Here comes a blank I have been saving for a long while. This is one of the original T L Johnson blanks, made from fiberglass and with a scrim of graphite in the butt section. This pale colored blank was called Retro, and here is the 8', 5wt rod. Deep, progressive action with fast recovery and smooth very feeling. I finished this rod as a trade with a fellow here in Sweden, and he asked me to build it in Shimano Freestone style. We share the admiration for this old Japanese premium graphite series, and I have a bunch of them. The appointments are perfect, with great ergonomy and balance. I tried to mimic the reel seat and grip in detail, and came quite close. The hardware was turned in-house, and the color of the blank gives this rod a very classic look. I'm very satisfied with the outcome, and I hope it will get to see some good fish this summer.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
This is a recently finished rod made from bamboo and fiberglass. The butt section was made by my friend Ingvar Nilsson, and the tip is made from translucent E-glass with a brown finish. The rod has a crisp dry-fly action, with a powerful butt section and delicate tip. This rod will be offered for sale in the near future.
I know, it's been awfully quiet for a while. We have been doing some major restoration work at home, and my hand has been tied up for over a month. But things are slowly moving forward, and the last week I have finally had some time over for rod building. Here is a recently finished Ijuin 7'03'', 4wt that was made for my friend Mark Leggett on Alternative Tackle. I have always been inspired by Japanese rod building, and I tried to appoint this rod accordingly. I hope you will enjoy the rod, Mark!
Monday, September 21, 2015
Here comes a recently finished bamboo rod made on a blank by the amazing Chris Bogart. The taper is Pezon&Michel's Fario Club, 8'5'', 6wt, 2pc in staggered configuration. The blank was appointed in typical P&M style, with the very characteristic wedding cake-styled winding check (turned in-house) and the french colored trim bands. Reel seat in Bronze anodization with an insert turned from laminated bamboo and a traditional Ritz grip. The rod was finished with Spar varnish over red silk. The rod has a powerful, parabolic taper and is ready to fish. I had the honor to meet Mr. Bogart when visiting Michigan this summer. He was a true gentleman, very humble and generous. He showed me some examples of his outstanding workmanship from the back of his car. This blank was originally order by my old friend, the reel designer Ingvar Nilsson. He asked me to finish it in P&M style, and I feel very proud of the assignment and the outcome. We have decided to list it for sale. Please contact me if you are interested.
I have been moving towards shorter tapers lately. Here comes a complete remake of a vintage blank, probably an old Fisher. It's a 6', 4/5wt rod, perfect for trout fishing in small streams. This blank was traded in, partly finished and with a not so nice, complete dip-varnished finish. It tools some time to get rid of the old varnish. After having stripped it down, I decided to finish the blank in brown tones, with an all cork grip/seat and blued brass skeleton with a rubber cap. The action is medium fast, with a good power reserve. This rod is for sale. Price $250 + $30 int. shipping.
Thursday, July 9, 2015
This is the first Ijuin Yomogi blank leaving my work shop. I really can't tell why it took me so long, because I love Japanese glass, and these blanks are very well made and the tapers are amazing. All very different, and all very good at what they were designed for. This is a 5'11'', 3wt taper with a nice, parabolic action. It loads deeply, and it was originally designed to use when teaching kids to fly fish. The short length in combination with the obvious and deep action is probably perfect for a new beginner. I turned and knurled the skeleton from aluminum, accomplished with a butt plate in green rubber. The guides were wrapped with olive Pearsall silk, and I decided not to use a stripping guide on this one. I have another Ijuin waiting on the work bench, but it will have to wait until after the summer break.
Thursday, July 2, 2015
I try to always be unique in my style and never copy someone else work. But sometimes I see something that really makes me curious, and this time I really needed to try this myself. I have been following the work of Japanese bamboo builder Katsumi Harada for quite some time, and I'm a huge admirer of his rods. I especially love the grips, and how they are integrated with the reel seat. It's somewhat related to the works of Stephen Boshoffs work in South Africa. I believe in shorter grips, where the reel is sitting very close to the hand. Mr. Harada makes this reel seat/grip on all his rods, and I can guarantee that it's very well balanced and ergonomic. The blank is a Yellow River 6'6'', 3wt, a crisp brook trout taper with nice flex curve and quick recovery, appointed with Snake Brand Originals all wrapped in orange silk. This rod is going to the highly talented leather craftsman Chris Fox, who in return is working on a leather creel for me. Chris is up and coming, and I'm proud to be making this trade with him. Check out his work at http://www.chrisfoxleatherwork.us