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Having a hankering for an 8' #5 fibreglass rod I decided to build one rather than buy one off the shelf.
Buying the components wasn't cheap but it was very satisfying, and a whole lot better value than buying a rod of similar quality. I built it on an Epic 580 Fastglass blank (colour Salsa). I whipped a couple of guides with white silk for a totally transparent look but decided I wanted a little more colour, but still keep a translucent effect to the whipped guides, so settled on Fishhawk Goldenrod thread and combined this with a couple of turns of metallic black to pick out the ferrules. Snake brand guides were used as the guide feet are visible, and proper Snake guides are exceptionally good quality. The fishtail shaped grip is made from Flor grade cork and the nickel silver reel seat has a myrtle wood inset.
I'm pleased with the end result and delighted with how the rod performs. It has a wonderful smooth through action but with a surprisingly fast recovery. It casts beautifully and is a dream to fish with.
A well know fly fishing guide and instructor John can often be found fishing or guiding on the Welsh Dee or passing his knowledge to others at game fairs and country shows.
guided fly fishing in North Wales
Guided fly fishing trips on rivers, streams and upland lakes in Snowdonia. and surrounding areas of North Wales.
Fishing for summer & winter grayling and wild brown trout.in the spectacular, tranquil countryside that is Snowdonia National Park.
Fly fishing lessons in North Wales
Fly fishing and casting lessons for beginners. Casting fault analysis, single handed spey, slack line and presentation casting tuition for more experienced fly fishers.
Develop your watercraft skills on freestone rivers and upland lakes.