The name Struble should resonate to everyone from hobby fly rod builders, custom builders, and to long standing fly rod companies. They have been on the map for decades and what began in 1974 with Glenn Struble, and continued with Jeffery Pentecost, is now in new hands with Steven Van Winkle (who you may know from Shopkeeper Fly Rods) and his partner, John Smith.
As I was putting this T.F.M. post together, I asked Steven if he had a shop photograph of he and John together and he responded back that "Everything has been such a whirlwind and we’ve known each other forever, I guess we never even thought to take a picture yet."
I guess that's a good place to be at when you've taken over a heritage shop with a longstanding history of excellence and many exciting developments to come in the future.
There's a lot to unpack here and the half dozen or so questions that I sent Steven awhile back were returned with a whole lot more. This is Steven's story and what he wrote really gives you a lot of background on what lead him to take on Struble.You might want to refresh your coffee before you continue on. Steven gets wordy...
Steven Van Winkle wrote... "I, like many others, was raised fishing. Growing up in Nebraska, that meant bass and healthy doses of catfish, bullheads, and carp with an occasional excursion to one of the stocked State trout lakes.