For more information & photos of these rod tubes, please visit the Leather Accessories page.
Please contact me to discuss the leather rod tubes you need for your fly rods.
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I've recently made some improvements to the leather covered rod tubes that I make in my shop. I thought I'd like to let you know about them.
I've started to use a better quality, vegetable tanned leather for these tubes. You can choose between light brown (shown here) or mahogany - the same colors as the leather fly wallets I make. This is very good leather with a natural grain. No two pieces are the exactly the same & will have a slight distressed look, or will show some grain in the leather.
These leather rod tubes are hand stitched in my shop & feature a lid that is fit snugly to the tube, which will ‘pop’ like a ferrule on a bamboo fly rod when opened. It also has snap closures & an adjustable, removable shoulder strap. A very fine way to house you most precious fly rods.
Just like the canvas covered PVC rod tubes, these leather tubes can be made to fit most size of fly rods, to an exact fit for your rod. The heavy canvas shoulder strap is not only adjustable, but easily removed for convenience when traveling, or packing the rod tube.
The aluminum tube used here is heavy-walled (1/8" thick) which makes these tubes heavier than what you're most likely used to. We use these heavy tubes because if you're housing a special rod, you want to protect it well & a thick, strong tube will do just that.
As these tubes are special order items that are made completely by hand, there will be a short wait time for them to be made for you. You can pay in full up front, or if you prefer, a down payment of half the total can be made to begin the tube, the second half due only after your rod tubes are completed.
For more information & photos of these rod tubes, please visit the Leather Accessories page.
Please contact me to discuss the leather rod tubes you need for your fly rods.
I hope that this will be the only time I address this issue concerning the COVID-19 virus. Since you've no doubt heard about this issue & the fallout from it, I wanted to let everyone know that I am still working on rods & accessories, still taking orders, & continue to ship orders out - just as I did this morning. As I work from my little workshop, I've not had to make any adjustments to how I conduct business. So, please feel free to contact me & we'll continue on just as we always have from a custom rod & accessories perspective.
However, it is not business as usual for the Pennsylvania Fish & Boat Commission. They have announced changes to the trout season & to the adult trout stockings throughout the state. They will not be allowing volunteers to assist in the stocking this season & they will be consolidating stream stockings. What this means is that your favorite stream will be stocked with trout in only a few places where access is easy from the road (think:bridges). In addition to that, your stream might be stocked only once this year, rather then the stockings being spread out across the prime months of the trout season. Yes, trout will migrate, but only so much. If you fish stocked waters & go far from the road, you will probably notice a decrease of the trout population.
This is a shame, as the volunteers who assisted the Commission stock trout (of which I am one) did a lot of work to make sure that the fish were spread out so that the trout were not overcrowded & put in spots that offered food & shelter. This certainly allowed for more fish survival & better fishing. I don't envy the Commission folks who have to do the stockings all themselves. It will be a huge task without the aid of the volunteers.
I hope that you all stay safe & healthy as we go through this trouble & that it passes quickly. Please know that I'll be here, working on all your fly rods & accessories every day, so please feel free to reach out & contact me. As I said at the beginning, I hope this is the last & only time I need to address this issue. Stay safe, everyone!
I think this tune by the Doors states it all very well:
I've said here numerous times that I love to see photos of my rods in the places where they get fished. I really get jazzed at seeing all the cool places my rods go.
Last year I was honored to make a bamboo fly rod for John. He wanted a special rod that could be a family heirloom. This rod had to be one that would be right at home fishing his local trout streams in the Sierra mountains of California. But there was something else - John had a trip of a lifetime planned out that he wanted to christen the rod on. He was going on an epic journey around the southern hemisphere!! Particularly, he wanted this rod for some fishing he was going to do in Patagonia.
We figured out a rod that would work well in both locations. We settled on a three piece rod, so that it would travel well with shorter sections, but still fish nicely, too. This rod came out great with John's choice of wrap colors, reel seat wood, etc.
After John & his wife, Sharon got back from this fantastic trip he told me all about the journey & the fishing. Man, was I thrilled to read about that!!
The photos above & the below are of John casting his custom made bamboo fly rod in Patagonia. I was honored to make a rod that took a trip around the world!! Thank you, John & Sharon, for sharing your journey with me!!
off to a very busy start.......
This year has been off to a very busy start in the rod shop. There will be a lot of nice rods going out the door for the early trout season. One such rod is this custom fiberglass that will see action in many places this year:
This is just one of a few rods that have gone out the shop door so far, with many more to come!!
Do you have need for a special accessory or a custom fly rod? Please let me know about it, I'd love to discuss it with you. After all, if the groundhog is correct, we'll be seeing some hatches on the streams before too long!!
As another year has flown by, it's time once again for my annual "State of The Rod Shop Address" to you all. It really is amazing how quickly this year passed for me. I've been making rods full time for over fifteen years now & each year seems to go by faster than the one before. I'm pleased to report that the state of the rod shop is better then it's ever been!!
It was a very busy year in the rod shop. It began with a lot of leather work, making some of the best leather accessories I've ever produced. I was able to introduce a couple styles of leather reel cases that I've been wanting to make for years. Both clamshell & D-block style cases are now among my offerings.
These were a bit of a challenge to figure out, as I make them with mitered corners, which leave no visible seams in the case. In leather working, it is the top of the craft to produce a leather box or case with mitered corners. There's only two people in the market that make reel cases this way - & I'm one of them. I'm very proud of these reel cases!
In addition to adding these reel cases, I also redesigned the leather fly wallets I offer. Through the years of making my old style fly wallets, I had different ideas on how to make them better, to bring them up in quality. Well, I believe I've done just that. Now they're made from vegetable tanned leather, they have 100% wool felt pages that have their borders cut with a pinking cut, & they are lined on the inside with a black suede leather. Talk about an upgrade!!
I was also honored to make some really nice custom fly rods this year. Here are just a few of them:
This was the year I finally jumped into the 21st century (well, sort of) by getting onto instagram. I must say that I was surprised - no, shocked - at what I've seen going on there. I am blown away at all the talented folks out there - so many people sharing their passions & work & stories there. It amazes me just how much talent is around in the world. The internet continues to amaze me. The instagram experience has reminded me just how much this sport of fly fishing brings so many different people together from all over the world.
I say this almost every year in this address, but I sincerely mean it: the greatest part of being a rod maker is all the nice people I get to meet & work with. I've been so blessed by rod making that it blows my mind! I have friends & clients from all over the world, people of all different backgrounds, even some famous names you might recognize, & all of them are like you & me - they love fly fishing. I'm so honored to know & work with such awesome people from all walks of life.
I was having a conversation with a friend earlier this year & the discussion of money came up - what would you do if you won the lottery or suddenly came into a fortune. We've all had these thoughts. I didn't hesitate on my answer, which was that I would be doing exactly what I'm doing now. Sure, I'd love to be able to afford a brand new truck, have a nicer home & bigger work shop, be able to buy the fancy bread at the grocery store - but even if I had more money than I could spend I'd still be making fly rods. I would because I love it. It's my passion. I get up every morning & can't wait to get to work. I'm not the smartest guy in the world, but I'm pretty certain you can't buy that. I am so blessed to do what I do every day & to work with all of you. Thank you all so very much!!!
To that end, I'm excited to start the New Year. I have a new leather accessory in the design phase now that I hope to introduce before the spring fishing season comes around. I have some other very cool fly rods planned out to make & I'm currently working on a bunch of rods for folks who have ordered them. I plan to hit the new year running. I'm looking forward to working with you folks, making new friends, & continuing to produce the best work I possibly can in 2020.
Happy New Year to you all,
may it be your best one yet!!!
To all of you who celebrate the Holiday, I wish you all a merry & blessed Christmas!!
To celebrate, please enjoy this great version of the Wassail Song by a wonderful piano player & my friend, Phil Aaberg:
I also must share with you my favorite version of one of my favorite tunes of the season as well. It reminds me of the reason for the season!!
There are a lot of talented rod makers out there. When you decide to have a fly rod custom made for yourself, you have a lot of choices. It seems that every time I look at the work of the really good custom rod makers I'm impressed & inspired by the quality of their work.
Recently, I was honored to be considered with two of the better rod makers working today - JP Ross & Shane Gray. Both of these guys produce excellent fly rods, so I was truly honored to be counted among these folks in a recent article by Bang For Your Buck Outdoor Reviews.
The article focuses on rods of graphite, fiberglass, & bamboo. I was featured for my work in bamboo fly rods. This was truly an honor for me. Anytime someone takes notice of my work it makes my day. Seriously, as rod makers we work long hours, alone, & it takes a constant discipline to ask yourself many times if the work you are doing is at the level it should be. When someone praises my rods, it reaffirms to me that I am on the right track in my work.
Thank you to Bryan - the brains behind Bang For Your Buck reviews. I truly appreciate - & am humbled - by his kind words about my work. Heavy in detail, the article is very well thought out & written (& I'm not just saying that because I was mentioned - it really is!)You can read the entire post about the three of us rod makers HERE.
If you like what you see & are interested in having a custom rod made for you or a special angler in your life, please feel free to contact me & I'll be happy to answer any questions that you might have.
