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Nymph-Blank PacBay quickLine FAF1005-4


On the hunt for a keen but qualitative good blank for nymph fishing, a fellow dutch rod builder recommended the new quickLine series from PacBay. – Yes, austrian river Salzach got me there with nymph fishing, see the next report for more information. – I decided to take a 10′ 5wt. After unpacking, i was surprised about the quality, even the tip was straight. This isn’t even ensured with premium blanks of well-known manufacturers. This build will recieve PacBay guides just this once, a Bellinger uplocking reel seat and a fighting but is already mounted. More about casting characteristics, when the […]

Latest build Sage VXP 490–4


Here are some new pic­tures from my latest build. Its a Sage VXP 490–4 blank. I cas­ted the rod just once yet but i can tell you its a rod which gene­ra­tes really high line speed. In fis­hing words, you can pre­sent your fly clean and strai­ght at dis­tance casts. We leave in a couple of weeks for a trip to Nor­way and Swe­den i am very exci­ted what Mr. and Mrs. Brown will think about my long line presentations. Skit­fiske… Related posts: Rod building Sage xi3 – something for the big ones iPhone CTS Vintage blank – the noodle arrived Aufbau Thomas […]

CTS Vintage – the noodle is not al dente


Here is a little report from my new build. I lis­ted some specs about the CTS Vin­tage here. I cas­ted the rod with dif­fe­rent line set­ups: DT1 works best for dry fly fis­hing with sparse CDC pat­terns up to hook size 12. The DT1 is more accu­rate to cast than a DT2. The hea­vier line load the blank deep into the butt sec­tion and it is a lot of fun to roll cast this one. Believe me this rod bends into fish… Related posts: Latest build Sage VXP 490–4 Rod building Sage xi3 – something for the big ones CTS Vintage blank – the noodle arrived Aufbau Thomas & Thomas […]

Rod building Sage xi3 – something for the big ones


A fly fis­hing buddy remin­ded me about some rod buil­ding pro­jects which are on the list since some time. I have to finish a Win­ston WT 7’0″ 3wt, CTS Vin­tage 7’6″ 2wt, the Sage xi3 9’0″ 9wt and a old Sage Gra­phite which needs some polis­hing. Finally i finis­hed all the thread work on the Sage xi3 and baked some really nice qual­lity floor cork rings for the handle. Related posts: Latest build Sage VXP 490–4 CTS Vintage – the noodle is not al dente CTS Vintage blank – the noodle arrived Aufbau Thomas & Thomas Whisperlite 8′ 6″, 5wt

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Photoshop express is also working on the iPhone: here you can see my new Sage xi3, 9 feet, class 9. Related posts: Latest build Sage VXP 490–4 Rod building Sage xi3 – something for the big ones CTS Vintage blank – the noodle arrived Aufbau Thomas & Thomas Whisperlite 8′ 6″, 5wt

CTS Vintage blank – the noodle arrived


Finally after »some« time of wait­ing my blank form CTS arri­ved today. It is the Vin­tage series FV762-3 custom cut and custom color which takes some extra time too. The lon­ger deli­very time is pretty nor­mal at CTS. Here are some specs.: Lenght: 7’6″ Aftma: #2 Sec­tions: custom 3 pcs Color: custom yel­low (regu­lar graphite gloss) Weight: 0.74 oz. Action: slow After unpacking the blank from the tube one point was clear, this is the yel­low what i was loo­king for! I put the pie­ces toge­ther and even wit­hout moun­ted gui­des the stick or i should bet­ter say the »noodle« felt com­ple­tely dif­fe­rent. This build will get a Stru­ble U-25 uplo­cking reel seat and […]

Aufbau Thomas & Thomas Whisperlite 8′ 6″, 5wt


Kom­po­nen­ten für den Aufbau: Blank: Tho­mas & Tho­mas Whisper-Lite WL865-4 Länge: 8’6″ Aftma: #5 Tei­lung: 4teilig, Überschubverbindung Farbe: dun­kel­blau Aktion: medium fast Rol­len­hal­ter: Mark Sham­burg Tita­nium CT Spa­cer: Aboyna Ringe:  REC Schlan­gen­ring & Hop­kins and Hol­lo­way Lei­tring Bin­degarn: Nap­les Seide, Schar­lach­rot Related posts: Rod building Sage xi3 – something for the big ones iPhone CTS Vintage blank – the noodle arrived Winston WT 8′ 6″, 4wt build

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Winston WT 8′ 6″, 4wt build


The dry fly setup Com­ponents used for this build: Blank: Wins­ton WT Trout Length: 8’6″ Aftma: #4 Sec­tions: 3 pcs Color: Wins­ton green Action: medium Reel seat: Bel­lin­ger ULTB660N Spa­cer: black ash burl Gui­des: Hop­kins and Hol­lo­way snakes & Fuji CLNSG stri­ping guide Thread: Gude­brod dark green 5896 This medium action rod bends pro­gres­si­vely into the handle when fight­ing big fish, i use this rod for trout and gray­ling fis­hing on small to medium size water. After some tes­ting of dif­fe­rent lines i was pretty happy with the Lee Wulff TT in 4 weight. The Wins­ton WT(stands for »Wins­ton Trout« or »Wins­ton Tra­di­tio­nal«) series is not picky to line up but you have to make sure you do not […]

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