Saturday, August 18, 2018

Another Yomogi

The Yomogi Series 7033 (UD Glass) is a popular blank and a very sweet parabolic action from Kazutomo Ijuin from Ijuin Rods in Japan. It is always a pleasure to build and fish this particular one. There is also another 7'3" 4wt. that I've cast at the London Fair that felt very sweet as well. The translucent lime green color is very fresh and many just love it.

Tomo has another parabolic taper called the E-glass Special Series, or the Hard Para wich are faster actions. These are 7'2" and 7'5"  in 4wt. and 4/5wt. blanks. They are a beautiful translucent black  color with spiral finish and black spigot ferrules. I call them fast-parabolics and I am looking forward to building a first one soon for a friend in Norway and then another one for Mark at Alternative Tackle. And then finally one for me!

I will try to stock some of these blanks soon but the best way to get one is to put in an order now and have them finished over the winter.

Builds like this one featured below are special and require time and effort. The special Bellinger & Goldenwitch hardware are not easy nor fast to get. Bellinger makes these beautiful reel seats on special orders and they will try to match my requirements but the woods are not always the same as on a particular build. They are by far the best in reel seat quality and so far they have been great. Their varnished or stabilized woods are simply stunning.

Here are some pictures of the latest build I've done for Alternative Tackle. This is wrapped in classic chestnut Gossamer silk (my last spool) and has a beautiful stabilized maple burl insert that complements the wraps. Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Ijuin Yomogi

I've recently built this as a wedding present for a good friend and had the opportunity to fish it as well. A very special Ijuin Yomogi 703 build. This is one sweet rod! Here are a few pictures. Thanks for looking!


Here is a fresh Sage ESN HD I've finished recently. 

Appointed in the classic Dave Lewis style, this rod is very special. The rust wraps complement the black blank perfectly and the nickel silver special componentry make for a very elegant rod. This rod is a true modern-classic. The handcrafted leather case makes this rod of heirloom quality. 

There rod bends smooth and the action is very forgiving. This might be the lightest ten foot four weight rod I've handled. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Winston LT

I finished this sweet Winston LT for a friend in Germany who sent me a blank to be built. Appointed in dark nickel accents, a fine cigar handle with screw uplock Bellinger reel seat and imbuya wood insert. Original dark plated Snake Brand guides with matching agate. Beautiful handcrafted leather case in my heirloom grade finish. A special rod for a special guy. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Another MOD

These Sage Mods have been popular ever since they were released. The 390 it's one sweet nine foot rod that you can fish for trout and it has a special flex and feel. As with most rods, some will like it some won't. Most people I know that fish dries and nymphs like the Mod, especially in the lower line weights. The rod tracks very well and has enough power to speed up the line when the wind picks up and casts nice controlled loops, yet enough flex to drop a dry delicately to picky trout and protect thin tippet when you hook into that fatty. It really shines at medium distance and with long leaders. The 290 will have more bend in the butt section and feels a bit like the discontinued Circa and a tad sweeter at short distances. I tend to like it more with this full flex profile.

Here's how this one stands out. Very simple, understated build with clear wraps and classy zebra wood and bright nickel accents. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Morgan 804

A presentation Tom Morgan 804 build on a NOS blank I got from Shane Gray who kindly offered me a blank from his stock. This along with the 803 may, hands down, be the finest light-line trout rods ever designed. 

Appointed with a modified wells grip (snub nose) from the finest cork available, signature radiused style Lemke reel seat with gorgeous Oregon walnut insert that has received my usual coat of epoxy for the most lustrous and toughest finish. 

Arcane agatine nickel silver stripping guide (the finest stuff) with Snake Brand guides wrapped in black and gold single trim accents and the classy strap&ring hook keeper. 

The script on this rod is special too, as the ink I used is a blueish grey. 

This rod is "one-of-its-kind" and its owner a very lucky guy that has waited a long time for this beauty. I hope the wait has been well worth in the end. Thanks for looking!