Tuesday, July 29, 2014

SWIFT EPIC Amber 580 Finished - #309

I finished another EPIC build this one on the 580 Amber blank. This build includes, a buckeye burl wood insert, all blued hardware, flor grade cork and olive silk tipped black. I think it turned out very nice! SOLD

Monday, July 28, 2014

EPIC/ARI Fiberglass build Finished - #308

I have now finished the EPIC 686 in Salsa build that I have been working on. I received the reel from a good client and he wanted to marry the ARI reel and EPIC rod together. This was a fun rod to build, after trying eight or so red silk threads I decided on a red that darkened to just about the color of the red on the reel, then tipped in gray. The custom flor grade cork grip with through a slight change, we started out with a straight grip but it was not quite comfortable enough so I chucked the rod back in the lathe and re-shaped, now the rod balances perfectly with the reel.

Sunday, July 27, 2014


Dave sent me a great email about his Signature S-glass 8ft 2wt!

"Hey Shane, I received my two weight from you a few weeks back. I FINALLY got out fishing last night on Emmons Creek in central wisconsin. I am blown away by this rod. I threw casts of as short as 15 feet and as long as 50 feet. EFFORTLESS and surprisingly accurate. Even my die hard graphite fishing buddy (Jimmy) demanded I hand him the rod about halfway through our evening. He was blown away too. Fantastic dude. Fantastic. You will see another order from me soon. I am going to order another rod from you. Thanks buddy! Dave"

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Hot Weather Fishies!

Client Eric sent along this email and a couple of photos after getting his new Morgan 3wt on the water.

"It's 102 this afternoon, but I wanted to get the rod bent. Found a few dumb and hungry fish. I enjoyed fishing the rod very much. These aren't the biggest fish I'll ever catch, but it's nice to get some takes less than 24 hours after you open the box on a new rod. The rod is beautiful in person and I'm super happy. Thanks for the work, hope you enjoy the photos. Cheers, Eric"

Thursday, July 24, 2014

EPIC/ARI build

I finished wrapping the EPIC 686/ ARI build I have been working on. This is not typical for me, and a bit out of the realm of the type of builds I normally do, but a good and long time client sent over the reel and wanted a build to go with it. I wrapped the rod is dark red YLI silk and after varnish is the closest I could get to the red in the reel and reel post. I elected to get rid of the winding check, and wrapped four turn tipping instead of my normal single turns so the trim would stand out better next to the bright red. The rod is now on it's way to being finished.