… all of the road trip rods  have been sold  …contact me for more info… any rods seen on this page can in part or in entirety be reproduced…

             Here are a  few pics and descriptions of the rods I made this summer for my “Indian Summer” road trip later in September…of those shown here in these pictures, three of which are “Rainmakers” and two are “Native Angler” series rods…a few versions of my special edition rods I sell.

 

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I used some special Osage Orange I have been saving for the reel seats…wood I harvested 25 years ago from a true monarch of a tree that was struck by lightning during a twister…the annular rings of this tree are especially highlighted here in the reel seat inserts by the way they were cut and turned on the lathe.

 

rm_11…here are some of the rods I made up especially for the “Indian Summer” road trip…

       All of these except for the top one have my signature “western” style cork grips…the top one( an 8’2″ 6wt.) has a version of the” full wells” with an extended butt. I matched up length a weight rods for the various types of angling I will be experiencing on the trip.

             I doubt that many have ever seen Osage reel  seat inserts done in this specific way…it has some of the most incredible iridescence of any wood I have ever worked with…changing color at the “flick of the wrist” literally…I turned these from a cross cut section from a tree that was 75 years old at the time with a girth of about 16″…giving some grains that are never usually seen from standard “flitch cut” or quarter sawn logs.

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  This wood has many monikers…its scientific name is Malclura pomifera …another one of my favorites is “Bois de Arc” , after the term coined by french explorers & trappers in the early to mid 1800’s due to the fact that they saw Native Americans using this wood for their bows…”wood of the bow” translated…”BoardArk”, a well known version in the west …coming from the inability of some folks to pronounce the french dialect.

 

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Whatever its called it is my favorite wood for sure…something I used to make long bow and re curve bows from back when I had an archery shop…my Son shot his first deer with a bow I made for him from some of this batch…I made and sold lamination’s from this particular tree to construct over 100 bows and handles on knives too…its only fitting for me to use the “best of the best” to accent some of my special hand made bamboo rods I am focused on nowadays with my shop.

 

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 note: as of November 3rd all rods that I will be selling from this batch have been sold except rod#3

~rod collection description & details~

1.“Native Angler” series, 7′ 3 weight 3 pc.

…a great rod for smaller dry flys …

2.“RainMaker” series ,No. 24/100 an  7 & 1/2 foot 4 weight 3 pc.

…a rod size  I like to use for either wet or dry’s…

3.“Native Angler” 7 foot 8″ 4 weight 3 pc.

…another”all arounder” especially for “packing in” …

4.“RainMaker”  No. 25/100, an 8 foot 5 weight 2 pc.

…a great size and weight for some of the spots that hold some bigger fish…

…perfect taper for pitching dry’s or even some light nymphing…

5.“RainMaker” , No.26/100, an 8 foot 2″ 6 weight 2 pc.

…the rod style I like to fish the bigger dropper rigs and streamers with…

…I made this rod especially for the big browns this fall…

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These rods also have my special accents of elk antler and decorative hand split sinew braiding…all the guides are also hand wrapped with split sinew and coated with epoxy for not only protection from the elements, but also to show off the extra special colors and textures of the antler and sinew.

I made rods that would try to fill all the angling situations I will be encountering…from fishing very small dry flies in Cheesman Canyon to pitching some big streamers at the Fontanelle tailwater in Wyoming or the frying pan and roaring fork rivers in Colorado. 3 weights to 6…2 and 3 piece models from 6 &1/2-8 feet long…

 

 

Eventually the rods in this collection will be sold,(a few are being listed now in the  new rods in stock!   page )…well there might be one or two I keep for myself, but I really want to get a chance to display them to folks on my tour and also use them for what they were intended for…fishing ,my favorite spots on earth, at my favorite time of year, with some special friends !

I intentionally stopped making up ferruled blanks this summer for sale so I could get a few rods done for myself…those blanks have been very popular, which is great, but I can only make up so many.

There are actually a few more rods in this collection than shown here…but these pics should give a pretty good idea of what I made up…also included in the collection is a 9 foot 3 pc. 6 weight with an extended butt…and a 6 & 1/2 foot 3 weight 2 pc…both are “Dream Maker” series rods…with blonde colored bamboo.

 

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There is a standard theme with the rods I make, but every one has a personality of its own…I try to blend the “Blonde” , spot flamed or fully flamed bamboo coloration with varying shades of  antler,  sinew and of course different grains of the wood inserts I turn. I have 5 or 6 different shades of the hand split sinew I use depending on the color I’m trying to match with how the bamboo prepared for the rod came out…

 

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…#5 close up of the reel seat…

 

All the elk and mule deer antler sheds I have collected have their own colors and hues as well…,matching up a proper balance of contrast and color is one of my favorite parts of making my rods for me…there is generally a story that goes along with the different combinations on each and every rod.

 

 

 

Below is a fly pattern I tied up…(one of many), just for this journey…its a variation of a favorite dry fly I love to fish, but in a wet fly version…it has a “neutral” buoyancy, so it does not really float or totally sink…a great fly for down stream drifting, or “stack mending” when weed beds can be be built up as they are in parts of Colorado and Wyoming in early fall…when typical nymphing is difficult, and the larger dry fly hatches are beginning to slow down…

 

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~my “in hand”,  ” Indian Summer Special”~