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McFarland GTX "Black Widow"  8'6" 4wt  -  #23518

Lemke U/L reel seat in Dark Nickel w/ Charcoal Gray Buckeye Burl insert in a gloss finish. 7" FLOR grade cork grip in a RITZ design - 12mm Dk. Nickel stripping guide & matching Snake Brand snake guides and tip top. Guide wraps are BLACK polyester & RED metallic trim bands - Epoxy finish protects all thread work and decal areas.  Each ferrule pair has small white alignment dots for easier assembly. Complete with a 2" Clear Creek aluminum tube and rod bag.  Total rod weight: 3.4 oz.


This is the same glass material used in all other McFarland GTX rod designs - only it's BLACK glass - not just painted!

To view more images of his rod, click on the picture above.

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.

CUSTOM ORDERS are WELCOMED  -  Have it built YOUR way...!!


Just added this new addition to the Rod Shop

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McFarland Custom Classic - "Dirty Martini"

7'9" 4wt


Below is a collection of CUSTOM BUILDS and previously sold rods from the SHOP

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Recently SOLD rods at top of list

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!!

The finest glass & carbon blanks -
The finest reel seats - Lemke, Struble & ALPS
All pieces are selected
, dried and stabilized in house
True hand sorted FLOR grade cork directly from Portugal
Snake Brand Universal snakes

FUJI & ALPS Stripping guides
Arguello & Struble Agates
100% Japanese Silk for fiberglass fly rods

Nylon for graphite & heavie
r fiberglass 
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...!

And the PHOTOGRAPHY . . . .all done in-house by me!


Thanks for stopping by! Charlie



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

Please read these two articles by Tom Kirkman



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 about

how not to do the things that endanger

the life of your new fly rod.....!


The Mayfly Project is a 501(c)(3) national organization that uses fly fishing as a catalyst to mentor and support children in foster care. 

Visit The Mayfly Project site and join me in helping support this fine organization and the children.

"Everyone needs an escape. For me, my escape is fly fishing. During some of the most trying times of my adult life I have used a fly rod as a coping mechanism.

The river is a place where I can immerse myself in God’s creation and forget about everything but mending."


Jess Westbrook, Founder -The MayFly Project

Trout Unlimited site link


Trout Unlimited and help preserve our cold water fisheries.

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The mission of Casting for Recovery is to enhance the lives of women with breast cancer by connecting them to each other and nature through the therapeutic sport of fly fishing.


Visit Casting for Recovery's site and join me in helping support this fine organization and it's mission.

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