Flyrods Without Compromise
I strictly limit the demands on my time so that the temptation to cut corners never arises. Quality work demands that no compromises are made in materials. Tonkin cane is carefully selected for each individual rod. Only the finest nickel silver hardware and ferrules I can make are used. Select hardwoods are used for reel seat fillers, each individually turned in my shop. Cork grips are hand-formed from the finest cork rings and custom shaped for each rod. Only the finest silks are used to wrap the best guides available.
The heart of a good rod is its taper. Though I have developed my own tastes in rods and build only on my own tapers, much is owed to the classic tapers of Payne, Leonard, Young and Dickerson. I know my rods well; let me help you choose one you will enjoy.
I’m accepting orders for late 2019. Custom rods have been my forte’ since the beginning in 1994. Rods are available from six feet to eight and a half feet for lines two through eight. The input of each client is sought in every design aspect of each rod, from cane and wrap colors to hardwood fillers to grip sizes and shapes.
Rods smaller than eight foot six weights feature shop made nickel silver downsliding reel seat hardware. Rods eight feet in length and for line weights six and heavier offer (for an additional cost) the option of down-locking threaded seats as well. Stripping guides are banded agate or other semi-precious stones. Wraps are chosen to coordinate the color scheme of the entire package.
Custom Two piece rods are $1995. Three piece rods are $2295. Hollow building and other options available at additional cost.
My Rod Making Specialties
My rod making specialty is three-fold.
- First, powerful, medium to medium-fast rods that fit today’s casting styles and fishing requirements.
- Second, very light line bamboo rods in two and three weight formats. The tips are so fine on these rods that many modern makers are reluctant to attempt making them.
- Third, hollow built rods have become so popular that about 1/3 of my rods are built hollow. The heart of a good rod is its taper.
Rod Design Options
Hollow Building Option
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