Client Comments -what they say about us

Our Clients and what they say about us! 

We currently have happy clients on Six continents, 34 countries, all 50 states and every Canadian province!  Our clients become our friends and many of them refer their friends to us!  If you know a fly fisher in Antarctica, we would love to talk to them!

 

... Here is what they have to say ! ...

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Here is our "Picture of the Month" submitted by Lord of the Streams multiple-rod owner, Jason Ah Sam of Highton, Victoria, Australia. This picture will stay here until we receive a worthy replacement.  Simply put, we have never caught a Brown anywhere close to this and are extremely impressed!

This beautiful Brown was caught on Jason's Lord of the Streams custom Sage! Thank you for sending the picture Jason!



We now have an equally impressive "Picture of the Month"submitted by Mark Cornell of
Christchurch, New Zealand. He sends us pictures of so many trophy fish.  His fishing skills are outstanding.  Mark is another Lord of the Streams multiple rod owner.

"Thank you for the picture Mark!





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"Wow, Great Fly Rod. I really like the new X action. Sage makes a great blank but you make it a precision instrument. The way the ferules fit and the finish is perfect. The guides are absolutely perfect and the handle is exquisite. The full wells handle fits my hand beautifully. I loaded a SA Shark Wave GPX on to a Nautilus FWX 5/6 and the line flew effortlessly to 60'. I have a few factory made Sage Ones and my biggest complaint is the small guides. SA GPX 8wt line will not slide through my 8wt Sage One guides. The biggest opposition to custom rods that I hear is, if you break it the factory won't fix it. First of all I have never broken a fly rod. A lot of anglers have a myriad of extenuating circumstances that lead to the damaging of a fly rod. On several trips every summer we fish from canoes. Hoping in and out of the canoe all day with the rods bungied to the seats or lining the boat down rapids or up and down the river bank we have never damaged a rod. Thanks so much, I love the rod. "Made in USA" Right on Brother. God Bless,travel safe and good luck. Rich."

Rich also bought a custom SAGE 5 weight rod.  Here is what he says about that.


"Hey Bob, WOW, awesome, the rod is a work of art. (SAGE ONE 590-4 with grouse feather inlay)  Thanks so very much...  Thanks again. "

Rich  Causley,  Pickford, Michigan


"... received the rod today, (custom SAGE ONE 696-4) what can I say it is superb. The finish and detailing is absolutely first class, well beyond my expectations. I'm running out of superlatives, needless to say I'm extremely happy with my purchase, it does however make my standard Z axis look ....., ordinary.

Many thanks Bob I wish you a very happy Xmas.

 

Kind Regards,

 Mick Walker (Dartford, Kent, UK)

Please put my endorsement on your web site, let's spread the word."

Bob,

"I received the rod today and it looked absolutely amazing!!! (Custom SAGE ONE 590-4)

Thanks again for excellent craftsmanship and great service.

I will send you a photo after my trip to Kola peninsula next summer. Week 31.

Hope to catch some trophy fish to show of with the rod."


Espen Klaesson, Oslo, Norway


Justin Kerr from Butler, PA with an incredible Brown caught on his new SAGE ONE 690-4 custom from Lord of the Streams.

"Hello Bob,
I just want to say the new rod is amazing.  I used it for the first time on my trip to New York-Lake Ontario Tribs and loved it.  I attached a picture of one of the Browns I caught.  This one was 28 inches but didn't get a weight on it.  I also landed a 31 inch male that made this one look tin but didn't have a camera handy. (Completely bummed out about that)  But I love the rod and I'm looking forward to having you build my 3 wt.Thanks Again,
Kerr"                                     

Justin Kerr, Butler, Pennsylvania




Kenneth McRae from Massachusetts, fishing with his new Sage ONE 9' 9 weight from Lord of the Streams, caught this beautiful Stripper!

Thanks for the great picture Kenneth!




"Bob

My rod arrived and I am not sure if I want to put it on the wall or fish with it. It is a thing of beauty. Your advise regarding the seat was 100% right.  Our trout season stars next Saturday and you can be sure I will be the proudest angler on the river.  I will send some pics. 

Dealing with you has been fantastic and the end result suburb. I am sure there will be more rods bound for Rhode Island in the near future. 

