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Old 07-11-13, 09:32 PM   #1
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I am planning my next bamboo rod project and wanted some suggestions or advise. I have a Hardy made CFO III reel that I would really like to get on a rod. Would it work on an 8ft 4wt rod? Any thoughts?

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Old 07-11-13, 09:39 PM   #2
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Yes, your CFO III would work perfect for an 8 foot 4 weight cane rod. I love UK made CFO's (own 4 of them).
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Old 07-12-13, 08:02 PM   #3
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I am really glad you said that because I love UK CFOs as well. I fished an Orvis 7'9" Superfine, Far and Fine, with that CFO for probably 10 years and they are a match made in heaven. But, the CFO doesn't balance any of my bamboo rods. Now that I have refinished a few old rods I would like to buy a blank and finish it exactly the way I want it, and I would like to be able to use my CFO for the reel. Buck, do you have any suggestions on where to get a blank?

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Old 07-12-13, 09:40 PM   #4
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I'm not Buck, but you can get American made blanks, standard or hollow built, ferruled or non-ferruled from Dennis Stone at stonerodco.com. Two piece , three piece and four piece ,ferruled, in Standard Hex for $310, $340 & $395. Same in Hollow for $385, $420 & $480. Non-ferruled for $270, $295 & $320, Hollow for $345, $370 & $395.
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Ole Man, I am glad I asked. Those prices are great. I am definitely going to look into those.
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I love CFO's too! Fabulous reel.
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Old 07-21-13, 07:17 PM   #7
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Does anyone have any suggestions as far as tapers are concerned for an 8' 4wt? I was looking at getting a Payne 200 blank. Any thoughts?
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Agree on the c f o reel. Will look and work great on bamboo. As far as tapers, I am fond of the Payne tapers the best. Tim Zietak does a great job on ferrules blanks but from there you are on your own. There are some really great tapers in 7 1/2 footers. More to choose. You can also call Tom Or Dennis Stone and tell them what you are looking for and they can modify different tapers.
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Thanks for the info CC. There are definitely more options when you start looking at the shorter rods. Originally I wanted a shorter rod, but now I have really been getting into nymphing so I really think an 8ft is what I need. I've read on various sites about a Payne 200 and a Payne 200L. I can't figure out what the difference is, so I am probably going to call Dennis Stone or AJ Thramer to inquire.
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