New client, Adam Smith, AKA “Gump”, picked up his new Nadi Fly Rod, he appropriately named Gump, this afternoon (7-28-14). Like a proud new papa–he just took up fly fishing recently under the experienced tutelage of Kory Horlacher, also a die-hard Nadi Fly Rod addict–he holds his beautiful new baby with pride and care.
Lucky for Adam, he didn’t waste any time ordering his first Nadi fly rod. Why waste time and money using an inferior mass produced fly rod bought off the retail shelf when he could order a custom rod carefully hand-crafted from start to finish by Randy Rodriguez’ hands and heart dedicated to the best in fly rod function and aesthetics.
Adam’s rod is built on the Batson Rainshadow RX6 dark blue 9foot, 5weight, four-piece,blank; Batson’s shiny gunsmoke, aluminum Alps RA701 reel seat; super grade reverse half wells cork grip; Batson Forecast hard chrome single foot guides, tip top and hook keeper; Pac Bay Minima 4 stripping guides; a burled aluminum winding check; and Pro Wrap neon green colorfast thread wraps with a dark blue inlay band.
With a satin silver anodized aluminum Nadi Fly Rod tube and rod sock to complete his rod package, Adam is set up with a first fly rod that will outperform rods two to three times its price and serve him well for years to come.
Congratulations, Adam, on your first Nadi Fly Rod purchase!
(A photo gallery of Adam’s fly rod will be added to the custom rod gallery page in the near future. It’s an eye-catching instrument; a real winner!)
Fly Rods break. Them’s the facts. But why and how they break is another issue.
(The content of this post is also the start of a page on this site titled “Fly Rod Care.”)
Usually its carelessness either in a non-fishing situation (e.g., stepping on them, closing a car door on them, bending the tip too much when installing the fly line prior to fishing, trying to loosen a snagged fly from a tree) or over-stressing the rod when fighting a fish because of not understanding how a fly rod is manufactured to function.
I have foolishly broken a couple of rods in non-fishing circumstances, but haven’t yet while fishing. This doesn’t make me a smarter or better fly angler; maybe I’m just lucky.
Regardless, let me provide some useful information for those of you interested in taking care of your valued fly rod whether it’s a Nadi fly rod or not. Follow this link to one of the best articles I’ve found explaining why we break so many fly rods and how to treat these valuable investments so we’re less likely to break them.
On July 1, I decided to film myself doing what I often do after finishing a rod build. I go to my enclosed backyard and cast some line to make sure the rod does what it’s supposed to do and briefly check out its overall performance and feel.
This rod was an 8 1/2 ft, 5 weight, four piece, built on the Batson Rainshadow RX6 blank. A moderate fast action blank built with a blend of Batson’s RX6 and RX7 high strain carbon graphite materials, it’s a budget priced blank that performs like a high end rod once built. This rod, built for one of my best clients, Kory, had installed a high-end REC reel seat, flor grade reverse half wells cork grip, and top quality hard chrome single foot and stripping guides.
My conclusion after putting it to a brief test run: not only really good looking, but a superbly performing rod.
July 16th, 2014 | Category: General | Comments are closed
I drove to the “Wild” Strawberry River, commonly known as the “Pinnacles”, Monday, July 7 and fished for a few hours. I’d fished there once probably 7-8 years ago when I was still fairly new to fly fishing. I didn’t really know the stream, didn’t know its value as a blue ribbon water, nor how to imagine fishing it strategically. I hardly remembered my first experience on the water. It even took a while exploring a couple of different sections this time to recognize where I’d fished before.
Once I started moving through the stream–there’s no fishing from the bank because this stream is pretty much enclosed by thick brush and cover on both banks–I started to pay attention and enjoyed my five or so hours there. I did remember fairly quickly that the stream, if not exactly a “freestone” water, has a lot of pocket water. (My experience on this stream is limited, so my observations may not apply to the entire Pinnacles section of the SR, of course.)
Runs and pools are not huge or long, but they can run deep. Occasionally a good sized trout can be seen holding in calm water near banks, or can be accidentally scared out from under banks, but generally, in my experience, the “hogs” are seen in deeper pools which can be hard to cast to because of the high bank cover, sharp angles of the stream bend, water depth, and tricky stream flows in and around the pools. Often, by the time I was able to cast to where I needed the fly to be to enter a pool, for example, I’d already spooked the larger fish mulling around there.
The one fish I hooked that might have approached 17-18 inches broke off after a nice leap out of the water. Next time I return I’ll hopefully have a better fishing strategy for a beautiful, but challenging stream. In the end I caught seven fish–the largest ones pictured here–and lost about that many. Pretty good day on the water. Plus I made a new friend you can see in the gallery. I was pretty excited about that!
July 11th, 2014 | Category: Fly Fishing | Comments are closed
This custom rod for fly fishing pal Craig “Woody” Packard was built on the 8 1/2 ft, 4pc Mud Hole MHX fly blank. It is a high modulus, fast action, very lightweight blank with slate finish. Woody’s specs included bright, neon orange and green guide wraps and a window reel seat with insert. For the reel seat we chose American Tackle’s anodized aluminum braided seat with black colored body and coralwood insert to coordinate with the neon orange base color of the Mud Hole ProWrap colorfast thread. PacBay’s black chrome single foot guides were chosen as well to coordinate with the slate colored blank which also reinforced the overall lightweight qualities of his rod. (Half as many wraps needed to secure the guides compared to traditional snake guides that require two wraps per guide.) A high quality 7 1/2 inch reverse half-wells cork grip completed what turned out to be a superbly attractive and high performing rod for Woody in diverse stream and stillwater conditions. (See his comments on his successful use of the rod on the blue ribbon Green River in Eastern Utah.) A fine choice for this custom offering thanks to Woody’s imaginative scheme!
April 30th, 2013 | Category: Custom Rods | Comments are closed