Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Midrum For Sale

I have been cleaning up the shop and have decided to get rid of some Mildrum's that have been hoarding.

The ME's are on the left. For perspective there is a size 10 SRMC on the right and a size 9 mm Struble agate. $15 each for either size 9 or 10's.




Rod For Sale SOLD

I have an 8'3" quad for sale. It will handle both a 4 weight line and 5 weight line. It is completely hollow built. It has a beautiful Koa spacer with bright hardware. This rod is used and probably about 5 yrs old. It has my traditional satin finish with tan wraps with red tipping. This rod has a wonderful medium to medium fast action like I try to achieve in all of my rods. Price is SOLD plus shipping/insurance. Feel free to contact me with questions.





Monday, January 8, 2018

Remembering Tom Morgan

At the end of the year the TV stations always run the shows about the previous year. It made me think about 2017. For a number of years we would visit Tom at his home for lunch and discuss building rods. In the pictures below we met Tom at the El Western one year to do some fishing. The El Western was the motel Tom's parents owned when he was growing up. It is probably the coolest motel I have ever been too!

While discussing rods, Tom was always very open about what he did and the processes by which he did them. I always appreciated that about him. I think when bamboo rod builders talk with one another and they are honest and open about building there is a respect that is developed.

I didn't know him as well as many others did, but I knew him enough to look back through my pictures and smile when thinking about this particular day.

Cris








Friday, December 22, 2017

Merry Christmas

I want to wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. We are working hard on the 10 yr rods. I hope to send the first one out by the end of January. We have all the blanks completed and have begun ferruling them. Some have even had the pleasure of getting their grip.




Monday, December 18, 2017

Thursday, October 19, 2017

New Reel Seat Hardware

Here is a pic of the new nickel silver pocketed cap/ring reel seats. On the 10 yr rods I am making right now this is an option. I have two options on the stacked bamboo inserts. You can chose either Blonde or Honey. The Honey is a warm brown color that matches the color of the blanks perfectly. Sometimes I like matching the color and other times I like to offset it, like in the pic below.

I am leaving today to go to the Southern Rodmaker's Gathering. I should have a good report to post when I get home.




Saturday, July 22, 2017

Cork

I just received a shipment of 5 star cork. I plan on using this on the 10 yr rods I am currently working on. Sometimes as builders we become obsessed with things and they don't necessarily have to do with the action of the rods. I have always been a believer is good cork on my fly rods. It makes the whole product look cleaner and better. You really can't buy 5 star cork anymore. The best you can get is Flor and its debatable if it is really Flor grade. However, good cork is hard to find and its expensive.

I have attached some pics of the cork. The top row is the 5 star and the bottom row is the Flor I purchased off the large auction site. Back to the point I was trying to make in the first paragraph. The cost of the grip on the 10 yr rods will be almost 10% of the total cost people paid for the rod. That is ridiculous, but like I said we get hung up on things!