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Gary Soeffker Rods - Gary's favorite
condition: N - New
rod length: 7'6"
rod sections : 3/2
rod weight: 4
includes: logo rod tube and hand made rod sock
description: Good to see Gary Soeffker back building some of the finest rod you can find anywhere and he's been at it for over 30yrs. Hand tapering: the rods are hand planed to within 5/10,000 of their final taper by hand. His rods are designed using structural engineering formulae and produce the most efficient transference of energy from the hand through to the tip. It takes very little effort to cast one of Gary's rods. This wonderful dark flamed jewel with brass ferrule plugs came to me a few weeks ago. It's semi Parabolic action is the perfect dry fly rod for most all situation. Beautiful hand made wood reel seat is just stunning in all respects and his own shaped cork done in the wells fashion is a work of art. Also each ferrule is covered in silk thread ala Gary Howell. These rods are just some of the best I've seen for a while. Just read the Testimonials:
In October 2005, Bob Herson, proprietor of the Bohemian Fly Fisher in New York's Catskill mountains bought a Soeffker rod. His comments; "The Soeffker rod is out of this world. It is a flamed 7'6" for a 4 wt. line. It is one of the most perfect rods I've ever seen. It has golden nodes, brown wraps, duronze ferrules, and is mint. I have taken it fishing three times and it is an incredible caster. I own over 35 cane rods, all high end stuff, and I have to say that this rod has to be one of my best looking and casting rods.-Excerpt from "Oregon Bamboo" by (Joe Beelart)...."Gary Soeffker was one of the makers I admired when I was first building rods in the 80's. His fast action rod casts the line with great feel and authority. A very under-appreciated maker"
- (Per Brandin)
"Gary Soeffker is another Garrison disciple, I first cast samples of his rods at an exposition in Seattle in 1978. His early work echoed classic tapers like the 212 and 212E, in 8 and 8 1/2 feet. Soeffker lacked the old dense-wall cane in the Garrison stocks, so those first prototypes were a little slower than the original Garrison designs. His rods are now being split and planed in [the Pacific Northwest, Seattle area].
- Excerpt from "Trout, Volume 2" , by (Ernest Schwiebert)
".......The appearance of journeymen rod makers who may very well equal and possibly surpass the rod building geniuses of the past. Gary Soeffker fits that category. Gary's predilection for meticulous hand work is evidenced in his primary livelihood, as a designer and builder of custom jewelry - his perfectionist streak and inventiveness easily translated itself into the equally demanding art of building bamboo fly rods. Hands that shape the earth's most precious metals could have done much worst than forming the light golden fibers of bamboo........"
- Excerpt from "Bamboo Rod Building Revival" article in the May - June '83 issue of Flyfishing Magazine(by Deke Meyer)
"....Equal to these in range of quality and price are rods by the independent craftsmen around the country: Walt Carpenter, Ron Kusse, Bob Summers, Charlie Jenkins, Gary Soeffker, and my neighbor, Mike Clark, in Lyons, Colorado. There are others, some with more or less famous names, others known only to a handful of cane-rod freaks...."
- Excerpt from "Trout Bum" by (John Gierach)
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