be IM6 graphite or similar which was normally 96% Gr/4% Fibre/glass and is a hard wearing material far less brittle than many of the later graphites. Could be IM7. 9ft is a good height for general fishing . . . maybe a little long for tighter river fishing situations. Rig it as a 7 weight or on the lower side of the rating.

As far as replacing the line guides . . . you can get them pretty easily from shops like Compleat Angler or Alpine Angler or internationally. There are basic guides and expensive snake guides but the most important thing is the tip. I use a modern single foot silicon carbide tip that is made for ultra light spinning rods or similar. It would be a lot of work to replace them all and rebind but it would be a light rod and easy to work and if you are that way inclined

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