Do I have a style? I think I do have a style. I prefer to build rods that have a classic/ traditional look to them, especially Bamboo and Fiberglass rods. Personal preference: the components of a rod should compliment each other. The wood insert in the seat should flow with the wrap color. The Agate stripping guide, if used, should flow with the wraps and seat. Never felt the need to go with the latest trends, in rod building. Trends come and go, but the classic/ traditional looks will stand the test of time.
Why do I stick to my style? Short answer: Because it's who I am as a builder and fly fisherman. Fly fishing has been referred to as "The Quiet Sport". I fly fish because it gives me the opportunity to just drop everything and decompress from any stress. When you are fishing your favorite water, ever notice how the colors of everything flow together? The rocks, water, trees, and even the fish are all in sync. That is how I want to fish, in sync with my surroundings. My builds need the same elements. They need to be in sync with each other. Like nature, the rod should flow. Nothing against a loud, bright, NASCAR or Bass Pro circuit colored rod. I just don't build them. It isn't my style. And to be the best builder I can be, I need to stay true to what works for me.
My style doesn't fit yours? No problem. builders talk to each other. I know several fantastic builders, all with different styles. I can refer them to you with 100% confidence they will deliver a top quality rod. It isn't about me getting all the business I can. It's about ensuring your custom rod experience is the best it can be, no matter who builds your rod.
What's all this talk about flow, in sync, compliment? Pete, you some sort of hippie? Nope, check out the pictures on the site. Hopefully you will see what I am talking about when I say flow. The rods in the pictures should flow together just like the natural surroundings in the fishing shots. Look at your own fishing pictures and I bet you will see the same thing. ........nature flows.
Until next time my friends,