I didn't tell Tyler I was going to post this but here's an excerpt from my fishing blog about my new rod that Tyler built up. I'm very pleased with how it came out. I was using two new pieces of gear for the first time on this outing. The first is the rod shown in the photo above. About two years ago, I got a wild hair to build my own rod so I picked up a 2-piece Thomas & Thomas Paradigm blank, a 904-2 (9′ 4wt) which I finally got around to building up into a beautiful rod. And then I woke up… No, what really happened is that I put it in the closet and didn’t do shite-all with it. Finally, a few weeks back, I decided that it was too nice a blank to let sit any longer and sent it to a pro who actually knows how to build rods. Tyler Speir took my blank and turned it into an awesome fishing tool. I gave him a minimal amount of instruction for the build which was probably frustrating for him. Something along the lines of “well… you know, something vintage, yet modern, low-bling and simple but with all the fanciest stuff…”. Well, Tyler brought the goods and did a great job. It’s a long, light rod with a very traditional medium dry fly type action. The cosmetics are skillfully executed, simple, yet elegant and remain true to the T&T heritage. The length is great for throwing big mends, holding line off the water or reaching out to cast around brush like I was doing on this trip. 50′ is easy-peasy even for a crap caster like me but it also feels good with only a bit of line out of the tip top. I picked up a nice trout on the third cast and caught fish throughout the day with both dries and swung softhackles. It’s a rod that has mojo from day one so I’m going to give it to my 13yo son Angus (but I’ll ‘borrow’ it whenever I want..). So if you want a custom rod, look up Tyler.