Sunday, September 22, 2013

New Reel Seats

The pictures below are of some up locking reel seats I am now offering on my rods. They are beautiful burls that have cork centers. The main thing I like about these seats, besides their looks, is there weight. Normally when you talk about burls they are usually pretty heavy. These seats actually have a cedar/cork center which brings the weight down considerably. The one downside to these is the cost. I have to charge an extra $125 for these. There is a lot of time put into these seats, but I think they are worth it.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Flaming and Sanding

The temperature's finally come down below 100 degrees so I have been out flaming and sanding. I am getting it all ready for my new strip sander that is coming. I currently use the Bellinger Gang Saw. This is a new tool that is replacing their Gang Saw and is called their "Strip Saw". This will cut the bamboo into perfectly straight strips and then can be milled down to the 60 degree angle pieces needed to fit the plane.

This fall and winter I will be making rods that are lightly flamed and blond.

On a different note I have some new reel seats that are available for my rods. I will take some pics in the next few days and post them.

My current wait time for a rod is 1 year. Thanks to all of those who have put orders in lately.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Hariki Ferrules

I am excited to announce that I have received my first shipment of Hariki extra short ferrules. They are slightly longer than the CSE micro ferrules, but almost exactly the same weight. There are several very well known builders that use these ferrules and feel they are the best in the world. I plan on using them exclusively for the next year to see if they live up to all the hype. Due to the cost of getting these ferrules and several other improvements I will be raising my prices. The price increase only reflects the increase in cost of materials. I strive the make the best fly rods out there and these things will only continue to help me do this.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Customer Pic

Here is a pic from a good customer in Alabama. I even like him after his football team kicks the crap out of our football team here in Missouri. Thanks Page!