Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Here comes the midge model in the Kabuto family. This is a 6'6'', 2wt rod that also can handle a 3wt line. It was appointed with an all cork seat with a rubber butt cap, and a slim cigar grip. The guides were wrapped with YLI silk in a cold grey/blue color scheme. To emphasize the fact that this is a midge rod, I decided not to use a stripping guide on this rod. This rod will soon cross the ocean to it's new home in Maryland. 

Thursday, September 18, 2014

The Epic 480 is my favorite among the Epic blanks. This particular specimen was flattered with a home made reel seat in stabilized spalted hickory and blued brass, leading over in a 6'' Ritz grip turned from flor grade Portugese cork. Snake Brand Originals and a small, arched Mildrum type stripper wrapped with Persall Java. This rod will be hard to send away to its new owner...

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Here comes a prototype build with a custom made grip design. I have been working with this flexing grip for a while, and it came out just the way I wanted. Instead of a winding check, I made a 2" deep void at the front of the handle to allow the blank to flex freely inside the grip. It's quite labour intense to make the voided grip, and some of you might object that this can be achieved by making a ventilated grip. But there is a difference, since you don't touch the actual blank in the front of the grip. Anyway, it's an experiment and I like the performance and the looks of it. If someone asks for it, I might use it in the future. The blank is a Hilevel Green River, 7'6'', 4wt, fiberglass blank, appointed with PB chrome guides wrapped with forest green Pearsall silk. 

Thursday, September 4, 2014

This rod was built on a bamboo blank made by my friend, the old reel designer and bamboo master Ingvar Nilsson, also known as Ingvar of Sweden. It's a penta version of the famous Driggs taper, where The five strip configuration makes it a bit faster and more powerful. The rod was accomplished with a reel seat in snake wood turned by myself, and a Duronze skeleton from Ingvars workshop. I blued all hardware to give it a classic look and used Snake Brand Original guides wrapped with Pearsall Java with brown trim bands. This rod was made on special order for a customer here in Sweden. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

This is my second build on a James Green 10, 7wt blank. This is the perfect taper for grilse and large brownies in narrow spots. Loads easily and is perfect for anchored casts. This is also a great rod for skagit fishing with short shooting heads. Appointed with a Rec reel seat and a Ritz style double handed grip. Dark nickel snake guides and a light weight stripping guide, all wrapped with yellow silk and finished with epoxy.

This rod is available through Alternative Tackle in the UK. Price $695 + int. shipping per quote. 

Thursday, July 10, 2014

My reel is finally ready to hit the market. We have made ten boxed sets with one extra spool in black aluminum. I have a list of people who have confronted me over the last years, and I will contact you in order of appearance. A few are already spoken for and the rest will sell quickly, so don't hesitate! If you are interested, contact me or John Lindeman of DAP Reels in the Netherlands. The price for a set is €650.