The innovator of the rectangle quad rod is the retired California rod maker Michael Montagne. You can see an article on Montagne’s rods in Schweibert’s book, Trout. There is an interview with Michael Montagne at www.overmywaders.com.
Michael’s rods deviate from the traditional Quadrate rod in that two of the strips are wider than the other two. Therefore, the rod will cast straighter than the Hexagon or the Square Quad rod, it also has a higher percentage of the valuable outer power fibers. Rectangle Quads have a faster recovery rate and a quicker dampening cycle than other rods. These are my favorite rods to fish because of their very fine casting characteristics. These rods are very centered when casting the rod and cast very straight.
The rectangle quads I’m making now are of my own design. My rods are not as wide as Mike Montagne’s. I have done a lot of experimenting and have found what I am looking for with the width-to-height ratio.
CHECK IN THE TAPER LINK I HAVE OTHER NEW R-QUAD TAPERS LISTED THERE.
I am currently hollowing-building Rectangle Quad rods. I have two 7′ 8″ 5-wts. Hollow rod without reel seat weighs 2.9 ounces, the reel seat adds .5-.75 ounces, depending on which reel seat.
1. LT Series . Hollow rectangle quad, 7′ 8″ 5-wt. Smooth, accurate, progressive action, roll casts well. Medium to medium fast action. This is called the LT Series. This is my lighter version.
2. MB Series. This series is a little bit faster rod than the rod above with a smooth, accurate progressive action. Casts a long line when called upon. It has a kick to it at about 35 feet and is a medium fast rod.
3 – 7 ‘ 8 ” 4 wt line nice medium-medium fast taper, 4 wt .
4. 8′ 6″ 4/5 wt, 2 pc.Hollow R-quad medium action that is Full working. It flexes full length.
5. 7′ 6″ 2 pc. 4/5 wt, Michael Montagne taper. This is a very fast rod with a delicate tip.
6- 7’8″ 2 pc, Hollow Rectangle Quad 3wt. nice light line rod.
7 – 8’ 3″ 2 pc, with a Hollow Rectangle Quad with a 5 – 6wt line. It is made for larger waters and flies. On the medium-fast .
8- 8 ‘ 2 pc 4 wt. Hollow Rectangle Quad forward and 3wt S.A. gpx. Medium action cast in at 10 ft to 65 ft. Nice lt. line R-Quad .
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Rod shown above and below: Rectangle quad. Spots on varnish are from light rain.
Custom Walnut Reel Seat Bronze Hardware. My Half wells Grip and H/K on a 8′ 4″ Hollow R-Quad 5 – 6 wt.
My 642 Bronze ferrules I make.
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