Thanks again for the wonderful work, the pleasure of meeting you and I hope you and your family have a happy Easter. 

Jeff"                      
Jeff Tingley, Providence, Rhode Island



"Robert, the TXL-F 3WT has arrived safely and I am amazed. You are an artist – it is literally a work of art. I took it out into the sunlight and the colours and finish are fantastic. A test cast and I am salivating at the thought of fishing with this rod – short or long it just feels right. Next Wednesday I am going up into the hills for a wedding so I will be taking “sienna” J with me and if there is any likely looking water I will be into it. Thanks again for making such a terrific rod – hopefully I will get some pictures of fish next week for you.

 With Regards

Peter"

Peter, Lister, Balranald, NSW, Australia


In the picture on the left, Peter is fishing with a Sage One 690-4.  The rod performed admirably on the 4.75 lb. New Zealand Brown that he landed.  Notice how the entire rod is involved in the
fight!

Well done Peter!
  Peter is another Lord of the Streams multiple rod owner.



Peter with a 6.75 Lb New Zealand Brown!

"Robert, 

The rod (690-4 Sage One) has arrived safely and I must say the finish is spectacular. The quality of workmanship is obvious  as I unpack it and the look and feel is way above that of a factory rod. I am glad I found your site and would just like to thank you for the time and effort you have put in to make buying my first custom rod a wonderful experience.

I can’t wait now to get to New Zealand and put it to those big browns and rampant rainbows. Pictures to follow!"

Peter

PETER LISTER, BALRANALD, New South Wales, Australia










Randy Mace of St. Charles, Missouri sent in this picture of a nice rainbow that he caught on his Lord of the Streams custom Sage Z-Axis.  Nice fish Randy.  Great job of selecting the wraps on your rod to complement your reel as well!














"Dear Bob,

So the rod finally completed it's journey across the 'pond' and through UK Customs at the end of last week. Arriving home yesterday after work, it was exciting to say the least to finally unwrap the box containing all your hard work.

And wow! What a beautiful rod! Perfect! I was amazed at how light it is but then this is my first rod of such quality and build. The Litespeed also compliments it well.

Even my wife was impressed and we both thought the certificate of ownership was a lovely touch as well as a covering letter with a lot of good sense and tips as regards rod care. I just need to get a line on the reel, plan the first outing and capture some pictures for you.

Needless to say, it has been an absolute pleasure from start to finish working with you Bob. Some fly shops here in the UK could learn a few things about consummate professionalism and customer service from you. I won't hesitate to recommend you to friends.

Best regards to you and your family...and if I ever get back to Washington State, I would love to say "thank you" in person.

Yours sincerely,
Nick"

Nick Hall, Surrey, United Kingdom




Dear Bob,

Thanks so much for the rod. I fished with it today and it exceeded all of my expectations. It’s very sharp from an aesthetic point of view and I couldn’t be any happier.  From the ease of ordering, your help over the phone, and prompt workmanship…I am impressed and will spread the word. 

Take care.  Jim

James Kramer M.D., Greensboro, North Carolina



Hi Bob,

"... I love my new rod. I just now have had time and water to get some use out of it.

 Thanks again for the beautiful job,

 Dan Benson, Milne Point, Alaska





"Bob, the new baby has arrived!  And she looks fabulous.  Can’t wait to leave work so that I can get home and try her out.  I’ll send you an update once I’ve done some yard casting.

Thanks for everything. 

TJ..(.continued)

And it casts as great as it looks.  I never have cast a 9’6” rod before, nor a Z-Axis.  At 60’ the line shoots straight as an arrow and rod really loads up well…..of course it does have a sink tip.  I noted I do have to wait just a tick more on the backcast.  That’s probably due to the extra length.  I imagine a floating line will behave a bit differently.  Looking forward to the first hook set in Montana.  Hopefully can get a good fish pic with the rod so that I can send to you.

Bob, this entire process has been enjoyable.  Thanks for your superior level of customer service.  You have delivered on every promise.

TJ"

Tommy Jackson, Memphis, Tennessee





"Hello Bob,
 
My Z Axis rod arrived yesterday afternoon.  The rod looks absolutely incredible.  The craftsmanship, components,  and attention to detail are far superior to the factory rods, a work of art. 
 
