This is my first post here.
I was an avid tyer and interested fisher in the late 70's. Taking an "adult education" tying class at the local community college back then increased my skills several levels. I had been tying without a bobbin prior to that with my $9.99 tying kit. My grandfather contributed his Thompson Model B vise after he found out I was interested.
I dusted off my Daiwa fiberglass fly rod and reversed my AirCel DT7F line this week. No complaints about my Olympic fly reel (I noticed that they don't make them anymore). I live in central Indiana now. I caught an admittedly small sunfish on my 2nd cast yesterday (at an "old pond"), but at least it was encouraging. 10 minutes later I had a small bass (I didn't know that they made them that small). Replacing my 40 year old homemade size 14 calfs-tail streamer with a size 8 popper, I got continued interest by fish, but apparently none big enough to take it. It would have "boggled my mind" to know that the fly I tied back then would entice a few fish for me 40 years down the road, with a wife. Patrick F. McManus was my favorite author. He would probably say "you should be careful what you fish for!". There's a small nugget of fishing wisdom for you! Maybe that's why they call it a half hitch? : )
I would say that my Daiwa fiberglass rod has medium action. It actually replaced my first rod which had a slow action. I think I paid about $30 for the Daiwa rod, and maybe $20 for the Scientific Angler's AirCel line (way back then). The "unused end" that I fished yesterday floats better. I would guess that the line has a bit more than 100 hours of use on it.
My Question is whether there would be an appreciable advantage to replacing the line (with Cortland 444 "classic", DT7F), which costs $60. Or I could possibly start over with a graphite rod. I have noticed that the price of fly rods and reels has, at the very least, kept up with inflation. For me, the fly reel has never been much more than a line holder. At least, I never spent time wishing I had a better reel (so I am not eager to spend $100+ for one). I have thought that a firmer rod my help me pick up the line off of the water easier. But I don't blame my tackle when I make a mistake. I made at least 2 yesterday, but I didn't snap off any flies from my 4# tippet. I can occasionally make a lovely (delicate) 40' cast. I don't cast into the wind as well as I would like. I've thought of assembling a 5-weight outfit, but it seems unreasonable to expect it to help me cast bass bugs better than my 7-weight. I worry, perhaps unwarranted, that a WF line would keep me from make as delicate a cast. Old habits die hard. I am getting ready to throw some money at the Hook & Hackle Co. catalog. They appear to have an interest in helping the "price conscious" fly-fisher, which I appreciate. After all, I took up fly tying (and wood working) to save money (ha ha!).
Thanks for reading (sorry for such a long introduction!),