Thursday, December 17, 2020

Swift Epic 476

Another Epic amber build on Swift's very best 4wt. 

I love how honey-gold silk blends in with this blank color and I chose it this time again. Single and double black trim wraps also look great with the black hardware. 

Classic screw downlock Lemke reel seat, fine flor grade snub-nose half wells grip and matching winding check.

This rod is a fine example of a true modern-classic fiberglass rod. 

Sunday, November 29, 2020

Tom Morgan 7'6" 4wt.

 A highly awaited and anticipated build. 

This exquisite Tom Morgan build features some fine appointments like a gorgeous Bellinger DLSB with black ash burl stabilized wood, blued Struble agate stripping guide and burgundy silk wraps main wraps with sunburn thread accents in key areas. 

The fine "Winston grip" adds touch, feel and class to this modern, smooth medium-progressive action rod, beautiful in close but snappy and powerful enough to generate line speed if in need to reach out longer. Turning over long leaders with ease, this rod "paints" the fly on the water with utmost precision and grace, making it the ideal presentation tool at all trout fishing distances.

As with all my rods, "perfection" finishing is the "name of the game" wich can clearly be noticed from my detailed pictures. No corners will ever be cut, so rest assured the long wait to get one of these rods is well worth it.

A very special Morgan rod all the way. Have a couple more coming up in the next months, another one like this from the new series and a couple of older ones from when Tom was alive. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Fisher Phenolic Glass

J.K.Fisher Phenolic Brown Glass in 7'#5, serial number #2057 X. 

This is a NOS blank pointed out by my friend Jay Lee and I'm glad he did as these are some of the most amazing glass blanks ever created for trout fishing. 

True 5wt. progressive action and smooth as silk. As this is more of a bigger dry fly, smaller stream type of rod, I found that a Rio Creek 4wt. works wonders on it. I'm amazed of what kind of casts I can make with this faster action glass rod and that particular line. Goes to show that exceptional fly rod designs from almost fifty years ago work perfectly with most modern fly line designs.

Classic english "twist" snake guides and Mildrum ME stripping guide wrapped in rusty red nylon and white silk signature trim wraps just like on the old Winston Stalkers. Custom machined NS winding and ferrule check for looks and strength. Reel seat hardware kindly made by Nico at Yamame Fly Rods. The six inch snub-nose half wells grip is perfect in my hand and for this shorter blank.

This is a long awaited personal build. The magic Winston feel this rod has cannot be reproduced IMO. This is a piece of fly fishing history. 

Very stoked to finally have finished this rod and already fished it a couple of times. 

I have couple more of these vintage beauties for 2021, another NOS Fisher 7'6" 5wt. and a Winston 8' 4/5wt.. Thanks for looking!