Thanks again for working over the weekend to complete the rod.  Bart and I are leaving very early tomorrow morning to fish the Fall River.  I will be using my Z Axis and Bart will be using his new Winston BIIIx you just built for him.
 
I'm already planning my 8wt Z Axis for the upcoming Steelhead season.  I will be in touch soon.
 
Very best regards
 
Bill"

Bill Harrell, San Jose, California




"Robert,
 
They (Sage Z-Axis and Creeklord III-M rods) look BEAUTIFUL !!!!!!!!!!!
 
I will without a doubt be mentioning you in every fishing conversation.  Those are the most beautiful fly (rods) I have ever seen and there is no way they will not be the talk of all my guides. I will pass out your card to each shop and guide I deal with.  When you carry around something as perfect as these, there will be talk. I will be your walking and talking billboard. 
I will certainly send as many photos as possible. With (rods) and fish and I am sure the guides will be up to the Kodak moments.
 
The photos look excellent on the web site. They show your talent and craftsmanship down to the minute detail.
 
You have done me a great Justice and favor
 
Thank You from the Bottom of my Heart !!!!!!!!
 
Alonzo"

Alonzo Carpenter, Woodruff, South Carolina





"bonjour bob,
 
j'ai reçu la canne à mouche cette semaine et le résultat est superbe, poignée, porte moulinet, ligature, vernis, alignement anneaux, du très beau travail,
j'ai essayé la canne, que du bonheur, elle tire vraiment droit et le blank à de la puissance en réserve, je suis ravi du résultat,
c'est la 2ème canne à mouche que vous venez de me confectionner (z axis 9' # 5 fevrier 2009), et votre travail est toujours aussi exceptionnel, bravo BOB
vous avez fait un heureux et vous continuerez à en faire, longue vie à lord of the streams et encore BRAVO!
 
cordialement,
 
pascal"

Pascal Guerard, Toutainville, France 



"Good Morning, 

I got the rods yesterday and they both look awesome.  (Sage Z-Axis 590-4 and Sage TXL-F 4710-4) Thank you very much!  I really appreciate the fine craftsmanship you put in to each one of these.  I can't wait to use them ,"hopefully soon" as it's been raining every day down here.   

Thanks again,

Tim"

Tim Roberts, Hollister, California



"Mr. Hudson,

This is hands down the most beautiful rod I have ever seen!  Your attempt to match the thread colors to my Galvan reel turned out perfect.  The attention to detail is like nothing I have ever seen on ANY other rod!  I only regret that I have not been able to fish with it yet.  We have had 10 to 20 degree weather, with snow, since I received it.  It is only a matter of time before the weather breaks.  This will not be the last rod that I have you build for me, merely the first.  Thank you for making this a truly pleasant experience.  I will send pics as soon as I can get on the water!

Randy Mace"


Randy Mace,  Saint Peters, Missouri


Hi Robert,

I took my youngest son Ben fishing yesterday at Lake Benmore.
He played out his largest Brown trout yet of three pounds. (On my new rod) (Sage Z-Axis 6110-4)
All worked well together :) . Best wishes for the season.

Regards, Mark Cornell

LOS Note: Introducing our children to the wonderful sport of fly fishing is a true joy!  


Well done Ben!







"The new rod (LOS custom Sage Z-Axis 690-4) was awesome to handle some 20 inch hot rainbows on the N. Platte.

Thanks again,


Jack."

Jack Swanson, Lebanon, Tennessee, November 22, 2010



Pictured below is Jack and his Platte River guide, Luke Keil, 307-267-0170. His company is Wyoming Anglers.  Jack highly recommends Luke. "LOS note:  I have personally fished with Luke on the North Platte and know him to be a very hard working and capable guide."  Bob Hudson, Owner, Lord of the Streams





"Bob,
Just received the rod (a LOS custom Winston BIIX 9', 6wt.) and I am speechless to say the least.  You are truly an artist. Can't wait to take it out to play.
Jimmy"


Jimmy Quick, Grovetown, GA, USA November 12, 2010





Mark Cornell of Christchurch, New Zealand sent us so many incredible pictures of his recent trip to the South Island that we had difficulty choosing the best one.  However, since Brownies are our favorite trout, we chose this one.  It, and many others were caught with Mark's Lord of the Streams custom 690-4 Sage Z-Axis.  Thank you Mark!



"Hello Bob,

I collected my rods/reels/lines today, and am happy to report that they are all safe, ..............and stunning. Thanks so much for all of the documentation that accompanied them, your rod care guidelines, the warranties and certificates etc.... I can't wait to get out on the river and lake to "christen" them ! I'll be sure to send you on photos etc.....

Again, many thanks. I have to say that you have been exceptionally helpful and professional. I will not be holding back on recommending your work to all admirers of my rods.

Mise Le Meas,

John

John Ryan, Dublin, Ireland, 3/1/2010


"Good morning Bob,

I just returned home last night from four days in Central Oregon.  My new rod had arrived.  What a beautiful piece of art.  I am excited about using my new rod and hope to later this week.  I appreciate and respect the time and depth you take to explain to rod owners how to care for their new investments, and it certainly shows the pride you take in creating each and every one.  I am planning to show my new rod off at my upcoming fly club meeting next week although I don't think I will let anyone else touch it (well maybe they can touch).  I am happy as well that I chose the full wells grip as it fits my hand perfectly.  I am already planning my next investment with you.

Thank you so much for doing what you do, I couldn't be more pleased.

excited,

Mike Samples"
  Mike Samples, Lincoln City Oregon, April 29, 2010



"Hi Bob,

I was out of town for a couple of days and returned today to my new Winston BIIx 6-wieght and matching Lamson reel.  The rod is the finest I've ever owned; the workmanship is outstanding, particularly your universal attention to detail and the quality of the materials.  Thank you for a great job!

The rod casts like a dream; our trout season (NH) opens April 1st and as soon as there is enough ice-free water to justify a 6-wt, I'll be using this great rod and reel combination.  Thanks again, Bob, for jump starting my fishing season.

Best regards,
Paul"

Paul Sanborn, Canterbury, New Hampshire, March 24th, 2010


"Hi Bob,

The TXL arrived today, (TXL 2710-3) timing is impeccable as it is a long weekend here and I have three whole days off.

You have once again excelled yourself with this rod, it’s an object of beauty. I can’t wait to have a cast. I would have done so tonight but it was dark by the time I got home and our Autumn rains have started with an inch and a half coming down in just a couple of hours, still raining now.

I can’t get out for a fish tomorrow as our local fair is on this weekend and I’ve promised my daughter I would take her so as long as the rain eases by the morning we will have a great day for the fair and the streams will be clear again late Sunday in time for the evening rise or maybe a morning session on Monday.

Take care and all the best.

 Jason"

Jason Ah Sam, Highton, Victoria, Australia, March 5th, 2010


"Hello Bob,

I collected my rods/reels/lines today, (Sage Z-Axis 590-4 and Sage Z-Axis 6100-4 with matching Lamson reels) and am happy to report that they are all safe, and stunning. Thanks so much for all of the documentation that accompanied them, your rod care guidelines, the warranties and certificates etc. I can't wait to get out on the river and lake to "christen"
them! I'll be sure to send you photos etc.

Again, many thanks. I have to say that you have been exceptionally helpful and professional. I will not be holding back on recommending your work to all admirers of my rods.

Mise Le Meas,

John"
John Ryan, Dublin, Ireland, March 2, 2010



"Bob---

What a great rod (Winston BIIt 8', 4 wt., with titanium guides)- absolutely beautiful and wonderfully crafted!!!
You are an artist - your workmanship shows that - I am going to enjoy using this rod for a long time to come. I will be getting back with you about a second rod, but there is the need for you to do some fishing yourself. You had said that you were going to limit production to 50 rods/year - have you reached that number yet for the year?

