(“The Rack” gallery images below are of the rod I donated to the memorialgolf tournament dedicated to Shad,called the “Shindig for Shad.” The blank and reel seat for the builds described above are upgrades from what is represented in the gallery.) To place an order for “The Rack”, please go to the “Nadi […]
I recently built me a new custom Nadi Fly Rod I have named the “Cheech.” (It’s my golfing nickname: short for Chi Chi.) I haven’t built myself a custom rod since shortly after I started Nadi Fly Rods in 2011. I figured it was about time to build me one I could use on streams […]
I went fishing with two friends and loyal Nadi Fly Rods customers, Shad Thomas and Flynn Chivers. We intended to fish Deer Creek Reservoir for small mouth bass, but discovered upon arrival that ramp access was blocked due to construction. (At least it was when we arrived before daylight.) So, we headed up the road […]
In this YouTube video from a couple of years ago, fly fishing guru and author, Kelly Galloup, explains how to test a fly rod without actually casting it with fly line installed. But for the purposes of Nadi Fly Rods, it is his introductory comments about synthetic fly grips like Winn grips that I have […]
I’ve organized some photos of fish I’ve caught including a few of angling pal, Shad “Rack” Thomas, over the last few years. I started taking photos regularly since 2010 so this is a small sample of the variety of fish caught in terms of species, size, water, and weather. I’ll try to add more information […]
I now have a builder profile on RODgeeks “Expert Rod Collection”. Check it out! (RODgeeks has been great to work with. Very supportive. Owner, Bob Penicka: THE MAN!) Share the Nadi. Share your flow.
Fly fishing pal, Shad “Rack” Thomas, and I did some fly fishing “sploring” (exploring), as we called it, yesterday. Normally, we fish for small-mouth bass at Deer Creek Reservoir above Provo Canyon and below Heber City, Utah. We did some research and decided to give Rockport Reservoir–east of Park City about fifteen to twenty minutes […]
Thursday evening, August 13, 2015. Jay Best with custom built Salem Hills High School Cheerleading Nadi Fly Rod. —————- After three years of donating to the Salem Hills High School cheerleading social and fundraising event, hoping to get his hands on one of the beautiful and high performance Nadi Fly Rods, long time fly angler […]
I fished for smallmouth bass at Deer Creek Reservoir with Shad Thomas this morning. We had a great time, catching and releasing 81 of these superb fighting fish ranging in size from an inch-and-a-half to twelve inches. The weather was outstanding as well, topping off a great float and fly fishing outing with my fishing […]
Today I fished Diamond Fork with Flynn Chivers, a Nadi Fly Rods client, who was interested in getting a little guidance on how to read a stream to improve fishing success. Diamond Fork is a fine small stream I have fished for years with generally good success, but as a technical stream I’ve had my […]
Many of you are likely familiar with the grip manufacturer, Winn Grips. Known for making grips with tacky, non-slip, multiple polymer compounds for golf, tennis, bicycles and wraps, they have recently branched out into fishing applications, including fly fishing. This is exciting news for those fly anglers who might find that the traditional portuguese cork […]
Check out the new page dedicated to describing RODgeeks fly rod blanks, their high performance characteristics and potential color customizations. So many options for building a unique and interesting custom fly rod on a top shelf, but affordable blank! And now RodGeeks Carbon 4 fly blanks are offered in four smaller sizes to cover the […]
So good to be back in the stream after building rods hard for three weeks in preparation for the Wasatch Fly Fishing Expo. Share the Nadi. Share your flow.
Here’s me tying a Montana nymph. I don’t usually take this long to tie them although they do require a few steps. To get a decent close-up of the process, I placed the camera in front of me, just underneath the fly secured on the vice, and between my arms. It was a little awkward, […]
I rigged me up a makeshift video recording system in order to grab some snippets of me landing a trout or two out on Diamond Fork recently. I have my eye on a decent action cam for future HD recording, but for now this will have to do. Thanks for watching! Randy Rodriguez Share […]
Fished for two hours at Cleveland Reservoir and three hours at Huntington Reservoir today. (Had to get out; fishing is like my bi-weekly constitutional.) Slow fishing day, but great weather. More anglers out than I thought there would be–a long weekend for many outdoor enthusiasts because of the deer hunt?–and I heard a fair amount […]
This past Wednesday, I met up with gentleman and superb fly angler, Tom Ogden. I have the greatest respect for Tom. He’s always treated me with kindness and respect even when I approached him as a complete stranger for the first time a few years ago with an email question about fishing in Southeastern, Utah […]
I was invited to go fish the Green River in eastern Utah last weekend (September 19-21) by friends and customers of Nadi Fly Rods, Shad Thomas and Keith Gordon. One of the scenic streams of the western U.S., it is also renowned for healthy population of large trout. But it is also a popular destination […]
Check out a new slide show/video of some of my recent small stream fishing. Share the Nadi. Share your flow.
My man Gump–Adam Smith–shows off his first catch–a beautiful brown–with his recently finished custom Nadi Fly Rod, “Gump”. Just the first of many successes with a beautiful, high performance Nadi fly rod! Order your own custom Nadi today to similarly experience Adam’s pleasure of fishing with the best! get your flow… Share the Nadi. Share […]