Chris Reilly has spent his adult life in search of a realm where art and science exist in harmony. After a formal education in physics and a fruitful career in manufacturing, he found that realm and founded Reilly Rod Crafters. Chris has always been known as a creative problem solver – a guy that sees things a little differently. In Reilly Rod Crafters, Chris has built a company where personal relationships reign supreme and corporate decisions are made on the water. By staying intentionally small and keeping home base in rural Virginia, Chris is dedicated to supporting the local economy, or as he puts it, “Just being a good neighbor.”
A lifetime of fly fishing adventures have taken Chris around the nation and back to his home waters of the Shenandoah Valley, where he first cast a fly at age 13. Chris is best described as a responsible sportsman and a lover of all things wild.
Visit the Articulate Fly with Marvin Cash to hear Chris’ story of how Reilly Rod Crafters came into existence and what it’s like to work with many of fly fishing’s elite legends.