above: A new “Isaac Zane” for Bishop Skip Adams of Upstate N.Y.
I was particularly pleased with the finish and contrast of this rod. The blued hardware and light spalted Koa reel seat is a gorgeous combination. The custom winding check and swelled butt lead your eye right up the length of the fly rod. The light honey colored cane contrasts well with the fine red tipping. A Bishop chess piece profile for the ferrule plug was a special little finishing detail.
There has been a noticeable spike in interest and orders for my #7952 7'9" “Isaac Zane” 5wt 2pc. tapers. This is a wonderfully crisp dry fly and nymphing rod that roll casts great and can handle many different fishing situations from small to medium water. It is my personal favorite taper for prospecting on new water. Comes with either a down locking seat with a traditional domed cap, or down locking slide band. The rod itself has a very distinctive swelled butt with silk wraps that are either black with intermediates or clear with fine black or red tipping.
“Its shorter than an 8’ rod but more flexible river-wise than a 7’6”...its a great throughout the season go anywhere rod”
“This is my new go-to rod when my fishing situations are most variable. It is a very accurate rod that loads great in tight or out far. Aesthetically it is second to none”
~Dave McKenzie / Charleston WV