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McFarland "GTX" fiberglass  8'6" 4wt ​​​​​​​ -  Ser #23510

Now in the Sweetwater Fly Rod Shop

Lemke U/L reel seat in Bright Nickel w/ Black Cherry Burl insert in a gloss finish.

7" FLOR grade cork grip in a modified Half-Wells design - 12mm stripping guide

w/ Snake Brand snake guides and tip top. Guide wraps are 100% YLI Japanese silk

Epoxy finish protects all thread work and decal areas. Each ferrule has small black

alignment dots for easier assembly. Complete with a 2" Clear Creek

aluminum tube and rod bag.   Total weight:  3.3 oz

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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.
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 - EPIC-CTS-McFarland

The finest reel seats - Lemke, Struble & ALPS

All picked, dried and stabilized in house

True hand sorted FLOR grade cork directly from Portugal

Snake Brand Universal snakes - FUJI & ALPS Stripping guides

100% Japanese Silk for fiberglass fly rods

Nylon for graphite & heavier 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...! 



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

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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
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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.


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.


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 on how not to do the things that endanger the life of your new fly rod.....!

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