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Fly-Fishing: Hickey builds quality fiberglass rods

Bill Hickey, left, of Saratoga Springs speaks with Don Berryann of Averill Park about his custom-made fiberglass fly-fishing rods during the annual flea market held last Saturday by the Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Ramada in Albany.
Photographer: Patrick Dodson
Bill Hickey, left, of Saratoga Springs speaks with Don Berryann of Averill Park about his custom-made fiberglass fly-fishing rods during the annual flea market held last Saturday by the Clearwater Chapter of Trout Unlimited at the Ramada in Albany.
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Not so long ago, fiberglass fly rods were considered all but obsolete. Fiberglass was an inexpensive and easily mass-produced altern­ative to bamboo for workaday rods in the mid-20th century. Then along came graphite, lighter and faster, able to throw a longer line, and fiberglass was relegated to history. Graphite continues to get lighter and faster, and for many kinds of fishing, that’s a good thing. But in the past few years, more and more anglers ...

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