Jim’s Profile

Dad gave me a Conolon HCH fly rod when I was 11. He said, "Do it like I do. Keep the rod between 11 and 1 o'clock, and hold a news paper under your arm when you practice." He added, "Twenty percent of the fisherman catch eighty percent of the fish." I have been self-teaching and trying to reach the twenty percent ever since. I built my first fly rod seven years ago thinking I could get more rod for the money doing it myself. I continue to suffer the same motivation. There is a Ford 8N restored tractor in the barn along with a 67 Airstream trailer and 54 Chevy pickup. Is there any surprise that I would build a fly rod from a vintage rod blank?

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