Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Thomas Pipic's Ijuin-Rod Build Process

Simply put, I regard many of the rod builders that are working with fiberglass as artists.  The custom work that they do, from making their own metal hardware to agate ring guides to ferrule rings to feather inlays to many other offerings, all create one of a kind fly rods that are nothing short of high art.

I've long admired the metal hardware that Thomas Pipic creates for the fly rods that he has built over the past several years and after purchasing one of the Ijuin-Rod 7'3" four weight blanks, I contacted him to see if he would be willing to build this fly rod out for me.  Thomas said he would work on it over the winter and asked if I had any preferences.  I really only asked for two things.  First, that he include the Hardy'esque reel seat that he has done on several past builds and second, that he chronicle the build to share here with a few photographs of how he does what he does.

In this post I'll share a few of the "in process" photos with the teaser of the completed build above, and tomorrow I'll share the completed build photographs.  Thomas's work is exceptional with this build in every way and these photographs show just a small portion of the time and effort that is put into making sure every element of a custom fly rod build is perfect.

Check back tomorrow for the complete set of photographs of the Ijuin-Rod four weight build.

Thanks again to Thomas Pipic for his attention to detail and chronicling the build with these photographs.

Check out the Ijuin-Rod website for more information on the blanks and builds that Kazutomo Ijuin offers.

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