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The cat is out of the bag… well the fly rod is out of the rod sock.

If anyone has been wondering what happened to the blog well here it is.  I have been working on two fiberglass fly rods, one for myself and one as thank you gift to my good friend and mentor John Wood (  A while back John made me a beautiful landing net (number 50) as a gift and I made the comment that I would  have to  build a rod fitting with such a beautifully crafted net.  So I worked in secret, I let out a couple of pictures of the rod I was building, carefully avoiding letting the cat out of the bag on the second rod I was building for John.  Now that the rod is in his hands I can share this with the rest of the fly fishing world.

Rod Specs.

Johns Rod
Anglers Roost 7’ 3/4 Klassic Glass blank
Flor Grade Cigar Grip
Uplocking Lemke reel seat with Burl Madrone insert
Nickel Silver winding check
Mildrum Stripping guide
Snake Brand Original snake guides in  chrome.
Wraps are YLI 100 silk in Antique Gold finished with Spar varnish

My rod
Anglers Roost 7…

If “Cleanliness is next to Godliness”, then my work bench is going to hell.

Thanks Shane

After seeing Shane Gray (Graywolf Products and Services) post on the Graywolf Facebook page about how he puts his Varnish in smaller brown lab bottles I knew that was the route I needed to go.  I have always had the problem with not having a small enough container to use my Spar Varnish out of that wouldn’t skin over in a day or two.  I tried a small mason jar container but no luck.  So a quick trip online to Amazon and I had six of these dropper bottles on the bench in no time.  Now I work on one rod at a time, and only do a rod or two a year so not having to open my quart can of Spar repeatedly is great.  I use the dropper to dispense into these little stainless steel sauce cups I found at Sam’s club.  This allows me to mix / thin as I go and the dropper makes the ratio of thinner to varnish easy to calculate.

Slacking from the Blogging–Few pictures of what I have been doing.

Last post was some cork porn well you get to see what it was turned into.  First I built a cork lathe to make things go a little faster and with more control.  It’s not pretty but it works and it is balanced.  I wanted to try a grip style other than the standard Half Wells or Full Wells grip so I went with a modified Ritz style grip.  The blank is an Anglers Roost fiberglass 7’ 3/4 wt.Going sans winding check I just wanted a little bit of color ahead of the grip.That is Anglers Workshop 3/0 Orange Silk thread (little secret it’s YLI 100) and YLI 100 black.  The silk is without color preserver so it will go translucent and is slightly lighter than the blank color after the varnish.This is my first time working with Silk and it has a bit of a learning curve to it, here I wanted a very light looking signature area trim band so I decided to go with a 4 turn trim band.Hollow spigot ferrules, the trim band thread ends will be trimmed after the first soaking coat of thinned Spar varnish.  Ha…

So it begins again

So another rod build is in the process.  Cork came in today.  A quick summary of the componentsLemke  Nickel silver up locking reel seat with insertFlor Grade CorkSnake Brand Original Snake guidesMildrum stripping guideSilk wraps.  Either YLI or Pearsalls.Blank is Fiberglass 7’ 3/4 wt