Thursday, November 3, 2016

A Special Gift

About the middle of September I purchased a fiberglass fly rod from "Cane and Silk". A beautiful and functional fishing piece. Since receiving this rod it has been in my hand on every outing.

Last week I got an email from Mike at Cane and Silk and it said this... "Hello Alan I just want you to know you will be receiving a package within the next few days. Compliments of myself and my side rod business. This past year I started doing this twice a year for customers that I feel deserve this bonus. You are the winner for fall 2016 Please let me know if you have any questions once received. Best regards Mike"    Monday I received the package and this is what I found.


A 4'10" glass rod, for a 2/3 wt line. It is a translucent color "Ice" with rust colored wrappings. A wood reel seat along with engraved sliding band. Mike also included a silk fly line which is something I've read about but have never owned. The line is complete, ready to go on to the reel. Included is silk fly line dressing and a tapered leader. I did not put the silk line on choosing to wait until the Spring.

I have fished this rod twice now including a trip to Cape Cod fishing for "salters" and it has performed flawlessly.





Thanks Mike.









41 comments:

  1. WOW!! Awesome Alan!! Much Deserved. Congrats and thanks for sharing!!

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    1. TROUT1
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      Pete I was very surprised, and thankful.

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  2. Brk Trt,
    Wow! what a beauty!! Tip your hat to cane & silk for such a gift, and the pleasures of letting us share along with you......Phil

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    1. DRYFLYGUY
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      Phil, I'm very appreciative...great guy.

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  3. Very nice little rod and a great owner who knows how to value their customers. I love dealing with small buisness owners. Check out another great business (Risen Fly).

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    1. Mark Wittman
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      Mark, Mike is a great guy to do business with. His business is an extension of his love of the sport.

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  4. Beautiful rod. I really like the white blanks.

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    1. Kevin Frank
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      Kevin that white blank shows a sort of crispness that blends so well with the wood real seat and hardware.
      He does a great job.

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  5. I sent a comment to fiberglass flyrodders when the first post came out about these rods. the rods are simply beautiful. Thank you for sharing the pictures and for the great stories and pictures every day.

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    1. Anonymous
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      Do you have one of these rods?
      They are beautiful indeed. The last one Mike sent me was made with a softer action which I love.

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    2. Alas, I do not.... but doesn't prevent one from looking and Jones.

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  6. Who's a lucky boy :) congratulations Alan well deserved.

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    1. George
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      I without a doubt...I really appreciate it.

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  7. Congratulations on receiving such a fine gift. May you both catch many brook trout together.
    Cheers,
    Steve.

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    1. Steve Hynes
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      Steve I have connected on local brook trout as well as sea-run brook trout....the rod performed well.

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  8. Boy, that is a beauty Alan. And what a prize.

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    1. Mark Kautz-Shoreman
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      Mark it's a fine fly rod, for which I'm grateful and happy.

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  9. What a great gift, Alan, and a deserved one too. Very nice of Mike to send that to you. Regards, Sam

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    1. Parachute Adams
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      Sam, Mike is a great guy, both as a person and as a business man.

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  10. wonderful that incredible gift, lucky ... I congratulate you!

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    1. Armando Milosevic
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      Armando I do feel very lucky, and fortunate.

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    1. TexWisGirl
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      Theresa in more ways than one.

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  12. Alan,
    The rod, line, leader, and dressing are wonderful. What a nice gift indeed and we can think of no one more deserving of such a beautiful gift as you my friend! I just had a silly notion run thru my noggin.....will this new rod and line replace the current rod that you dearly love? I think I already know the answer! It's not a matter of replacement but of addition to! I guess we all do the same thing! Now you have another option and what a grand option this one looks to be! You are blessed! Keep the pictures and reports coming on this one and all the weapons in your arsenal! This is so neat!
    Doug

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    1. Dougsden
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      Doug what a lovey dilemma to be faced with. I love the both of them equally. They look similar but they act differently.

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  13. Wow, what a generous gift! That little rod is a gem, just like the brookies you pursue. Seems like a perfect match.

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    1. Michael Agneta
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      Mike generous indeed. And it loves the tight quarters which is what I like.

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  14. Alan, After your post I was poking around his site.....there is a 7'6" 5wt in honey ordered. Dang'it man, what have you done!! LOL

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    1. Ralph Long
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      Ralph your going to love it.

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    2. I think so, the samples have a great look to them. And his turn-around is very nice. I'm glad I got my foot in the door before he's so busy that it becomes a 6mos wait. :)

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    3. I agree his turn around time is a big plus.
      Ralph he also makes some pretty tying tools...I'll be ordering a few.

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    4. I did notice that as well. :)

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  15. Alan, the rod is stunning and glass! Now, I've got to check out Mike's site, which makes me very afraid for my budget. Well deserved Alan as you are a fine representative of the good of the fly fishing community.

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    1. Howard Levett
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      Howard I had to move some stock before I bought a new rod...glad I did.

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  16. Thanks for the lead Alan! I am in conversation with Mike about building a bamboo rod out of some old blanks I bought a couple years back.

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    1. Bill Thomas
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      Bill I hope you can work it out with Mike.
      I'd love to see the finished piece.

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  17. Very nice !! I love all my glass fly rods . Are you going to do a write up on the Cape Cod brookies . Years past I fished for them in a few little creeks . Good fishing

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    1. Anonymous
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      Yes I am. We were there this past week. Beautiful streams there, and some awesome brook trout.
      Just a small request...could you use a name, first or middle, or perhaps some initials, makes it more friendly. Thanks

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    2. Yes . I am old but new to all this computer thing and did not know how . Will see if this works .

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    3. Ring, now that's better. Computers is not my "A" game either but I give it a go.
      Comment often it's appreciated.

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