Heirloom grade Epic 476 Amber. Bamboo style appointments, exquisite Bellinger NS hardware, Struble coffee agate stripping guide and EcoLight snake guides, wrapped in cinnamon silk. This rod goes to Jay Lee in Holland, who is an FFF certified casting instructor and excellent fly tier, flyfishing blogger and friend to be reviewed, test casted etc. If this rod doesn't stay in Holland, it might become available. To me, the 476 casts as good as it gets. Perfect progressive action, forgiving and easy to cast with great loop control in close or long. I've enjoyed taking it on my annual alpine lake trip this summer. Thanks for looking! #glassisnotdead
Saturday, October 12, 2019
This Superlight two weight is, as the name implies, a super light and long fly rod destined for short line nymphing techniques or even delicate dry flies. Appointed accordingly, this rod is a simple build, fish catching machine. Blanks from the Hanak team have state-of-the-art technology and interesting taper designs with delicate tips and relatively powerful mid and butt sections. A smooth med-fast action. The rod is a classic build with ultrafine grip and ultralight hardware. I'll try to have some available for purchase in the near future. Thanks for looking!
Wednesday, September 18, 2019
The first Epic Bandit project in the new four piece configuration.
This time in a little bit different style. The Burkheimer type handle and fighting butt.
I have always admired Kerry Burkheimer's work and considered him a master builder with a very unique style and approach on fly rods. Nevertheless, Kerry thinks the aesthetics of a fly rod is the ultimate expression of its quality. I couldn't agree more.
So I'm really happy to have done something like this on this Bandit, also customer prefference. The black tipped translucent wraps with black hardware go really well together with the dark cork accents.
Some will love it, some won't, but I think on a ten weight this really makes sense and gives more durability overall, for years of use and abuse of those hard charging fish in saltwater.
Thanks for looking!