Emigrant Wilderness 2013


The trail,
Forested white fir.
Inner laced of roots and earth exposed,
Like fingers of an ancient wizard.

Split in two but not.
Nearly identical from germination,
Limbs, bark and trunk.

Hot cider, carefully stirred,
Up to my fingers tips.
This spoons handle,
cut off.


Serenaded by cowbells.


Majestic twins,
Together above us, hovering.
Reaching arms, lobed.
This limbed canopy,
Like the river systems we’re traveling.

Traverse, up sloping benches.
Contour south, now west.
Dark dihedrals of Granite Dome,
Finally in view.


Willows and meadow,
lakes fringed with snags,
A study in patient line untangling.

High rocky cirque, lakes,
Emerald blue and green.
They’re magnetic to my feet.

From Corral Canyon,
a ribbon of Foxtail pines and fir,
as if they were guides,
we follow to camp.


With confident feet,
along granite slabs.
Higher we clamber,
a spectacular perch.

In this tidy bowl,
Frequent breeze blowing.
We’re grateful for our,
cozy hats.

Along the border,
Granite sidewalks, undulate into
sky blue water.

Casting along,
Looped into silver snags.
Another lost fly.

Above me cliffs brood.
Scampering and climbing.
A fish I chase,
for dinner.


two 7'6" Phantom 5's for sale


I decided that its time to clear the rod building rack of my last two prototypes of the Phantom 5, 5wt taper i've been working on this summer. The taper is a blended/hybrid of the Wayne Cattanach "Sir D" and the old Hardy "Phantom" taper.
Both rods have identical action, a very true casting, moderate fast action comparative to bamboo rods. They're of a progressive nature for casting dry flies well, roll casts easily and handles nice mends with a Scientific Anglers 5DTF line. Both rods are flamed toned, with nickel silver components,light amber Agate guides, olive and java wraps in Gossamer silk. flor-grade cork rings for the grip. there is 4 coats of spar that seals the rods. and the reel seat spacer is hand turned of Curly Koa. One rod has a hook keeper the other has not. since these two rods are prototypes with single tips i'm offering them at $500.00 each plus tax. They'll also come with an olive sock with a hang tag. For another $150.00 i'll include a bamboo rod tube as well or i'll provide a simple black ABS plastic tube. If your interested send me a pm through my profile or just give me a call in my shop @ four15-279-two707