Friday, October 28, 2016

Steffen 8'3" 5/6wt. Fall edition.

Here a beautiful Steffen build I completed for my good friend Jay Lee in the Netherlands. Jay told me he hates using the six weight graphite broomsticks available in the industry today, so I decided to build him something nice and smooth so he can fish streamers more relaxed.

Jay is an FFF casting instructor and a true gentleman. I love building rods for guys like him. He can apreciate a fine build and he is very picky about handles. He thinks the handles on rods today are huge for some people's hands. That is why I paid very much attention to the grip shape and proportions.

The rod is fitted very minimalistic with a tiny fighting butt and a new "old school" Lemke bronze anodized reel seat, a complementary bronze anodized winding check and simple chestnut wraps over the dark snake guides.

A beautiful hand sewn rod bag by my girfriend along with a gorgeous new rod tube I received recently. This was the last Steffen blank in four pieces Mark made for me and one of his famous models. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Winston LT

It's always a nice surprise to be able to build some of these classic beauties.

Winston is famous for their timeless IM6/WT graphite rods that are no longer being produced. I am a big fan of their older IM6 (before they changed them into WT's) and some WT models and don't think I will see another blank unless Winston decides to bring them back.

The LT is another smoothie that came in five pieces. It was the standard rod for backpackers back in the day. Still holds up fine to this day. I have a few folks that love them much.

Here is a 6'9" 3wt. Winston LT build I finished up recently (a couple more are coming soon). Each Winston blank comes with a serial number wich is neat.

This rod is all about the beauty and joy a fly rod can provide to an angler. Perfection in every way.

I hope you'll enjoy the photos of it. Thanks for looking.

Saturday, August 13, 2016

Sage Mod

Another Sage Mod finished. Similar to the first one, this Mod 490-4 was wrapped in a very light brown that turned very translucent. I find it very cool looking on this gorgeous jade green blank. The two-tone amboyna wood is just beautiful and the Bellinger aluminum hardware is a fine touch. Standard ceramic stripping guide with hard chrome snake guides finished with the utmost precision epoxy work. The handle is a comfortable western shape that I preffer on most dry fly rods. Dark red signature wraps and my hand script in a very sharp, sleek looking finish. This Mod rod casts as smooth as it looks and surely will make someone very happy. Thanks for looking!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Another Epic

Just finished this classy, very clean style Epic 580 in nude. The clear wraps show the fine snake guides and amber agate with one of my signature reel seat in bright hardware and gorgeous maple burl wood. A slim modified wells grip topped with the finest winding nickel check in the industry. I simply love it and I might build myself an 480 in the same color scheme. This beauty will bend in Norway. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Swift Epic 580

A fresh new Epic build. The 580 in the new four piece configuration is another winner from Swift.

Designed to be a workhorse, this rod was fitted in my classic grade with a more modern look. A standard ceramic stripping guide and regular hard chrome snake guides. The slate grey wraps perfectly complement the dyed grey buckeye burl insert and Rec NS hardware set. This is a rare piece of wood I happened to come across and an insanely beautiful one. It was turned in shop and no varnish this time but oil finished for a satin look and the wood was stabilized for durability. I like the looks of it very much. The handle is the best quality cork like always, and a modified wells-snub nose shape that is very comfortable.

Folks have asked how the new four piece Epic rods cast. I did some lawn casting on grass before it headed out and I can tell you...this rod is truly up to the hype. What a great caster. Very smooth, crisp, easy loading and delivers a ton of line speed but with the smooth delivery of glass.

I'm looking forward to build more of these beauties in the near future. Thanks for looking!