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!


Sunday, July 3, 2016

Another Sage ESN.

Here is a Sage ESN 2100-4 build in a classic grade. Fitted with a classic black anodised Lemke small diameter reel seat with local walnut wood, slim snub-nose flor grade cork handle with a tiny elegant nickel silver winding check on top, dark green silk wraps and dark red signature wraps. Simple and understated, this is just a beautiful rod. 

The finish work is what sets my builds apart and this rod is finished with my utmost attention to detail, like always.

This blank model has just been discountinued by Sage (along with the One and Circa) so right now it is available at a lesser price. I love the 2100-4 because it's so light yet powerful ten foot rod that can also cast well with the proper line. Such a fun rod. Thanks for looking everyone!

Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fiberglass Fly Rods. 20'th Anniversary Edition.

One year ago, I received an email from a gentleman named Victor Johnson, an author who writes books on flyfishing. Victor wrote:

"My first book was called Fiberglass Fly Rods and it was released in 1996. It was written by my father and me as we enjoyed fishing fiberglass fly rods and felt the new graphite rods were too stiff. To be honest, we felt the book was not going to be commercially successful as everyone wanted the new graphite rods. That feeling proved to be correct and we had a hard time selling all our books for $19.95. In the period since 1996, the world has rediscovered the joy of fishing fiberglass fly rods. Now, my first book sells used for several hundred dollars on Amazon (but unfortunately I do not have any left). I have been asked by many of my 4000 readers to write a 20 year update on Fiberglass Fly Rods, wich I am currently doing. A number of people have spoken favorably about your fiberglass rods (i.e., Shane Gray, Dusty Smith, etc)."

I was extremely honored to find out that Victor wanted to write a chapter about me and my rods so he sent me an interview. One year later, the book was released and I received two copies of it. 

The book contains valuable information about fiberglass fly rods and the history behind them along with profiles of contemporary rod builders. A wealth of knowledge. To be featured among american living legends like Tom Morgan and Mark Steffen and also fellow colleagues like Shane Gray, Christian Horgren, Yasuyuki Kabuto, Zeb Tonkavich, Chris Barclay, Carl McNeil and many others was very cool and a privilege. Of course, Cameron nailed it on the foreword and his experience with fiberglass fly rods is immense.

I want to very much thank Victor Johnson for the consideration and for including me in his wonderful book and everyone that recommended me and that have been part of writing this book. I am sure many other builders that have not been featured in the book, very much deserve it. 

If you want to add this book to your library, please check Victor Johnson's website and contact him directly to receive a copy. 

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Epic 590C

Here is a beautiful Epic 590 carbon build I've finished a week ago. The blank was built in presentation grade and is one of the most sought after new rods available. A sweet finesse medium-fast action and fast recovery speed, very light weight with lots of power for that big trout on dry fly. 

Comes in a classic design with the blank having a spiraled unsanded finish. I turned a beautiful western style grip form the best cork available. The beautiful black anodised uplocking reel seat with amboyna wood (turned in house), the new Snake Brand ECOting snake guides have a gorgeous vintage patina (the most beautiful guides I've ever seen) and the amber agate guide wrapped in dark gold japanese silk coupled with my utmost attention to detail tops them all in a classy combination . 

This rod was made on order with free choice on cosmetics. Thanks for looking!