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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 2019

This year, I continue to indulge my rod building passion making fly rods on blanks that give high value and performance, but don’t break the bank. 

  • I continue my fiberglass, American-made honey Lamiglas series.  These are slow action, classic fiberglass e-glass rods that are well suited to small and medium streams fishing with dries, wets, and nymphs.  The Lamiglas factory is once again offering well-made blanks at a fair price, and the 7’0” #3, and 7’6” #4 are classics.  They are made in the USA, and you cannot buy them factory made (please see my fiberglass rods section for more information).  

 

  • I also continue making my e-glass, brown Jenkins PLG rods.  These two piece rods cast as smooth as silk using a 4 or 5 weight line.  They are very accurate, and the PLG’s performance rivals some of the higher priced e-glass available today.  Just because the manufacturer discontinued them, they are no less the great performers they have always been (see my fiberglass rods section for more information on these). 

 

  • My inexpensive Asian e-glass “Klassic” offerings are finely tuned rods in clear, or melon orange.  These blanks are imported from China by Angler’s Roost Enterprises, and I am offering these rods at a price of $195 each.

 

  • I continue to offer my one piece, gloss black e-glass small stream rods.  These are built on Batson SPG blanks in lengths from 5 feet to 7 feet.  If you are looking for a rugged, short 5/6 weight fiberglass rod, this is the one.  It can handle hard-fighting fish in tight quarters (see my information in the Fiberglass and Small Stream Rod sections).

 

  • I also have two s-glass rod lines.  The first is Livingston Rod Company’s Western Glass in 8’6,” and 8’9” lengths and #5 and #6 line weights.  Despite the “Western” appellation, these are great for bigger water anywhere.  With Western Glass you can fish indicator rigs, streamers, and big searching pattern dry flies.  I am also told they are excellent for drift boat fishing too (see my fiberglass rods section for more information).


  • My second s-glass line consists of TFO’s FSG series of 3 piece rods in lengths of 7’0” and 7’6” (see my fiberglass rods section for more information).       

 

  • Speaking of new old stock, I still have one 8’0” 4 weight, 3 piece Cortland Diamondback II rod available.  This is a dark blue S-22 glass blank introduced by Cortland in 2011.  It is a sweet-casting rod that combines the original blank with modern 2018 fittings. Please see my rods on-hand section for this, my last Diamondback II offering.

 

  • This year, my graphite offerings will include my dwindling supply of IM7 Rainforest II rods (for availability check my rods on-hand section).  For current IM7 offerings, I am providing proprietary matte-black 4 piece rods in 7’6” 4 weight, 9’ 5 weight, and 9’ 8 weight.  They are very nice performing rods at an affordable price.  I also continue to offer builds of fast action graphite MHX blanks (see my Graphite Rods section for more information on these).   

 

  • Please remember, I appreciate my many friends, and clients who have encouraged me to build some really fine fishing rods.  Contact me if you need a specific build, or if you have a blank that needs to be built out. If you need a reel seat and/or grip replacement, contact me.  If ferrules, or spigots are miss-behaving, or you need a new guide, contact me (see some of my services offered under other).           

 

Throughout these changing times, some things remain true: I continue to offer custom-crafted fishing rods on blanks that perform to the highest standards, and I guaranty my work.  I am not satisfied until you are satisfied.  --John Pretola