NEW CTS Affinity-X Graphite Fly Rod   7'6"  6wt  -  A River Float Trip Work Horse
Sorry, but this rod has been sold to a gent on Long Island, NY
But another one to match this one is being built - Call or write if you are interested - Listing price is $600.00

This little GRAPHITE beauty is a CTS Affinity X series 7'6" 6wt  4pc in Chameleon Green-Gold metallic. I have asked CTS to make me several more of these blanks due to increased inquiries for a short 6wt fly rod. This length and line weight combination are not easy to find, if at all. That is why I asked CTS to "whip me up a batch" in the same color shown.  And, before I placed these images onto the website, I sent some of the pictures to a client on Long Island, NY and he bought it before I got them posted here!!  But, not to worry, another one of these same CTS Affinity X blanks is being built out to match this one shown....WE just might have something here with this little work horse....!!!

This GRAPHITE rod is a 4pc AffinityX design by CTS of New Zealand in a 6wt line class. The reel seat is a Joel Lemke LC-1 Up-Locking design with a piece of stabilized blond Buckeye burl in glossy finish. The 7" FLOR grade cork grip is of a Half-Wells design. The stripping guide is a FUJI 16mm SiC inserted guide to compliment the Snake Brand Dk Nickel runnings guides. The tip top matches the stripping guide in frame color and ceramic insert. The nylon wraps and decals are coated with multiple layers of epoxy for many years of protection.

Comes complete with a Black/Gold Clear Creek aluminum rod tube and rod bag


The rod shown is a copy of the design that was initially built by special request from a client of many years

in my home state of Virginia.  A specialized design to be used for big river float fishing where a heavier line

weight is needed but not the rod length of a "nine-footer". 

Click on image to see more views of this rod.

Welcome to. . . Sweetwater Fly Rods  
Please call me at 540.691.6290 or e-mail sweetwaterflyrod@aol.com if you need additional information or a price quote for your custom fly rod.
All of the rods and blanks listed as available will be built to the quality level one would say is
"TOP SHELF"     ...   and as defined,
"Top-shelf things or people that are of a very high standard or quality."  Yep, that's what they are!!
That is what the customer expects!!
Top Shelf is as follows:
a.  The finest glass blanks - EPIC, CTS, McFarland
b.  The finest reel seats - Lemke all the way!
c.  Figured or burl wood inserts - all Stabilized
d.  True hand sorted FLOR grade cork from Portugal
e.  The best guides - Snake Brand Universal snakes
f.  Wrapping threads-100% Japanese Silk for fiberglass fly rods - nylon for graphite
g.  Epoxy finish on all thread and decal areas
I do not have various levels of "builds" as others may have - I have only one - the best it can be for the customer...! 
All "Top Shelf" components
makes for a "Top Shelf" rod, all the way!!
CTS Fiberglass Blanks
have arrived . . . and
ONE of the TWO CTS QUARTZ fiberglass
blanks in 8'0" 5wt 4pc has been completed
and is now in the 
Sweetwater Fly Rod Shop
ready for a new home.
The color is the "Natural Translucent White" which makes an excellent palette upon which to build a beautiful fly rod. 
Please call or write if you would like to get a quote for a fly rod built on one of these great fiberglass blanks made by CTS . . . . .other sizes and weights are available by special order
CTS 8'0" 5wt 4pc in Natural Glass
as of Oct 30, 2020
FastGlass II Series
The following EPIC blanks are
currently being built into beautiful
fiberglass Fly Rods:
580 Olive Green  8'0"  5wt  4pc
476 Amber 7'6" 4wt  4pc
580 Amber 8'0"  5wt 4pc
Will post all pictures as soon as
they are available!

The "BLUEWATER" Edition saltwater models will migrate towards the CTS and SAGE graphite line.  I have built several on the CTS graphites from 6wt Affinity all the way through 13wt on the CTS REVO SALT - a work horse when you are after the Saltwater Big Boys...!!!

If you already have your own blank, I will be more
than happy to construct the fly rod of your choosing 
with my components or yours. 
Please browse through these pages and afterwards, send me a note describing what YOU would like to
have built as your next fishing companion - - -  
Then we will get started....!!!
               Thanks for looking . . .                                                              Charlie


Please read these two articles by Tom Kirkman --"PREVENTING BROKEN RODS" and "ROD FAILURE".

Both articles are in one PDF file and can be down loaded as needed for future reference. Reading these articles will give the new owner, or even a well seasoned one, some good insight on what can happen to a rod blank to weaken it, why one breaks at the wrong time and a lot of info on how not to do the things that endanger the life of your new fly rod.....!


Trout Unlimited and help preserve our cold water fisheries.

ALL FLY RODS, REEL SEATS w/ WOOD INSERTS AND OTHER ITEMS LISTED ON THIS SITE ARE EACH HANDCRAFTED BY ME.   I do not resell any products that I don't create myself to ensure the highest quality control. The reel seat hardware for my fly rods is crafted by Joel Lemke. His "metal artwork" is like jewelry that adorns my fly rod creation.

 E-Mail------SweetwaterFlyRod@aol.com        Covington, VA