Thursday, November 19, 2015

Steffen 8' #4/5

A heirloom grade quality Steffen rod. Along with the legendary 3/4 and 5/6 wt. Steffen Brothers make, this newer 4/5wt. taper is one of my favorites. The rod can cast a Rio Gold wf5 very smooth and at any fishing distances. Big river dry fly fishing or light streamers this rod will shine. I preffer the four pieces versions over the three pieces because of the slightly faster action. This rod will have a different feel than say the Epic 580 due to the different materials, tapers and ferrule design, but both rods are serious contenders in the five weight fiberglass category.

The rod features one of my Lemke signature reel seats with an exceptional maple burl wood insert than only Joel is able to do (honestly I've never seen one like it), a gorgeous Struble medium amber agate guide, one exceptional Goldenwitch blued nickel silver winding check that complements the reel seat perfectly. The silk I used was something new in a so called dark gold color. Love how the wraps turned out after epoxying. Handmade leather case. All in all this is just a beautiful, classic fly rod.

The rod was sent to Mark Leggett at Alternative Tackle in the UK where it is now available. About the Epics, there will be five limited edition 580's soon available and I'm doing all my best to have those ready by the end of the year. Morgan blanks, those are a painful long wait to get and I'm hoping they will be here soon. Meanwhile, I managed to ruin my old Nikon camera in a fishing session so I've been experimenting with a new one. Hope you'll enjoy the pictures. Thanks for looking!


Jay said...

Looks so clean and classy.

Richard Croft said...

Congratulations on another beautiful rod. The Steffen 4/5 wt. 3 pc.that you built for me is a delight to fish and my go to rod for stream and river fishing and I am sure that if this 4 pc. is half as nice, the new owner will fall in love with it. As always George, a top notch project. Your talent as a rod builder shines again!

Regards & best of the season,
Richard Croft

George Minculete said...

Thanks for the kind comments guys! Richard, the field feedback is important to me. Very glad the rod's working for you. Cheers, George.