SweetwaterFly Rods - Purchasing, Payment Options & Returns

MAKING FIRST CONTACT - Placing the Order


This main purpose of this site is to showcase the variety of selection and craftsmanship in building high quality fly rods for those that have a desire to own the best equipment with which to enjoy the sport of Fly Fishing - "The Quiet Sport"

In other words, this is a "custom fly rod shop" where you can get what you want, just the way you want it. 

More details on the custom options on the

"Rod Blanks Available" page on this site. 


E-MAILS: (SweetwaterFlyRod@aol.com)    BEST WAY..!!

Please describe what you are looking for as best as possible and I will respond promptly. Please include your FIRST and LAST names, plus a phone number for contact purposes.

PHONE CALLS:  540.691.6290  (Cell)  Feel free to call and inquire about a custom fly rod that you are interested in having built or need additional information about one found on my site that was ready for immediate sale.


You can call anytime during the day from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm EST.  You can text me as well at the same cell number if you wish.

If you call and I don't immedaitely respond, please leave a message, pronounce your name clearly and please slow down when leaving your phone number. Texting is good here too! - however, still tell me who you are and how I can help you.


GRAPHITE & FIBERGLASS rod pricing for Fresh or Saltwater models is difficult since these builds will all be quite different based upon what each client desires. That is why the customer will get a personal one-on-one discussion with me about what they would like to have designed and built.  When all of the details have been decided upon, a proposal will be generated and submitted to the client showing all the design items and the cost to build the rod requested.


Delivery of the completed customized rod is mainly dependent upon the work load in the shop at the time the client places the order.

The customer will be notified by E-MAIL  & TEXT when work begins on their specific rod order. Updates will be delivered at various times during the build. Any issue on my part that will have a major effect on the rod delivery will be conveyed to the customer as promptly as possible.


Any design changes to the custom rod will be considered only when received by e-mail notification and if the construction has not advanced to a point that the change would not be feasable. Design changes may incur additional fees.



Completed rods will be securely packaged and shipped by USPS, Priority and fully insured. Currently, as of Feb 2020, USPS rod shipping costs are at approximately $28.00 for a 36" long box and weighing 5 lbs. I will package and ship completed rods after FINAL payment has been received in as little time as possible. ------------------------------------------------------------




Each Graphite or Fiberglass rod will be supplied with a heavy denier canvas covered PVC tube with a cloth divider inside for the sections. In the future, an option will be available for a Black, Powder Coated  Aluminum rod tube with shiny brass ends with a cloth rod bag for those desiring this style of protective case. Both of the rod case styles are made in the USA by Clear Creek.

ONE-of-a-KIND, as-built Fly Rods: 

On occasion I will have various models of high quality fly rods available for immediate sale "as built."  These will be displayed in my "STORE" once they are completed and can be personalized for an additional fee if desired.

Personalization, such as a name or quote, etc. will be an option for these for an additional $15.00. The personalization will delay shipment by approximately one week due to the curing of the epoxy finish over the applied decal.

PHOTOGRAPHS: For the purpose of record keeping, 

all completed rods are photographed in detail,

files are archived and hard copy prints are 

placed in the client's file before the rod

is shipped out.

PAYMENT METHODS for Custom Fly Rods


After all of the design details have been worked out and a cost finalized, I will send an initial PayPal invoice to the clients e-mail address, along with an e-mail and text, with all of the purchasing details clearly shown. A PayPal invoice can be used even without the client having a PayPal account. That way, the client can use any credit card thay wish if it's accepted by PayPal. Therefore, I don't need to have the CC numbers in my possession.

This initial invoice will be for the minimum 50% deposit of the total selling price and will be required to secure the order. The deposit is NOT refundable once work has begun on the rod requested.  If for some unforseen reason I can't start immediately after receiving the deposit, the client will be notified by

E-MAIL  & TEXT of a possible start time in the near future and if necessary, adjustments about the order can be made at that time.


Postal Money Orders as well as Cashier's Checks

will also be accepted methods for payment.  

Personal checks will be accepted but must clear all banks prior to the start of any rod construction. This time frame is approximately 7-10 days.

COD is not a payment option.

------------FOR POSTAL MONEY ORDERS ------------


Please have these methods of payment to state the "Pay to the order of"    name as 

Charles M. Armontrout 

1907 Hot Springs Road,

Covington, VA   24426.


The client will be notified when I have received any of the above payments.


SALES & USE TAX: Virginia residents will be assessed the 5.3% Sales & Use Tax on their purchases. 



Within a week or so of the rod completion, the client will be notified by E-MAIL  & TEXT along with a 2nd PayPal invoice for the balance due, if there is any. At this time the balance of the selling price will be required prior to final delivery. 

If final payment is not received within 7 calendar

days of the initial notifications, another notice

will be sent.  After 5 calendar days from

the 2nd notification, I reserve the right to

offer the rod or rods to other customers

at my discretion.



Fly rods ordered that are to be heavily customized with special reel seats, exotic woods, unique guides systems, or thread color schemes or snake skins, cannot be returned or funds refunded for obvious reasons. It will very well be a beautiful creation but it may not be desired by someone else. So purchase responsibly with this in mind as no returns will be accepted at any time after the order is finalized and work begun. 

RETURNS  of ONE-of-a-KIND, as-built Fly Rods:

On occasion I will have various models of high quality fly rods available that will be for sale "as built" for immediate shipment. These are permitted to be returned if they are sent back in the same new, and unused condition in which they were received by the customer. Returns for these rods must be post marked within a 10-Calendar day time frame from the customer's initial receipt of the rod. Customer will be responsible for the return Shipping, Handling & Insurance sufficient to cover the cost of the fly rod. The rod will be inspected and compared to the photographs taken prior to shipment and any adjustments will be made prior to the monetary refund. 


Please return the fly rod to my shop address below:

Sweetwater Fly Rods

Charles Armontrout

1907 Hot Springs 

Covington, VA  24426

At this time, no FOREIGN shipments are being

made for custom fly rod orders.​

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.

 E-Mail------SweetwaterFlyRod@aol.com        Covington, VA