Why do we
at Ricigliano Fly Rod Building put such meticulous
dedication into the design of each individual rod?
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Fly rod Building process video
Mel Krieger and Rhea Topping comments...
..."Easily, the most beautiful and practical
fly rods I have ever seen"...
..."Exquisit does not begin to describe
the beauty of my fly rod, the most beautiful
feather inlay and wrap work I have ever seen"...
one of the 10 steps of the Ricigliano fly rod building
process is done by hand, and very special attention is
paid to every minute detail. The fly rod blanks are
selected according to the type of fishing that our
clients will be doing.
The meticulous selection of every cork ring, and the
final lathing process, is done to adapt the grip to the
size of each individual customer’s hand.
The type of wrapping thread that we use has been
specifically selected to hold the guides securely in
place, and the colors selected to match the feather
The wooden reel seat inserts, with a selection of
several wood choices, are carefully stabilized for
And finally, our special epoxy process and every
individual feather applied in our unique and one-of-a-kind
designs are painstakingly done by hand.
When my wife, Isabel, and I build one of our rods, we
put tremendous passion into our work every step of the
way until the final product is completed.
Because it is impossible today for large fly rod
manufactures to be able to give each and every rod the
special attention that many fly fishermen require and
need, we carefully distribute the stress points on each blank
to accommodate it for both casting and playing fish. We love what we do, and we really
want to pass all the passion we put into our work on to
each and every one of our customers.
Every one of our exclusive feather inlay designs are
truly a piece of artwork.
Each of our rods has unique custom feather inlay designs
at each ferrule connection. Each design has a number and
code to identify our customers.
Every unique feather inlay design is made from a
different combination of Jungle Cock, Blue Chatterer,
Kingfisher, Peacock and Macao feathers.
These specific types of feathers are the same ones which
were used since the very beginning for tying salmon
Each feather is carefully selected and specially treated
to prevent discoloration from the rays of the sun.