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!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sage Mod

Finished another of the very popular Sage Mod series. Kept it light and simple. It's not that fish care about what rod you are using, but this rod with its striking appereance and fishability will turn some heads on the trout stream. HA!

Basically if one wants to fish both light nymphs rigs or euro-nymphing and dry flies this is the perfect 9' 3wt. rod to do it. It has the power to cut into some wind yet be delicate enough to protect 7x tippet with smallest dries on longest leaders. I fished all season last season on small-medium water and some bigger tailwater with flies up to size #24. I used it for euro-nymphing in smaller water,  standard to large dries in broken fast running freestones and small cdc flies in tailwaters.

Of course it would be best for more open water but the fact that it can be loaded in close (if one needs a longer rod on smaller water) is great. There are not many 9' rods these days that have an ultralight feel and can fish in close well.

And because the rod is very line picky, I found very few lines that this rod likes. I would mention Orvis Clearwater wf3, TT Plus wf3 and SA GPX wf3 (3 1/2wt. lines). I haven't found the Rio Gold to be best on this rod because of the longer head. Basically any shorter head wf line will do the job best with this rod.

Thanks for looking!