Thursday, August 16, 2012

Tightloop Fly Rods Latest Offering

George Minculete of Tightloop Fly Rods posted up this very impressive 8' 3/4 Steffen Brothers blank build this week which is the last of his blanks for some time before he gets his next batch from Mark Steffen.  This fly rod is for sale and George's contact information is in the narrative below if you are interested in purchasing this excellent example of his work.

From the Tightloop Fly Rods website...
"Just finished this beautiful Steffen blank fly rod.  With this rod I am out of Steffen blanks for at least one month or until Mark would be able to make more.  This would probably be the most expensive glass rod I've built so far (on one of the most representative blanks available) and the highest built grade I offer which is Vintage Grade.  
The lime green silk wraps are something new to be seen in my rod builds and it's something I wanted to try for a long time.  With the double black tipping on the guide wraps and the signature wraps on the inscription I think you'll agree this rod is indeed beautiful.  I felt inspired to use an agate stripping guide that I got from Mike McCoy himself from the last batch he made before he sold them to Struble Company.  I think the agate guide perfectly complements the nickel silver down sliding reel seat with the striking Koa wood insert with made by Joel Lemke.  Light wire top guide and snakes used to keep the tip recovery rate as fast as possible.

The rod comes with an elegant Landmark aluminum rod tube in silver satin finish (to match everything else on the rod) and a light grey hand sewn rod cloth by my personal taylor who is seventy. I value his work more and more with every rod cloth he makes for me.  The rod tube has my logo sticker on it, specified rod length, weight, number of pieces and serial number.

This rod here will need to find an owner.  For who wants this beauty, I am letting it go for $550 plus  international shipping of $35.  Email me if interested at  Thanks!"

I own a Steffen Brothers 5/6 weight that was wrapped by another builder in this color of green and it is one of my favorite atypical color of thread wraps that I've seen on these blanks. 

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