“A Fly Rod is the most wonderful, argued
about, damned, praised, cherished, cheap, expensive, beautiful, light, stiff, soft, powerful, delicate, delightful, piece
of equipment the fly angler can own.”From:
Norm Thompson’s Angler’s
This is the most profound
description of a fly rod that I have ever read. No amount of money, nickel silver, thread, agate, or exotic
woods will make it cast if the taper is not right for you.
am a traditional builder of split cane fly rods and I build one grade of rod which is the best of my work in each rod, therefore
all rods are offered at $1500. and
All rods come with a Royal Wulff Long Belly Line to match your rod.
My first commitment is to build rods that work, that is, that
work for you. I build over thirty five tapers that I fish myself. They are to be used not just admired. You
will find that my guides are somewhat over sized to cast modern lines for this reason.
My second commitment is to build the best rod that I can. I will use the best
My cane is from a pre-embargo
stash that I have had for 30 years. My reel seats are Black Ash burl inserts. Ferrules, thread check and reel seats are all
blackened Nickel Silver from Bellinger Company. (www.genuinebellinger.com) I use Agate Stripping guides framed in blackened nickel silver from J.E. Arguello (www.jea-bamboo-flyrods.com) with Bronzed snake guides from Snake Guide Co. (www.snakeguides.com) I import
Flor Grade cork rings from Portugal for grips. When I find better components, I will use them.
I build two major actions that have many models and length of each action.
The Parabolic Action by Paul H. Young and E. F.
Payne are truly the most popular and forgiving action in my collection. “A parabolic butt has an extremely low taper.
The tip has two compound tapers and is exceedingly fast in recovery. In making a cast the butt flexes clear into the hand
and can be seen and felt. On delivery of the cast the lower half of the rod gets in its power impulse while the upper half
is still flexed. Then, as the tip straightens, a seemingly second power impulse applies which straightens a long line or shoots
an abundance of line if desired.” From More Fishing –
Less Fussing By Paul H. Young. This is a rod
for big water and windy conditions, but will still work in close on the most fickle spring creek fish. Match the rod length
and line weight to the right conditions and there is a rod taper in this group that will work for you.
Length /line Comments
|Midge|| 6’3” 3wt.||A petite little rod at home on Brookie streams.|
|Para 13||7’6” 4wt. ||This
is new to my collection. A real 4wt in the style of the Perfectionist. It works especially well up close with power enough
to unload when needed. A pure joy to cast.|
|Perfectionist ||7’6” 5wt. ||This is an all-time favorite, it just seems to do everything well.|
A go-to rod when you don’t know if you will be on a small stream or a wide
river like the Henry’s Fork.
A lighter version of the Para 14 don’t let the 4wt fool you it will cast a lot of line
|Para 15||8’ 5, 6 or 7wt||This
rod cast like it is a foot longer. A large rod that will handle streamers for fall browns or steelhead on the Klamath.
This rod is a pure joy to cast. |
Tapers of Everett Garrison, E.F. Payne E.C. Powell and many others
are a smooth and accurate design. They seem to work into the lower half of the rod butt and grip as the line is extended.
These always have a reserve of power waiting to be used by the caster. These rods feel like a single power unit delivering
the energy to the line in unison with the power you transmit from your hand. Simply said you seem to have complete control
of distance and accuracy without the expense of energy.
|Pro 12 7ft||7’ 3wt.||This is a delicate
and accurate rod with plenty of authority.|
|Pro 12 7ft 3 in.||7’3’’ 3wt||A neat rod that is not little, lots of power and still lite |
|Pro 13 7'6"ft||7’6” 4 or 5wt|| This is one of my early successes. It seems at home anywhere.
The rod I use more than any other. |
4 or 5wt||A very smooth version
of my first successful taper. Similar to the Pro 137’6” just longer. Truly a rod for all seasons. The 4wt
is a rod with just a bit more finesse|
4wt ||Pure trout rod for the person who loves a lite action in an
eight foot rod.|
|Pro 14 8’
||This rod has found favor with dry fly fisherman on large water
where a big fish maybe encountered.|
My rods are from 6’ to 8’9’ in almost all of the popular tapers. They are all
two pieces and are all solid built to enhance the taper. They are finished with eight coats
of hand rubbed spar varnish by the French polish method. Unless otherwise ordered my grips are cigar shape
in the E.F.Payne tradition and with up-locking reel seats. Thread is gray with maroon trim; it will look translucent and gray
to tan depending on the light, after four coats of varnish. Nickel Silver hardware is blackened.
Striping guides are J.E. Arguello Black Nickel Silver with agate insert. All
rods come with two identical tips in a cotton bag and brass capped aluminum tube. Each rod
comes with a bamboo and cork ferrule plug.