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I'm pleased to have been asked to provide a casting demonstration at the BFFI again. The topic of this year's demonstration will be 'fishing with fibreglass'.
I'll be in the casting arena at 11:30.
Yesterday I finally finished my latest fibreglass rod, I don't build enough to justify having specialist equipment, so the process takes me quite a while. I really don't need another rod but like the challenge of building them.
This is an 8 ft (2.44 m), 4 piece, 5 weight. Built on a translucent silver grey blank with a 'cracked ice' acrylic reel seat and dark coffee agate stripping guide. I've used single leg guides on this build, as opposed to the double leg snakes I usually use, as I wanted to see the difference in performance.
This afternoon I gave it a test drive on grass and was pleased with the speed and action. River levels permitting I'm looking forward to giving it its first outing over the weekend and really putting a bend in it
Fishing in Snowdonia on a windy, wet autumnal day. But as the saying goes 'there's no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing'. Fortunately there's some excellent kit available to keep anglers warm and dry no matter the conditions.
Well the new rod is nearly ready, just a couple of finishing touches before it gets an outing.
I've made no secret of the fact that I love fishing with fibreglass rods. They are tough, light, responsive and feel great when bending into a fish. What's not to like? If you think they are too soft to cast effectively you'd be wrong. Modern 'S' glass rods are powerful and can, if handled right cast a good long line. Glass rods are warm, tactile and wondrously translucent.
Martin, a good friend, fished with glass for the first time yesterday, using an 8' 4 wt rod I built last year and was an immediate convert after his catch rate out performed his favourite carbon rod.
For me fibreglass rods have more 'feel', I can detect takes more easily and when hooked the rod's softer action makes playing a fish a more pleasurable experience.
Using a glass rod isn't something that can be rushed, to get the best out of one needs a slow, gentle casting stroke that encourages the caster to relax. Using glass is a transcendental experience.
Well I finally made a decision on colours. I'm using an olive silk thread and silver trim. The silk will get darker and translucent when the resin is applied so will be muted and subtle with the silver adding a little bling. The ferrule wraps will be white silk which will become all but invisible through the finish.
I've recently received the components for my next fly rod. Over the last few years I've used fibreglass almost exclusively for my fishing and this new build will be a 7'6", 4 weight, 4 piece using an exclusive S-helix fibreglass blank.
At the moment I'm struggling to decide what colour whipping thread to use for the wraps on an olive blank and it's proving to be surprisingly difficult!
Well it was a cold, windy day on the river Dee and the fishing was slow. However I soon warmed up when a kelt (about 8lb) took a shine to my size 14 spider!
I was using a fibreglass rod I built myself on an Epic blank. The rod performed well and was bent in half for most of the time I was doing battle with my catch. Eventually, and fortunately, the kelt got off after straightening the hook on my fly.
Taniwha Rodworks has brought out a new range of fibreglass fly rod blanks.
Having used Epic blanks previously I was interested to try something different.
When building a rod for myself I like simplicity and functionality but don't compromise on quality. The new range of TSG blanks are very good quality, great value and come in a range of sizes and colours.
I finished my latest build yesterday and had a chuck with it today. The rod is built on a TSG 805 (an 8' 4/5wt s glass) blank. It's light and responsive, has a nice progressive action and bags of feel, is extremely versatile and responds well. It's perfect for my grayling and trout fishing with dry fly or spiders on the Dee. The blank has exceeded my expectations and I'll certainly use them again.
Whilst most of the rods I build are for myself or friends I occasionally built rods to order. If you want something unique I may be able to help.
Materials used: TSG 805 blank (colour Ice White), magenta thread without colour preservative (this darkens the thread and also make it more translucent, Snake brand guides, nickel silver Lemke reel seat with walnut inset and flor grade cork grip.
A well known 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
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