Series. This is my signature series of Fly Rods. These
rods were designed to fish the freestone streams of the Blue Ridge.
Really remarkable rods.
Ridge Classic. A truely exceptional rod for the freestone
streams of the Blue Ridge and legendary spring creeks of the Shenandoah
The Yellow Rose
Series. This is an excellent series of rods for those
who like a longer rod. A favorite Fly Rod of many.
J.J. Lives. This year I will
continue to offer this rod. The original was originally offered in a special
edition version in memory of John "JJ" Johnson who passed away unexpectedly.
JJ was a Michigan Fly Tier, Guide, and friend. This is
an outstanding casting rod and my personal favorite fishing rod.
Eastern Classic Series. These rods were designed to
accommodate a wide variety of fishing conditions where a longer and
more powerful rod is needed.
The "Ardith" This is a still
my best selling rod for good reason. This rod is a perfect Spring Creek Special Rod being
8' 3-Piece 4 wt. A very remarkable rod that is a dream to cast.
If you fish tricos, BWOs, and midges then this is the rod for you.
The Para 15 Series. A series of
truely powerfull 8' 6 wt rods for large rivers.
Blue Ridge Banty
Series. A series of Rods for the angler who really wants
to challenge the smaller, tighter, and extremely difficult streams
and needs a small yet powerfull rod.
Shenandoah Spey An updated series of Rods this year for the
angler who really wants to enjoy the benefits of a two handed rod
on bigger water. This is a "light" Spey designed for
lighter freshwater fishing and for ease of handling yet retains
the classic look of a Spey Rod.
Classic Rods. I have
a number of Classic Bamboo rods by Leonard, Payne, Dickerson, Gillum, Halstead
and Varney that I make specifically for various customers.
These are faithful reproductions of taper and my custom replica ferrules.
The cosmetics are to the choice of the customer. I can proved these as ferruled blanks
for customers to finish.
Custom Rods. I have
a number of rods that I make specifically for individual
requirements. I maintain a large library of classic tapers from
which I can full fill any requirement.
Custom Bamboo Rod Blanks.
I maintain a large library of classic tapers from which I can full fill any requirement. Options are
available to color, swell and hollowing. I utilize my custom ferrules on these blanks. I can meet any
requirement for a quality bamboo rod blank.
Quality Components and Construction
I only use the finest quality components available on all of my rods.
I now only use my custom Nickel Silver Ferrules that I make from the hard
drawn prescion NS tubing I draw in my shop.
All rods are precision milled and expertly crafted to exacting tolerances.
The finest cork is selected for the grip and custom turned by me for
each rod. I personally wrap each rod with attention to detail and
finish each rod with painstaking care to insure a crisp clean look.
Each rod reflects the highest degree of craftsmanship possible.
I deliberately limit the number of rods I make each year so I can
concentrate on insuring that each rod made is of the highest quality
craftsmanship. Each rod comes with 2 tips in either a custom metal tube or
the custom spalted maple hexagonal rod case that I make specifically to complement these rods.
Together they make a very handsome package that sets them apart from
Having rods with two tips of different tapers, single tip rods, and a
custom metal rod tube options are also available.
Availability and Pricing
I pride myself on keeping my production shedule and give an accurate delivery date.
I will usually give a firm date for delivery based upon my production schedule. I will have
all winter production rods into the new owner's hands in time for
Email or call for the current price for a Shenandoah Rod and specify if you
want a metal or the custom hexagonal wood tube that I make specifically for
my rods. I can offer special prices on two piece single tip rods for those who
want a quality rod at a fair price. A depositof $250 is required for all rods.
One of my objectives in life is to help keep and support the
tradition of fine bamboo rodmaking alive. Since my rods may not appeal
to all anglers, I am pleased to recommend the following east coast
Rodmakers who are both my friends and makers of quality rods:
J. C. Zimny Rods - John makes darkly
flamed rods with crisp clean appearance. He is now making an
excellent Quad Rod.
- Bamboo Bill Rods - My friend and fishing buddy Bill Hensel makes a great
rod for fishing the streams around Denver, CO. A master of fishing soft hackle.