Saturday, November 10, 2012


AUCTION: Nov. 26 - Dec. 7  2012
(see bottom of article for link to auction site)

It's time, again, to help those affected by breast cancer.  I think of all those friends who have been so affected or died from this terrible disease and I try to think of ways to help.  Being a custom rod builder and knowing about CFR's on-line auctions seems to make a perfect fit. I'm able to combine my passion to create a 'one-of-a-kind' fly rod while helping raise money for a wonderful cause. 

This year the rod was built on a Five Rivers FTL 8'0", 3 wt. six piece blank. The blank is made of 57 million modulus graphite. It is a moderate fast action and very light. It is great for those delicate dry-fly presentations or drifting nymphs. The western style (RHW) grip features Afzelia burl with a sapwood/ heartwood interface showing the fabulous peach and cream two tone colors and figure. It is highlighted with the accessory wood Paduak, buffalo horn and ivory (pre CITES treaty)(see "Making Wood Insert Fly Rod Grips" article in this blog).  The guides and tip-top were chosen to maximize the rods performance.  A # 10 single foot Fuji ceramic insert guide was used as a stripping guide followed by light wire snake guides and light wire tip-top. It was all brought together with maroon and silver metallic thread.  

 Showing the beautiful two tone and figure of the wood in the grip.

Working on the 7 feather inlay which includes 3 jungle cock eyes. (because it's a 3 wt. - of course) 

Finished feather inlay with butt wraps. Butt and ferrule wraps are highlighted by a three turn spiral sandwiched between two 3 thread bands of metallic silver thread. (because it's a three wt.  of course)

Showing feather inlay, butt wraps, ferrule wraps and a two thread band of metallic silver thread in the center of each guide foot wrap.

The last step is the addition of a mini pink ribbon inside the reel seat for a little extra "MOJO" built into this rod. 

The finished rod with all six sections

Of course, this like all my rods, it comes with a custom made rod sack and rod tube. 

This "one of a kind fly rod" can be yours if you are the winning bidder in CFR's  2012 holiday auction. Please bid generously as the money goes to a fabulous cause which is helping those affected by breast cancer - one women at a time.
See Gallery 8 of my website selecting Gallery 8,  then click on each pic for a larger view.

Posted by Harper Fly Rods - Dennis at 11/10/2012 1:11 PM