Thursday, September 22, 2022

Sage Trout LL

An exceptional rod from Sage I finished this spring, a replica build in their classic style. 

Appointed with a Struble U20 reel seat and a gorgeous zebra wood and classic NS stripping guide with a ceramic insert. This Sage rod is a class act.

The Trout LL 590 is probably one of the sweetest five weights Sage has come up with lately. I got to cast this rod extensively, and have also fished it once and felt amazing. Not too fast and not too slow.

I have more LL projects in the near future. Here are some pics.

Sunday, September 18, 2022

Five Rivers FTL

I've finished this "unicorn" at the beginning of the summer for a guy in Norway. 

He was looking for this rod for years and I had a NOS blank in stock for years. It's a mistery how the universe works but there's the right rod for the right guy every time and this rod was a special one all the way. I had it finished just before my summer fishing trip to Norway and all stars aligned for it.

This Dan Craft Fivers Rivers FTL blank is over 20 years old and one of the sweetest feeling six piece models made, from relatively early modern graphite days. Simple, minimalist style build, all grey colors with custom color rod tube and extra tip, with a hint of orange. Thanks for looking!


Wednesday, March 16, 2022

Tom Morgan 7' 3wt.

Here's a true gem of a trout rod. This "Tom Morgan era" brown blank was the last one in my inventory.

Appointed in the classic Tom Morgan style with a fine 5.5" western cork grip and a sublime Bellinger DLSB darkened nickel sliding ring reel seat. 

Some red-brown shades in the cork grip beautifully complement the stunning dark brown maple burl wood insert. Arguello dark amber agate stripping guide and dark snake guides wrapped in burgundy japanese silk.

TMR logos on both the exquisitely hand crafted leather case and the "Winston-Morgan" style rod bag with my leather patch logo as well.

I can honestly say this rod casts as smoothly as Tom imagined his "Thought rod". 

This rod will become available through Alternative Tackle in the UK. One-of-its-kind! #perfectionflyrod #tommorganrodsmiths

Friday, December 31, 2021


Ending up the year with this sleek Sage ESN HD I recently finished for a good friend. Another year's gone by and life has gotten tougher than ever.

Building these Sage rods to "perfection" over the years has been a real challenge especially because of the long script area that they employ. Painstaking effort and lots of layers for that rod of a lifetime. This Sage rod is no different and an exquisite euro-nymph or dry fly rod. 

Two weeks in the making, this is one beautiful looking rod and an amazing fishing tool. Deep, dark red wraps with titanium signature wraps, light wire snake guides and ultralight Bellinger downlocking reel seat. Nice and comfortable snub-nose half wells flor grade grip and all new custom aluminum rod tube in black and clear anodized .

The quest for perfection, handcrafted fly rods continues. Thank you for your continued support in these hard times and wishing you a Happy New Year!