"Spring Fed Float Rod III - Dan Craft Edition"

 

Fishing is entirely about the experien ce.  With the opportunity to have fished the first two versions of the Spring Fed Switch Rod Series fresh, I concluded that I wanted a version for myself.  Although Forecast offers an outstanding blank for the money, one that you certainly can't go wrong with, I chose to build on a Dan Craft Five Rivers blank.  My personal design criteria involved areas that Batson Enterprises' Forecast line does not offer at this time..  There aren't many outlets to purchase quality rod blanks of extended length that can be broken down into multiple pieces.

 

The Five Rivers rod blanks are extremely light, easy to cast, and well built.  I've heard only positive feedback from fellow custom rod builders that regularly use these blanks.  Having built a 7', 6pc., 0/1 Wt. fly rod for a client several years ago, I can personally attest that Dan Craft offers an outstanding blank for the money.  The best part is the Five River series blanks come in lengths, weights, and multi-pc. designs that many other manufacturers do not currently offer.  However, as with most things in life the blank comes at a cost.  Over $110 more than the 9' Forecast blank.  My selection of the titanium components resulted in this build's dramatic increase in cost from the first two.  Through conversation, I would naturally explain cost vs. benefits of these selections and whether they are a correct fit for your application.

 

When the time was right, I knew I'd use this blank series once again and even for a build of my own.  West Virginia and Pennsylvania provided the proving grounds for this outstanding rod.  Ohio tributaries provided a steelhead or two as well (just to see how hard it was to fight these powerhouses on a 3wt!).  I found this project exciting and the results are a rod I love to fish.  This rod was built as a fly to float conversion rod and serves as a full-time float rod for me, but with a few minor component changes it could just as easily be built as a fly AND float switch rod.

 

 

Rod Specifications

 

"Spring Fed Switch Rod III - Dan Craft Edition" is equipped as follows:

  • 10', 3Wt., 4Pc. Dan Craft Five Rivers FT1003-4 

  • Tip 4.5, butt .386, and overall weight 1.8 ounces

  • Batson Enterprises - Forecast Reel Seat Skeleton Hardware

  • Custom turned brown burled Cork Handle (option)

  • Custom turned black walnut Reel Seat Insert (option)

  • Custom turned black walnut Fighting Butt with Coin Insert (option)

  • Custom turned black walnut Winding Check (option)

  • American Tackle Titan Titanium Stripper Guides

  • Recoil RSPG Titanium Spinning Guides

 

Guide Wraps:

Your choice of colored thread (solid colored)

Your choice of chrome or black anodized guide set / hook keeper / reel seat

 

Options:

Trim band in Metallic Colors available

Decals / Thread Weaves / Decorative Guide Wraps

(all available at additional cost dependent on selection)

Custom Cork Work (prices available and dependent of cork selection)

Wood Reel seat Inserts / Wood Fighting Butts / Wood Grip Accent Bands / Trout Coins

(all optional with cost dependent on selection)

 

 

This is a guideline for what I consider the "base model".  The "Spring Fed Switch Rod" can be designed and built on any number of blanks and include the components that you desire for an additional cost.  After all, this is what having a custom rod built is all about!

 

 

Base model:  Inquire by Email

 

 

 

 

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