NEW Fiberglass 8'0" 5wt "QUARTZ" blank design by CTS of New Zealand.

This fiberglass fly rod is a 8'0" 5wt 4pc "QUARTZ" design by CTS of New Zealand. The color is the natural fiberglass with a smooth glossy finish. The reel seat is a Joel Lemke design, up-Locking with a piece of stabilized Spalted Alder in glossy finish. The 7" FLOR grade cork grip is of a Modified RITZ design. The stripping guide is 12mm ceramic along with the finest Snake Brand snake running guides. This rod is wrapped with 100% Japanese Silk with multiple layers of epoxy to protect the threadwork and decal areas. Comes complete with a black,

powder coated aluminum rod tube and rod bag.

Click on the image for more views. This rod is available in the Sweetwater Fly Rod Shop.

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!!
 . . . . . . . . . . . . . .and that is exactly what the customer expects!!
Top Shelf is as follows:
a.  The finest glass & carbon blanks - EPIC, CTS, McFarland,
Blue Halo, SAGE, Rainshadow ETERNITY (carbon) 
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...! 
EPIC 888   8'8" 8wt Fiberglass
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This EPIC 888 was recently sold as a custom build for a client a few hours from my shop. The main purpose for it will be for freshwater stripers in the lakes & river systems near where he lives. Here are the specs for what he wanted:

      2" Fighting butt with cap - Anodized aluminum ALPS reel seat

      8" FLOR grade cork grip w/ composite cork  - A 4" section of genuine           Diamondback Rattlesnake skin just above the grip - FUJI stripping               guides at 16mm & 12mm with Snake Brand Universal chrome                     running guides - FUJI Chrome top with Silicone Carbide insert

       Supplied with a 2½" Black aluminum rod case with EPIC cloth bag

       Total rod weight as shown:   6.5 oz

                      Click on image to see more views of this rod.


Call or write if you are interested.
SEE THIS ROD in the Fly Rod Shop listings for full details
price is listed at $595.00 USD
Click on image to see more views of this rod.

This rod is the 4th rod in this line class and length I have built. Three in the metallic Green-Gold as shown and one in Jet Black for a client that has other CTS fly rods in the same black color scheme.

This is the last one for this year but more will be built in 2021

The rod shown is a copy of the prototype 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".



Saltwater Fly Rods - Carbon Graphite

Saltwater fly rod models from SAGE, CTS-New Zealand, Rainshadow Eternity can also be built to your specifications.  I have built several on the CTS Carbons from 6wt AffinityX all the way through CTS 13wt REVO SALT - Now that was a real work horse!

The Rainshadow "ETERNITY" is another great addition for the saltwater fly fisherman or woman. This rod has a glossy Cobalt Blue finish saltwater taper with a nice fast tip that works to perfection to get the bugs where they need to be.  The saltwater models are

all 9' 4pc from 5wt to 12wt. (no 11wt listed)


These ETERNITY blanks are very light due to the Hi-modulus carbon fibers and a pleasure to cast. They will exhibit a powerful backbone once loaded for longer casts.  Considering what heavy duty jobs they are designed to perform, the light weight does not hinder the overall performance of the blank at all - it just allows one to use it longer on the water!!


For 2021,  I now see the Batson/Rainshadow ETERNITY line-up of high quality blanks now lists a 9' 4pc 4wt for general trout & panfish along with a 10'6" 4wt for European Nymphing. Now these 4wts will definitely be fun to fish with!


Trout Unlimited and help preserve our cold water fisheries.

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
NEW CTS Affinity-X Graphite Fly Rod   7'6"  6wt
A River Float Trip Work Horse


or any fishing rod for that matter. . . . . .

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.....!

© 2021 Sweetwater Fly Rods - Charles Armontrout - All Rights Reserved    

NOTE:   All rod specifications, pricing, shipping information as well as warranty details are subject to change without notice.

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