Once again - thanks so much --- Mike"


Mike Tate, Poplar Bluff, Missouri, February 25th, 2010


Saturday, February 13, 2010

Waiting on Christmas (Note, click on this link to go to Jeff's blog to see pictures of his rod)

I remember as a kid ordering something from the Sears and Roebuck catalog ... half the fun was waiting on the mailman to show up with the order ... So like a big kid, I have been patiently waiting on my new rod ... It arrived from Washington State on Thursday and believe me it was worth the wait ... Bob Hudson of Lord of the Streams was true to his word in making a one-of-kind rod for me ... Cyndy still says, I just don't get it ... I just grin like a chicken eating saw briers ... back to the rod ... the attention to detail is just excellent, the windings are perfect, including alignment dots and a wrap at 16, 17 and that magical 20 inches ... talk to Bob if you want a custom rod ... http://www.lordofthestreams.com/

Jeff Wade, Kingston, Tennessee,  February 13, 2010


 Dennis Poulin of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada caught this beautiful bonefish with his Winston BIIX 8 weight rod.   Dennis landed 43 bonefish on this trip!  Someday, I have to fish with this guy!  Well done Dennis!



Hi Bob,

I just got the rod (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) It looks fantastic. I can't wait to use it. Thanks a lot. You did a great job!  I will definitely be coming back. 

Thanks 
Matt

Matt Primrose, Edmonton, Albert, Canada February 11, 2010



George Valdenegro of Tucson, Arizona, caught this 8 pound Rainbow on his Lord of the Streams Winston BIIX 9' 5 wt. rod in mid-December, 2009 at an undisclosed creek in Northern Arizona.  Thank you for sharing George



"Bob,

I finally got home to look at the rod (Sage Z-Axis 490-4) and must say it is stunning, and absolutely a work of art.  From the Amboyna insert to the windings, it is perfect.  Thanks for the hard work you put in making it truly unique and hopefully I can pass it along to one of the kids or grand kids.

P.S.   The hat is pretty cool also......

You and your family have a very Merry Xmas and Happy New Year.


Mike McGuire, Mesa, AZ " December 18th, 2009


"Hi Bob,


When I got home from work today, I found Barbara's rod and reel waiting for me. (Sage Z-Axis 690-4 with perfectly balanced Lamson Litespeed LS2 reel and Rio Gold line) 

The rod is absolutely beautiful.  You did a great job with the colors.  I'm sure that she will love it.  It is very special.  Thank you so much for your effort.  I will write again after Christmas with an update.

Thanks again,

John"

John Ashton, Las Vegas, Nevada, December 11, 2009


Long time client, and multiple Lord of the Streams rod owner, Ralph Zehntner of Sissach, Swizterland just sent us this picture of a beautiful Steelhead that he landed on the Olympic Peninsula in Washington.

Thank you for sharing Ralph!





"Hi Bob,
 
     My fishing season is over in upstate New York so I wanted to send a giant thank you for the great 4Wt rod that you made for me.  I cast longer and more accurately than ever before .  Because of your advice I bought a very light reel ... and the combination was a fine balance.  With a Rio Gold line added to it the trout had no chance at all!   Hope that you had a happy and prosperous summer and fall.  It was a pleasure working with you.      
 
Tom Sobik
 
Sorry about not sending pictures-I fish alone nearly all of the time."
 
Tom Sobik, Cliton, New York, October 23, 2009
 
 
 

"Dear Bob,

The rod (Sage Z-Axis 696-4) arrived yesterday safe and sound.  It is just gorgeous.

Took it to a local park for a flick.  Your description was spot on, powerful, fast without being extreme and whether it was the blank, the maker, or the rod-length,or a combination of all, very intuitive.  The "feel" of the rod loading, then loaded, behind me was easy to experience. 

It is quite the nicest rod I have ever seen.

I hope the wedding was as joyous as the newly weds would wish and, as father of the bride, your speech suitably embarrassing to the bride.

Till next time,

Warmest regards,

Julian"

Julian Wojtulewicz M.D., Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, September 16, 2009

 

"Hi Bob,
Just to let you know the rod (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) arrived today and I have to say its perfect. I'm going to try it out this afternoon on the river, many thanks.
Mark Jervis."
 
Mark Jervis, Wrexham, Wrexham, United Kingdom August 29, 2009

 

"Bob
 
I received the rod, reel, lines etc yesterday. (Sage 690-4 Z-Axis, Lamson Litespeed LS2, and Rio Gold & Selective Trout lines)
 
The entire "package" far exceeded my expectations. A beautiful job.
 
