This fly rod is my latest McFarland GTX creation - 8'6" 6wt (#22507) This McFarland GTX has a Lemke LC-1 reel seat in Bright Nickel plated aluminum with  a piece of beautiful BUCKEYE BURL in a gloss finish - This is the natural color of the wood as it has not been dyed..AMAZING!!  The grip is a 7" modified Half-Wells style from FLOR grade cork.  The 12mm stripping guide is matched to the Snake Brand snake guides and ceramic tip top. Main guide wraps are 100% Japanese silk in natural white and tipped with dark green. At the ferrules, stripping guide and at the grip, there is a band of victoria green silk for a nice accent.  Epoxy finish protects all thread work and decal areas.  Each ferrule pair has small black alignment dots for easier assembly.

More McFarland fiberglass blanks for this model can be ordered for a custom build.

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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!!

Top Shelf is as follows:

a.  The finest glass & carbon blanks - EPIC-Glass and Carbon,
      CTS-Glass and Carbon, McFarland Glass and Carbon

b.  The finest reel seats - Lemke, Struble & ALPS all the way!
c.  Figured or burl wood inserts - all picked, dried and Stabilized by me!
d.  True hand sorted FLOR grade cork from Portugal - sorted by me
e.  The best guides - Snake Brand Universal snakes, FUJI & ALPS                      stripping guides
f.  Wrapping threads-100% Japanese Silk for fiberglass fly rods - Nylon          for graphite & heavier fiberglass 
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...! 

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


Below is a collection of previously sold creations

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This was the last 686 Salsa...EPIC no longer makes 686's in this color - but I have 3 in-stock in the new ARCTIC color.


Trout Unlimited and help preserve our cold water fisheries.


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.

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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.


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.....!