Sunday, January 15, 2017

First Quad Spliced Joint

My first quad spliced joint rod is about to go out the door! It has been very exciting to start making quads again. For some reason I really enjoy finishing them out. There is something about the four sides that make them have a clean look.

I have added quads to the side price list. For right now I am only offering spliced jointed rods. These will be made in small batches, generally a different length and weight each year. Right now I will probably make four or five rods a year and each will be the same. Each rod will be numbered to the slot they were made. For example, a rod will be listed as 1 out of 5 or 2 out of 4. All rods will be made to the lightest tolerances.

In the past I have made quads with other builders. From here on out it will be me from beginning to end.

Here is a pic of the first rod. Its a 7' 10" 4 weight. All cork reel seat and aluminum hardware. The total weight on this rod is 2.9 oz.

I plan on getting back on my plan of writing on the blog every week, so please check back frequently. Thanks!




Saturday, December 24, 2016

New Rod

I posted pictures a couple of weeks ago of this rod. I finally got it finished and took it to a local fly shop K & K Flyfishers. I usually keep a rod there for sale. In the last 6 months they have sold 4 rods for me.

This was a 8' 3/4 weight rod. One thing to note about this rod is it only weighed 3.36 oz. That is very light for a 3 piece rod.

I started my spring orders this week. Also, as noted before I will be adding quads this year. I purchased a new beveler awhile back and got to use it for the first time. I will post updates regularly about the progress of those. Right now I am not offering them for sale until I master the process and feel comfortable with my product.

Merry Christmas!





Monday, December 19, 2016

Reel Bags

So, about two months ago I wanted to start writing on my blog once a week. I have done that. I will try to keep it up as long as I can, so keep checking back.

Today I am posting a pic of three reel bags I have. Two just arrived. They are made by my friend Masaki Ishizeki in Japan. Masa makes rods under the Genten-Rod name. My reels were designed for the Japanese market and I thought how appropriate to have reels bags made in Japan to use with them. When I asked Masa for them he said that I don't want all the bags to be exactly the same. Its better to have the bags made from different material. I am planning on using these on all of my Hardy Lightweight Bougle's and will have to wait for spare material from other projects for him to make me more.

On another note, in last week's post I mentioned a famous Italian car company. After I did that my stats started going haywire. Normally, I have around 30-40 hits a day. All of a sudden I started having 400 to 500 and most of them from Russia. I am sure they are just interested in my rods! So I took the car name out of my last post and it has went down considerably.




Thursday, December 8, 2016

Pozo Fly Reel

I had a customer give me this reel awhile back and thought I would talk about it here. I have never seen another one like it. It is an Italian reel from a company called Pozo. It has a rough anodized gray color with wood burl. The drag knob is wood and so is the handle. It has some kind of plastic drag system. I haven't used the reel so I am not sure how affective it is.

I have owned many reels from outside the US, but never from Italy. Its always interesting to see and handle these reels.






Wednesday, November 23, 2016

New Rod 8' 3/4 Weight

This is a new rod that I am about to finish up. I normally don't label rods two different weights because I try to focus on a specific line weight. However, with this rod I tried to change that. When I designed it I made the changes for myself in mind. I have been traveling more the last past couple of years and have found that 3 piece rods work better for that. When traveling long distances its harder to travel with a lot of 2 piece rods. So I thought it would be easier to travel with just a couple of rods.

This rod is a combination of two rods. Its basically a 3 weight body with a 4 weight tip. Normally, I would use a .060 to .064 size tip on my 3 weights. This rod has a tip size of .066. Its a very smooth casting rod with a 3 Long Belly line. When I put on the 4 DT line the rod loads all the way to the grip and becomes very powerful. This synopsis is oversimplified, but with the addition of an extra ferrule more goes into the rod than just mixing and matching bodies with tips. I have also added an extra guide to the tip to add more line control.

Along the lines of this rod I am also making myself a rod that will handle 4 weight lines and 5 weight lines with the same parameters in mind. I will post pics of that rod soon.

Here also is a follow up pic to the post on what reels I use. They made them in three different sizes and I like all three sizes.

I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Cris





Sunday, November 13, 2016

Rod Repair

Sometime ago I began receiving requests to do rod repair. It started with fixing Curt Elder rods. When Curt started building rods the epoxy he used on his ferrules didn't hold up in the long run. That was probably 20 years ago. Now days the technology is quite superior for epoxies.

I have now fixed a range of makers rods. I wouldn't say I do major fixes, but I do ferrules, rewrapping and revarnishing.

Since I use Tung Oil and Linseed Oil on my rods there are longer waiting periods between applications of the varnish. So I like to fill the time with these repairs. In the below photos is a rod I just repaired and sent back to its owner. It was a Charlie Rife rod. I don't know much about this maker, but it was a nice rod and well built. The owner had put it up wet and the moisture had made it under the varnish. Also, the reel seat had swollen up. All issues were fixed and the rod is ready to go!

So far I have been pretty good about posting on a weekly basis. Please keep checking back because I have other posts ready to go and will post them each week. I have some new rods just about done so I will be posting those soon. In my last post I talked about quads. I will also be posting about how the Quinchat beveller does and the process of making quads.




Monday, November 7, 2016

Quads Soon

Last spring I purchased some new items to start making quads again. In the past I made some with Chris Moore. Now I will be doing everything myself. I have a couple of great tapers I am going to start with. My first will be a 4 wt spliced joint rod. I will probably make these in small batches. They will be hollowed into the tips like all of my rods.

I purchased forms and a beveller to do most of the basic work. I went with a Quinchat Beveller. I finally got it setup today and hopefully start running strips in the next couple of weeks.

I chose to go this route versus buying a Morgan Handmill. We will see how it goes and in the future if you see me making a post about my new Morgan Handmill you will know it didn't go so great.