Friday, April 23, 2021

Monday, March 22, 2021

Troutbum series

Here's another one of my custom, semiparabolic fly rod series. 

This classic fly rod has the action of days forgotten, that is nearly impossible to find in the contemporary graphite fly rods. Most rods on the market these days have a progressive, tip or mid-tip flex action.

A semiparabolic rod behaves like a progressive medium action rod when casted lightly, then when adding a bit more power the butt section comes into play. 

Basically the rod's easy to load in full every time and does the job nicely with a deliberate casting stroke. 

I would compare this design to the older Sage Circa series wich I really liked, but it's softer and more playful.

The feeling in casting when accessing the lower end of the rod is sweet, great when striking fish or when drying up a fly with little line out past the rod tip.

Classic style build all the way with my usual appointments.

Here are a few pics of this special build. Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 26, 2021

Swift Epic 686

Swift Epic 686 olive just finished. 

I received the blank and a nice reel seat from a gentleman, who happends to be a rodbuilder too. He wanted something special and allowed me to work my ways into it, wich was great.

All dark nickel hardware, clear olive silk wraps tipped charcoal and screw downlock classic Lemke reel seat with a small fighting butt in dark grey-blue anodized finish with a dyed green wood.

Subtle in appereance, the custom nickel silver winding check was blued to closely match the reel seat. Details that make all the difference sometimes.

This beautiful rod deserved an exquisite handcrafted leather case. 

I didn't have much on hand to match the olive blank but I came across something nice. This beige leather was an elegant choice despite the fact that I was a bit skeptical about it. 

Custom screen printed logos look sharper and better than ever on it.

Very happy of the end result! If one may be thinking this is another one of those "too beautiful to fish" rods, well rest assured they are built to last.

Thanks for looking.