Friday, August 21, 2015

Introducing C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co.

Longtime readers may remember Craig Crumbliss from a T.F.M. post fly fishing in Orlando years ago.  Craig's interest in glass was just beginning then though fast forward to the present and he's recently launched a new venture dubbed the C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co. with his initial offerings with both fiberglass and bamboo. 

Craig has worked for the better part of the last year to find a series of suitable imported blanks that he will build off of and each four piece build includes high grade cork, Lemke hardware, and cork or hardwood reel seats.

I've had to opportunity to demo both the four and five weight and these are excellent casting fly rods.  I especially like that they are four piece builds for ease in traveling.

Craig wrote...  "The rods that I offer are constructed on two different size blanks from the same series.  These blanks are among the best I found when searching through several different manufacturers.  I hope to work with the vendor to expand this series to include a few different sizes in the future.  

My current offerings are:

7’6″ 4 Weight - Four Piece
8’0″ 5 Weight - Four Piece

The blanks have a medium-progressive action with a firm but noticeably fiberglass feel, the four piece design with tip-over-butt ferrules make a very packable rod ready to accompany you into the backcountry.  The light carmel colored blanks are finished with black nickel Snake Brand guides wrapped with fine YLI silk, coated with a light build epoxy.  The rod is connected to the angler through the hand turned “flor-grade” grip which is turned on the rod blank.  Finishing the butt section are Lemke reel seats, the LC14 Pocketed slideband seat on the 4wt and the Garrison style GS1 Downlocking seat on the 5wt.  Standard rods have a cork reel seat insert while the deluxe rods have a hand picked hardwood reel seat insert.

Rods are secured in a sewn cotton rod sleeve and will ship in a pvc tube packed inside a USPS Priority shipping tube.  I’m happy to offer an aluminum rod tube at my cost of $30.  USPS Priority Shipping in the U.S. is $15, outside the U.S. please contact me and we can figure out the best option for your needs.

The first series of rods will be offered for $265/285."

For those interested in the first sold four or five weight fiberglass fly rod, Craig will also include the matching 406 Fly Lines to accompany the purchase free of charge.

Check out the C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co. website for more information. 

Have a question or would like to place an order?  Email Craig at

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