Sunday, March 26, 2017

Sage ESN

Here's another Sage ESN 10' #2 I finished recently. Have two more blanks on hand that need to be finished for this season's fishing. I haven't yet seen the new black ESN series but heard they are sweet.

This build here is my classic grade, clean build as always, looks sharp and will last a long time. I came across a new epoxy formula recently that's supposed to be less toxic but I still use my old one for the inscription work. 

Here's how this build stands out. Thanks for looking!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Bannister glass

Recently I have been contacted by Luke Bannister, the famous bamboo rodbuilder in the UK, to build a rod on his new glass blank design, made by CTS in New Zealand. 

This 7' 4wt. has one of the quickest action I've seen in glass so far. The rod is a clean build overall with light cinnamon wraps tipped darker and black hardware. Reel seat is birds eye maple wood with Lemke uplock hardware. 

The rod was also treated with a gorgeous handmade leather case and the combo is really neat.

This rod will become available on Luke's website soon and I look forward to building more of these cinnamon blanks in the future.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, February 24, 2017

Hanak Competition 396

Here's a unique project on an exclusive blank I received from Frantisek Hanak in Czech Republic. This was a special occasion as they don't sell blanks to the general public. 

It's been a while since I last built a rod with single foot guides but folks say they are better for short line euro nymphing techniques. I can't argue with anyone but I'm a snake guides guy in general. 

This rod has a very nice color scheme in chestnut wraps over light brown blank, local walnut wood insert and beautiful wooden check turned in shop transitioning from cork to blank. A gorgeous leather case was crafted to fit in this color scheme. 

This is a a truly great light stick for nymphing and some big river dry fly action. Heirloom quality grade.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, January 21, 2017

Slate 686

Somehow the Universe works its magic everytime and another awesome Slate Epic from the very low run of blanks Swift made one year ago found its way to me. I could not be more stoked to work on this beauty for a first build of the year. The blank was sent in by some cool guy along with a gorgeous Ari'T Hart reel seat made by the famous dutch maker of reels. The otherwise "boring" slate color matches perfectly with the bright chrome accents. The dark red accent wraps along with the my red signature add a little bit of color to this unique build making it a very cool one. Thanks for looking and wish you all a killer new year!

Friday, December 23, 2016

Sage Circa

A sweet "old-school" Circa 7'9" #3 I have finished this week for Dan, in Utah. Dan fishes small and medium sized streams for trout, similar to what I fish here and some bigger ones. He likes rods that are very clean and understated. Dan is a fan of Dave Lewis work whom he has met personally. He has a few Dave Lewis made rods in his collection and knowing his taste on rods, it inspired me on this build. I have built another rod for Dan in the past and this Circa is pretty much built in the same style.

I had a NOS Struble D2S NS amboyna seat and it looked like the perfect touch on this fine blank. A small Mildrum stripping guide and classy Universal snakes wrapped in Pearsall light olive silk tipped green complement the green-tea blank perfectly. My finish work makes this Circa a very special rod that is not only beautiful to look at, but will last a lifetime or more. I haven't got to cast it yet but feels like a great ultralight rod with power. Even better that my 589-4 favorite or 389-4 in the series. The Circa was discontinued recently and it is the slimmest, slickest blank Sage has made so far. Many will still preffer something shorter than the current ultralight series they have now. The 7'9" length is spot on for small stream fishing.

I removed most of the factory simbols on this blank but the SAGE logo. Turned out very simple and elegant in the end. Maybe very similar to the famous Sage LL series? 

Thanks for looking and Merry Christmas everyone!