X-1 rods in stock
are still very slow. Stuff comes through to no discernible
pattern. So if you have any rods on order with me and you
ask if there's any news on the blanks the answer is, unfortunately,
One pair of X-1s
in stock. These were for a customer who disappeared off
the face of the earth. Cork handles, 20mm Gunsmoke reel
seat, stainless trimmings, new style rings, dark grey thread.
All to my usual cork handle spec except the handles are
3/4" shorter and the cork a little thicker. The shorter
handle makes so little difference that I only know because
I checked! Price on my Rods in Stock
The grey thread
used on the above rods will now be my standard colour on
Axioms with a matching metallic grey as tipping. Photos
will appear on the relevant pages if any blanks ever turn
up to use the threads on!
The moulds are
going fast! Some PVA and other coarse tackle added to a
dedicated sale page.
Check it out
and feeder mould clearout sale
I'm making space
and clearing out some stock to do it.
All my bomb and
feeder moulds are on sale. Check them out here.
When they're gone, they're gone!
I've had enough!
to give people any clue at all as to when their rods might
be completed because I have no idea when I might get the
blanks back in stock has got beyond a joke.
you have rods on order please don't ask me when they'll
be ready because I haven't got a f*****g clue!!!
the stage where I've decided to stop taking rod orders until
I have had delivery of the majority of blanks I require
to keep customers happy and cleared some of the backlog
as both I and Harrison's are losing track of where things
I have been told
that I'll be getting some blanks through soon, but no indication
of what they'll be.
Expect rod ordering
to return to normal next month, but possibly limited to
pike, lure and selected specialist rods, and with no non-standard
blank finishes, until blank supply gets back up to speed.
are still being fulfilled on my twice weekly posting plan
- Tuesdays and Fridays.
A customer kindly
made me aware that he was unable to pay for an on-line order
using a card without having a PayPal account. I had a dig
around backstage and think I have sorted the issue out.
I can only imagine that some PayPal upgrade or other altered
a setting because I hadn't touched anything!
In other news
I've built a couple of rods using the new-look Fuji reel
seats and rings and have to say they look smart together.
Pictures to appear on my blog (which went AWOL for a while
- this time entirely down to me messing about behind the
scenes but appears to have returned...) when I've completed
some other rod work worth showing. I might even get some
fishing news on it as I have some new tackle to try out!
That's the last
of the DPS reel seats in black. No more available, so anyone
wanting to match up an existing rod which has a black DPS
18 is out of luck. The closest I'll be able to get is an
American Tackle version which I'll probably keep a few of
in stock. Otherwise it's the new finish (see update below
for link) on all DPS seats as standard. I'm also on my last
batch of BSVOG rings, when they are gone it'll be the new
rings as standard.
Blanks are still
slow in coming through, still with now clue as to what will
arrive next but it does seem to be a case of my main bait
rod blanks arriving before lure rod or specialist blanks.
Anything involving special treatment, such as spigots on
Tricksters, is pretty much on permanent hold!
Finally, I apologise
for not replying to e-mails as quickly as usual. I read
some business expert say this is the most time efficient
way to deal with a heavy e-mail load. So that's my excuse
to everyone who is patiently waiting for their rods to be
built. I'm making some headway but no sooner do I get some
blanks in than they are assigned to the building queue meaning
I still have no spare stock!
new Fuji finishes are starting to arrive. Read all about
it on Lumbland.
Year, New Changes
been a while coming but Fuji have now discontinued their
black and gunsmoke finishes to both rings and reel seats,
and my standard BSVOG ring has gone too. This means that
I will only be able to match rods built in the past while
my stocks of these fittings last. Which won't be long.
word is that the change is due to the new finish is more
protective when it comes to stopping rusting, and there
was some health and safety issue with the old finishes.
There is probably some truth in this but it's been noticeable
for a few years that when the black finish went from a semi-matt
to a gloss it was more easily scratched. I wonder if the
new finishes are more scratch-resistant?
black finish is replaced with what Fuji call 'Frosted Dark-Grey,
and the gunsmoke with ''Shiny Gray'. The BSVOG is replaced
by the BCLSVOG
which features the wraparound design already in use with
the existing SiC and Alconite frames, which will remain
the same but in the new finishes.
changes isn't enough I've been told to expect Harrison's
to drop some of their older blanks next year. The carbon
supply problems the industry has experienced this year being
the primary driver behind this rationalisation.
in all, if anyone is thinking of having any rods built to
match existing ones, especially older carp or specialist
rods, it would be wise to get them ordered sooner rather
than later. Although the slow supply situation is continuing
it might mean a good match will be possible.
cheery note it's time to thank all my customers who have
outstanding rod orders with me for their patience, there
really is nothing I can do to speed up the blank supply
chain, and wish everyone a Merry Christmas and Happy New
Year. I'm hanging up my varnish brushes until January now!
still have a few rods In Stock!
blank situation hasn't improved any, so I still have a backlog
of orders which is growing by the day. It's looking unlikely
that most will be completed before Christmas, and any placed
after today will have no prospect of completion until some
time in the New Year.
are arriving now and then, but I'm completely at the mercy
of Harrison's as to what turns up and when. There's no guarantee
blanks I ordered weeks ago will turn up before blanks ordered
yesterday! 'Unusual' blanks are taking the longest, so there's
a better chance of getting one of my predator rods built
than something like an Avon with a spliced in quivertip.
