Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Flat Creek Fly Rods

I have been a bit slow getting this out but recently Ben Casarez launched the Flat Creek Fly Rods website and along with adding a link to the Rod Shops page I also wanted to post up a few photos of his recent fiberglass builds as well.

Ben wrote...  "While I build on both graphite and fiberglass blanks, my true passion is fiberglass.  I had the good fortune of stumbling upon my first fiberglass fly rod while casting some recent builds in 2006 with fellow rod builders.  It was a honey Lamiglas five weight and after casting it I knew I had found something special.  My friend had an extra blank and was willing to sell it to me for $20.  He didn’t think there was a market for them!  I took it home and built up my first fiberglass fly rod.  After fishing it and showing it to friends, others wanted to experience that soft, slow feeling while casting.

Since then I have built many glass rods on a variety of blanks such as Steffen, McFarland, Fisher, TFO, and have done a few re-builds on older Orvis blanks.  Fishing with and building on a traditional, but often over-looked material, has been a great addition to my overall angling experience."

Check out the Flat Creek Fly Rods website for more information.  Follow the latest shop news on the Facebook page too.


The Sasquatch said...

I'm always in awe of the beautiful glass that you guys seem to find. I got into glass because I was gifted several rods from an older gentleman who is no longer able to fish (Berkley Parametric, Phillipson 6', and my Fenwick) and I loved the softer touch. Now I'm starting to envy the modern glass, just from a design perspective. Its much cooler than graphite sticks. I have to try my hand at building a rod some day.

The Sasquatch said...

By the way, I don't know where you're based out of, but if you're ever in North Central Pennsylvania, stop by this place: http://kettlecreektackleshop.com/

Phil is old school. I mean, he just got a website w/in the last few months! He's been making and selling glass rods as long as I can remember. It was the first fly shop I ever went to, when I was 15 yrs old. Bought my first fly rod from him (a graphite Cortland), but I've been eying up his glass builds for the past few years. Its a blast from the past going into that shop.

Cameron Mortenson said...

The Sasquatch...there is a damn lot of great glass out there right now. I am familiar with Phil. Old school but he's slowly coming around to technology with a website now.