As we celebrate the birth of our nation here in America, I hope you all have a safe, healthy, & happy 4th of July!!!
Happy 4th of July!!!
A lot of time & work go into making the clamshell & D-block reel cases that I offer on the Leather Accessories page. I'd like to talk a bit about some construction details of these cases. Hopefully this info will help you to better judge the quality of fly reel cases & leather cases overall.
Whenever you make a case, box, briefcase, piece of luggage, etc that's made from leather & requires stitching, we use a particular type of stitch called (you guessed it) a "box" stitch. Whenever two pieces of leather meet to form a corner in a case, there are a couple of ways to do this.
The first way to join two pieces of leather in a case together is called a butted joint. This is where the leather of one piece simply butts up against another. Almost every reel case you'll ever see uses this method:
This butted joint will leave one of the two pieces with it's end grain showing, as you can see from the photo above. The advantage of this type of construction is that it's much faster to make cases this way. In fact, they can be sewn & mass-produced on a machine when the leather is joined butt to butt.
This is NOT the way my reel cases are made.
The way I join the leather pieces together in my reel cases is to use a miter joint. The leather is cut down on the edges to a 45 degree bevel by hand with a specially shaped knife that is kept very sharp. When the two pieces of leather are stitched together there is no raw edge, end grain, or seam showing.
It takes a lot more time & skill to make cases this way & once mitered, they can only be hand-stitched. Just one glance will show you how much neater & cleaner the edges & corners are in a case made with mitered edges. Compare: the photo below shows a mass-produced reel case that was machine sewn & made with butted joints or seams.
Take a closer look at those seams to examine the butted joint:
Now compare that to the seams & edges on my cases, which are made with mitered joints & stitched by hand:
To the best of my knowledge, besides myself there is only one other reel case maker who uses this method of construction (mitered joints), & he is generally considered the best in the industry. There's a reason why, out of every craftsman & company making reel cases, there's only two of us making them this way.
Maybe in the grand scheme of things these are just details - one seam versus another - but when you're looking for the best made case you can get for your fly reels, those details add up. I want these cases I make to be among the best you can get. A quality case will protect your fly reel, in style, for a lifetime.
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Hope you're all having a great season on the water so far!!
I'm so pleased to now offer an affordable custom fiberglass fly rod. These rods are for those of you looking to get into fiberglass fly rods to see what all the fuss is about, or if you just want a custom made glass rod without the investment.
Here's how it works: You choose your rod blank & components. Then, once you & I have all the details settled about your rod I ask for a down payment of half the total to begin. The wait time for me to make your Prudential Glass rod is only 2 to 3 months, maximum (depending on if you have any special requests) maybe less. That's only two payments of $162.50, one to start, the other only after the rod is completed!!
You choose your rod blank from the different sizes & colors available. These include:
1.) 6'-0", 2/3 wt, smoke grey color w/ tip over butt ferrules.
2.) 7'-0", 3 wt, clear glass color, spigot ferrules.
3.) 7'-6", 4 wt, yellow or light green color, spigot ferrules.
4.) 8'-0" 5/6 wt, grey smoke color, spigot ferrules.
5.) 8'-0", 7 wt, brown / orange color, spigot ferrules, faster action.
6.) 8'-6", 5 wt, light grey color, spigot ferrules.
Here are some of the rod colors available:
You can also choose your grip shape from the Fenwick style, Reverse Half-Welles, or Full Welles shapes:
You have your choice of reel seats as well. You choose either up locking, or down locking; chrome, black, or antique gold color metal. Choose your spacer between maple, cork, walnut, or burl.
Like any custom fly rod, you have your choice of line guides, tip top, & hook keeper in either chrome or black finish. Those guides are wrapped in fine silk thread & coated with real varnish for smooth wraps - just like a bamboo rod. You can choose the color of thread wraps you want.
There's also a personal inscription of whatever you choose written above the grip on the butt section. One side of the rod will have my name, length, line wt, etc & the other side will have whatever you wish.
If that wasn't enough, for the price each rod comes in a custom fit canvas covered PVC rod tube & also a soft cotton flannel rod bag. Each are made specifically to your rod for a custom fit.
