4/6/18:  Ijuin Yomogi 7’03” 4wt

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4/6/18:  Epic 686 4pc. FastGlass I

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4/6/18:  Steffen 8’6″ 6/7 3pc.

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12/31/17:  Epic 480 Amber

Missed a bunch of builds this year but they’re well documented on Facebook and Instagram.  I’ll finish the year with this Epic.  All cork is not something I do often but it def. results in a light trout rod.  Little details and a clean build.

7/25/17:  McFarland 8′ 6wt.  and 8’6″ 7/8 Vintage Lamiglas S

A “Dirty Martini” blank from Mike McFarland.  8′ 6wt feel like a lighter 6 in hand… I thought it originally may go 5 even but Mike was correct w/ his weight (as expected!).  Rod features 6.5″ grip, box elder seat insert, clear lemon wraps tipped gold.  The seat is two tone and is of my design using a base seat from Joel Lemke.  This is the first screw lock I’ve done in this way but it seems like a promising way of getting a more custom locking seat but still maintaining some manufacturing control and creativity.

This one is off the Pacific NW for some big trout and light steelhead.  Blank is an all-time fav. vintage Lamiglas S.  These are bold and translucent.  Rod features a 6.5″ Ritz style grip w/ an uplocking seat over cherry crotch insert.  Subtle brass accents round out the vintage style build.