Having just entered the New Year I wanted to start it out right! So I am proud to announce the addition of Rob Smith and his new line of ingenious Pentalux Rods to West Slope Classic Fly Tackle.
Rob has the passion and knowledge in rod design that doesn't come around to often. Rob is willing to push the boundaries with his new design incorporating two different configurations in one rod. One comes to mind from my home state right here in California, retired rod builder Michael Montagne but to compare the two rods actions is like day and night! The point is both builders thinking outside the box. Rob has a sense old school that I quickly picked up on and is inline with the traditional characteristics I hold near to my heart. It's the best of both worlds as I see it. Rob's using the Penta, Hex and Quadrate configurations to work together that achieves one goal evolving into casting perfection! Robs years at the bench working out complex tapers have now paid off. I think you will feel the same way as I do about his rods!
Continually developing various models with a strong regard for the custom request. Models now available::
All rods are currently offered with several finish options. I use Nat Uslan's technique for an "impregnated" type finish as well as a standard traditional spar type varnish finished either as a gloss or my preference of a low sheen. Reel seat inserts are also the option of the buyer with black walnut and cedar being the standards - black walnut generally used with blued hardware and the cedar on rods with bright nickel silver. Some of the many options available that have been used thus far are tiger maple, birds eye maple, mesquite (similar to amboyna burl but even more intense) and cypress, other woods seasonally available too - please inquire.
Thread tipping is also the option of the buyer. Ferrule wraps and guide wraps are standardized and will not be modified beyond subtle shade variations commensurate with the cane that it wraps over but the ferrule and handle tipping colors are the choice of the buyer with standards for each model for those who do not wish to choose. Currently the S series is tipped red, the C4 uses antique gold, Q series uses blue, the T4 yellow. Most of my rods use a medium dark amber agate stripping guide as well but this along with the cork handle shapes are also the option of the buyer.
The final option for the Pentalux rod is the case. The standard offering is a black powder coated tube with logo stamped brass cap. The upgraded option is for the wooden Pentalux case. This is a five sided Pentalux type shaped case that opens along the seam and thus makes for a most superb field AND presentation case for viewing and enjoying the rod. Generally the same wood selected for the reel seat is matched to the rod case and the interior ultrasuede leather interior generally matches the rod tipping.