Fiberglass Fly Rods
The resurgence in fiberglass fly rods has produced some excellent modern glass offerings. Two types of glass are now available: the slow-to-medium action e-glass; and the slightly faster s-glass. There are also glass-graphite blends and graphite that mimics glass performance on the market. You can even find glass that mimics graphite! The angler has never had such wonderful choices to make in fiberglass!
While I may provide s-glass rods in the future, I continue to offer proven e-glass builds in configurations that I personally fish. This includes manufacturers’ blanks such as Anglers Roost, Lamiglas, Jann’s Netcraft, and Batson SPG. These are tried and true off the shelf blanks supplied to rod builders. You cannot buy these as a production offering from any of the big rod houses. While I use most of these blanks as is, I do modify some of the blanks including the Lamiglas 6’0” and 7’9”; the Netcraft 7’6”; and the Batson SPG small stream rods.
Lamiglas Fiberglass Fly Rod Builds
Honey Lamiglas 7'6" #4 weight with uplocking UL3 reel seat
Lamiglas honey e-glass blanks remain full-flexing and slow action; demanding a very relaxed stroke. These rods have a powerful butt section with a full-flexing tip that surprises graphite anglers with its deep flexing accuracy. Best for casts under 50 feet, these rods are easy on the shoulder and relaxing to cast for the person who wants to get away from the “rat-race.” Honey Lamiglas rods are manufactured in the USA.
My Lamiglas honey-colored e-glass rods are 2 piece with tip over butt ferrules. Components include down-locking or up-locking aluminum reel seats with hand turned cork grips and the guides are chrome coated stainless steel. Rods are available in the following lengths:
6'0" 3 wt, 2 piece $388
A special build for someone who wants a truly slow action 3 wt. short rod.
6'6" 3 wt, 2 piece $388
This is a very slow short small stream rod.
7'0" 3 wt, 2 piece $401
The sweetest honey Lami, it is great for first-time glass users who want a 3 wt. slow action rod.
7'6" 4 wt, 2 piece $403
An overall favorite, the 7'6" is a slow action rod that can do it all, and a nice dry fly rod. My favorite for dry flies on the Massachusetts Swift River tailwater.
7'6" Honey Lamiglas build in aluminum down-locking reelseat with cocobolo wood spacer and hand-turned 6" cigar grip. The wraps are sunburst with dark brown trim.
7'9" 3 or 4 wt, 2 pieces with staggered ferrule $403
This is my personal favorite: a 7'0" 3 wt. Lami with an extended butt to make it a 7'9" rod. It offers more tip action and better line control on the water. Because most rod builders consider it wrong to have the butt section longer than the tip, you might be considered a little zany by some when you use it.
My 7'9" Extended Lamiglas Fly Rod
8'0" 5 wt, 2 piece $407
The 8'0" is the heaviest line weight option in Lami slow action glass and a good performer.
Honey Lamiglas rod with all-aluminum reel seat, cigar grip, and candy-apple red, black, and white wraps.
"Klassic" Glass Small Stream E-Glass Rods
This is my inexpensive light-line e-glass rod series. These rod blanks are designed and sold by Angler’s Roost as a new fiberglass light-line offering, and they are one of my best sellers.
They are moderate action rods with a very supple tip and a less pliant butt section. These rods are sweet - casting in a way that is a refreshing change from many of the soft-butted Asian glass blanks you see nowadays. These “Klassic Glass” thin walled rods feature a fairly quick response with little tip bounce and the action is progressive. As with many Asian-made blanks of this ilk, there may be minor manufacturing imperfections, but these rods are a great buy for the price. And,They cast the line they are rated for-where have you seen that lately?
I build a lot into these rods. I personally inspect and spine each blank, and plug the end of the spigots with foam and a layer of epoxy, and I make certain the spigot fit is correct.
My build uses a hand-turned AAAA quality cork grip, and a highly functional up-locking reel seat. I use chromed stainless steel snake guides and a chromed wire stripper with wraps of brown silk with beige tipping. The wraps are coated with uv-resistant low-build epoxy for long life. I pack my “Klassic Glass” in a flannel rod bag within a black abs shipping tube that doubles as an indestructible rod case you can just toss into your car. For additional information, visit my "Klassic" glass entry under Small Stream Rods.
The color is "melon orange" with brown wraps and biege tipping
Now, also offered in white with clear wraps and orange tipping
I build them in five lengths:
6'0," three piece, 1/2 weight
6’6,” three piece, three weight (pictured)
7’0,” three piece, 3/4 weight
7”6,” three piece, 4 weight
8'0," three piece 5 weight
I am offering these at $189 each – a quality build at a good price-and I guaranty it.
Black E-Glass Fiberglass Blanks
I also offer a medium action glass rod made by Jann's Netcraft. For those in the know, house brand blanks such as these represent good value. Although they lack the prestige (and high ticket price) of big name brands, most tackle houses put a great deal of effort into offering an effective rod. After all, they are putting their name and risking their reputation on them.
Netcraft glass rods are moderate glass action, 5/6 wt. gloss black lightly-sanded glass rods. They are a little faster than the Lamiglas but still have a traditional fiberglass feel. I offer this rod in three sizes: 8’ tip over butt ferrule; a 7’6” 2 piece model; and a staggered ferrule, 7’6." Grips are better grade half-wells and full-wells with aluminum down-locking or up-locking reel seats. Stripping guides are traditional chrome/stainless ring, or hardloy ceramic with chromed stainless steel snake guides.
8-0. 5/6 wt, 2 pc. $295
This is my personal go-to rod for with traditional nymphs, wet flies, streamers and dries on medium-sized streams.
7-6. 5/6 wt. 2 pc, tip over butt staggered ferrule $295
I remove 6 inches off the butt of the 8’ blank for those who prefer the same action in a 7’6” length.
7-6. 5/6 wt. 2 pc. $295
I also offer a 2 pc, 7-6 that I modify by removing 3” from each section for those who prefer even sections.
8' Netcraft with uplocking blackweave seat and cigar grip. Wraps are black and old gold nylon.
Netcraft black 8' fiberglass rod built in Harnell colors (Red and yellow). I have made this my personal rod and I have had many pleasurable days astream with it using wets, nymphs, and dries.
Black Small Stream E-Glass Fly Rods
Since 2012, I have offered a popular series of e-glass short, small stream rods that are built on Batson Forecast black-finished SPG fiberglass blanks. Batson sells the blanks as 1 piece spinning rod blanks, but the models I choose make excellent short fly rods. I am currently offering my small stream fly rods 1 piece. These are designed to handle 4, 5, and 6 weight lines depending on the casting styles of the user. Rod lengths are 4'4" (banty), 5’, 5.5’, 6’, 6.5,’ and 7' lengths. Cut and ferruled 2 piece models are available by special request. These are great specialty rods and each comes with a matching rod bag and my black ABS capped tube.
4'4" 1 pc. $290
5' 1 pc. $290
5'6" 1 pc. $290
6' 1 pc. $290
6'6" 1 pc. $290
7' 1 pc. $290
Small stream rod "hero picture" from a client in northern Maine.