fly rods

Black Phantom 4, 2/2 4/5wt 7'6"


Phantom series rodsavailable here or at Lost Coast Outfitters, San Francisco, CA

Traditional Catskill elegance from the golden age of American rod building combined with a contemporary semi parabolic rod actions inspired by east coast rod makers Cattanach and Dickerson hybridize into a smooth and accurate casting tool, with a reserve of power waiting to be used by the angler for all trout fishing environments. This rod design is a great rod for anglers who want to split there time fishing between graphite and split cane rods or who are new to casting a split cane fly rod.

The Phantom series rods are a perfect companion for any local Sierra Nevada river or creek.  At 7’6”, this split cane rod is able to roll cast, curve cast, set hooks with authority and turn feisty trout. Delivering a dry fly effortlessly and accurately in tight situations it excels. I personally fish this rod taper on many streams and lakes of the High Sierra year round with great success. 

I hand make these rods in a range of lengths from 6’6” to 8’1’, currently all are 2 or 4 piece models. The rods are finished with spar varnish and then hand rubbed by the French polish method. I use Gossamer silk thread in Black and Blue tipping. All the hardware is Nickel Silver. On flamed rods the hardware is all blackened.  All the guides are Struble agate and Snake brand. The reel seats made in my shop inserts are hand turned by myself.  Rods come with two identical tips in a cotton bag and bamboo hex tube unless otherwise noted.

Also available at Fish First, Albany, California


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