Email from Jeffery G. (FnF Spinning Rod) 12.16.2014:
Bowling Green, KY
Email from Jason D. (W.Va. Pack Rod) 10.21.2014:
Email from Erik M. (CTS 13.6 Skagit Spey):
Hello Dj -
The CTS rod is fantastic! Using a 570 grain shooting
head and I can punch those flies out there no problem. No arm fatigue
after all day fishing either! Here are some photos of a couple
dropbacks I hooked. I'm looking forward to the fall to give it a real
workout. Thanks again for another great build!
Email from Erik M. (CTS 1364.3 Float Rod):
I can't wait till you build me my next rod!!!
Email from Andy K. (Batson XST Float Rod):
Sorry for the delay. I picked the rod up on Wednesday at the post office. Packaging was in perfect shape. Removed the rod and it also was in perfect shape. Fit, finish, and workmanship is spectacular! You sir are a master of your craft! The rod balances perfectly with my Islander reel. The silver trim wraps match the silver color of my reel and the burgundy brown guide wraps match the dymond wood handles perfectly for a great looking setup (classy yet subtle, I couldn’t have thought up a better color scheme). I can’t wait to get this rod on the water and see how it performs. Decent weather is in the forecast, so I will shoot you an e mail as soon as I get a chance to fish it.
Thanks a bunch, Andy
(and a follow up email about the rod's performance)
Email from S. Bouphavong (Batson XST Float Rod):
(second email excerpts)
Email from Mr. Z. N. Xiong (CTS Affinity 1503-3 Chrome Slayer):
I got home from fishing today and was surprised to find a
note from my local mail dept. to pick up a parcel. Immediately I knew she
had finally arrived. I rushed to pick it up and when I got home...
Email from Tony R. (CTS Affinity 1503-3):
The rod is amazing! I haven't been able to put it down
because the rod performs beautifully. Thanks again for such a great
build. The fall run on my local Huron tributaries has been stellar.
Here is one of many that the CTS handled nicely. Take care and have a great
Email from C. Bockhoff (Project Speydicator):
Email from Steve Harvie (CTS 13'6" Affinity Float Rod):
Hooking so many fish, I was able to put it to a real test - rather than chasing the hot ones I just clamped down on them and was able to turn most of them around and didn't feel at all underpowered. Anyway just wanted to send you a shout out saying I finally used her and absolutely love it!!! Awesome rod and beautiful craftsmanship.
Thanks again buddy!
(follow-up received the next day)
Yikes!!! I think this stick might be magic - I hooked another
15 fish on a different river today! Here are a few photos.
Email from Kjell Bagge (CTS 13'6" Affinity Float Rod):
Email from Kjell Bagge (SFFR):
Thanks again, Domenic, I really love the rod and it
matches the reel perfect!
Email from Chris Kochenour (Project Bruiser):
I just wanted to thank you for the great rod you created for me. I named the rod "The Bruiser" because she is black and blue all over and I thought she would put a hurting on the trout where I fish. The only thing hurting worse than the trout are my pal's watching me catch them, a lot of them! This rod is awesome! I have owned many top dollar fly rods .and I have to say, every time I put "The Bruiser" together, I am impressed with the way the pieces fit together so smoooooothly. The finish is perfect, the thread work absolutely beautiful and this rod is really, really light, but it is tough too! I have pulled some nice fish out of very strong current and had it bent almost in the shape of a "U"! I am confident that she'll deliver the fish to net every time. I am so glad I found you, as you gave me excellent and priceless advice on how to best get started float fishing, something a first time, newbie, wannabe pin fisherman like myself so badly needed. Many thanks! I will be contacting you in the near future to build me a rod for steel.
Thanks again, Chris
Email from G. Hendrickson (Project Hog Wild):
Thank you Domenic for the masterpiece named "Hog Wild"! This weekend was the first chance I had to test the properties of the rod and I went 8 for 9 on steelhead. The rod reacted beyond my wildest dreams! Hog Wild dominated the fish with a control I have never experienced before. The solid feeling of power and the flex of the blank coupled with the very comfortable handle quickly brought these fish to the net and two of the steelhead were over 10 pounds! This is the finest rod I have ever fished with and you know I will be a return customer.
