The first little 2wt 4 piece pack rod is completed and ready to go. It packs down into an included 23 inch rod tube so its easily transported into those more remote headwater fishing spots. You can see all the details for this glossy green fly rod here.
I’ve recently emerged from the rod shop with some additions to the FFSC crafted fly rod collection. The line up mostly features 3wt rods with the exception of a new 6wt bass rod. Every rod includes a rod tube and free standard shipping to US addresses. Please check them out here to see what I’ve been up to. There will also be some more rolling out in the near future. There’s a 4wt in the works as well as a couple really neat 2wt rods.
Its never easy, but sometimes in a way, you’re glad to see them move on to bigger and better things. In fact this was more of a new friend than an old one, but it doesn’t make it much easier. Last week I shipped off the switch rod I built to its new home out in Idaho. I hope it will find what its looking for out there, and quite honestly I hope it doesn’t return.
It’s 10′ 8″ graphite blank with my custom steelhead buck paint job will we stalking great waters in search of real steelhead. Something it could never find around here. The closest challenge in this neck of the woods may have been a striper or a redfish, but this rod was about the steelies from the get go. So go west young fly rod and make me proud.
The switch rod build has been coming along very nicely, and is nearing completion. The paint scheme has reached what should be it’s finished appearance. The only thing remaining to be done, is adding the rod fisnish over the paint job for protection from the elements and give it a lot of depth.
It took fourteen different colors plus a few layers of clearcoat throughout the process to ultimately achieve the final look of the steelhead buck shown below.
The new switch rod build is coming along nicely, and I have been focusing on painting the steelhead pattern this week. There are a few pictures below that show the process up to its current stage. There are still a few more colors to add, but the photos below will take you from the primer up to the addition of silver pearl and iridescent gold.
Remaining colors to be added include transparent green, yellow ochre, wicked red, pearlized magenta, and white pearl. It’ll start looking more like a steelhead pattern as we progress into part 2 of the color scheme.