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!

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Livingston glass

Recently finished this Livingston glass for my good friend Jay Lee in Holland. A simple, understated build appointed in dark hardware, classic "Stalker like" handle with my flared signature reel seat design. The rod is a powerful 5wt. Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 14, 2018

Sage ESN 2100

This has been a very popular Sage build over the years. This rod can pull out monster trout, yet is forgiving and nimble when nymphing. And it can dry fly fish if conditions ask for it.

The rod was fitted with single foot guides (some guys preffer them) and my "standard" western handle, uplocking Bellinger reel seat with a gorgeous NOS Struble gongalo alves wood insert and beautiful deep green wraps tipped yellow here and there.

It is the last old ESN 2100 blank build so I'm looking forward to building some of the new models.

This rod was commisioned by a friend. Thanks for looking!