Heddon Pal Fly rods

I have been prowling eBay intensively this winter, searching for vintage rods and reels. Primarily USA produced tackle from Shakespeare, Fenwick, Pflueger, Martin and Heddon. Well a month ago a listing caught my eye. Two Heddon Pal Mark IV fiberglass fly rods in one strike. I set the hook, and a week later I reeled the winning bid home. Then I waited for ShopUSA to bring the rods home to Denmark. That part got a bit out of hand, but finally the rods turned up.

Visually these two rods are a bit like identical twins. The only difference being that one is an 8’6” # 7/8 the other is a 9’ # 8/9. They were produced in USA in the 60’s and should be marvelous rods for bass, pike, salmon and steelhead fishing.

They are lovely rods. The cork handle is tipped with walnut trimmings and stuff. And they are a joy to cast: Slow and powerful. So far I’ve only done some lawn casting. But I can feel they long to go fishing. Preferably with a big hairy pike fly or a popper at the business end of the leader.

If you think that 7-, 8- or 9-weight is seriously heavy stuff, well you are not all wrong but… back in those days, rods were actually made to fit the AFTM system. An 8-weight rod would carry 13,6 gram (210 grains). Nowadays that’s the ideal weight on a head for many 5- or 6-weight rods.

Anyway I’m looking forward to the seasonal opening of pike fishing in a couple of weeks. And by the way… I think I will have to make a batch of old school balsa wood poppers to go with the Heddons.

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    Lars Øxenholt

    (April 11, 2014 - 3:10 pm)

    Hej Mic!!
    Det ser spændende ud med disse for mig nye stænger fra et gammel velkendt firma.
    Jeg glæder mig til at høre din test af dem.
    aaahhhhhghh FØJ!!!! jeg troede desværre kun det var Søren Flarup der var MONTØR af TINGESTER til fiskeri. mvh. Lars Øxenholt

    Michael Jensen

    (April 11, 2014 - 9:17 pm)

    Hej Lars
    Tak for din respons. Skønt at høre fra dig. Jep, Heddon har lavet de fleste former for stænger, hjul og agn og har jo en historie, der løber langt over hundrede år bagud.
    Der kommer en opfølgning, når jeg har været på fisketur med min Heddon Pals.
    Jeg går ud fra at det er mine poppers, du stikker til. Det er da regulært håndarbejde for fiskere at bygge sine egne poppers. Du bør prøve det en dag. Balsatræ, lidt sandpapir, hobby maling og til sidst lidt oldschool fluebinding. Men… det kan godt være du har ret. Måske har jeg hængt for meget ud med Popperboy Flarup :0)

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