The Seven Foot Excalibur

The seven foot rod is an important asset in any quiver for fly fishers especially in the North East. The seven foot cane rod is by far the most used rod if you fish smallish, brushy, tight stream environments. It is the size I most gravitate to if I'm hiking in to a stream, up in the Tennessee Valley, bouncing around PA, or bush wacking in West Virginia. The seven footer is also one of the most talked about tapers. After many years of rod making I have come to the conclusion that there is not an “Excalibur” taper that exists out there in the rod making world for the beloved seven footer. We can assume that there are just too many variables when it comes to windage, caster, line types, and the list goes on down to the length of the casters arm and other physical attributes. What I have found is a handful of tapers that seem to hit the size sweet spot. I developed a seven footer that I use in calm conditions relative to windage. I have a taper that I use to punch larger flies out in the spring. Then there is my mainstay that I use throughout the summer months that seems to bear the adversity that suits me best with a wide variety of smaller dry flies.

The quest for a better taper never ends in a rod makers life. We get as close as we can to a rod we can call “Excalibur” I suppose these are the rods that bear the moniker “Special” or “Favorite” and for me that's close enough!


North Bend On The Mecoche

 North Mecoche, Clint Bova, 5"x7” pencil sketch on stained note paper
Sometimes when the fishing is slow in the fall I take out whatever I can out of my vest and just sketch in the moment. I suppose the “river rat” in me prefers to just sit and let my brain meander a bit before I clamor up through the painful brambles.


The Quiet Winter Streams

“Seldom Seen” a small winter study 
8" x 10" oil on wood panel by Clint Bova

“Many men go fishing all of their lives without knowing that it is not fish they are after”
                                               ~Henry David Thoreau


Mac-o-Chee Creek

“Mac-o-Chee Creek” Pencil Sketch 5"x7"
Streamside ~Fall 2015 Clint Bova

How I have walked...day after day, and all alone, to see if there 
was not something among the old things which was new! 
                                                                ~Thomas Cole

Let the winter of 2016 bring all of us the blessing of good health, 
creativity, and kindness.
~Clint Bova