Tom Morgan: "You Have to be Able to Throw Away Your Work"

An Associated Press profile of Tom Morgan and his wife Gerri Carlson includes some fascinating insight into what turned Morgan from a small-town Montana fishing guide into one of the most skilled rod builders in the world. Turns out he and Gerri had a few things to work out in their partnership (Carlson: “I don’t want to be your hands.”). “‘What I like best about a rod is smoothness,’ Morgan said. ‘If your timing is right, it doesn’t take any power at all to get the line out. You can shake a rod and know instantly if it is going to cast nicely or not.'” In the Billings Gazette.

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  • What a great story! Incorporating several terrific themes: excellence in craft, triumph over disability, a dedicated spouse filling in the gaps for their soulmate, and uncompromising dedication to perfection; The Morgan story would make a great book or movie. I hope someone does it. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.