I have a soft spot for Thomas&Thomas rods. Over the years, I have handled a few of their last generation of glass rods, the green Heirloom series. Those rods are quite close to bamboo, with a considerable swing weight and slow action. Last year they presented the new Lotic series, also made from fiberglass. This is something different. Much lighter in hand and with a swift response. This taper is closer to the old brown Scott rods from the 80's, and perhaps also the Steffen rods. I have to admit I prefer this new design. This rod is the 7'4'', 4wt, and was completed in Fine Tackle Signature style with blued hardware and a 5.5'' straight Ritz grip. If you are looking for a sweet dry fly rod, this is a great option.
Tuesday, July 3, 2018
I know that many fiberglass lovers prefer contemporary glass thanks to the vivid color scheme from many manufacturers. Personally, I prefer more dull and neutral colors on my own rods, with one exception. I have always loved green rods. The fresh green color reminds me of the mayfly season at my creek, with banks of soft grass and newly sprung leaves in the birch trees. Here comes a recent build on the Epic 580-4 blank, with a classic look and conservative appointments. Nickel silver skeleton over spalted beech wood, full wells grip and SB Originals wrapped in green Gossamer silk. This rod will travel to Gimån tomorrow to be baptized by its new owner. May the green color shine...
Tuesday, June 26, 2018
This rod has been on my work bench for quite some time. Initially designed as a spinning rod, my customer asked me to convert it to a short fly rod. This 5'9'' blank comes from the early production years of Sage, when they also made fiberglass rods. I have a soft spot for the old brown Sage rods, and have handled several of them over the years. But this little midge rod stands out as something truly unique, and I'm very happy with the outcome. The rod was finished with an offset cork seat with aluminum skeleton, and a 5.5'' straight Ritz. Light snake guides and chestnut silk with NCP beige tippings, very close to the original color scheme.
I have been promised to be first in line if this rod should sell in the future. It would go so well together with my original, brown Sage wading staff in fiberglass.
Here comes a recent build on a Sage Mod 590-4 blank. This rod was finished in a classic contemporary style with a Lemke reel seat and a 6'' full wells grip. The dark nickel Snake Brand guides were wrapped with Elephant silk in Kiwi color, matching the color of the writing on the blank.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
Here comes the second Mocha colored Epic Swift DH11 finished the last month. This rod was built for a friend here in Stockholm who is an excellent caster. We decided to build the rod in a sparse, contemporary style with a switch grip and a black aluminum reel seat. Snake Brand snake guides and strippers, wrapped with chestnut silk. I'm very pleased with the outcome, and it feels great to have both of these beasts ready and delivered in time for this season.
Friday, April 13, 2018
A couple of years back I decided to support a Kickstarter project from Edge Rods by Gary Loomis. The material in this blank is linen fiber which is quite similar to fiberglass performance wise, and it has less impact on our environment. Not to forget, the translucent bamboo colored blank looks pretty amazing! I brought this rod to The London Flyfishing Fair in March, and among all spectacular rods in the Alternative Tackle stand, this stood out as an eye catcher. I'm happy to say the action and taper is as good as it looks. This is an 8'2'', 4wt, medium progressive rod with a smooth tip and lots of butt reserve. Very light in hand, and slightly bigger diameter in the lower section. It reminds me of the Larry Kenney rods, which is a compliment. This rod was built in Fine Tackle signature style, with a very special sliding ring made by my dear friend Jory Ward in Utah. Jory is an amazing bamboo builder, and made this ring from bamboo shaves glued together to a ring. The rest of the rod is pretty straight forward, Snake Brand Originals and Kimono silk. Edge Rods will start producing these linen blanks during 2018, and I'm very curious about the rest of the line up. If all of them are as good as this one, they are on to something big...
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
This is one of the rods I brought for display at the London Flyfishing Fair a few weeks ago. It's a Tom Morgan Rodsmiths 7'6'', 5wt rod, produced during the time Tom was still alive. One would think that the shorter length would make it stiffy, but this is a smooth, progressive taper with medium action. Off center reel seat with NS hardware, with a flush transition over to a straight cigar grip. Chrome guides and red silk. This rod will be offered for sale through Alternative Tackle.