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MSR and SFT Series Reviewed in Fly Rod and Reel Magazine

Great Bay Rod Co. MSR and SFT Fly Rods

Based in New Hampshire, Great Bay Rod Company brings an old-fashioned Yankee work ethic to the manufacture of rods. Each is hand-crafted and hand-tested before heading out to the angling world. I cast the MSR 5-weight graphite rod, nicely finished with an REC Premium reel seat with Amboyna burl-wood insert, and REC titanium guides, and was impressed by the soft, responsive tip giving way to some serious backbone in the lower third of the rod. Next, I tried the SFT Saxon Creek 6-foot, 6-inch, 3-weight- built on a fiberglass rod blank. This is an absolute sweetheart of a rod, with the slow, smooth fiberglass action that I forgot how much I love. Still, I could load the rod quickly to flick a small dry in a pocket or along ta bank. the tulip-wood reel-seat insert is a nice cosmetic touch, too. All Great Bay Rods are individually numbered and warranted for the rod's life. A rod rube and bag are included with every rod. The MSR rods are $359.99; SFTs are $279.99. www.greatbayrods.com -Joe Healy

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