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Custom graphite and fiberglass fly rods

 

I have built fly rods, off and on, for 50 years and fished them in the tumbling freestone streams of western New England.  Woronoco, an Algonquian Indian word meaning "The place of many windings" is the location where I have chosen to create beautiful, functional and affordable fly rods.  It is a place where the Westfield River cuts through the Berkshire Hills and meanders on its way to join the Connecticut River on its way to the sea.  I live only a few minutes from some excellent trout fishing water.

My rod building is a reflection of my experiences fishing the small and mid-sized streams and ponds of western New England.  Even today I much prefer fiberglass fly rods because they require the relaxed casting stroke of bamboo without the fragility and the cost.  I also enjoy graphite rods even though they require a more frenetic casting stroke.  Graphite makes me a better long caster and I would not be without it in heavier weights for saltwater, Atlantic Salmon and wild wind and water conditions.

Even though it is a passion, rod building is still a recreation for me.  I had a day job completely unrelated to the fishing tackle industry.  Now I am semi-retired and I have returned to spend more time with my passion.  To my thinking, custom-crafted fishing rods can be tools, but also artistic expressions of the builder's and the owner's psyche.  Fly rods do not have to be made on the most expensive or the most popular rod blank to achieve that goal.

 

 

 

New for 2017

Much has changed since I wrote the above introduction more than 10 years ago, and although I am nearing full retirement from my day job, I continue to indulge my rod building passion.  I appreciate my many world-wide clients and new friends who have encouraged me and challenged me to build some really fine fishing rods that meet their specific needs.

The custom rod building industry has changed a great deal in 10 years; who could have foretold the resurgence of fiberglass fishing rods, and the ultra-high modulus graphite rods that have taken performance to new heights.

Despite the changing times, some things remain true: I continue to offer custom-crafted fishing rods on blanks that perform to the highest standards-based on performance-not high cost.  Because I now need to slow down a bit, I will be making some changes to my offerings:

  • My on-hand rods will be built to a certain price-point, but clients can still request specific components or grip shapes and configurations.

  • I will be having fewer offerings in graphite, Czech nymph, salmon, and saltwater categories.

  • Most graphite offerings will be 4 piece, but clients can get 2 piece versions by request.

  • I don't get around to tag sales and auctions that much anymore so, I won't be offering many books and used rods these days.

  • I will be adding some longer rod s-glass offerings, and some ultra-light graphite rods.

  • I will also be adding a series of pan fish/trout light power spinning rods in both e-glass and graphite.

  • I will continue to offer PayPal and ship world-wide.

  • Sadly, I have to increase prices in order to maintain a healthy bottom-line.  These price increases reflect changes in component prices industry-wide, and I must keep up.