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Tag: Swift Fly Fishing

Epic Rod Build Update: Taking Your Time

For the past few weeks I've taken on building my first fly rod. The blank and almost all essential elements are from a company called Swift Fly Fishing in New Zealand, who will sell their gorgeous fiberglass blanks to you as is or, as I'm doing, in a kit with everything included. Of course you'll need a few other things, but those are easy enough to grab at...

Epic Rod Build Update: Getting Started...

A few weeks ago I launched into a rod building project.  My first.... Since then I had a pile of work that was unexpected and I've been slow to get back to the rod. So I'm basically starting anew and getting down to business this week. The rod in question is from Swift Fly Fishing and is one of their Epic "Fast Glass" blanks.  Specifically it's their ...

Building your first Fly Rod: To Spine or Not to Spine?

Since starting my first rod building project a short time ago (thanks to the good folks at Swift Fly Fishing) I've learned a number of things I didn't know about fly rod blanks. One of the more interesting is that within the rod building community there seems to be a serious discussion about utilizing what's called the "spine" of a rod blank. Director of...

Video Series: How to Build Your First Fly Rod

I've been fishing my entire adult life and own way too many fly rods. At least my wife and family think so. The thing is, I've never had the gumption or drive to actually build one of my own. I'm a decently handy guy but rarely if ever build things from scratch. That's why when Swift Fly Fishing broke on to the scene very recently with their Epic "fast...