New Critchfield SB Special Dry Fly 7'6" 3wt

Discussion in 'Bamboo, Fiberglass & Classic Reels' started by Thomas Mitchell, Jun 12, 2011.

  1. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Western, WA
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    I got my new Critchfield SB (swelled butt) Special Dry Fly 3wt out on the water for the first time yesterday. I purchased the rod several weeks ago after seeing it on the auction site for a few weeks. I really liked the looks but I was a little concerned that the 'medium-slow' and 'traditional' descriptions of the action might rule it out for my use, especially since I flip-flop between cane & graphite. I contacted Bill and over the course of a couple emails and a phone call, it seemed like it would work so I bought the rod. What sealed the deal for me was when Bill wrote:

    "If you decide to buy the rod and find it unsatisfactory for the fishing you describe the best thing to do would be return it to me for a refund. Sincerely, I don't want anyone to be disappointed in any of my rods."

    I really doubt I would ever actually do that but for him to say it gave me confidence in him as a maker.

    I'm very happy with my purchase. For about the price of a top of the line Winston/Sage, I got a handmade bamboo rod that a skilled craftsman put in 50 hours of labor to finish. In my opinion the quality/price ratio is very, very high with this stick. Most importantly, I can tell it has built in mojo and fishes like a mofo...

    So the rod started its first day on the water like this:

    Before long, it looked like this...
  2. Ed Call Mumbling Moderator

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    Well that's hand built wholesome goodness for you right there!
  3. Mark Walker Active Member

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    Congrats! Bill makes a very nice rod.
    It will fish well for you.
  4. bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    That's a beautiful blade of grass right there!:thumb::thumb:
  5. Mike Monsos AKA flyman219

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    Congrats! I'd be willing to bet that you and that new rod will become life long friends.

  6. Lugan Joe Streamer

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    Beautiful View, WA
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    Cool St. George too!
  7. Thomas Mitchell Active Member

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    Western, WA
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    It's from the earlier reproduction series - numbered and initialed with the D-block case. I bought it new/unused a while back and agonized on whether to actually fish it or not. I got it out for the first time a couple weeks back and intentionally let it get a scuff of two to force my self to quit worrying about its 'mint' condition.
  8. bitterroot Love vintage graphite!

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    I'm glad you made the right choice, Thomas.:thumb: Bamboo rods and classic reels, NO MATTER HOW NICE, are meant to fish. Collectors that just hang this stuff on the wall of their mahogany paneled dens piss me off.:beathead: