Ever since This River Is Wild posted their tutorial on turning an eight foot Eagle Claw Featherlight into a switch stick I've been jonesing for one. A couple weeks ago T.F.M. reader Jim Jenkins shared a photograph of one of his favorite brews and in the background I noticed an Featherlight switch rod and asked if he built it. He emailed back that he did and offered to build one up for me as well. What a great guy since I don't know if I'll ever build a fly rod...no matter how easy it is.
Jim wrote... "Just an update on the Featherlight switch mod. I have all the components gathered and will probably complete the work this weekend. Switch butt grip from J. Stockard, 5/6 weight 8 ft Eagle Claw Featherlight from troutlet.com and the shaft inserts are scrap arrow blanks from a friend who makes his own arrows, and long bows for that matter, for bow hunting. Roughly at about $50 all told.
Now it’s just a little sawing, fitting and gluing for the mod. The arrow shafts are great because they are very strong and fit the pre-drilled holes in the switch grip. It's really a super simple assembly for that part of the mod. More photos to come."
The project has started and I am looking forward to seeing how it turns out. There should be another update or two in the coming weeks. Thanks Jim for doing the work.