Not for Everyone: I have a river near my home that holds trophy smallmouth, large Northern pike, and scary muskellunge! That’s the good news, the bad news is that it is a narrow river and it’s best to fish it from a boat. What’s needed to get the job done is a short, powerful rod able to cast large flies.
Years ago I came across such a rod, the Cross Sylph, a wonderful 7ft. 6-7 wt. that cast like a dream. I took the numbers from an original Cross Sylph and added 4 inches, played around some and came up with a taper for small, tight waters, big flies and even bigger fish!
This rod casts OK with a 5 wt. line and pretty well with a 6 wt. line. When I test cast a 7 wt. line, the rod cast quicker and farther — 65-70 feet was no problem! Better yet this taper does just as well close in and due to its short length, 7’4″, lands good fish quickly. I call the taper #88.
This taper is also available in a 7’6” length which I call “The Island Pool.”
Length: 7′ 4″ or 7′ 6″
Description: Short, powerful 5-6-7 weight
Origin: Ron Barch
Price: $1,050 – $1,250
- Single tip — $1,050
- Two tip — $1,250
- Two piece rod
- Includes brass-capped tube and cloth sack
Each bamboo rod is custom made at the time of order. As a custom rod maker Ron is always pleased to work with clients in an attempt to provide that “Perfect Rod” for your specific needs. He enjoys a challenge and believes split cane fly rods should be unique creations and personal expressions of the craftsman.
Optional: Halcyon hexagonal hardwood case