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                                       This little beauty is a CTS Affinity X series 7'6" 6wt  4pc in Chameleon Green-Gold metallic that I have asked CTS to                                                make me several more of 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 the order was even submitted by the rep, a regular client requested that I build him one in Jet Black gloss with the same rod and line weight specifications. WE just might have something here with this little work horse....!!!


This rod was initially built by special request from a client of mine of many years in my home state of Virginia.  A specialized design to be used for big river float fishing when a heavier line weight is needed but not the length of a "nine-footer" The rod has a 16mm FUJI stripping guide and Titanium/Nickle alloy snake guides along with a ceramic tip top.  But, you can have one built any way you want it.  Comes complete with a black, Clear Creek heavy canvas covered PVC tube with internal cloth dividers for the rod sections. 

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 if you need additional information or a price quote for your custom fly rod.
FastGlass II Series
2 ea    580 Amber 8'0"  5wt 4pc
1 ea    580 Olive Green  8'0"  5wt  4pc
1  ea   476 Amber 7'6" 4wt  4pc
1  ea   476 Salsa 7'6" 4wt  4pc
These blanks are so new that none of them have been spoken for or reserved.  
These 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!!
Just like all of the other fly rods shown here!!
That is what the customer expects!!
Top Shelf is as follows:
a.  The finest blank - 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
g.  Epoxy finish on all thread and decal areas
More of these details can be seen in the .....
Some areas of these rods can be customized a little more such as in the grip, with the different shapes & styles. Different colors of the silk are available and can be selected as necessary for a specific color scheme. Agate stripping guides are available for those wishing to have one of the "traditional" strippers on the rod..or, any other sdesign ideas that the customer might have in mind.
All "Top Shelf" components
makes for a "Top Shelf" rod, all the way!!
CTS Blanks Below
scheduled for an
early July delivery...!!
Currently waiting on a delivery of TWO CTS QUARTZ fiberglass blanks on the way from New Zealand in 8'0", 5wt, 4pc. The colors of these blanks is the "Natural Translucent White" which makes an excellent palette upon which
to build a beautiful fly rod. 
Also in the same shipment, three CTS carbon
7'6" 4pc 6wt's, two in the color of the picture at the top of this page and one in Jet Black, which has a customer waiting on it.....!!
Please call or write if you would like to get a quote for a fly rod built on one or maybe all of the blanks listed above - as they are cheaper by the dozen!!!

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...!!!


CTS  9'  6wt  4pc


Click the Green Button BELOW to see a version
of a one-of-a-kind 7'6" 6wt 4pc that was a prototype approximate 4 years ago. Several requests for a 6wt in a 7'6" model have surfaced so I opted to have CTS design me a more modern blank on their Affinity X series. 
These new blanks will be the same color, Chameleon Green-Gold but will be customized to any degree needed. Blanks WERE scheduled to arrive mid to late March 2020 but now will be delayed as stated above.
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
TWO of Mike McFarlands fiberglass blanks are completed and listed as ready for sale in the "FLY ROD SHOP" section of this website.  One more McFarland is completed, an 8'6" 4pc 5wt Natural Clear, #20503 and has been added to the list.
Select the ORANGE bar in the header at the top of this
page to go to the "FLY ROD SHOP".
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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.....!

FastGlass II Series
Two of the blanks listed to the left have been completed and pictures will be taken soon and then sent up to this site.
1 ea    580 Amber 8'0"  5wt 4pc
1  ea   476 Salsa 7'6" 4wt  4pc

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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.        Covington, VA