Epic !

epic blanks contest winners

woW… yesterday  i received a note from Carl McNeil stating i was one of the winners of a Swift Epic Unidirectional S2 Fast Glass fly rod blank from a photo contest on Facebook. made in New Zealand by CTS these modern high performance fiberglass blanks seem very promising to say the least. (click the pic above for specs)

needless to say i’ve been jittering around since with visions of fly lines dancing in the air and millions of big and strong jumping fish as the result of each cast !… (well, maybe just one monster fish per cast but it’s fun to have grandiose thoughts)

since it’s not a finished rod some magic’s going to need to happen before this little 7’6″ 4wt darling comes to life and this is what i have in mind.
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oh, and this was the winning pic: ‘a few mayflies
'a few mayflies - epic contest winner
i keep on saying how what a special moment it was when i made that image but now well, it’s even more special.

expect a full review of this new rod and it’s build within the coming months.
and mostly, a million thanks to Jeannie and Carl  McNeil for selecting my photo !

kissing cousins

fluing and other debilitating activities have kept me closed in for more than a week and enough is enough ! 
having heard reports that this guy’s french cousin is out and about i’ll be off to the water with some juicy, pre-good-mojo impregnated new flies made just for the occasion (the idea is to have a little tug of war and slip him back in to resume his sterile fish-screwing fest without ever knowing what happened). watch out Dude !