I do still have a few rods In Stock!
note to apologise to anyone who is waiting on their rods.
I'm not in the worst situation regarding deliveries from
Harrison's as I only have a back log of a couple of months,
but they are struggling to keep up at the moment. Angling
experienced a boom earlier this year after lockdown was
eased which created a demand for tackle. Added to that there
have been staff shortages due to periods of isolation.
have been coming through in dribs and drabs, but not always
everything I need to complete some orders of mixed rods.
been to the factory for six months but I envisage everyone
there running around like the proverbial headless chicken!
believe me when I say I'm as frustrated as anyone who is
waiting on their rods. Thank you for your patience.
meantime I do have some rods In Stock!
in stock added
the wait for the new pike season! Ready to fish rods added
to my In Stock page.
added a link to my articles for The Pike Pool to my Articles
page. Or just click this
Words Belatedly Updated
been a bit slack at blowing my own trumpet or the last few
years, but I've added some recent words of appreciation
which I've received to my Nice
as these give me a fuzzy glow I get an even warmer glow
from hearing that people have caught big fish and personal
bests using my rods.
are back in stock in sizes 30 and smaller, but no 40s. So
now I can fit them to anything other than BB350s and X-1s.
19s are back too, so that's straighforward.
situation regarding the BSVOG rings which are standard on
most of my rods has not improved. I am lacking one crucial
size. For a limited period I will be able to fit them to
BB350s but no other rods. Worse still the BMNAG Alconite
rings I use are also of limited avilability so they're not
a viable alternative. I think MNSG SiCs might be a possibilty,
at much greater expense, as an option.
the above in mind I am now using Seymo 247S rings as my
standard - they are almost identical to the BSVOG, and offering
Kigan's as an upgrade.
Fuji RBC butt caps I fit to Axioms and specialist rods are
also on long back order, so I'll be fnishing all cork butts
with a nylon button. At least retrofitting an RBC butt cap
isn't a big job should they ever reappear.
put a post on Lumbland which has pics and info about the
new Fuji rings and some other ring news. CLICK
HERE to read it.
with recent or pending rod orders will know the supply of
BSVOG rings has been nonexistent in some sizes since early
December. While Fuji is a Japanese company, like most firms
these days, it has manufacturing plants in China. Every
business getting stock from China is suffering supply problems
at the moment due to factory closures caused by the Coronavirus
mess. This is compounding the problems. Things are not much
better right now, but improvement is promised...
there are big changes coming to all Fuji's black framed
rings. For environmental reasons (I don't know what) the
current black coating is being stopped and replaced with
a new finish. I'm expecting a sample of this shortly.
means that if anyone wants a rod building to match one they
already have with black framed Fuji rings it would be a
good idea to get an order in now. Or certainly within the
next couple of months because at some point this year I
expect making a match to be difficult at best or impossible
at worst. I've not determined if this also applies to reel
seats, but I suspect it does.
Fuji's gunsmoke finish is also changing (although apparently
not to the naked eye) it might be safest to opt for Kigan
rings if you are ordering a rod soon with the intention
of having one or more matched to it in the future. Maybe
also go for plain steel hoods on Fuji reel seats - just
is as much as I know right now.
the last two or three years I've been asked to build an
increasing number of floodwater barbel rods, mostly for
Trent anglers, on the 2.5lb Torrix blank. As a result I've
added this to my Torrix Specialist
rods for sale.
selling my three 11ft 2lb Torrixes as I have no plans for
tench or bream fishing this spring. Details on my blog here.
rods for Predators added.
that Torrix blanks are designed for c*rp fishing, but they
don't know that! While I wouldn't recommend the twelve footers
for predator fishing some of the shorter blanks are actually
pretty useful tools. The three I prefer and my thoughts
about them can be found here.
it. Absolutely NO MORE REBUILDS. If it's not a DLST rod
don't even ask. Sorry if that sounds blunt but I simply
don't have the time to undertake this work. I will still
replace broken or damaged individual rings but that's about
last I have the reel seats to allow me to turn the blanks
I got ages ago into FXH lure rods. Details of this rod which
was previewed at last September's PAC Convention can be
found on it's dedicated page.
blanks are now only available in a choice of burgundy and
July 1st my virgin.net e-mail address will be discontinued.
If you have that in your address book please change it to
my dlst.co.uk address.
breakage of a pair of rods in transit I have reconsidered
my rebuild/refurb service as no amount of insurance can
replace a much loved rod that is no longer in production.
result I am now only willing to undertake rebuilds/refurbs
on rods which I have built or on rods delivered to and collected
from me in person.
the reasoning for this is understood.