Centerpintalk.com . The post centered around a custom float maker out of PA named Michael Weber and his artisan float making business Herodrifter Float Co. The images of his beautifully hand crafted custom floats intrigued me...So much that I had to private message him an inquiry about the possibility of producing a loafer design for me. Michael was quick to respond and inform me he had been a loyal follower of the blog for some time and would like to work with me on coming up with a suitable design for my needs. To the best of my knowledge there have been no balsa loafer designs available and I was eager to give some a run. Over the coarse of 3 or more weeks we would exchange ideas, thoughts, fishing banter and photographs via email as the process unfolded. Upon arriving home from Mexico I was eager to pick up my awaiting parcel from Mike at Herodrifter Float Co. I had a precursor look at the prototypes via an emailed image but was eager to get the final product in my hands. As expected I was not disappointed. The final result definitely demonstrates the passion Mr Weber has for his craft. I can only begin to wonder how much time Michael has into these hand crafted works of art. My wife happen to see me unpack them and commented on how beautiful they looked. The field trials will be in the coming weeks...that is if I can bring myself to risk losing one of these beauties...I may have to bump up my mainline to 20lb or run the risk of swimming after them if one should break off! Stay tuned...
Michael Weber and Herodrifter Float Co. can be contacted through the forums at Centerpintalk.com or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunday, February 26, 2012
Sunday, February 12, 2012
It was now mid day and we geared up and made our way to the river. The temps were now at the days projected highs and there was not going to be a better opportunity to hit the river than now. The access bore witness to the extremely cold temps and we were fortunate to have only another vehicles occupants to share the river.
Over an insanely delicious lunch consisting of beef jerky, jerkey dip, and beer we decided to make an attempt at a late day drift. Horseshoe bend was the destination and we eagerly gathered up our affects and made our way toward the river.
Monday, February 06, 2012
Arriving to John's resort outside of Baldwin it didn't take me long to learn he was a passionate fisherman. After exchanging biographies, some of his which included owning a successful fly shop, travelling the world in pursuit of fish, and now representing numerous major players in the fishing scene, we talked a little about TFO's dive into the Centerpin Rod market. We also talked of Gary Loomis' involvement with the introduction of the TFG CTP 1302-2. It was clear that John was a tried and true Fly Guy but he exhibited a genuine interested in the Centerpin fishing scene. His open minded enthusiasm about the method was refreshing and exciting. John informed me the rod was a collaborative effort with Gary Loomis that saw the TFO group producing this rod based on Gary's specs. He also hinted at TFO’s commitment to this line of rods and teased me with a rumor that there is possibly a second generation or additional models in the works behind the scenes. John jokingly told me of a converstation himself and Gary Loomis had about the Centerpin rod demographic. He quoted Gary as saying when it comes to Centerpin float fishing every end user seems to be an expert rod designer. I chuckled to myself and thought how true that statement really is. He handed me the blank in the rod bag and we made our way to his office.
The TFG CTP 1302-2 specs out as follows:
Guide Wraps – black/copper accents
Length - 13'
Power - Light
Line Wt rating - 6-10lb
Lure Wt - 1/8 - 1/2 oz
Blank weight 2.9oz
Pieces - 2
Action - medium
Guides - 2 Hi and 9 low frame SIC
Reel seat- graphite fixed/AL Hoods
Retails for $179.95
Saturday, February 04, 2012
Every time I asked why wax worms were so effective nobody could explain to me a logical explanation. I always scratched my head as to why these "maggots" worked so well. It was like an epiphany and made complete sense as to why they are so effective this time of the year. Matching the Hatch! I fished my way back to the stairs with no other takers. Having an appointment later in the afternoon I called it a day and made my way out of the river valley. The outing produced a few good bends in my rod, a long sought answer, and a few more floats for my collection of river oddities. Tomorrow is another day.