I am very excited to offer these rods. They are an opportunity for you to see just how fun it can be to have a custom rod made for yourself, but without a huge investment of money & time on your part. I ask for a down payment of half the total to begin the rod ($162.50). Once I know what you want & have received your first payment, I'll begin work on your rod. You'll receive hard copy receipts for your payments & I'll keep you updated, with photos, as your rod progresses. Most rods will only take 2 to 3 months to complete at most, unless you have a unique request for your rod. Once the rod is completed & your second payment made, I'll ship the rod out & provide you with a tracking number so you can follow it in transit. Payments can be made by check, money order, or via Paypal.
To read more about these rods & to see detailed photos of all your options, please visit the Fiberglass Fly Rod page of this site. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me anytime & I'll be more than happy to help. It really can be this fun & affordable to own a custom fiberglass fly rod!
I'm very pleased to now offer these traditional style D-block style fly reel cases:
These cases will house any classic or modern reel, regular or wide spool, up to the dimension listed for each size. While this style of case is traditional to makers such as Hardy, Farlow's, & other English reels, it would make a fine home for any fly reel. I make these cases, by hand, in my shop.
These D-block cases are made from heavy 9 oz leather to offer plenty of protection for your fly reel. The chestnut colored leather has been treated for a smooth, flawless appearance & feel. A brass stud closure & strap makes it easy to open & close the case.
These cases are constructed with 'French' hand-mitered edges, making for perfect corners on each seam. They are hand stitched in a traditional box stitch & made to last a lifetime.
Each case features a Sherpa lining inside to both wick moisture away & protect your fly reel.
Standard leather color is chestnut (shown above), but other colors of leather are available for a small fee: black, brown, chocolate, & London tan.
Over on the Leather Accessories page, you'll now see the clam shell reel cases that I make available in three sizes. I recently added a larger case to accommodate salmon & saltwater reels.
These cases are designed to house both regular & wide spool reels. Of course they're also perfect for any classic style, hard rubber, vintage fly reel or any reel that's special to you. The three sizes are:
-Large: will accommodate any fly reel up to 4" high x 3" wide (from back plate to top of handle)
-Medium: will hold any reel up to 3 1/2" high x 2 3/4" wide (from back plate to top of handle)
-Small: any fly reel up to 3" high x 2 1/2" wide (from back plate to top of handle)
A few years ago I had a request from an angler for a much larger version of the leather fly wallet that I make. Upon making it for him I came up with the idea of another accessory I call a "fly book".
These fly books were fairly well received by anglers, but I always thought there were a few ways I could improve them. Well, over the winter I made many big changes to the leather fly wallets I offer, making them from far better materials than in the past - so I figured I'd take the time to redesign the fly books, too.
Now these fly books are made from a much better, heavier vegetable tanned leather in a rich chestnut color. Instead of using a snap, they now feature a stud closure. This makes it much easier to open & close them (& looks better, too).
Instead of having pages in them made from the old material that wouldn't accept barbed hooks, they now have two large pieces of 3/4" thick wool to hold the flies. This wool will accept hooks with & without a barb & is thick enough to wick away a lot of moisture from your flies, plus it acts like padding for any delicate hackles, wings, tails, etc.
Another big improvement to these fly books is the addition of side panels. These do two things: they keep your flies from being crushed & it it keeps anything inside the wallet from falling out the side. This is a huge improvement!
I designed these fly books in response to requests mostly from salmon & steelhead anglers for their larger flies, but you could easily also store any wets, nymphs, or streamers in them of any size. Over all these improvements really make these books strong & sturdy. They're almost box-like in their construction.
two sizes: large & small
I make these fly books in two sizes & there is quite difference between the two.
The small book is made to fit into a large pocket of most fishing vests. Closed, it measures 4 inches x 6 inches wide & is 2 inches thick. It weighs only 6.8 ounces empty. There's plenty of wool inside to carry enough flies, no matter their size, for a day on the water making this book a very convenient way to carry your flies with you.
The large book is made to be more like a piece of luggage for your flies. It's really big! When closed it measure 6 inches x 8 inches wide & is also 2 inches thick. Now you might not think that two inches in both directions is that much bigger, but let me say that you can hold a ton of flies in this large book!
While the small book was made to carry with you along the stream, the large book is too big to fit into most fishing vests - though it would fit into a shoulder bag, if you carry one instead of wearing a vest when you fish. Rather, many anglers actually own both sizes. They store their flies for an entire trip in the large book & load up the flies they'll need for the day into the small book to carry with them. Together, they're a great set of matching pieces to house your flies.
