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I'd like to introduce you to Bluegill Rodworks, my rod building venture.

My favorite rods to build are fiberglass fly rods, wrapped with a very simple style. 

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I also enjoy restoration work, some of those classic rods still have lots of life left in them and clean up pretty good.

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I'm willing to tackle pretty much any build, from fly to spinning to casting rods, so give me a shout if you have a project in mind. Fair warning though, if you're looking for something specialized (such as centerpin or spey) I might redirect you to someone with more experience in those areas. 

If you'd like to know what I'm working on feel free to follow my page on Facebook

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Is the Horrocks - Ibbotson a US manufactured rod or one of the Canadian ones made here in Grimsby ? nice work :clapping:

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37 minutes ago, dave524 said:

Is the Horrocks - Ibbotson a US manufactured rod or one of the Canadian ones made here in Grimsby ? nice work :clapping:

Thanks, I've asked myself the same question a few times, but haven't found any way to find our for sure. The rod came to me out of Massachusetts, but I can't find a model list of what was produced in Grimsby.

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3 hours ago, AKRISONER said:

beautiful fly rods. Id almost feel guilty dragging on of those art pieces through the bush!

Don't be. They've got a durable finish and are meant to be fished. Nothing worse than a rod that doesn't get fished for a reason like that. 

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Not exactly a product that's going to apply to a lot of people here, but if anyone is looking to build themselves a fly rod I have started to produce acrylic inserts for fly rod reel seats. They're available through Proof Fly Fishing (https://www.proofflyfishing.com/collections/acrylic-inserts-reel-seats), and at time of ordering can be paired up with a couple options on the reel seat hardware. Each insert is turned and polished by myself, then sent to Matt who takes a photo and puts it up on the website. This allows you to see exactly what you're purchasing.

Matt also has a great selection of blanks, guides, cork, thread, and any other supplies you may need to build your own fly rod.

Some examples:

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Also, if you would like something custom turned for a different reel seat feel (fly, spin, or casting) free to reach out to me and I'll see what is possible.

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