Six years ago, I made one of my first Kabuto rods. That was a special build for my friend Cameron Mortensen, and the payment was an extra blank of the same taper and color. This extra blank has been waiting for completion ever since, but a few months ago I decided to pull the trigger. This is the 7'6'', 5wt taper, and it was completed with a DL Lemke seat with a nice piece of varnished Tulip wood. Light chrome guides wrapped with light brown silk, and a thin, straight Ritz grip. This rod is available through Alternative Tackle. Please contact me or the guys at Alternative Tackle.
Sunday, December 9, 2018
This rod was a challenge for me. The request was to re-configure an old 8'6'', 7wt, 2pc Fisher blank from the 70s to a 4pc rod finished in classic Winston style. We all know that Fisher rolled blanks for Winston in the 70s, and what those rods looked like. But the challenge for me was to cut and re-ferrule an old blank to a travel rod. I have made that on a few rods, but not commercially. The blank came with a brown ferrule, and I really wanted to have the white Winston ferrule. But I decided to accept the challenge, and the result is very good. Up-locking Lemke seat with a custom Rosewood spacer from a piece of wood from my friend master luthier Lars Rasmussen. Chrome guides wrapped with claret silk and a vintage Mildrum stripping guide. A very classic Montana look, and a really nice performer. This will soon ship to Finland for some salmon fishing next year.
Sunday, December 2, 2018
Seele weren't in business for a long time, but they made some great blanks. Especially the heavier blanks were quite spectacular, and this 8'8'', 8wt is no exception. Packable in 4pc configuration, with strong progressive action. Appointed with Lemke seat and tulip wood, chrome guides and Pearsall silk. Ready for the Russian salmons...
It's been a while since I finished a Blue Halo last time. The quality of these blanks is great and the color scheme is tasteful. This is a 8'6'', 7wt rod, perfect for streamers. Nature anodized Lemke skeleton with varnished tulip wood, chrome guides wrapped with Pearsall silk. I know that this rod will see some good use next summer. It's going to a close friend of mine in Finland who is also a great fisherman.
Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Here comes a taper from my Japanese friend Tomo Ijuin, who is one of my favorite taper designers in the world. This is the Ijuin Sakura 7'06'', 4wt, and has a medium-fast action and a strong butt section. It stands out among the Ijuin tapers with it's fast progressive action, and is a versatile fishing tool for trout waters all over the world. The rod was appointed with a wooden reel seat in silver maple spalted burl and NS skeleton, and a straight Ritz grip. Mildrum stripping guide and Snake Brand Universals in chrome, wrapped in pink Pearsall Gossamer silk. The reel is a Genesis Approach, designed by the talented Josh Young in Taiwan and makes a perfect match to this rod.
Monday, July 16, 2018
I have a soft spot for Thomas&Thomas rods. Over the years, I have handled a few of their last generation of glass rods, the green Heirloom series. Those rods are quite close to bamboo, with a considerable swing weight and slow action. Last year they presented the new Lotic series, also made from fiberglass. This is something different. Much lighter in hand and with a swift response. This taper is closer to the old brown Scott rods from the 80's, and perhaps also the Steffen rods. I have to admit I prefer this new design. This rod is the 7'4'', 4wt, and was completed in Fine Tackle Signature style with blued hardware and a 5.5'' straight Ritz grip. If you are looking for a sweet dry fly rod, this is a great option.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
I know that many fiberglass lovers prefer contemporary glass thanks to the vivid color scheme from many manufacturers. Personally, I prefer more dull and neutral colors on my own rods, with one exception. I have always loved green rods. The fresh green color reminds me of the mayfly season at my creek, with banks of soft grass and newly sprung leaves in the birch trees. Here comes a recent build on the Epic 580-4 blank, with a classic look and conservative appointments. Nickel silver skeleton over spalted beech wood, full wells grip and SB Originals wrapped in green Gossamer silk. This rod will travel to Gimån tomorrow to be baptized by its new owner. May the green color shine...