Monday, November 13, 2017

Swift Epic 376

A first Mocha 376 I built for a cool guy in Germany with whom I fished last summer. I will probably get to cast this rod in the upcoming season. Until then not much feedback on how it casts, but feels super nice. Kept the fitting of this blank really simple as usual. Thanks for looking!








Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Sage LL. A timeless classic.

This is a very special rod built on the original Sage LL 389-2 graphite II blank, designed by Don Green in 1985, the founder of Sage

I have had this blank in stock for some time and intented to build it for myself. But since I am a big fan of the new Mod, I have decided to offer it to a friend that originally ordered a Tom Morgan fiberglass in 8' 3wt. wich took too long to build. The TMR fiberglass blanks are luckily becoming available again and I can't wait to build a couple of 803's this winter.

Long story short, this rare beauty here was appointed accordingly. Deep red silk wraps and gorgeous Struble "flamed" agate. I like Struble stripping guides because they have strong nickel silver frames and this one was perfect. The Bellinger downsliding nickel silver with varnished maple wood beautifully compliments the rusty red colored blank and has a matching Goldenwitch winding check.  The snub nose grip was not my first choice on this blank but I did it. Strap-and-ring hook keeper is  very classy but a though one to finish. 

It will soon find its new owner in France along with the James Green I built a couple of weeks ago. I hope he will enjoy every inch of this beautiful rod! Thanks for looking.









Monday, October 23, 2017

Fishing season 2017

This year has been a great season here in Transylvania, discovered and explored many new places, caught lots of nice fish on light gear. To showcase many of the fishing trips I did with friends and foreign fishermen I uploaded a few short films on youtube. Feel free to check them out and enjoy! #flyfishtransylvania


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

James Green glass

This is a first project on one of James Green's glass blanks. This is his medium-slow "Heritage trout" series built on request for a friend in France who provided the blank. Philippe wanted a slow action rod appointed more or less in Mario Wojnicki's style. This 8' 2wt. is probably the slowest taper I've seen or built. There's a nice smooth feel to the rod but one would have to be a good caster to fish this one. Roll casts really nice and can throw some nice arrow loops pretty well with some casting work. 

The rod is appointed with a tiny Mildrum stripping guide, smallest snake guides wrapped in chestnut silk and Struble imbuya wood insert with two nickel silver sliding rings I had from my old Sage SPL I just rebuilt. Also a small fighting but with the butt plate from the SPL.

This rod is pretty unique and for a collector guy is really neat to have or someone that just wants the lightest weight glass available from an american manufacturer. Thanks for looking!










Friday, September 22, 2017

Swift Epic 888

Everyone knows I'm a light tackle trout guy. Building this "monster" Epic glass rod was quite an experience. I am most happy of this 888 in salsa and how it came out. It was a custom order but I pretty much had the freedom I wanted to make it happen. I love building new blanks and it's always something special about new builds and some "freedom of expression" is always great.

The rod features oversized Struble agate stripping guides and heavy duty chrome snake guides.  First agate stripping guide is braced for extra strength. Transparent silk wraps tipped cinnamon. A strikingly beautiful heavy duty Lemke reel seat with highly figured burl wood and matching winding check. 

This beauty will bend on dorado in Argentina pretty soon and is also saltwater "approved". I am stoked to see some fish caught on it! Thanks for looking!
















Monday, August 14, 2017

Winston LT 8'9" 4wt.

Here is another Winston LT 4wt. (NOS blank), this time in 8'9" length. This blank was supplied by a fisherman in France I happened to fish with last summer. I have another one to build later this year for a friend (379). These blanks are hard to find and they are beauties. I especially liked the 479, second favorite after the TMF. The rod is finished in classic grade (and Winston standard) with green silk wraps and bright hardware. I came across the original box elder Winston seat and a very cool vintage stripping guide wich I thought were appropiate. Rod bad and tube are my standard. Thanks for looking!