Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sage One 690-4.

Here's another Sage build from the discontinued ONE series. 

Some folks have loved it and many have not. I can't argue its castability or light weight. 
I could really tighten those loops wich was pretty darn amazing. I have never fished it but I remember a norwegian friend who was nailing it on the 490 fishing for trout in western Norway one summer. 

I have another 790 to build later this year. Here's how this one stands out. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Steffen 7'3" 2/3wt.

Happy New Year everyone! Hope we'll all have a better year than the one that just passed. I don't pride myself with numbers of rods built, but I do take pride in the quality of the builds.

I built this beautiful Steffen rod for a good friend of mine. The 7'3" 2/3wt. is one hell of light trout rod that every creek guy should own. I preffered the 2pc. version in the past that sadly Mark is no longer making. I wish I would have kept it. Mark is 65 years old and he and his brother Tim will be focusing on just a few of their most popular models in the future.

Rod was appointed in dark hardware, dark bronze signature Lemke seat with a gorgeous maple wood insert. Wood received another coat of epoxy for that super lustrous finish. Dark nickel 8mm Struble agate with classic titanium snake guides and classic simple chestnut silk wraps.

The special leather case was crafted to accommodate two rods. A beautiful rod that will make my friend happy for seasons to come. Thanks for looking!

Friday, December 15, 2017

Morgan 8'#3

Finally finished another Tom Morgan fiberglass rod after a very long wait. I think this is from the second run of blanks Tom made, in more brownish color that red.

The new owners of TMR found Tom's "secret stash" of blanks somewhere and they were kind enough to send a couple of 803 blanks my way. Hopes are high that the new coated burgundy blanks will arrive in the upcoming year.

This is an understated, timeless style build I did for a very patient, fine gentleman in Italy. Looks like glass fans are all over the world these days.

Rod features my exclusive design Lemke reel seat with a dark burled walnut insert that has been finished in epoxy by hand (yeah, it's tough as nails), has a gorgeous lustrous finish to it and ensures a more secure fit of the reel foot as well.

A beautiful dark nickel Arguello agate guide and light wire Snake Brand guides wrapped in YLI chestnut silk are complemented by the Goldenwitch blued winding check.

Turned a slim snub-nose (mini full wells, modified) grip and I think it feels awesome in the hand. Hope you enjoy the pictures of this beautiful, "one-of-its kind", Tom Morgan rod. Thanks for looking!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Swift Epic 376

A first Mocha 376 I built for a cool guy in Germany with whom I fished last summer. I will probably get to cast this rod in the upcoming season. Until then not much feedback on how it casts, but feels super nice. Kept the fitting of this blank really simple as usual. Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sage LL. A timeless classic.

This is a very special rod built on the original Sage LL 389-2 graphite II blank, designed by Don Green in 1985, the founder of Sage

I have had this blank in stock for some time and intented to build it for myself. But since I am a big fan of the new Mod, I have decided to offer it to a friend that originally ordered a Tom Morgan fiberglass in 8' 3wt. wich took too long to build. The TMR fiberglass blanks are luckily becoming available again and I can't wait to build a couple of 803's this winter.

Long story short, this rare beauty here was appointed accordingly. Deep red silk wraps and gorgeous Struble "flamed" agate. I like Struble stripping guides because they have strong nickel silver frames and this one was perfect. The Bellinger downsliding nickel silver with varnished maple wood beautifully compliments the rusty red colored blank and has a matching Goldenwitch winding check.  The snub nose grip was not my first choice on this blank but I did it. Strap-and-ring hook keeper is  very classy but a though one to finish. 

It will soon find its new owner in France along with the James Green I built a couple of weeks ago. I hope he will enjoy every inch of this beautiful rod! Thanks for looking.