If I had picked up this rod and cast it, then been asked to name it, I don’t think I could have come up with a better name than Bad Ass Glass.You may also remember me as the guy who hated Tim Rajeff, ate a pound or two of crow and now have a long-distance bromance going with him. All of which brings me to the Bad Ass Glass, known as BAG from here on.

I do the majority of my fly fishing with weighted sinking lines but there has been a time or two (or three) where I wanted to throw poppers to largemouth bass, roosterfish or dorado. Doing so meant using my fast rod that is perfect for weighted lines and my wildly flailing casting style. But casting a floating line on my fast rod is more akin to me swatting at imaginary pixies as they fly in and out around my head taunting me with bacon treats.

Being a creature of habit means that if I like a rod, Murphy’s Law will have it discontinued, and replaced by a newer model. Now you may think, how could I not like having a rod better than the one I am currently having a love affair with? Well, creature of habit…



I took an 8wt BAG with me down Baja California to Loreto, Mexico, for some popper work on dorado. Before I left, I practiced on largemouth bass to familiarize myself with the BAG, throwing deer hair frogs to them. I got one big blow up, missed the set but the casting was easy as it could get. I took that attitude with me and got into dorado with the BAG 8wt and had one of the best times ever!

The ease with how this rod loads is awesome. I could make short casts or air out 80 feet with a big foam popper, exceeding my expectations and want. The dorado did not have a chance and when I wasn’t mesmerized by the sun shinning through the sky blue blank, I was boating fish! If you are like me and prefer a slower rod to throw floating lines, look no further than the BAG – you have found gold! And by gold I mean sky blue 😊.

I guess the easiest way to describe this rod is every time someone casts it, they get a big smile and buy one.

So I now have a rod that I can count on to throw floating lines with in the saltwater. Can’t wait to toss it at bonito out here at the Channel Islands. Talk about blow ups!!

Lee Baermann is on the Echo Pro Team and a surf fly fishing guide based out of Southern California. Check out his book, Fly Fish the Surf, and visit his website www.flyfishthesurf.com to learn more about Lee and his passion for surf fly fishing.