This is actually the first Epic graphite rod that I built. I have tried them, and I really like them. This is the latest generation, and it really shines with a line on it. Appointed with an uplocking seat with spacer turned from sea drenched black oak, and a reversed Ritz grip with a straight nose. Silk wraps in warm brown tones and a sweet old Loop Model 1.5. This is such a timeless set up, what can go wrong...
Monday, June 1, 2020
I have a soft spot for Scott rods and the Scott heritage. That's probably why I'm so obsessed with Larry Kenney's tapers. This is a Kenney 8', 5/6wt prototype blank in 5pc configuration made for my friend Max, who is also a Scott aficionado. We decided to dress it up in Scott appointments, with a sharp, black Rec seat, a curvy Ritz grip and a spherical fighting butt. Very similar to the Scott SW rods from the 90's designed by Chico Fernandez. We tried some spiral wraps, but decided to go for sparse orange tipping Fine Tackle style. The Abel reel looks like it was made for this rod, and check out that serial number. This is an amazing combo...
Epic 476 Fastglass II is a safe bet. This rod is very tolerant for different lines and is very versatile. This build was completed in utilitarian style with a downlocking screw lock seat, and a full wells grip. Snake Brand Universals wrapped with white Gossamer silk.
Thursday, February 6, 2020
I'm very fortunate to live ten minutes from Hilevel, the biggest online shop for roadbuilding supplies here in the northern part of Europe. The owner offered me this blank for evaluation, their own 7', 3wt S-glass blank. Unfortunately this was the last one, because it's a really neat blank for brookies. It feels more like E-glass, and the weight is extremely low. Deep progressive action, on the Japanese side of medium, so to speak. Finished with sparse appointments in NS and lightweight PB snake guides. Pearsall Naples in straw. Not so much more to add. Shipping out to a gentleman later today.
Monday, February 3, 2020
Epic 476 Fastglass II in green color, finished with hardware in blued nickel silver, all cork grip and seat, Snake Brand Originals and Kimono silk. The grip features my original cork bark grip front, copied by others. This rod is for sale asking $695 including logo tube and insured international shipping. Mail/PM for details.
Epic 580 Fastglass II in amber color, finished with hardware in blued nickel silver, all cork grip and seat, Snake Brand Originals and Kimono silk. The grip features my original cork bark grip front, copied by others. This rod is for sale asking $695 including logo tube and insured international shipping. Mail/PM for details.
Sunday, November 24, 2019
Another stunning build for all Epic lovers out there. Epic 580 Fastglass II with my new favorite grip/seat configuration. It takes some time to make it, but it's light and amazingly comfortable. The slide ring is wider and has a coned profile in order to hold the reel foot better over the angled cork. Butterscotch YLI silk and chrome guides. This rod was made for a customer and is ready to ship out.