This permit was caught in Ascension Bay Mexico on my Wayne Martin 3 wt. Raphel, the guide, and I were fishing an area called Rocky Point for bonefish one afternoon. He saw the permit and with no time to return to the boat to get my permit rod, he cut off my shrimp fly and tied on a crab while he and I were running to intercept the expected path of the fish. A forty foot cast or less got the permit to turn on the fly and we hooked up. I thought I would break the rod when I started applying pressure but I continued to gain line on the fish and we landed it in less than 15 minutes. The key to the strength of these rods is the spiral wrapping of the graphite in both directions up the rod. At FlyMasters, we now have our own Signature Rods made by Wayne Martin that are built in this way. Come by and cast one of these rods. We have more pictures of what they have done! Just one more picture. Jon, owner of FlyMasters with an 8 lb skipjack tuna. Everyone was using 12 wt rods so Jon brought out the FlyMasters 7 wt.
The first rod I ever built was a cane blank that I bought at a hardware
store. It was nine feet long which was massive compared to my six year
old frame. A neighbor was a Herter's salesman (Herter's use to be the
name in flyfishing equipment) and took an interest in teaching me how
to fish and build rods. I endeavor to pass on what he taught me plus add
additional insights from others I have known throughout the years.
building class consists of:
If you are interested in taking a rod building class call me at FlyMasters 317-570-9811. You can also send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Come by the store and cast some of the rods that you are considering building. We have all the new Winston Boron IIX and the Sage Xi2's in stock!