Friday, February 6, 2015

C. Barclay Fly Rod Co. - 75p Series

Chris Barclay of C. Barclay Fly Rod Co. continues to impress and his latest Limited Edition run of 7'5" 4/5 weight parabolic builds have all sold to fortunate clients but I wanted to share a few photographs and a casting video on this excellent series since his work is inspired all the way around on this series.

Chris wrote...  "I recently completed my second Limited Edition series of fly rods with a run of ten 7’5” 4/5 weight three piece parabolic rods painted in a sunny yellow unsanded E-Glass with black spigot ferrules. 

Admittedly, the yellow paint of the blanks ended up being a bit 'louder' than I expected but I decided to roll with it and I'm glad I did.  This series has been a huge success and was widely accepted by folks who have no experience with parabolic fly rods and from those who do.  This rod has become a go-to rod for me if I am not sure what I will encounter on a certain outing and it turns out that it can handle a three weight line if I want to speed things up a little and fishing small dries to rising trout or I can use a five weight line for throwing small poppers to smallies and bluegill.  

There's no end to the feel this rod provides and I built two of these rods with a ventilated grip to enhance that 'flex all the way to your elbow' feeling.  All rods had nickel silver seat hardware that was either left a matte finish or darkened - either cap and ring or dual band.  

All rods are spoken for with no expected reissue date, though it's possible eventually.  I have really enjoyed doing Limited Edition series of rods and hope to be able to offer a few more unique options for 2015." 

I ended up not being able to help myself and purchased #7 from this series.  I couldn't be more impressed and it handles both a 5WF and 5DT with authority.  Cross your fingers that Chris orders up another batch of these blanks and if he does put your name on a build.  You won't be disappointed.

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