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Dan Nelson wrote at 2013-06-14 00:38:43
Ruel Stayner was the inventor of the Stayner Ducktail fly.  I used to tie this fly for his shop in the 80's.  He taught me how to tie flies through the College of Southern Idaho.  I also own one of Ruel's fly rods that was hand made for me.  It was made on a graphite blank.  I think it was a Berkley blank.  I just pulled it out today, and it is still as nice as when I first purchased it.  I paid a $150 for this rod when it was new.  I wouldn't sell this rod for any amount of money.  It is much better than any rod I have held.  I would hang on to this rod as long as you can.  You will not find a better one anywhere.  


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I can answer questions on custom rod building and rod restoration and rod repair for bamboo, graphite and fiberglass fishing rods. I also have experience in estimating the value of vintage rods and determining the original manufacturer.


I operate a custom rod building business providing fly rods, spey rods, casting and spinning rods in bamboo graphite and fiberglass. I also operate a custom rod building school where myself and other professional rod builders teach individuals to build custom rods. I have a personal interest in vintage rods and have a small collection of reference books and articles which often help shed light on the origins of the older rods.

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