This fly rod is my latest McFarland GTX creation (#22510) that now has a home in Vancouver, Washington – 8’0” 4wt  4pc in the natural translucent fiberglass color  -  The reel seat is a Lemke LC1 in Bright Chrome  -  Reel seat insert wood is Spalted Alder  -  FLOR Grade cork grip - 7" long in the Half-Wells style  -  12mm ceramic stripping guide that blends well with the Snake Brand snake guides and tip top  -  Guide wraps are 100% Japanese silk in Taupe Beige w/ Black trim rings as well as silk bands in Lt. Sand at the ferrules and stripping guide  -  Multiple coats of epoxy protects all thread work/decal areas.  Total weight:  3.5 oz.

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 & Carbon, CTS-Glass & Carbon, McFarland Glass, Blue Halo Glass, SAGE Carbon, Rainshadow ETERNITY  - Saltwater Editions (carbon) 
b.  The finest reel seats - Lemke, Struble & ALPS all the way!
c.  Figured or burl wood inserts - all Stabilized
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...! 



Below is a collection of previously sold creations

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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

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.


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.


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.....!