There is something about living in Maine that lends itself to making fine fiberglass fly rods. It might be the history of the Rangeley region and the famous flies that Carrie Stevens tied there, the legendary bamboo rod makers in Bangor like Hiram Leonard , F.E. Thomas, Ed Payne and Eustice Edwards, the trophy Brook trout waters located throughout the state, the last remaining runs of Atlantic Salmon in the U.S.A…..Or it could be the long cold winters when there’s nothing much to do except build fly rods, tie flies and dream of next summers trips to the Brook trout ponds in the North Woods.
Located in Historic Portland Maine Gypsy Rod Works specializes in the “high craft” of building timeless fly rods that are not only visually appealing but great fishing tools. The fly rods I make are truly custom built with the customer able to choose the blank, reel seat hardware, wood insert, grip type and guides. Nickel silver reel seat hardware, silk thread guide wraps, agate or mildrum stripping guides with beautiful finish work will make any fly rod into an heirloom.
Custom fly rods can be made out of blanks that I supply or if you have a special blank that you would like “built out” we can do that also. Fishing the fiberglass rods I’ve built on blanks from Steffen, Lamiglas, Diamondglass, Hardy/Sceptre, Phillipson, and McFarland are a step away from the “parking lot” graphite tapers that are so common today. Delightfully slow to medium casting fly rods designed to fish in close but capable of making medium to long cast when the trout are rising on the opposite bank.
While I love the slow fishing revolution of fiberglass there are times when fly fishing calls for the power and efficiency of graphite. I wouldn’t be without my 9′ 6wt Batson RX when fishing for landlocked Salmon on the Crooked river in the Fall or my 8wt St. Croix fishing for Stripers off the beach. Graphite fly rods made from blanks by Thomas & Thomas, St. Croix, and Batson are available.
Thanks for your interest in Gypsy Rod Works fly rods. The blog is a work in progress, I’ll be posting more pictures and comments as time goes on. I appreciate any comments or suggestions on how to improve it. If you’d like a fly rod made for you I can be contacted at: