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Post 05 Jun 2022, 14:52 • #1 
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I feel very fortunate to not only own several of his rods, but have spent few gatherings in Coburn with Fred. Spent some retirement time recasting these wonderful tapers, “The One” and 8’3” 5 wght were built by Leiderman and the 7’9” Butterscotch by Hallowell, and the first was a 7’6” 4 wght by Fred himself. Incredible special tapers, wishing Fred the best going forward.


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Post 05 Jun 2022, 17:21 • #2 
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Never handled one or owned one, would love to see some pics!


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Post 05 Jun 2022, 20:55 • #3 
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Great tapers and build quality.


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Post 06 Jun 2022, 10:30 • #4 
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very nice!


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Post 06 Jun 2022, 14:22 • #5 
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Location: Livingston MT
I have three of Fred's rods and everyone is a gem. I also have the privilege of having the first one of his rods honoring Project Healing Waters. All proceeds from the PHW rods go directly to them.

Haven't heard from him in a while. Not sure if he's still building rods. Would be a shame if he wasn't.

tom


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Post 07 Jun 2022, 09:19 • #6 
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Just last week, took his 7'9" 4 wt signature series to catch a 15" brown on a #16 sedge in a long seam created by a boulder on the margin. It was all premeditated except that I had forgotten how much I like to fish that rod.


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Post 07 Jun 2022, 15:54 • #7 
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Location: Relocated to the Drought Stricken West.
I have a couple of rods built by Fred. He definitely builds a clean rod in a traditional style.

I have also owned a few rods built on Fred's blanks which I also have enjoyed.

But the thing I really love about Fred's rods are that they are made to fish. He is a fantastic fisherman and designs and builds his rods to be fished. Even the gorgeous rods don't have to be babied and hold up well to heavy use.


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Post 09 Jun 2022, 13:04 • #8 
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Location: Holly Springs, NC
805 Signature series. The craftsmanship is awesome.



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Post 09 Jun 2022, 22:37 • #9 
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Fred's rods and blanks are first class all the way. And Fred was always a pleasure to deal with.

I built a lemon drop 7' 3wt years ago and although it's an ugly build its an excellent rod. By far the best 7'3 wt I've ever used. I very rarely fish small streams anymore, but I still take that rod out and cast it on the lawn because it's such a great blank. I wouldn't sell it for 1000 bucks, and the build is so sloppy nobody would buy it for 100!


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Post 11 Jun 2022, 11:31 • #10 
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I too am fortunate to own a number of Fred's rods. Any rod built by Fred will be classy, traditional and a great fishing rod. Those rods built on blanks designed by Fred and built by Fred, well those are just special!
Carl


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Post 12 Jun 2022, 15:17 • #11 
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Let us see a Lemon Drop rod... that is one I surely admire.

Stunning - viewtopic.php?f=3&t=58592


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Post 14 Jun 2022, 04:13 • #12 
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That lemon drop looks a beauty!

Did Fred make this from a CTS blank?


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Post 15 Jun 2022, 12:26 • #13 
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Fred had CTS build blanks to his specification.


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Post 27 Jun 2022, 06:11 • #14 
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thanks for that


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