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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  
Well, January has come and gone and the New Year is off and running. Warmer weather is not that far away and based upon the last several weeks, is it really Winter Time????
Getting closer to finalizing a line of High-End blanks and it looks like CTS has an excellent selection of
GRAPHITE and FIBERGLASS rod actions and line weights that should fit very well in the void left by St. Croix. 
As of the week of Feb 3rd, I have TWO CTS QUARTZ fiberglass blanks on the way from New Zealand in 8'0", 5wt, 4pc. The colors of these blanks is the "Natural Milky White" which makes an excellent palette upon which to build a beautiful fly rod.
St. Croix Burgundy blanks may no longer
be available for custom rods now but I still
have a few blanks of the Burgundy SCIV/II fly
rods in stock as blanks ready to build on. 
The blanks that are available for building can be found on
the Completed Rods page. 
EPIC & McFarland Fiberglass blanks will also be in the fibeglass selections as well. 
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...!!!
Chances are you can get exactly what YOU want!!
Now, after several years since the resurgence of fiberglass, fly rods, there are blanks everywhere but only a few are truely in the high quality collector class.
Ones that I favor are the new models of the 
EPIC "FastGlass II" with the Snakebelly finish.
They are a 4pc blank in the most beautiful translucent
colors that are partially sanded and finished glossy
to give the surface the look of a snake's belly.
A very nice and unique look for fiberglass. The only drawback is the limited colors. The ones I enjoyed building on were the "Nude" or natural color fiberglass which was very close to the color of the plastic in a milk jug!!  It was a nice "canvas" to build on since it did not impart another color into the color scheme. 
The NEW EPIC models I currently have are listed on the Rod Blanks Available tab as well as here on the HOME page.  SALSA & OLIVE - in 8'6" 6wts.
I also have some of Mike McFarlands fiberglass blanks in stock and they too are in the high quality collectable class of rod blanks.  They have a nice, unsanded appearance but still have a shiny finish and are available in the yellow and the natural - the color I like and have on this site for sale.
Please call me at 540.691.6290 or e-mail if you need additional information or a price quote for your custom fly rod.
THE Custom Built Fly Rod you have always wanted.
Built the way YOU want it.!!

Here are links to more previous custom builds that you may find interesting and possibly wish to get one for yourself...!!

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 are scheduled to arrive mid to late March 2020.
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

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