Occasionally, I find the time to build a new rod for myself. I recently completed an 8′ 0″ 5 wt medium progressive action rod for me, and Mary Ann and I got out on the Metolius River for 2 hours for some casting…and possibly catching! I took my new rod, and she took our her new 7′ 9″ 4 wt that she just finished building. Her rod was a mate to mine, just a little shorter and lighter.
Winter fishing on the Metolius River can be slow sometimes, and although there were a few mayflies coming off, we only managed a couple of smaller rainbows. But the rods were amazing to cast, perfect actions for the Metolius River and small dry flies. Here are a few photos:
Getting ready to hit the Metolius River with our new rods.
A nice tight loop for Mary Ann.
A colorful little 9″ rainbow that took my #18 Purple Comparadun dry fly.
My good friend, John Kreft, has a wonderful WEB page and blog dedicated to fly tying. He’s an awesome fly tier and has some great information, both historical and for tying, about flies and fly fishing. He recently posted a great blog entry about fly fishing items for the upcoming Christmas holidays. So, check out his latest post, as well as all the good content at:
I just finished a new rod for Shawn from Portland. He’s a great angler, and this is the third bamboo fly rod I’ve built for him. He already has a 3 wt and a 4 wt rod, and this time he chose a 7′ 6″ 5 wt Signature Series Rod. I really enjoyed building this for him, and this week I joined him on the Metolius River to present the new rod to him….and fish a few hours. Lots of bugs were hatching and we were able to find quite a few rising fish, but, matching their dinner choice was difficult. We managed to tempt a few fish to our flies and had an absolutely great afternoon on the river. Here is Shawn with his new rod.
I got the chance to spend a day on the Metolius River this week with Meryl Schenker (http://merylschenker.com/), a friend and an incredibly talented professional photographer from the Seattle area. I had asked Meryl to help me with some new photographs for my WEB site. We had a great time on the river, shot some great photos, and even caught some feisty rainbows. I have a goal to re-design my WEB site in the next couple of months, utilizing several of Meryl’s great photos. So stay tuned, hopefully I’ll be able to get that done. Here are a few photos from our day.
A quick selfie with Meryl and me.
Pondering where to fish!
A pretty little rainbow that took a #14 Tan Ant Pattern.
I had a great time this week getting out with our friends from the Seattle area, Kelli and Russ, on the Metolius River. After a couple of hours of fishing, I asked them if they wanted to try my bamboo fly rods for a bit of dry fly fishing….and got very quick “you bet” from both of them. I put a 7′ 6″ 5 wt rod in each of their hands and we fished together for about 45 minutes. Although the fish were very interested in our dry flies, we had a great time. While I haven’t converted them over to bamboo just yet, they got a taste of what it’s like. Here we are on the stream with our rods.
Kelli and Russ trying out my bamboo fly rods with me on the Metolius River