I’ve raved repeatedly about the Underground’s love for Diamondback’s “Diamondglass” fly rods (hey, it’s a manly love), which quickly built a cult following among the low-modulus set.
If my bamboo fly rods were declared illegal by the United Nations and the black helicopters came for them, I could still happily fish my Diamondglass rods on streams and spring creeks.
They’re that good.
Unfortunately, the entire line disappeared from view once Cortland bought the Diamondback company, and much sadness ensued.
Cortland is bringing back the line for 2011 (though we believe the blanks are being produced by an independent rodmaker). The old blanks were black but the new seem to be sporting a deep blue color (we’re all for a little personality here). Otherwise, they look similar to the originals.
Here’s the lineup:
6′ 2 wt. 2 pc
6’6â€ 3 wt. 2 pc
7′ 3 wt. 3 pc
7’6â€ 3 wt. 3 pc
8′ 4 wt. 3 pc
8’6â€ 4 wt. 3 pc
I liked my 8.5′ 4wt so much I bought a backup blank (it’s here somewhere), and I’ve received more than a few emails over the years asking if I knew of a source for used rods, which were fetching “like-new” prices.
Sadly, I don’t see the wonderfully smooth 8′ 5wt 3-pc rod listed, and wonder about the 8′ 4wt rod, which used to be a 2-pc model (and a little teensy bit fast for me).
Perhaps moving to a 3-pc design slowed it a little (and if so, I’m getting one).
At $299, the rods aren’t exactly free for the taking, but they’re a lot less than bamboo or high-end graphite.
Besides, it’s hard to put a price on love.
See you at the counter, Tom Chandler.