It doesn't take much to get me excited about fly fishing and making fly rods. But special projects really get me going. I've been a believer for over 30 years that a smooth and forgiving cast is just about as natural and enjoyable as it gets. I've cast a lot of rods in my time and for me, nothing gets more natural than the old bamboo. And that's where my liking of it stops.
"Wait. What?" If bamboo is such a great casting material why not make the Mountain Midge (or any in the Tribute Series) out of bamboo? Wait, you ask. Exactly. Weight.
Bamboo is extremely resilient but it's heavy. I've found fiberglass to mimic near the same resistance to breakage and similar characteristics in casting. It's deep, smooth, and helps me slow down. And slowing down helps keep me immersed in the activity and the scenery. All without sacrificing accuracy and sensitivity.
The Mountain Midge specifically is my go to rod for hitting blue lines or small spring creeks. I reach for it on those days when there is plenty of time and I want to soak it all in. Whether I want to drift some double nymph rigs through a run or lay them softly under a rhododendron. The Midge never lets me down.
Understated looks? Maybe.
Underestimated? Definitely not.
The trouble we go through to bring high quality, well crafted, American made (not just assembled) rods to the market cannot be over stated. And there is nothing small about the capability and value put into Mountain Midge and its peers in the Tribute Series.
The Midge's 6'9" stature belies its power. It's like a terrier. Big on heart (if just a little light in the saddle) and tough as all get out. And if you should break that old dog then rest assured your lifetime warranty has you covered.
I truly believe the Mountain Midge is the perfect companion for a well deserved day spent on your favorite small water.
The Tribute Series
Inspired by the ingenuity of a few great American rod builders, the Tribute Series pays homage to their legacy. Each fiberglass rod is made and assembled in the US and carries the soul of what made those rods great.
by Chris Reilly, President
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.