Email from JP (RainShadow XST1562-3):
As promised, here is a picture of my 1st steelhead landed
on “Excalibur”. The rod handles like a dream, facilitates great drifts with
the centerpin & plays the fish with authority. I'm very glad I had it
Email from Daniel Kroncke (Project "Faithful Service"):
The rod arrived yesterday which ironically was the same day that my father's retirement papers were finalized with the town. All I can say is WOW!!!! This rod turned out absolutely beautiful. You truly are a master craftsman! My father still has a few days of work left but I could hardly contain showing him the rod. The rod was presented to him tonight by me and my wife. To tell you that he was absolutely floored would be an understatement. This gift was the nicest thing I was ever able to give him and I truly thank you for your dedication (it shows through in your results). Fishing has been our bond throughout my entire life and throughout my father's entire life with his father/brother. Between the two of us we probably own close to 50 fishing rods. None of them compare to this one! It is difficult to put into words how much receiving this rod meant to my father. I'm sorry there were no pictures taken, but the present will always have a place in our history as fishing partners. Many thanks on a job well done!
"I just recently had the opportunity to use the rod and it
was great! My son Dan sent you a picture of the first fish of many to
come. The rod not only looks great, but I love the way it performs.
Thanks again for a great build!" -Bob Kroncke
Email from Jim Britt (Project "The SAW Initiative"):
This was an awesome "gift" that is very much appreciated and I look forward
to many more fishing excursions with you in the future.
Email From: Jeff Yencha
The rod is everything I had hoped for and more. Fantastic job! I absolutely love it. Please consider me a life-long reference! I'll send you pix of steel after this weekend.
Email from Piotr Rembas:
I really appreciate the amazing work and craftsmanship that you did on my 2 rods. I couldn't be happier! I'm very satisfied with the whole experience. When I catch some Brooklyn fish, I will send you pictures.
Review by Amanda Buchanan (Project Pink Princess):
Email From: Steve Harvie
I just wanted to thank Domenic for a beautiful cork grip for my new float rod. He is truly first class and a pleasure to do business with. When I first decided to build myself a new float rod I knew that I wanted a unique grip, something a little different from my other rods but not too flashy. Since I don't have a lathe I started sourcing out my options and that is when I came across Infinity Rod Creations. A simple email to Domenic started the whole process into motion.
Domenic was very helpful with suggestions and tips and after several email conversations back and forth he sent me a picture mock up of a grip to ensure my satisfaction. He was diligent to verify my preferences for shaping and sizing the grip, both length and diameter. His vast fishing experience and knowledge was quite evident. His workmanship is excellent and the grip was shipped up here to me in a matter of days. I was also very thankful for some words of advice to consider when assembling the grip onto the blank. I am by no means a veteran rod builder and it would have been a real shame for me to improperly assemble this fine piece of cork.
I could not be more pleased with the finished product and the service received from Domenic.
Hopefully I can send you some action shots for your gallery just as soon as these SW Ontario rivers free up of ice.
Steve Harvie - SW Ontario
Review by Kodey Buchanan:
"The guide we were using loved the feel of the rod and complimented your workmanship. He fishes the Loomis 12'4" spinning rods for his clients but loved the flex in the Rainshadow blank. Here's a shot of a buck that put up a great fight this weekend on the Muskegon, and a couple other shots of other fish. It was super cold, but the fish must have been acclimated because a couple of them even cleared the water! Thanks again for the great rod, it was the perfect big water rod I was looking for." ~ET
Review by Kevin Sweeney:
Domenic, I just want to compliment you on the custom floatrod that you built for me. It's such a nice looking rod that I thought about just hanging it up in my rec room, like a piece of art. I asked for an Irish theme and you came though with flying colors! The first time I took it out I hooked ten steelhead, and I really didn't even know what I was doing. The second time out I landed 17 trout. I'm hooking three times the amount of fish since I started using this floatrod.
