Wednesday, October 4, 2017

James Green glass

This is a first project on one of James Green's glass blanks. This is his medium-slow "Heritage trout" series built on request for a friend in France who provided the blank. Philippe wanted a slow action rod appointed more or less in Mario Wojnicki's style. This 8' 2wt. is probably the slowest taper I've seen or built. There's a nice smooth feel to the rod but one would have to be a good caster to fish this one. Roll casts really nice and can throw some nice arrow loops pretty well with some casting work. 

The rod is appointed with a tiny Mildrum stripping guide, smallest snake guides wrapped in chestnut silk and Struble imbuya wood insert with two nickel silver sliding rings I had from my old Sage SPL I just rebuilt. Also a small fighting but with the butt plate from the SPL.

This rod is pretty unique and for a collector guy is really neat to have or someone that just wants the lightest weight glass available from an american manufacturer. Thanks for looking!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Swift Epic 888

Everyone knows I'm a light tackle trout guy. Building this "monster" Epic glass rod was quite an experience. I am most happy of this 888 in salsa and how it came out. It was a custom order but I pretty much had the freedom I wanted to make it happen. I love building new blanks and it's always something special about new builds and some "freedom of expression" is always great.

The rod features oversized Struble agate stripping guides and heavy duty chrome snake guides.  First agate stripping guide is braced for extra strength. Transparent silk wraps tipped cinnamon. A strikingly beautiful heavy duty Lemke reel seat with highly figured burl wood and matching winding check. 

This beauty will bend on dorado in Argentina pretty soon and is also saltwater "approved". I am stoked to see some fish caught on it! Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Winston LT 8'9" 4wt.

Here is another Winston LT 4wt. (NOS blank), this time in 8'9" length. This blank was supplied by a fisherman in France I happened to fish with last summer. I have another one to build later this year for a friend (379). These blanks are hard to find and they are beauties. I especially liked the 479, second favorite after the TMF. The rod is finished in classic grade (and Winston standard) with green silk wraps and bright hardware. I came across the original box elder Winston seat and a very cool vintage stripping guide wich I thought were appropiate. Rod bad and tube are my standard. Thanks for looking!

Friday, July 14, 2017

Swift Epic 580 Nude

A special rod for a special friend. Alex's second Epic rod, built in my heirloom grade. Features a "state-of-the-art" Bellinger reel seat, the lightest available, a gorgeous spalted oak wood insert turned by Alex himself, and finished it in epoxy. Arguello agate blued to match the rest of the hardware and titanium snake guides wrapped in pale yellow silk tipped black. And I almost forgot, a gorgeous black leather case was crafted to complete the setup. One-of-its-kind, this rod is truly special. Use it well Alex! :)