Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Inside The Process - Part 1 To Part 12

Now that the big reveal has been done with where and who the Fine Tackle built Swift Fly Fishing Epic 580 has gone, I thought it would be good to put all of the "Inside The Process" posts together for readers to visit on how this build came together from beginning to end.

Clicking on the title over each photograph in this post will take you to each post in the process of this build.

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 1

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 2

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 3

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 4

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 5

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 6

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 7

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 8

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 9

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 10

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 11

INSIDE THE PROCESS - PART 12

A very sincere thank you to Christian of Fine Tackle and Carl of Swift Fly Fishing for collaborating on this very special project and allowing me to chronicle the build part by part for this series of posts.  I hope that everyone enjoyed them as much I did in posting them.

Fish On, Yvon

It has been many months in the planning and making but the Fine Tackle built Swift Fly Fishing Epic 580, which was chronicled in the "Inside The Process" series of posts on T.F.M., ultimately ended up in the hands of Yvon Chouinard of Patagonia.

The Epic 580 blank was the perfect medium for Christian Hörgren's clean rod building style and there might not be anyone who would appreciate it more than Yvon Chouinard.  Less is more, right?



The story of how this all came together has been posted on the Swift Fly Fishing Blog, so please follow up there for the details on Yvon Chouinard's thoughts on this fly rod along with a few more photographs as well.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

True West Custom Fly Rods - The Switchbutt

For several months now Tony Overstake of True West Rods Custom Fly Rods has been working on an idea called "The Switchbutt" which is an adjustable extension built into the butt of a fly rod to create a switch rod type lower grip and he's found that the Swift Fly Fishing Epic 686 is an excellent blank to use with this enhancement.


Recently Tony created a short film on the Metolius River casting his Epic 686 Switchbutt and you get the idea on how it can be used effectively for various double handed casts. 



This is a really interesting idea and there has even been some talk of creating one of these Epic 686 Switchbutt fly rods for the T.F.M. Fly Rod Demo Program at some point as well.

Check out the True West Custom Fly Rods website for more information and follow along on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for the latest shop news.

This Is Fly - Issue 49

The latest issue of This Is Fly is live with all it's goodness.


CHECK IT.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Cabela's CGR Glass Fly Rods - In Stock

It's been a few months since I first tipped everyone off that the Cabela's CGR fiberglass fly rods were coming back and yes, things were slowed up a bit with the shipment over on the slow boat and with Customs, but a fresh batch of CGR fly rods have arrived at the Cabela's distribution center and are finally ready to ship.

I am excited to see the Cabela's CGR series back in the line up as they are a great choice for someone looking for a quality fiberglass fly rod for the price.  It's also excellent that there are choices from two weight to 7/8 weights in this series so a lot of bases are covered with this series.

The Cabela's website still shows the entire CGR series as "Backorderable" but that should roll over to an "In Stock" status sometime today.


From the Cabela's website...

"We had taken our CGR Fiberglass Fly Rod series off the shelves, but you liked them so much you asked us to bring it back. Originally released in celebration of our 50th Anniversary and back by popular demand, we're extremely proud to reintroduce a line of rods with both classic aesthetics and contemporary performance. Our CGR series matches the deep, full-flexing actions of traditional fiberglass fly rods, plus it improves on them with high-grade components and the latest in rod engineering. These three-piece E-glass models excel at delicate presentations and tight, short-range casting. Besides having new blank colors and thread wraps, the finishing touches include high-grade cork handles with model-specific grips and spigot ferrules. This new series offers the five original models with the addition of a 6'2", 2-weight rod. 5/6- and 7/8-weight rods feature fighting butts. 7/8-weight features a saltwater reel seat. All models include a nylon rod case."

Want to know about the Cabela's CGR line up?  Check out this full length review of each model on T.F.M. from several years ago.  The only model not included in this review is the new 6'2" two weight.  Also note that the cosmetics are a bit different on the new CGR series as well.

CABELA'S CGR SERIES REVIEW

For more information, or to place an order, please visit the Cabela's website. 

Reminder - International Fly Tying Symposium

This is just a quick reminder as you plan your weekend that the International Fly Tying Symposium is going on this weekend at the Garden State Exhibit Center in Somerset, New Jersey. 

Live in the area and don't have plans already for the weekend?  Come on out.


Here's five reasons to attend this weekend...

- There will be Programs to attend which include Featured Tiers, Book Signings, Casting Demonstrations, and Fly Testing Sessions as well.
- There are Classes to attend and learn from the likes of Bob Clouser, Charlie Craven, Blane Chocklett, among others.
- There is a long list of Celebrities and Tiers who will all be in attendence.
- There will be Fiberglass and Bamboo Casting Competitions over the weekend as well.
- There will be vendors of all sorts from the fly fishing and fly tying industry to check out.

The Fiberglass Casting Competition while happen on Saturday and is sponsored by Seele Fly Rods.  I'll be around to help Michael Mauri with the event as well.

Check out the International Fly Tying Symposium website for more information.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

This Week In #glassisnotdead

I guess it's been a couple weeks since I've last run one of these posts and there are now nearly 6,000 images with the #glassisnotdead hashtag circulating around Instagram.

Fall is turning to winter quickly in a lot of places and fly fishing photos have turned to fiberglass rod building projects for many that I follow.

Here's a dozen and a half favorite images from the past couple weeks.  Enjoy.

@bassbum

@bluehalogear

@cbarclayflyrodco

@cordova_custom_rods

@deerhairdan

@freestoneriverphotography

@netrodtrout

@nitsso

@pikepicker


@0verd0sin_0n_streams

@seeleflyrods

@sirenflies

@snowman_custom_rod_works

@swiftflyfishing

@tailor_made_85

@thefiberglassmanifesto

@warnerm3rd

@younameitltd

Be sure to hashtag your photos with #glassisnotdead and a favorite photo may turn up in a future T.F.M. post.