If you're looking for a unique gift for a stream or river angler, you can't go wrong with the canvas fishing bags I offer over on the Accessories page. These fishing bags are a great alternative to wearing a heavy, bulky fishing vest. They're made from top quality duck-canvas material for strength & reduced weight. Plus, they are available in three colors: green, brown, & black - & in two sizes!!
Each bag features all of the following:
- Wide, adjustable shoulder strap making them very comfortable to use all day long.
- 2 D-rings on each side for hanging accessories like nippers, landing nets, etc.
- 2 lamb's wool drying patches for your flies.
- Inside center loop perfect for hanging your hemostats or other hook removers.
- 2 large front pockets with velcro closure big enough to hold your fly boxes, fly wallets, or most anything else.
- 4 smaller side pockets with velcro closure made to fit tippet spools, flotant tubes, split-shot containers, & any smaller accessories.
- 6 small grometted ventilation holes on the bottom to allow water & moisture out & air to circulate inside the bag.
- Full cover top flap with snap closure.
- Fully lined inside with a stain & water-resistant lining, making these bags very easy to clean inside.
These fishing bags are made & designed to last a lifetime of heavy fishing & will hold a lot of weight. One of the reasons for that is because the flap, back, bottom, & front are all one piece of canvas. There is no bottom piece or bottom seam to tear out on these bags. The body of the bag is all one piece for maximum strength. Plus, the the pockets are reinforced - the bag is two canvas layers thick at each pocket!! All this adds strength to the material. It won’t rip & it’s very resistant to punctures.
The lining of these bags is not only sewn in at the edge seams, but also fused onto the canvas of the bag. This means that you can’t pull it away from the material – it’s attached everywhere. By sewing the liner in & fusing it to the canvas this greatly reduces the risk of the liner ever getting torn or ripped.
To read more about how these bags are constructed, please click HERE.
If you're looking for a unique fishing gift for that special angler - one that's made to last a lifetime - then please consider these fishing bags.
For more information about these bags & to see more detailed photos, please visit the Accessories page of this site.
If you have any questions about these fishing bags - or anything else - please feel free to contact me & I'll be happy to help you.
I've just published this year's Holiday Gift Guide to help you find that perfect, unique gift for the special angler in your life. On the list of items you'll find a gift idea for every budget, including some of the most popular items I make & offer.
Everything from fine leather accessories like fly wallets to leather leader wallets......
........to these classic & unique canvas fishing bags........
.....even the popular Mini Pack.
These & more accessories are listed on the Holiday Gift Guide.
If you're looking for a truly memorable gift for your special fly angler this year, you can't do better then a custom fly rod!! But how can I know what they would want their fly rod to be? To solve that issue for you, I offer gift certificates for custom made fly rods. You make a down payment on a rod (or pay in full if you prefer) & I'll send you a personalized gift certificate for a custom made fly rod that you can wrap up & give to your angler. Then after the Holidays, they contact me & your angler & I work out all the details of what they want their fly rod to be. This makes it so easy for you to get them a custom made fly rod!!
Maybe you don't fish but you're looking for a fly fishing gift for a loved one & you've stumbled upon my website? I understand how confusing & difficult it can be to get a good gift for a special angler - especially if you don't fish yourself. If you aren't sure about a fishing related gift idea, please feel free to ask me any questions you have - even if it's about something I don't offer. I'm here to help in any way that I can. I want to make your Holiday gift giving as easy as possible for you. I'll give you my honest opinions & advice where I can.
I sincerely thank you for considering my products & services this Holiday season. Please contact me with any questions that you might have.
No matter how you celebrate the season, I want to wish you all a very Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays!
The leather fly wallets that I make in my shop are now available in two colors of leather. You can now choose between the mahogany or light brown colors!
Originally, these new style fly wallets were only available in the mahogany color. I decided to add the light brown leather to my offerings to give folks some variety & choice. I think the brown leather makes for a very nice fly wallet. Just like the mahogany wallets, the light brown ones are made from high grade vegetable tanned leather & will have that rich leather smell that is a pleasure to the olfactory senses. It also shows off the natural grain of the leather nicely as well.
The inside of each wallet is lined completely with black soft suede leather, too. This gives the inside of the wallet a distinct look & helps to protect items you keep inside. These wallets are elegant both inside & out.
The stitching is done in a heavy duty black thread that ensures these wallets are made to last for a lifetime of use. Every edge of these wallets are dyed black & polished for beautiful finished edges. Every detail has been attended to in these fly wallets.
The six pages are made from 100% wool felt in a natural oatmeal white color. Thick & durable, each page features a scalloped, or pinking, cut edge to facilitate easier turning of the pages & to keep the edges from fraying over time.
For more information about these leather fly wallets & to see more detailed photos of them, please visit the Leather Accessories page. If you have any questions, or to place an order, please contact me. I'll be happy to help in any way that I can.
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