Welcome to C.L. Crumbliss Fly Rod Co. My fly rods are an ongoing work to provide anglers with the best possible tools to enjoy their time on the water. I build my rods on fiberglass and bamboo which you can see on the corresponding pages.
Update: April, 2017
I’ve just finished the last two of the six bamboo rods I made this year. I’m very happy with how they have all turned out. This year has been quite a learning experience and I’m happy to say I’m confident enough in my bamboo rods that I will be selling a few next year. This year I’ve:
- Made my own ferrules and reel seat hardware
- Constructed a nodeless rod
- Started making my own snake guides
- Stayed with the same finish process all year (it works for me)
- Gave a bamboo rod to a good friend
- Designed a tool for bamboo rod makers
I’m very excited about the simple little tool I’ve designed to help align strips before glueing. I’m going to be sharing a few samples with the rod makers at the Carolina Cane Gathering. I don’t really want this to be a business venture, the design on all three took less than an hour, and the materials cost is minimal, but I also realize I can’t just be mailing these all around the world and eating the shipping cost. I will be adding a page to my site with pictures and prices for the tools.
Next year I’ll be offering my first bamboo rods for sale. I’ve decided to focus on one taper (yet to be determined) for the year and make 3 or 4 rods off that taper to sell. I’ll also be building some experimental tapers to help choose the taper for the following year. I anticipate the rods will be ready for delivery in March 2018. As I firm up the details (after fishing a couple of the rods I made this year in North Carolina all summer) I will be updating the bamboo page on this site.
Although I’m not going to be importing any more fiberglass blanks I’m willing to build your custom build on a provided blank. I will also be building out blanks on occasion if I find something unique.
While I don’t view myself as a traditional “custom” rod builder in that you contact me, place a deposit, and wait for your rod built to your specifications, I do however offer completed fly rods for sale on the available rods page.
If you have any questions about the rods which I produce please contact me as I’m ultimately working for you and love to hear about your experiences and desires in a fly rod.