This little GRAPHITE beauty is a CTS Affinity X series 7'6" 6wt 4pc in Chameleon Green-Gold metallic. I have asked CTS to make me several more of these blanks 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....!!!
Note: The new in-stock CTS blanks for the rod shown is a shade DARKER than shown in the picture above. I guess after four-plus years CTS has changed the color formulation. It has a darker olive base color but still has the green/gold metal flake in the glossy finish.
However, in the sunshine, the color of the blank is still quite beautiful!!!
This rod 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". This 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 Clear Creek Black powder coated rod tube and sectioned cloth bag.
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.
NEW EPIC BLANKS
FastGlass II Series
2 ea 580 Amber 8'0" 5wt 4pc - 1 completed
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 - Completed
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 for fiberglass fly rods
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 design ideas that the customer might have in mind.
All "Top Shelf" components
makes for a "Top Shelf" rod, all the way!!
CTS Fiberglass Blanks
have arrived . . .
The TWO CTS QUARTZ fiberglass blanks have arrived from New Zealand. They are each a 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.
And, one is being built as of August 5, 2020
and . . . . it is now FINISHED. Pics have been
taken and will be uploaded soon!
Please call or write if you would like to get a quote for a fly rod built on one of these great fiberglass blanks made by CTS . . . . .
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 approximately 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 can be customized to any degree needed as opposed to what is shown 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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HOW TO TAKE CARE OF YOUR NEW FLY ROD
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.....!
NEW EPIC BLANKS COMPLETED
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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