You should note, that even the small book is much larger than my traditional fly wallets. The wallets are a very popular accessory that I make, but these newly designed books are catching up with them quickly. Try one - or both - & I think you'll see why. When you use all three of these items together (fly wallets, large & small fly books) you'll have a wonderful system for housing all your streamers, wets, nymphs, steelhead, & salmon flies.
For more information about all these items, please visit the Leather Accessories page. If you have any questions about anything you see there, please feel free to contact me & I'll be more than happy to help you.
It's been a very busy winter here in the rod shop & in between rods I've worked worked out some new accessories that I've always wanted to make. One of those is this newly designed fly book:
As you can see, this book is made from a thicker, sturdy leather in a traditional chestnut color. It features two side panels that help to protect delicate flies from getting crushed & also will keep anything from falling out of the book. There's nothing like reaching your hand into a pocket to find a loose fly - ouch! You won't have to worry about that with this fly book.
The thick wool lining inside the book will hold plenty of flies & it's thick enough to wick away tons of water from your flies. Plus it adds plenty of padding to protect delicate hackles, wings, & tails.
While these fly books are perfect for streamers or larger salmon flies, you could store any size of nymph or wet flies in them as well. The gorgeous, flawless leather is infused with waxes during the tanning process to make it water resistant - water will bead up on the outer surface of these books.
These books are available in two sizes:
-Small: 4" x 6" x 2" thick
-Large: 6" x 8" x 2" thick
For more information & to see more detailed photos, please visit the Accessories page of this site. If you have any questions, please contact me. I think anglers are really going to like using these new leather fly books.
Well, we've made it to spring!! In order to celebrate (& clear out some items that are taking up space in the rod shop) I've reduced the price of all available rods & some select accessories as well.
At this time the available rods include this 6'-4" bamboo fly rod. It's one of my favorite & versatile tapers as it can be used on small streams up to medium sized rivers. It's got a great action & would be a great addition to your rod arsenal.
Also listed now is this 4'-4", one piece bamboo "Banty" rod. Among ultra-light fly anglers this rod is very popular. As it's a one piece rod, there's no ferrules to interrupt the action & it's a great rod to use for small, tight quarters but you can also catch lake bass on it, too!
Maybe the best bargain among the available rods is this 10'-0", 4 pc, 5/6wt Custom Series graphite rod made on a Thomas & Thomas DNA switch rod blank. What's truly unique about this rod is that while it's made on a switch rod blank, it was made up with a traditional grip & reel seat for single handed casting. This is a great rod for high-stick nymphing, or in any conditions where you need more line control on the water. This rod will roll cast like nobody's business, too. Check out the rave reviews about the T&T DNA switch rods & I'm sure you'll like what you see. Finished out in high end components -including an agate stripping guide - this rod is the highest grade of graphite fly rods I make. At this new reduced price it is a great bargain.
In addition to rods, I've also reduced some select accessories, too. These leather fly books are great for holding a ton of flies, or larger salmon flies. Check them out on the leather accessories page.
On the same page as the fly books above, you'll also find a couple of leather fishing bags. These are perfect for a day along the stream & now you can get them at a bargain. I have only one of each, black or tan.
If all that wasn't enough, I'm continuing to list select overstock canvas reel cases at a steep discount. These are offered in a bunch of different sizes & colors. Once these overstock cases are gone, they're gone, so check them out! You can see all these discounted reel cases on the Available Accessories page.
If you're looking to add a new rod to your collection or you just need a great accessory as you gear up this spring for another season, be sure to check out all these bargains. If you have any questions about anything, please feel free to contact me & I'll be happy to help you out.
I've just added another case to my list of accessories - a leather clam shell-style fly reel case!
These cases are made from heavy 9 oz vegetable tanned leather in a traditional chestnut color. The leather has been treated for a smooth, flawless appearance & feel. Each case features a Sherpa lining inside to both wick moisture away & protect your fly reel.
A brass stud closure makes it easy to open & close the case. These cases are constructed with mitered corners of the leather for seamless edges & stitched in a traditional box stitch to last for a lifetime of use.
These cases will hold any reel up to 3 1/2" high x 2 3/4" wide (from back plate to top of handle), accommodating both regular & wide spool fly reels.
*more sizes coming soon!
For more information & to see more photos, please visit the Accessories page.
If you have any questions about these cases, please contact me.
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These rods are available right now. please Go to the "Available rods" page for more details:
10'-0", 4 pc, 5/6 wt