I will never be accused of being a master rod builder or a master of anything for that matter. However, In the past twenty years, I have probably built close to fifty rods. I have built most of them for myself or for friends and family. These rods and my reasons for building them were born out of pure frugality. I am cheap, and I have no problem admitting this. I can build a very nice rod for a fraction of what it would cost me to buy one completed. And, I have never had a trout refuse a fly based on the brand of rod I was casting. Add to this the satisfaction of catching fish on a rod that you built yourself while casting flies that you tied yourself, and I am happier than a pig in mud!
My latest project is another rod for Mike. He and I are planning a trip back to Rocky Mountain National Park and he needed a good pack rod for the trip. He settled on a 7’9” four piece three weight. It is the same rod that I fished with on my trip last year. It is a wonderful little rod that was up to the challenge of a high mountain back pack trip.( I will share more about this trip in the near future)
The blank is a Hook&Hackle XE.(www.hookhack.com) It is smooth and delicate. It is on the slower side as far as the action goes, but this is just how I like it. I absolutely adore mine and it has been a constant companion on many of my trips. Mike picked thread colors that most Ohioan’s would be more than happy with. The reel seat is up-locking with a natural maple insert. I shaped the cork down to a more stream line fit so that it tapers down to the blank. As with every rod I have built, it is by no means perfect; however, it will do the job and do it well.
I have two more that need to be finished before adding a new one to my own arsenal. It is tedious process at times, but one that I find is worth the end result. I compiled some video of this build that I hope to share with you all at a later date. Until then, the pictures will have to suffice.