Again, thank you, Kevin Sweeney
Review by Jon Geier:
After some shopping around for a high-end float rod, I discovered that there was always something I didn't like about each of the choices. I started some discussion with Infinity Rod Creations about fishing style and location of water this rod would be used on. I had a basic "concept" of what I was looking for and expressed these idea's to Domenic and we had a few brainstorming sessions on different layouts and looks. My basic thoughts were to have a rod built with some excellent details but with little flash. Domenic highly recommended the Rainshadow 1562F in matte grey for the fishing I was looking to do. Well this rod has had some serious fishing behind it and is still performing exactly as it did when first built. I always get excellent comments on my rod when I'm on the water and highly recommend IRC for a "true custom" experience. ~J. Geier
Email From Mark Bateman:
Hey Domenic, I received the rod yesterday. Sir, you are a master. My dad about fell over. I will be sure to get a pic of me enjoying it. My dad loves your site and thinks that it is very informative. I will work on dropping a post in a blog that will point to the site. I ordered the reel you recommended. Do you have a recommendation on where I should get a nice tube for it? ~Mark
Email From: Mike Borger
First off, once again awesome bombproof packaging! There's absolutely no way it could have possibly been damaged in transit. I must say, the handle itself looks much better in person! The pictures Dom sent me didn't do it justice at all. Initially I have to admit I was a little leery of having the entire handle built with synthetic cork, as pretty much all of my handles over the years have been built with fluoro grade cork, but it's a really neat look, with a decidedly different feel that I don't mind at all. Overall the craftsmanship is impeccable, and Domenic was a pleasure to deal with from start to finish. He's obviously got an artistic eye and many of his suggestions for the handle design were excellent.
Over the years I've had a lot of custom work done by some pretty highly regarded builders, John Collina, Witzke and Phil Ptak among others. Domenic's work compares very favorably with any of those guys with the added plus of much faster service!
I would most definitely recommend Domenic to anyone considering a custom rod, he does fine work!
Regards, Mike Borger
Review by Randy Bitner:
I would like to thank you for taking the time to build my fly rod for me. I have been nothing but impressed with the way that the entire transaction was handled; from talking about the specs, letting me “test drive” the rod you own with similar specs, to coming over on your time to make adjustments to balance the rod with the reel that I had chosen (props to Sean at F&FF.com for use of his reel), down to getting the customized decal on the blank. I can’t imagine how many times your eyes crossed wrapping the neon chart around the guides – you can see me coming down the path in the dark…….. I about dropped when I set the hook on the first steelhead with that rod, man what a backbone! I can’t believe the power that the rod has – tossing a tandem rig 50 ft + with hardly any effort, and being able to roll-cast a brick at 35 feet is a major plus. Great work, and a rod I will treasure and probably take with me when I go... Thanks again Dom.
Thank you, Randy T. Bitner (AKA Da Soulman)
Review by Sau-Chun Lam Project "CHOP, CUT, REBUILD":
Hey there, RodMeister!
The rod was at my doorstep when I got back from work today. I am VERY impressed by your work! I did not notice the marks where the old guides were. The tip top looks great! The whole setup now looks like a trout ass-kickin' machine!
THANKS Domenic! I am glad I sent you that float wallet because the work you have done has been worth every penny of it.
I got to thinking, How long before Fall steelhead season opens? One month, two months, three months? LOL!
See you on the stream, somewhere. :-)
Review by Jon Northrop:
am so impressed! When I decided to purchase this slightly used Forecast
11'6" custom spey rod and you described it as a little scuffed up, it
was nowhere near my idea of "scuffed up". I am impressed! This
is the best looking rod I have in my arsenal. You've definitely got artistic
talent, my friend. I can't wait to use it just so I can send some photos for
inclusion on your website..