Yesterday's Ultimate Fly Rods

February 17, 2005 By: Marshall Cutchin

Bob Krumm is mildly irked that about half the fishing gear he owns — perfectly functional and in fact touted as “the ultimate” just a few years ago — is now discontinued. “Major fly rod manufacturers constantly amaze me. It seems that they come out with a new high performance line of rods each year and at the same time drop a line of rods that they ballyhooed as the ‘ultimate’ 10 or more years ago. No doubt the new line of rods does cast better than the older, but does the new one perform so well that the old rod line should be discontinued?” In the Billings (Montana) Gazette.