Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Loop Cross S1 590, finished with a leftover Greyline metal seat from another Loop project. This rod was made as a gift from me to a friend of mine, whose son is one of the most talented young fly tyers in Sweden at the moment. I remember myself at that age, no money but plenty of time. Fish it hard, Petrus, this one is for you.  

Epic Fastglass II 580 in amber color, finished with a Lemke threaded uplocking seat in solid black over varnished cork. Black snakes and stripping guide in premium quality from Alps, wrapped with butterscotch Kimono silk. This rod has been baptized by a friend in Swedish Lapland, and landed at least one 4lb brown trout. Wonderful taper from Carl McNeil of Epic Swift. 

Tom Morgan Rodsmith, 8', 5wt. Finished in classic Winston style, with "German nickel silver" skeleton over Turkish walnut insert. All made in the shop. Butt cap in black delrin gives it that utilitarian, 70's style. Love it. Scarlet silk wraps over chrome guides and a tungsten stripping guide with a raised frame in old Orvis style.  

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Some of budget blanks are surprisingly good, and this is one of them. Pacific Bay Rainforest 7'6'', 4wt is a graphite rod perfect for brook trout fishing in small creeks with high grass. 7'6'' is slightly longer than most of the brookie rods I use, but the extra length lifts the line over the grass and is still very accurate. I have been keeping this blank for a couple of years, but decided to build it and let go of it. 
Finished with 6061 Alu skeleton and a straight Ritz grip. Another favorite of mine is to use a snake guide in stead of a stripping guide. It works fine on short distance and gives the rod a sparse look. 

The new Epic 476 Fastglass II is a crisp little trout rod. The 4pc configuration makes it very packable, and I really appreciate the semi-sanded snake skin finish of the blank. This particular build has a new, integrated grip and seat design, with an ergonomic and smooth profile. Reel seat hardware in brushed 6061 aluminum, and silk wraps in green Kimono.  

This is one of the original Tom Morgan Rodsmith blanks from the time when Tom was still alive. This is an 8', 4wt customer build, finished with an offset reel seat with NS skeleton and a straight Ritz grip. Super smooth taper, very close to the Winston Stalker rods back in the days. This rod is heading across the pond to its new home in Michigan. Who knows, it might be fished during the Hex hatch in June...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

This is my first Epic 580-4 in the new Fastglass II version. It's a tad lighter and crisper than the previous version and feels like an improvement. The translucent butterscotch blank has a fine, riffled texture and the finish and fit is superb. Light walls and rolled with perfection. The color goes perfectly with the tulip wood insert dipped in fat, tung-oil varnish. The downlocking Lemke skeleton has that perfect utilitarian 70's look, and the chrome guides gives the build a fresh look without becoming blingy or over the top. The Epic story continues...