More Custom Series Examples.....
Here in this example, the client wanted a rod that could stand up to the wind on western lakes & big rivers. The rod also had to be able to cast dry flies & smaller to medium sized streamers as well. Because of the larger waters this rod would see action on, the client requested that the rod be longer in length & a 3 piece. So we came up with a rod taper that could be powerful enough to handle the situation, yet wouldn't be too much like a buggy whip with it's longer length. It turned out to be a 9'-6" rod able to handle a 6 or 7 weight line.
As for cosmetics, the client wanted the bamboo to be lighter in color & the metal to have a bright polished finish. They also requested a maple burl wood reel seat spacer, orange silk wraps tipped in black, & an agate stone stripping guide to go along with the wrap color.
Another cosmetic touch was to have the reel seat metal feature some custom engraving, too. (special thanks to master engraver Glenda O'Donnell for her help with this project)
Fitted with the best quality hardware available, I think the rod came out very nicely. It should perform exactly as the client requested & it's a stunning rod to look at, too. A unique rod for this person, there won't be another just like it anywhere in the world!!
Here is an example of what we call a rod with tiger stripes. This is where the bamboo is treated as usual in the building process, but a torch is taken to the bamboo to scorch, or heavily darken, certain sections of the bamboo. When the bamboo is split & the strips staggered, this creates a unique pattern on the rod.
Here, the client ordered a one piece 4'-4" "Banty" rod. Along with the tiger stripes this rod also featured dark blue wraps & line guides in a reverse British twist.
On this rod the client had specific requests. They wanted a mortised rod with a full sized grip & lighter wood so that it would stand out against the bamboo. In addition, a screw-locking reel seat with wood slightly darker than the bamboo was used. Hand made line guides in a British twist were also added to the rod. Concern was given dealing with a full sized grip that it might interfere with the rod's action, but using a soft wood proved to be the answer. The rod can cast line very well.
In addition to all the rod features, a special rod case was requested as well. Here the client chose to have a square, heavy-walled aluminum case with wood end caps & leather accents. All in all this rod is a beauty that has a smooth action. It looks good & fishes good!!
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