Custom turned reel seat inserts, in descending order: rosewood, maple, and tiger maples. Jim Downes finishing a custom turned cork grip in the Rod Shop behind The Feathered Hook in Coburn, Pennsylvania. After the joint is bound in this Garrison Style Binder, the Urac will be cured in an oven before sanding, wrapping, varnishing, and finishing.
Rainbow Trout taken on a hand-tied hexagenia tan size 16 klinkhammer and 8’3 3/2 6 weight cane rod, Missouri River, Montana. 38” Northern Pike fished on 8’6 3/2 7 weight bamboo fly rod, Egenoff Lake, Northern Manitoba. Custom bamboo fly rods French Walnut reel seat and Carpenter & Casey prototype reel (left) and Ted Godfrey reel with American Walnut real seat (right). Terenzio silk line, leaders, grease and classic box behind.

All rods are flamed to a medium brown and fitted with nickel-silver reel seat hardware and ferrules. I use an agate stripping guide and black  snake guides and tip tops. Guides are wrapped with 2/0 silk and tipped with 4/0 silk. 


Blued hardware is no extra charge. And all rods come in a brass capped aluminum tube with a rod sack and hang tag.


Rods are guaranteed against defects in workmanship for life and carry an unconditional guarantee for one year from the purchase date. After that, repairs are quoted before they are made. If you slam it in a car door I can fix it but you will be responsible for all costs.


I don’t take deposits unless the rod is a super customized one of a kind special order. Then I may hit you up for a few bucks in advance. Repairs are done normally within a few weeks but certainly not longer than 30 days.