On Thursday of last week one of my dreams finally came true, my custom fly rod from JP Ross Fly Rods arrived. After watching the UPS guy drop it on the ground twice I waited with bated breath as he brought it inside the office and prayed JP wrapped his products well.
As I opened the box my hands shook with anticipation of not only the fly rod but the ‘goodies’ that JP had said were in the box. The following photographs were taken at the Blackfork Inn in Loudonville, OH, my favorite Bed & Breakfast or onsite fishing!
The above picture features a JP Ross hat (an awesome piece of swag), a size 16 Blue Winged Olive CDC Thorax Dun, and a one of a kind item. Because some of my novels and short stories feature Knights Templar, JP was able to hand draw the shield that was designed for my first novel on to the cap for my rod tube. No one else will have this item and I love it.
The quality of this rod was so far above and beyond what I expected I can’t even begin to rate it. The components are exceptional, JP as a person and builder is exceptional, and the overall look and feel are truly exceptional.
If you are going to have a custom rod built, do yourself a favor and check out JP Ross Fly Rods before you pull the trigger. Selection and pricing is incredible along with their customer service. At one point JP emailed me to apologize for taking so long but he was nervous about hand drawing the shield on the end cap but he wanted to make sure it was perfect.
Overall I’d give this rod a 10+ out of 10 (though I hate rating it).
Wonderful job JP and I look forward to getting another one someday! We’ll have to hook up for some fishing up there one weekend!
STAY TUNED FOR THE FINAL PART OF THIS REVIEW ‘A NEW FLY ROD: PART 3 – FISHING’!