Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

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Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Nigel Rainton » Thu Jan 31, 2019 2:02 pm

I have just bought another cane rod, it's becoming a habit ! This rod is said to be in new condition and I can't wait for the postman to arrive. I'll post some pictures when it arrives. Was anyone on here 'watching' it ?

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Post by Nigel Rainton » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:59 pm

The rod arrived this morning in an extremely strong plastic tube, for which I was grateful, and it took me ages to remove the tape, packing and bubble wrap. The rod is a time capsule, from the marks on the reel seat I would guess it's only been used a few times.

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The bag is clean and has a Sharpes of Aberdeen label. The rod was made in September 1964 and has been well looked after since leaving the factory.

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It has a down-locking reel fitting which I prefer.

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This rod could have been made last week. It's condition is amazing given it's age. I will use this rod on special occasions, perhaps during the mayfly season and on glorious summer evenings when tricky casts with a fast rod are not required.

I can't believe that this rod is now in my possession :-)

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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by SeanM » Wed Feb 06, 2019 3:46 pm

Looks lovely! Copper whippings for the ferrules. I think the Aberdeen range were salmon and sea trout rods. The other 10ft 6in ones that I have seen have been rated for a #7 line. It would make a good rod for drifting from a boat on a big water. Probably what it was designed for?
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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Nigel Rainton » Wed Feb 06, 2019 4:12 pm

Sean,

The length suggests a loch rod or sea trout. It's single handed and I think #7 would be too much. I will try it with a few weights. I don't plan to cast far, the river is narrow and I only fish the lake margins. It should roll cast nicely. Just using it a couple of times a year will be enough :-)

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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Bobby Marlene » Wed Feb 06, 2019 5:44 pm

Stunning rod! Bobby

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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Beresford » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:11 pm

Beautiful.
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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Ally » Wed Feb 06, 2019 7:35 pm

Looks nice. Are cane fly rods heavy on the cast.

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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Nigel Rainton » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:06 pm

Ally,

Short answer, Yes. My Hardy #4 weighs about 2ozs. The Sharpes is about 10ozs!

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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Jeremy Croxall » Wed Feb 06, 2019 8:50 pm

Wow Nigel, they don't come much better than that!
Congratulations on a very fine acquisition sir :Hat:
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Re: Sharpes "Aberdeen " 10' 6" fly rod

Post by Nigel Rainton » Wed Feb 06, 2019 9:38 pm

Jeremy,

Thank you, it is a very fine rod. I polished it this afternoon, the reel seat was a little grubby but the rest of the rod was immaculate. The cane is dark and the nodes are staggered 3x3. A fine companion for my Bob Southwell rod :-)

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