I recently bought a barely used 1969 Hardy #7 Wye Palakona, and it arrived this week. Billed as Hardy's dry fly salmon rod and 11' long, it's more of a 1969 bamboo version of a switch rod than a true spey. But instinct said it would be ideal for my needs. Nothing would do, but to wet it today. First trip to the water, sight fishing in a lake, third cast of the day, it proved its merit. Yeoman service and fresh coho for dinner guests tonight.
My wife got in on the act, too, but with her usual graphite. Who can resist spotting fish in the calm between wind riffles, then watching the hit?
And the payoff, first of her six caught and released in a couple of hours.