Spine Location   -   benefit:  accuracy

A top quality blank is just the start of a high performance fly rod.  Virtually every
section of every blank, regardless of cost or action, has softer and stiffer spots as the
blank is flexed and rolled.  This is the "spine".  Factories tend to ignore the spine of the
blank, and build their rods on the most visually straight axis as their only priority.  I
disagree with this concept, and feel that this can result in a fly rod that tracks poorly
and casts inaccurately.

I take the time, effort, and experimentation to construct a fly rod that is the best
possible combination for perfect tracking and visual straightness.  If you've cast a rod
that tracks perfectly, I think you will agree.
Dave Crowther
31 Diamond Basin Road
Cody, WY 82414
Home:  307-587-3950
Cell:  307-250-3118
Static Stress Distribution Test   -   benefits:  durability, casting distance

Optimal placement of guides is determined using the Static Stress Distribution Test,
instead of a standard guide placement chart.  This produces a rod that distributes
stress evenly over the natural arc of the blank.  The benefits are twofold.  There is less
chance of a rod breaking under stress.  And, the line is less likely to slap the rod during
a cast, resulting in greater casting distance.
Wade Lake, Montana
Balance Point   -   benefit:  light feeling tip

The lightest feeling rods are not necessarily the lightest rods. What really makes the
difference is a balance point at the proper point on the grip to make the tip feel light in
the fly fisher's hand. A tip heavy rod is a tiring rod to fish for very long.

I take the time and effort to test, experiment and adjust to achieve a customer's
desired balance point.  If you've fished a fly rod that balances perfectly, especially on a
long fishing day,  I think you will agree.