Retirement announcement. Over a thirty seven -year period my life - 45 years if you include the years I built rods as an amateur, has centred around designing fly rods based on my fishing experiences and my concept of how a fly rod should perform. Luckily a good number of customers seemed to agree with my ideas on rod design - and since 1977 I’ve been running a successful business building fly rods of the highest quality. Thank you to you all. Everything has to end at some time though. The years spent building rods seems to have passed so quickly! I have now reached retirement age and principally due to the onset of osteoarthritis in my hands, I feel that it is time to retire from full time rod making. As of March 2014 I will not be taking any more general orders for rods or blanks.
The order book will close at the end of February 2014 and from then on I will be making only a very limited number of up to 12 rods each year. These rods will be a special build of twelve custom built EV5 fly rods using only the very best components, cork and reel seats. Full details of the rods -
The “Master Rodsmith's Best Dozen.” will be available to view on a new web page on my website in December. Contact me if you would like to have one of these special rods made for you. The 2015 quota is already being filled.
Rod Repairs; On a part time basis - I will where possible, still offer a repair service for Norwich rods. Some of the early models can no longer be serviced though, but I will do my best for you. My rod building supplies business & Bonefishing holidays business will also continue.