Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The "thought" rod.

Yes, you've guessed well. This is another Tom Morgan 803 build and my last one unfortunately. My intention was to fish this rod in the gin clear streams of Romania this season. It could be a keeper or it could not. For me, even if a rod is highly collectable, if it doesn't cast and fish like it was intended, most likely will find a new owner. But this rod has a feel that no other rod has. It has the distinctive Winston "feel" but then it has even more due to the fiberglass material and magic touch of the great man and rod designer, Tom Morgan.

I took a bit more time to cast this beauty and..indeed this rod has an amazing touch and feel. Until the fishing season there are still a couple of months. Meanwhile this rod (and myself) will be present at the London Fly Fishing Fair thanks to Alternative Tackle 's  kind invitation to be part of this event along with other highly respected, very talented rod makers around. I feel very honored to participate and I hope to see some of you folks that follow and like the stuff that I do in London on the 23-24'th of march at the Alternative Tackle booth. Come and try a rod out at the casting pool and talk fly rod stuff. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sage One 690-4.

Here's another Sage build from the discontinued ONE series. 

Some folks have loved it and many have not. I can't argue its castability or light weight. 
I could really tighten those loops wich was pretty darn amazing. I have never fished it but I remember a norwegian friend who was nailing it on the 490 fishing for trout in western Norway one summer. 

I have another 790 to build later this year. Here's how this one stands out. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Steffen 7'3" 2/3wt.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope we'll all have a better year than the one that just passed. I don't pride myself with numbers of rods built, but I do take pride in the quality of the builds.

I built this beautiful Steffen rod for a good friend of mine. The 7'3" 2/3wt. is one hell of light trout rod that every creek guy should own. I preffered the 2pc. version in the past that sadly Mark is no longer making. I wish I would have kept it. Mark is 65 years old and he and his brother Tim will be focusing on just a few of their most popular models in the future.

Rod was appointed in dark hardware, dark bronze signature Lemke seat with a gorgeous maple wood insert. Wood received another coat of epoxy for that super lustrous finish. Dark nickel 8mm Struble agate with classic titanium snake guides and classic simple chestnut silk wraps.

The special leather case was crafted to accommodate two rods. A beautiful rod that will make my friend happy for seasons to come. Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Morgan 8'#3

Finally finished another Tom Morgan fiberglass rod after a very long wait. I think this is from the second run of blanks Tom made, in more brownish color that red.

The new owners of TMR found Tom's "secret stash" of blanks somewhere and they were kind enough to send a couple of 803 blanks my way. Hopes are high that the new coated burgundy blanks will arrive in the upcoming year.

This is an understated, timeless style build I did for a very patient, fine gentleman in Italy. Looks like glass fans are all over the world these days.

Rod features my exclusive design Lemke reel seat with a dark burled walnut insert that has been finished in epoxy by hand (yeah, it's tough as nails), has a gorgeous lustrous finish to it and ensures a more secure fit of the reel foot as well.

A beautiful dark nickel Arguello agate guide and light wire Snake Brand guides wrapped in YLI chestnut silk are complemented by the Goldenwitch blued winding check.

Turned a slim snub-nose (mini full wells, modified) grip and I think it feels awesome in the hand. Hope you enjoy the pictures of this beautiful, "one-of-its kind", Tom Morgan rod. Thanks for looking!