Steffen no more?

stevel

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I was just reading on Yamame's Facebook page when attracted to a beautiful combo of a rod of his and an anniversary reel by Ishii, and read further down that Steffen Bros. are closing up shop?
I thought the glass business is booming these days?
 

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I think they’ve been in business so long that they’ve decided it’s time to close up shop and do some more fishing! I always fancied an 8’ 3/4wt but in all honesty I don’t really need another rod of that configuration.

I did move on my white McFarland 7’9” 4wt from Sandy to make way for a green spruce creek in the same configuration, the action is a fair bit faster which is what I was after for the intended application. It also looks very nice so far! It looks brilliant in the sun.

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The McFarland you moved on was the one you took delivery of about 6 months back to Sandy's spec? I thought Sandy said it was a pretty strong rod that cast long and beat wind?
This Spruce Creek is a McFarland, but quite old though, or is it an updated model?
Looks a very nice build, the grip's quite similar to the Yomogi he made for me - Amboyna spacer as well? ;)
 

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The McFarland you moved on was the one you took delivery of about 6 months back to Sandy's spec? I thought Sandy said it was a pretty strong rod that cast long and beat wind?
This Spruce Creek is a McFarland, but quite old though, or is it an updated model?
Looks a very nice build, the grip's quite similar to the Yomogi he made for me - Amboyna spacer as well? ;)
The one I had from Sandy is more of a do it all rod as opposed to a specialised dry fly rod, Sandy said the spruce wouldn’t be ideal for tossing a streamer but for placing a tiny dry under cover with a tight loop it’s ideal. The spruce has evolved over the years and now it’s at a point where it’s a very potent rod, the classic taper is more like the spruces of the past.

Seeing as I fish the Derbyshire Wye predominantly, I thought I’d try the spruce. The spacer is Spalted maple, he put a picture of his latest four builds up on his Facebook and mine is the one at the bottom.

Cheers!
 

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