The Epic 480 is my favorite among the Epic blanks. This particular specimen was flattered with a home made reel seat in stabilized spalted hickory and blued brass, leading over in a 6'' Ritz grip turned from flor grade Portugese cork. Snake Brand Originals and a small, arched Mildrum type stripper wrapped with Persall Java. This rod will be hard to send away to its new owner...
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Here comes a prototype build with a custom made grip design. I have been working with this flexing grip for a while, and it came out just the way I wanted. Instead of a winding check, I made a 2" deep void at the front of the handle to allow the blank to flex freely inside the grip. It's quite labour intense to make the voided grip, and some of you might object that this can be achieved by making a ventilated grip. But there is a difference, since you don't touch the actual blank in the front of the grip. Anyway, it's an experiment and I like the performance and the looks of it. If someone asks for it, I might use it in the future. The blank is a Hilevel Green River, 7'6'', 4wt, fiberglass blank, appointed with PB chrome guides wrapped with forest green Pearsall silk.
Thursday, September 4, 2014
This rod was built on a bamboo blank made by my friend, the old reel designer and bamboo master Ingvar Nilsson, also known as Ingvar of Sweden. It's a penta version of the famous Driggs taper, where The five strip configuration makes it a bit faster and more powerful. The rod was accomplished with a reel seat in snake wood turned by myself, and a Duronze skeleton from Ingvars workshop. I blued all hardware to give it a classic look and used Snake Brand Original guides wrapped with Pearsall Java with brown trim bands. This rod was made on special order for a customer here in Sweden.
Monday, July 21, 2014
This is my second build on a James Green 10, 7wt blank. This is the perfect taper for grilse and large brownies in narrow spots. Loads easily and is perfect for anchored casts. This is also a great rod for skagit fishing with short shooting heads. Appointed with a Rec reel seat and a Ritz style double handed grip. Dark nickel snake guides and a light weight stripping guide, all wrapped with yellow silk and finished with epoxy.
This rod is available through Alternative Tackle in the UK. Price $695 + int. shipping per quote.
Thursday, July 10, 2014
My reel is finally ready to hit the market. We have made ten boxed sets with one extra spool in black aluminum. I have a list of people who have confronted me over the last years, and I will contact you in order of appearance. A few are already spoken for and the rest will sell quickly, so don't hesitate! If you are interested, contact me or John Lindeman of DAP Reels in the Netherlands. The price for a set is €650.
A couple of years back, I asked James Green to cut and ferrule a light rod with staggered ferrule. I have always had a soft spot for staggered rods. It seems somehow logical to move the ferrule further down to a more "dead" area of the blank. Here is the result. This rod is a 6'6'', 3wt taper, perfect for brook trouts. All cork grip and seat, with my new skeleton in NS and yellow rubber. This rod was made on order to a returning customer in the US.