Thursday, December 8, 2016

Epic Amber 686

Here is Swift's new Amber color in the also relatively new four piece 686 design. I finished this rod for a cool guy in Finland. A beautiful looking six weight for sure and even better performing. Mauri fishes for big trout and salmon in the Kola Peninsula and of course, Finland. This wicked Amber 686 will have some serious work to do in the next coming season.

The rod was fitted in my presentation grade in a special color scheme similar to a cane rod. The dark accents of the blued Mildrum stripping guide, snake guides, reel seat and blued winding check really complement this beautiful golden-yellow blank. Everything flowed together nicely as I felt very inspired on this build.

It's going to be a long busy winter and please check back from time to time for more of these beauties. Thanks for looking! 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Another Winston

Here is another Winston LT beauty I just finished. I think these classic rods are among the best designs ever made and no other company has been able to replicate or to even come close to the sweet Winston "feel" in a graphite rod yet. 

I tell the Sage guys who still don't want to take the plunge into the new fiberglass rods that they should go for a good old Winston, even in used state. 

This time I was lucky enough to find a NOS blank for this project, and I have a couple more LT's from other sources that I'll have to build sometime this winter. And it looks like it's going to be a long winter.

This is a second project on the same blank. I love how this one came out. Simple, clean and sharp.

I casted this rod on the water before it was complete and I gotta tell you this rod is a trout fisherman's dream rod. I built it for a friend here in Romania and hope he's going to have a blast on it for years to come. Thanks for looking everyone!

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 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.