Monday, May 14, 2018

Sage ESN 2100

This has been a very popular Sage build over the years. This rod can pull out monster trout, yet is forgiving and nimble when nymphing. And it can dry fly fish if conditions ask for it.

The rod was fitted with single foot guides (some guys preffer them) and my "standard" western handle, uplocking Bellinger reel seat with a gorgeous NOS Struble gongalo alves wood insert and beautiful deep green wraps tipped yellow here and there.

It is the last old ESN 2100 blank build so I'm looking forward to building some of the new models.

This rod was commisioned by a friend. Thanks for looking!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sage Mod

Finished another of the very popular Sage Mod series. Kept it light and simple. It's not that fish care about what rod you are using, but this rod with its striking appereance and fishability will turn some heads on the trout stream. HA!

Basically if one wants to fish both light nymphs rigs or euro-nymphing and dry flies this is the perfect 9' 3wt. rod to do it. It has the power to cut into some wind yet be delicate enough to protect 7x tippet with smallest dries on longest leaders. I fished all season last season on small-medium water and some bigger tailwater with flies up to size #24. I used it for euro-nymphing in smaller water,  standard to large dries in broken fast running freestones and small cdc flies in tailwaters.

Of course it would be best for more open water but the fact that it can be loaded in close (if one needs a longer rod on smaller water) is great. There are not many 9' rods these days that have an ultralight feel and can fish in close well.

And because the rod is very line picky, I found very few lines that this rod likes. I would mention Orvis Clearwater wf3, TT Plus wf3 and SA GPX wf3 (3 1/2wt. lines). I haven't found the Rio Gold to be best on this rod because of the longer head. Basically any shorter head wf line will do the job best with this rod.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Special rods. London Fly Fishing Fair.

Here are some pics of the rods I built for the London Fly Fishing Fair. A Morgan glass 8'#3, a vintage J.K. Fisher Phenolic Glass (or the so called Light Line Glass) in 7'6" #3 (70's blank), the legendary Sage LL 8'9" #3 (NOS graphite III blank) and a vintage Steffen graphite in 8'6" #4 in three pieces and a rare blue color. There were a couple more glass rods I built for Alternative Tackle so a pretty comprehensive line of rods to say so with both modern and vintage designs .

I had the privilege to meet highly named builders like Kazutomo Ijuin, Chris Barclay, Christian Horgren, Nico Vreugdenhill, Luke Bannister and Callum Gladstone (Luke and Callum make some incredible bamboo rods) and other fantastic individuals. The show was an absolute blast. The level of the craftsmanship was as high as can be expected, the number of rods  that each builder brought was impressive and surely this was a  great time to show that glass is actually alive and kicking.

Huge thanks to Mark and Zack at Alternative Tackle for making this event possible. It was a great privilege to be a part of it!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

The "thought" rod.

Yes, you've guessed well. This is another Tom Morgan 803 build and my last one unfortunately. My intention was to fish this rod in the gin clear streams of Romania this season. It could be a keeper or it could not. For me, even if a rod is highly collectable, if it doesn't cast and fish like it was intended, most likely will find a new owner. But this rod has a feel that no other rod has. It has the distinctive Winston "feel" but then it has even more due to the fiberglass material and magic touch of the great man and rod designer, Tom Morgan.

I took a bit more time to cast this beauty and..indeed this rod has an amazing touch and feel. Until the fishing season there are still a couple of months. Meanwhile this rod (and myself) will be present at the London Fly Fishing Fair thanks to Alternative Tackle 's  kind invitation to be part of this event along with other highly respected, very talented rod makers around. I feel very honored to participate and I hope to see some of you folks that follow and like the stuff that I do in London on the 23-24'th of march at the Alternative Tackle booth. Come and try a rod out at the casting pool and talk fly rod stuff. Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Sage One 690-4.

Here's another Sage build from the discontinued ONE series. 

Some folks have loved it and many have not. I can't argue its castability or light weight. 
I could really tighten those loops wich was pretty darn amazing. I have never fished it but I remember a norwegian friend who was nailing it on the 490 fishing for trout in western Norway one summer. 

I have another 790 to build later this year. Here's how this one stands out. Thanks for looking!