I am a retiree in Santa Fe, New Mexico, who could ask for nothing more than to build custom rods, tie flies, and fish for trout. I could tell you all about why I do what I do and all about the rods that I build, blowing my own horn so to speak, but this letter to me from a customer says it all…
Just wanted to contact you and again thank you for the fine fly rod that you so graciously built in a very short time for a good friend of mine. As you know Jay had just been diagnosed with cancer and had to undergo immediate surgery. I had called around and talked to a couple of other rod builders but none of them could get me a rod built for Jay in a short period of time. Then a friend suggested that I contact you about building a rod for Jay. He told me that your rods were second to none and that you had an absolute love of fly fishing which carried over into the craftsmanship of your rods. In short he said your rods are world class.
Well Jim, after receiving Jay's rod from you I just had to cast it myself before I gave it to Jay. I can honestly say that your rods are everything that my friend said they were and more. As you know Jay is a hard-core traditional archer and he was very impressed with the antler reel seat which you so meticulously blended into the rod butt. The inlaid grouse feathers which you embedded into the rod to look like arrowheads have almost made the rod too beautiful to take out of the case and take fishing! This rod I hope will get Jay out into trout country and I hope add a spark to his healing process.
I did not know this, but Jay lost his Dad to cancer not too many years ago and he left his own personal fly rod and reel to Jay. Well, after receiving your rod Jay called me last week and told me he had installed his Dad's reel onto your rod. Good medicine, huh Jim.
Thanks again for your compassion and awesome fly rod Jim! Looking forward to sneaking up on some of those Pecos natives with you. I will be contacting you about another rod for me, very soon.
Your friend B. W.
It would be my distinct pleasure to build a custom fly rod for you also.
Guild Certified Professional Rod Builder
With each fly rod purchased, I will donate 3% of the price to your choice of these non-profit organizations:
Casting for Recovery is national non-profit, support and educational program for women who have or have had breast cancer. They provide an opportunity for women whose lives have been profoundly affected by the disease to gather in a beautiful, natural setting and learn fly-fishing, "a sport for life. " Just as importantly, they offer an opportunity to meet new friends and have fun.
Trout Unlimited (TU) conserves, protects, and restores North American cold water fisheries and their watersheds. TU's goals require the organization to work at increasingly larger scales, and to collaborate with other conservation interests, local communities and state and federal partners to begin to rebuild the natural resiliency of watersheds. Such efforts are crucial if North America's trout and salmon are to survive climate change and the host of threats facing them at the start of the 21st century.