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.
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
I met Markus Haldin here in Sweden a few years ago. We spent a few days fishing together, and enjoyed each others company. Markus is one of the most dedicated trout fisherman I know, and there are no white waters he wouldn't dare to deep wade. Markus Haldin is also a professional rod builder, and has a nice line-up of fiberglass rods. This is his 8', 8wt in Orange Rust, finished in pike style with durable components in aluminum and a short fighting butt. It has a strong, medium fast progressive action, but with a smooth bend. The balance is just perfect, and I look forward to take it out for a spin.
Monday, October 21, 2019
Since a couple of years we have a new rod building supplier here in Sweden, RFT Gear in Åkersberga. I have been building on their fly and spinning blanks, and the quality is outstanding. RFT Gear is acting as a tackle broker between high-end production units in South Korea and some of the best tackle companies in the world. This is a delicate subject so I won't go into details, but it's worth to remind everyone that there is a big difference between Asian blanks and Asian blanks. The Red Truck Dieel 476 is no exception. Very well balanced taper with progressive medium fast action, and perfect amount of butt reserve. All with a very reasonable price tag. Are you looking for a winter project? This might be the blank for you...
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.