Wednesday, October 10, 2018

TIGHTLOOP FLY RODS - Tom Morgan Rodsmiths "Japan Special"

It's not all that often that a rod builder actually builds a fly rod for themself and often times when they do, they'll end up selling it before it's been finished.  I've seen it happen so many times and the one person who you'd think just has to own dozens of fly rods typically doesn't even have but a couple.  Or maybe none at all.  It's actually quite surprising.

This morning during my early morning quick peruse of Facebook with a cup of coffee, I noticed that George Minculete of Tightloop Fly Rods had just finished a build for himself (that he appears to be keeping) on a Tom Morgan Rodsmiths 6'9" two piece "Japan Special" three weight blank that really shows off his skills in creating something extraordinary and instantly classic.

An explanation of this Tom Morgan Rodsmiths fiberglass blank can by found in Tom's words...

"In addition to the standard weight blanks and rods, I have added two 3-weights in 6' 9" and 7' 3" lengths with a slightly lighter action designed especially for Japanese anglers who generally fish shorter distances than American anglers. I worked with a very knowledgeable Japanese angler to get these rods just right. When he cast the final design he thought it was absolutely perfect. These rods are designed to fish in the 12 to 35-foot range. However, this is not to say that my normal 3-weight rods are stiff because they are not (Note: Other anglers may also prefer these rods under special conditions where they are primarily fishing short distances. In the beginning I thought only Japanese anglers would be the primary customers but many other anglers around the world have enjoyed them for their in close delicate fishing. In addition, some anglers will like these light action rods with 2-weight lines for fishing longer distances or where they are accustomed to a little faster rod.)"

Would you like to see more of George's work?  Visit the Tightloop Fly Rods website and follow along with the latest shop news on Facebook and Instagram.

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