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Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 3:08 pm
by Jearley
I know this has come up in conversation on the board before but is there any downsides to a matte finish on rods? I’ve seen times before where the “flash” of a glossed rod would spook fish. I’ve read where they’ve used sandpaper to take the shine off the rod but does this effect casting much? I’ve improved my casting by lubing the blank before, but would sanding the blank cause excessive friction? Matte varnish any better? It’s something I’ve pondered recently.

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 4:33 pm
by piffilus
I actually saw a matte 10' 4 weight Guideline rod. I believe it was aimed at chzech nymphing but I may be wrong. Interesting to see since I have only heard of HT rods having matte finish. But I don't know a lot of rods though.

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:13 pm
by steelehead
I guess it depends on the waters you fish and the spookiness of the fish - or the fishing pressure they might associate with shiny sticks.
Peter Hayes recommends removable matte varnish in his IMHO great book "fly fishing outside the box", but I guess it might arouse the same never-ending discussion about fly line color and its effect on fish spooking...

Cheers, Christian

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:36 pm
by Jearley
Ah yes, fly line color! I don’t what to think about that argument. I’ll have to look for Mr. Hayes book too. Sounds like a good read.

Also, I didn’t know that the Hot Torpedo rods can come in the matte option. Pretty cool.

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 8:32 pm
by piffilus
Jearley wrote:
Sun Mar 29, 2020 5:36 pm
Also, I didn’t know that the Hot Torpedo rods can come in the matte option. Pretty cool.
The Hot Torpedoes are made matte only.

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Sun Mar 29, 2020 10:17 pm
by Jearley
Interesting. I’d love to hear Paul’s take on the pros and cons of both.

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 3:08 pm
by Paul Arden
I think it’s nuts to have shiny rods! I’d post more but my internet is cutting out. I’ll write a FP on it next week :)

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Mon Mar 30, 2020 9:30 pm
by Jearley
Sweet. I’m looking forward to it.

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Wed Apr 15, 2020 7:53 am
by steelehead
Any suggestions on making your rod less shiny with minimal effort or without losing the manufacturers warranty?
Paul mentioned matte varnish or a metal brush - but maybe there are other ways to achieve the same effect.
And of course how to revert this in case of resale or rod repairs.

Cheers,
Christian

Re: Gloss vs. Matte finish on rods.

Posted: Fri Apr 17, 2020 10:35 am
by Paul Arden
Mud maybe. But it washes off. It’s a difficult one really. I think the Brillo pad is the best option. There must be some sort of matte spray that you can clean off if you have to send it back.

It’s a crazy situation. I’ve never understood it.

Cheers, Paul