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Post 11 Apr 2021, 14:38 • #1 
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I couldn’t resist buying this unique little rod from Mike this weekend. When I first saw it I thought it might be one of those cigar containers that you sometimes see but when I opened the tube I found a gorgeous little five-piece 5’6” #3 Spruce Creek. Just had to have it! It’s a sweet caster, which in my experience is unusual with very short rods. Of course, Mike McFarland would not make a poor casting rod no matter what length. Built in 2011 on an in-house rolled Spruce Creek blank, it’s a “one of one”.



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Post 11 Apr 2021, 15:20 • #2 
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Cool rod!

I bet the 4 ferrules help give the rod mass so it loads easier at close distances...


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Post 11 Apr 2021, 15:48 • #3 
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I think you’re right, Corey. It’s truly amazing. I just came in from casting it with a half of a DT4 on a Hardy Flyweight and for in close casting it’s perfect. I’ve had the Flyweight for close to 40 years and never had a rod that truly fit it until now. Missed you this weekend - we escaped the rain until this morning.


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Post 11 Apr 2021, 16:14 • #4 
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Cool!


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Post 11 Apr 2021, 17:05 • #5 
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Awesome Duff!


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Post 11 Apr 2021, 18:02 • #6 
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Duff, just out of curiosity, what is the size of the Hardy Flyweight? That little rod would fit nicely into a daypack for some who'dathunk it flyfishing.


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Post 11 Apr 2021, 18:46 • #7 
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PampasPete, a Flyweight is 2 1/2” in diameter. The tube is is just 16” so yes, it will easily fit in most daypacks.


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Post 11 Apr 2021, 23:55 • #8 
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Duff - That's such a cool little rod. Have you tried it with a 3wt line yet?

Pampas - And Flyweights weigh about 2-3/4oz


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Post 12 Apr 2021, 07:29 • #9 
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Neat rod, Mike is a first class builder.


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Post 12 Apr 2021, 08:28 • #10 
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Beautiful build!


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 00:47 • #11 
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Wow.... really cool one.

Nico


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 03:32 • #12 
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That looks like a very fun rod


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 04:55 • #13 
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Not the same blank or rod, but I have a couple of "one of ones" that Mike built for me.

First a 5'6" 3wt Spruce Creek that Mike built for me years ago on the smooth blanks he was using at the time. It has an extra heavier tip he made to help it load to my liking, however I like it best with the regular tip.

I also have a 6'0" 2pc 3wt Spruce Creek on the same smooth blanks that he built me for me with a nickel silver ferrule that casts like dream.

Mike knows how to design and build 'em, even short rods.

That's a sweet rod you got there Duff!!


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 06:06 • #14 
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Score!


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 08:30 • #15 
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Very beautiful rod Duff I love 5 and 6pc.pack rods.To have such a short multi piece rod cast so well is a real treasure enjoy......Aurelio


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 17:29 • #16 
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Beautiful rod


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Post 13 Apr 2021, 20:31 • #17 
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Neat!


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Post 14 Apr 2021, 12:14 • #18 
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Sometimes you look at a fly rod and just grin from ear to ear....this is one. Let us know how it fishes.
Carl


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Post 16 Apr 2021, 19:06 • #19 
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Good for you! Looking forward to some fish photos some day too!


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Post 18 Apr 2021, 21:49 • #20 
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Very cool. I hope that this means there is a trip report or two in the future.


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Post 22 Apr 2021, 12:44 • #21 
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Yes very cool indeed... congratulations


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Post 22 Apr 2021, 19:21 • #22 
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That is very nice. I have a sweet spot for pack rods.
Not only are they fun to fish, but you can also measure the fish by # of rod sections :lol


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Post 02 Jun 2021, 21:07 • #23 
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Wow. I have a cute Parametric 6#. But you win.


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