Feather and thread
Wrapped around the hook,
Dubbing and Cul de Canard
Finish the package,
Slowly you drift
Pulling line behind,
Toward the target
A trout unaware
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’!
I was supposed to take the kayaks out with Beth LaFond tomorrow, but to my surprise we got an offer from the Blackfork Inn to come up to Loudonville, OH for the weekend. Unable to turn down an offer from our friends, the owners Todd & Cheryl Brown, Beth and I are now going to be headed up there for a weekend of fly fishing!!
Two of my favorite spots for brown and rainbow trout are located in the area along with one of our favorite restaurants, The Mohican Tavern. If you are ever in the area make sure you stop in!
I’ll also be testing out my new fly rod mentioned in the previous post on here from JP Ross Fly Rods. It’s a Beaver Meadow 6’6” 2wt that I’ve been dying to get out on the water. It’s outfitted with an Orvis CFO from Mad River Outfitters, Lefty Kreh Triangle Taper line and an Orvis braided leader for turning over those dry flies.
Hot damn, I can’t wait!!
As you have seen from the posts I’ve had a rough two years. The last event was my mother’s passing in December. One of our last conversations together was about me fishing since my family had always been into golf. She said that she understood why I had given up the game but was curious as to why I had chosen fishing.
I explained that it wasn’t so much about catching a fish and that in all honesty that was a perk, but it was being out in nature away from modern society. The ability to see wildlife in it’s natural habit with no computers, tv’s or radio was very alluring. She was so happy for me for having found something that actually brings me some modicum of peace. One of that last statements she said to me was to never stop fishing as long as it brought me joy.
That was the point where I decided to purchase something special. I had rods and the kayaks but now it was time for something really out of the ordinary, a custom fly rod. I shopped around and talked to friends, read books and did my general research. At first I was going to purchase a custom bamboo rod until I really thought about the price tag. For a good custom bamboo rod it would be around $3000. A little steep in my book.
I finally stumbled onto JP Ross Fly Rods and became entranced. The first thing that tickle my interest was his use of the Templar Cross in his logo and the explanation of that cross located on his website at http://jprossflyrods.com. I investigated the type of rods he makes and found one that tickled my fancy, The Beaver Meadow. This was a small stream and creek rod that would be perfect for trout and smaller smallmouth bass here in Central Ohio. The pricing can’t be beat either! JP makes a 5’ 2wt fly rod that is almost unheard of! One of the things that Beth and I have been seriously consider is traveling into the Appalachians and Adirondacks to fish native trout and this rod is MADE for that!
As for the details of the rod and my experience working with JP, I’ll be reporting that in the second part of this three part series which will probably be released tomorrow night.
Now let me leave you with a short video about JP Ross Fly Rods:
My name is Hubert Snagatree and today we’ll be interviewing world famous author, fisherman, and all around loon, Benjamin Rogers
Snagatree : So Mr. Rogers tell me a little bit about yourself,
Me: (the leather arms of the chair creak and my knuckles whiten as I tighten my grip and lean forward doing my best Bela Lugosi as Dracula face) I AM THE LORD OF ALL THAT IS FISHING!
Snagatree: (after a long uncomfortable pause) Uh, Mr. Rogers, other people will be reading this interview…
Me: (Looking around sheepishly) So your saying I should be somewhat serious?
Snagatree : It wouldn’t be a bad idea.
Me: Got a beer?
Snagstree: How about an IC Light?
Me: Now we’re talking!!
Snagatree: So Mr. Rogers where have you been for the past few months?
Me: First of call me Ben and secondly, I just took some time away from life to heal some personal wounds.
Snagatree: Does that mean you haven’t been fishing?
Me: I’ve been getting in some time on the water here and there catching Bluegill and Bass.
Snagatree: How many fishing poles do you have?
Me: Kinda racist isn’t it? Why do they have to be Polish? Why not Welsh or Czech?
Snagatree: Rods, Ben, I mean fishing rods.
Me: Oh. Sorry about that. I have two baitcasters, 2 spinning combos, and 4 fly rods not including a few antique rods and reels.
Snagatree: Why so many?
Me: I took a class in the Navy once called ‘Tools and their uses’ and that applies here. Each rod is used for something different.
Snagatree: So back to the question, where have you been?
Me: I told you I was healing and I was actually also moving.
Snagatree: Did you do any writing?
Me: Nope. I’ve been very busy with unpacking and the move and a lot of other fun stuff. I hope to get back to writing in the near future. Even if I did give up the pen eventually I’d like to finish all my manuscripts first so I’d walk away having completed what I started.
Snagatree: So you’ll continue writing?
Me: I have every intention of writing again within the next couple months.
Snagatree: How about a sneak peek at the projects you’re working on?
Me: Azrael: Burning Rain from KnightWatch Press and probably the second book in the Trilogy of the Undead or How Fishing Saved My Life (or Jonah and the Largemouth Bass). Dude, you got any more beer? I have a feeling you have a few more questions….
TO BE CONTINUED