Friday, March 28, 2014

Gingher Snips

The Frustrations of Cutting Thread and How I Learned to Love Snippers

A long time ago, we used razor blades, tying scissors, Xacto knives or whatever was around the shop to cut thread tags; even nail clippers! Not to cut the final thread pull tag but the starting tags. Wasted time was not a good thing and we looked for way to make any part of wrapping rods easier.

Voila, fly tying snippers was the answer or so we thought. The greatest thing about using snippers is that you don't have to put your fingers in the loop holes to open and close the blades like scissors. And you don't have to hold both ends to use a razor. You can just pick them up and snip the thread. 

After using fly tying snippers (which work very well); we found the 'Ultimate' snippers from Germany. They are: Gingher Snips!

They have surgical grade blades and stay sharp for a very long time. In fact I've been using a pair for many years and for many rods. One word of caution; if you drop them they always land points first (as all scissors are prone to do) and they are sharp enough to penetrate denin and flesh. I know this for a fact. But if you dodge the dropped snips, they will land point first on the floor and the snippers are no longer the 'Ultimate' snippers but something you can use to cut string on packages. They come with a handy blade cap for when you need to transport or store them.

This is one of the best investments any serious rod builder can make at only $19.95.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Epic Fiberglass in Mocha

New Epic Fiberglass in Mocha

Custom Fly Rod Crafters now have the new Epic Mocha fiberglass blanks in stock and they're going fast. We received the new 7'6" 3wt, 8'0" 4wt & 8'0" 5wt blanks from Swift/Epic blanks and everybody is really liking the brown mocha color. A little bit traditional but very rich in color.

The 7'6" 3wt is very sweet and we've been anticipating this new lighter weight fiberglass blank that is crisp and very responsive from Epic for a long time.

This 3wt is not akin to any slow, sluggish fiberglass blank on the market today. You will be pleasantly surprised of the action and smoothness of this blank.

All Mocha models in stock!

More news from Custom Fly Rod Crafters.

We are now including our new embroidered Epic rod bag FREE with every Epic blank, a $16.99 value!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Ask Flyrodcrafters - Grip/Reel Seat Layout

Jim a custom fly rod builder asks:
Any tips on the sequence and glue placement for the assembly of the reel seat handle and insert?

When I do the 'layout' on a particular blank, I will measure up where the reel seat is going to be mounted, measure for the length of the grip and place a piece of masking tape to show where the end of the grip will slide down to.
Then I will scratch the blank to ensure a good glue bond. The tape acts as a visual indicator because when you put glue on the blank all the scratches will disappear.

Make sure you measure properly as some butt sections are intentionally shorter than the mid sections. If, for example a Sage blank, the butt section is usually about 1/4" short, then you take that into account when measuring on the blank.

For example; if my uplocking reel seat measures 3-3/8" (not including the insert portion that is inside the cork retainer) then I will measure 3-1/8" from the end of the blank to where the end of my grip will be mounted and you will have that 1/4" small void inside your reel seat. Nothing to worry about, the reason is that some reel seats have solid end butts and if you don't compensate for the difference, you reel seat will not fit unless you trim the blank.
The only time I glue on the reel seat first is when I'm building a saltwater or spey rod with a fighting butt or rear grip. Then I will glue on the grip and sill have a small piece of butt section to clamp to during the drying process.

If you have any rod building questions, send them to us and we will try our best to help you out. Email me at

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Snake Brand Universal Snake Guide

Custom Fly Rod Crafters is now carrying the Snake Brand Universal snake guide.

Snake Brand, Inc. produces their patented Universal Guide, a precision formed snake guide featuring a concave radius on the bottom of the foot - the only ones in the industry. This breakthrough design results in guides that are self-orienting and self-aligning. Their Universal Guides are constructed of high quality stainless steel, and feature the same exceptional quality that has made Snake Brand, Inc. the market leader in the development of light wire snake guides.

The feet are consistent in length; they have tapered ends, and fit the contour of a round fly rod blank. This equals less time spent grinding, filing, twisting, bending, and wrapping.

Available in chrome or black nickel
To fly rod custom builders, the importance of labor savings, quality, and performance cannot be overstated, and Snake Brand's new Universal Guide is the answer.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Custom Rod Builder Showcase

Custom builder - Flat Creek Rods, Rio Rancho, New Mexico, USA

Blank:  Tom Morgan Rodsmiths Fiberglass 8' 4wt
Grip:  X-Fine Grade Cigar
Reel seat: Joel Lemke Black Nickel Slide Band LC14
Insert: Koa
Stripping Guide: Struble in Black Nickel with Medium Amber Stone
Snake Guides:  Light Wire TiCH
Thread:  Gossamer Silk in Chestnut, Tipped in Black


Ben Casarez
2303 Salinas Ave SE
Rio Rancho, NM 87124
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