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steeldrifter

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Back to the land of the living

19 June 2017 - 12:53 PM

Just letting you all know I will be slow to handle things or reply to PM's for a bit. I went to the ER Friday morning and they took me right into surgery. Had an internal hernia a twisted intestine and appendix removed then spent 3 days in the hospital. Came home yesterday and still very sore because of the big incision and about 15 staples but other than that I'm getting around and hope to be back to normal with in the next 2 weeks. Was not a fun thing at all but I am glad to finally not have to worry about these stomach issues I have been having for the past 4 years any longer.


An outstanding trip!

13 June 2017 - 12:34 PM

Spent the past 2 days back on the Au Sable with my good friend Mark chasing trout. Had to cut the trip 1 day short due to a big storm that knocked the power in town/motel out, but we can't complain because the fishing was outstanding. Spent the morning's & mid day's stripping streamers on the spey rods and the evenings fishing dries on the 4wt's and had just an unreal time catching nice healthy browns & rainbows up to 18" with a vast majority of them being in the 13"-16" range. I turned the OD of the grip on my spey rod I built down a bit before this trip and it was just what I needed. It's so much more comfortable now I felt really good with the two handed rod and was throwing 80ft casts with ease this time. Excellent trip with a great friend with tons of beautiful good size Au Sable trout put in the net, just does not get much better than that.

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May the force be with you! Star Wars rod

09 June 2017 - 01:40 PM

Every once in a while I will get a request for a "themed" rod. This customer had been planning this build with for a a very long time now and today I finally finished it and have hos dream rod ready for him. It is a Star Wars themed rod with quite a bit of attention to detail and the futuristic look to it to say the least. From the thread wraps on the carbon fiber grip sealed under three coats of clear to the epoxy thread ramp to give a seamless transition from grip to blank, to the green marbling under the custom decals to the custom made rod sock no part of this build was overlooked on details.

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8ft 5wt fiberglass

07 June 2017 - 10:56 AM

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This is the one I was offering here for a special price. It is now all done and off to other places for sale now.

 

8ft white glass blank with REC polished reel seat, rhw custom grip with burl corks, classic style four leg stripper, snake guides wrapped in garnet with black trim. Neat little rod, I was actually thinking of sticking this one into my own collection maybe. We'll see :)


9ft 5wt Shx complete package

06 June 2017 - 11:13 AM

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First off Mike please avert your eyes, we wouldn't want you to go into "Blue Overload" and start kissing the screen of anything lol

 

This is a complete package for a customer that is just getting into fly fishing. It's a 9' 5wt Shx titanium color blank with a beautiful piece of hand turned curly poplar wood set in nickle silver BUL5 hardware. Grip has various burl corks with the checkerboard center customer requested as well as some blue matching accents. Wraps are Royal blue with metallic ice blue trim and spiral overwraps ending in some thin inner wraps on the inside of the snake guides. Topped off with a A.R.E large arbor reel, SA line, backing and Cabela's rod tube.