In the shadow, something

When I’m not running here and there in Netherlands to see my former students becoming doctors, sometimes even getting a say in the process (my first PhD commitee, if I’m allowed to boast a little), I try to make this project a little more real. It’s a fairly fast 5wt, that I’m wrapping whole black (as in: black). Struggled a little to get the decal right, first I went with stickers, to no avail, then I got a splendid opportunity to get cold peel decals made for me (thanks Nico !!). This cold peel stuff is just the dog’s bollocks, really, but it’s not cheap (as in: arm and leg). Seems that the guys have to do them serigraphic style, looks like a major pita. That’s how the rod looks now. decal domus 1 Ie: good. I’ve wrapped the ferrules, l have to mesure the blank, place the guides, wrap them, and finish the whole thing. I got creative on the grip, can’t wait to show you. And while I’m at it: beloved readers, if any of you is aware of a technology allowing to print cold peel decals, please O please make yourself known, be that by PM or in the comments. You’ll be rewarded karmatically by tighter loops, better water reading skills, and overall enhanced sexyness.

cul de canard

Here’s a sedge, tied in a peculiar way. I love the antennae, and the simplicity. That thing looks quite buggy to me. And if it weren’t enough, you get Selah Sue on the soundtrack. Fantastic! Here’s what the tier has to say (translation after the vid):

Cela fait depuis une saison que je ne possède plus de cou de coqs pour monter mes mouches. En effet j’utilise désormais un maximum de matériaux que je n’achète pas. Connaissant quelques chasseurs ça aide … Le prix d’un bon cou de coq étant relativement élevé, j’essaie de m’en passer. Voici donc le montage d’un sedge en cul de canard dans sa version à flottaison basse. Le dubbing de lièvre utilisé pour ce modèle ayant tendance à s’imbiber vous ne pourrez pas pêcher avec tout un après midi. Elle s’avère parfaite pour pêcher sur gobages

I’ve been tying my flies without a cape for a season now. Indeed, I use as much as I can materials I don’t buy. Knowing a couple of hunters helps… The price of a good cock cape being relatively high, I try to do without. So here’s the tying of a CDC sedge in a version which stays low on the film. The hare’s dubbing tends to soak, so you won’t be able to fish this fly a whole afternoon. It’s the perfect fly to target a rising fish.

Glass, again

This glass thing is strangely insistent.

Very cool loops here, and a rather random video edit, especially without any proper end. But what do I know? I hear that even for fly casting, the stop is quite an overrated notion.

Speaking of glass, the tadpole blanks should be somewhere along the Morbihan’s Gulf anytime soon. With these I’m gonna build me a fun little glass thing. And, modulo a couple of stylistic adjustments, what I’m going to do when it gets warm again is that:

Of course tadpoles are no Kabutos, they aren’t bright yellow with cool white spigots for instance. But I don’t care. They’re cheap, and very chic. Or vice versa.

Going on

Thanks to Harps on SL, a chance to read some Tennyson.

And draw them all along, and flow,
To join the brimming river,
For men may come and men may go,
But I go on forever.

Which conjures images from the Hudson River school. Such as this one

Trout Fisherman, oil on canvas, John Frederick Kensett (1852).

Trout Fisherman, oil on canvas, John Frederick Kensett (1852).

Knowing what one is doing (and the importance thereof)

When I reviewed Eric’s Epic 480, I knew that thing was different. Different enough to get me into the stupid idea to build a glass rod actually, but that’s a story for another time. But when I read the substantial essay Oliver wrote on his blog about Epic, I’ve just been baffled by the amount of cleverness that went into the whole Swift business model. I mean, look at the name. You can’t even mention the stuff without praising it…

epic 480 CHFORM

Christian Hörgren, Fine Tackle, Sweden.
A fine example of knowing what one is doing.

Can’t find what you look for in graphite? Use fiberglass.

Can’t have the rods built well enough at reasonable costs? Use custom builders’ expertise, and build some network.

What if that’s too expensive or the guys want to do that themselves? Yeah that’s fine, it’s the Swift philosophy. Build your rods, like your tie your flies. Offer them a selection of the very best components there is. 

What if the guy never did this? He’ll have to factor in all the extra building stuff in the rod’s cost?

Now this is where Carl McNeil left me flabbergasted (cool word). Watch this thing:

Kickass fiberglass rod tube? Check.

Kickass fiberglass rod tube? Check

The goddam box the building kits comes in transforms into a wrapping station. How cool is that? cool, that’s how.

I urge you to read Oliver’s whole interview of McNeil. He’s right on so many things, it’s quite an enlightening experience. For my rodbuilding friends, whom I love dearly even though I think they sometimes go way overboard on some issues, let me quote him:

The subject of spining rods has & continues to cause huge debate. The truth is that under the tension of the cast the rod will always bend according to the tension of the fly line against the guides and tiptop, the effect of the spine on a fully loaded rod is negligible. – So truly, it matters little (all respect to the great Don Green)

Do what you feel is best for your build, it’s you rod – follow your bliss.

Amen, Carl.

Sadly, I’m not in the league for an Epic. These blanks cost a lot more than I can afford right now.* But man, I’m really glad you’re in this business.


* Not complaining though. They aren’t super expensive, and we know why they cost this much (small NZ production).