Can't wait to take it to the water...
 
Again, many thanks for a great job.
 
Cheers
 
John"
John Knox, Canberra , Australia , August 12, 2009
 
 
"Hi Bob,
 
Gail tells me that she finally took the plunge! (Referring to a friend who also ordered a Lord of the Streams Custom rod.)  If she is half as happy with her new rod as I am with mine, you've done a good job!  So far I haven't used anything else this season. Last week , I landed a 24" Cut up on the Clearwater and that was sooo fun, sorry no pictures but I do have witnesses.
I ended up putting a Loop reel and Loop Omni line on it and I can place my fly within an inch or 5 every time. Thanks for building this great stick for me!  (note: Dale purchased a Winston BIIX 9' 5 Weight Lord of the Streams Custom rod)
 
Dale "
 
Dale Esau, Spokane, Washington, 8/1/2009

"Bob,

Rods look great!!!!!  (commenting on his new Winston 590-4 and his new Sage Z-Axis 690-4 LOS custom rods) Thanks so much. I cant wait to try them out. I will send out a check for the cool hat.

Thanks again and God Bless.

GV"
 

George Valdenegro, Tucson, Arizona, April 30, 2009

 

"Bob,

Exquisite work. (commenting on his new LOS custom Sage TCX 890-4) Everything I'd hoped it would be. The grip -- perfect. I like the two stripper guides, too. We got the sizes correct. Wraps, too. 

The Gadwall feather turned out better than I hoped. It is one of those special elements that catches the eye the second or third time one looks over the rod. Then the translucence and detail provide just one more sweet surprise.

I plan on trying the rod out this weekend. Look for a fishing report soon.

Again, thanks so much Bob,"

Gary Holcomb, Hoover, Alabama, April 30, 2009

"Bob,

I just returned from our annual Green River fishing trip. As always my Lord of The Streams fly rods performed awesomely. Here is a picture of a nice brown trout caught with my Lord of the Stream 5 weight Z-Axis."

Jake Ramsay, South Jordan, Utah 4/30/2009 

Thank you for the picture Jake.  Nice fish!


 

 

"Hello Bob,
i received the fly rod this week, (Sage 590-4 Z-Axis) The result is beautiful, you did a great job.   I tried  the fly rod and I remained speechless.  Lightness, power and precision that we can't expect more? Again, thank you Bob for your expertise, impeccable finish, excellent communication, in a word you are the best, long live Lord of the Streams!
 
Pascal

ps: i will send a picture of me with the fly rod"

Pascal Guerard, Toutainville, France  February 28, 2009

 

"Bob – Words are thrown around so freely these days, so I had a hard time deciding how to describe my “Lord of the Streams” Sage Z-Axis 890-4.  I think I’ve settled on breath-taking!  You did an incredible job!  If the operator (me) were half as skilled at casting as you are at rod building, we’d be in great shape.  I’ll let you know how we do on Bahama Bones in April.  But, if I’m honest, the rod is no more impressive than the time I spent getting to know you!  It was a joy and I hope we can wet a line together someday.  Not only would I buy another rod from you, I will recommend you to anyone looking for one. 

Thanks, and God Bless!"

Paul T. Horne, Midland, Texas, February 20, 2009

 

"... I just wanted to tell you how much I love the rod you made for me.  (Sage Z-Axis 690-4)  It is awesome. It is a real pleasure to fish with and I've had ton's of compliments on it. I am really proud of it. I will contacting you this year to build another one for our trip to Alaska.

Thanks again for a wonderful rod. "

Ron Leschber, Urbanville, Iowa February 12, 2009

Dennis Poulin of Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, a long time Lord of the Streams client, routinely finds success on his bonefishing trips to a variety of locations.  Dennis used his Winston Boron IIX 8 Weight, 9' rod on these trips.

Thank you for the picture and the emails Dennis! February 10, 2009


"Once again Bob thank you for your fine work in making my rod (Sage Z-Axis 690-4). It's a pleasure to fish with. This new rod when compared to my other ones feels like I've stepped out of a Chrysler Neon and into a Ferrari F430!!
 
My Dad is very jealous and so is every one else who sees it.
 
I know my son will fish with this rod when he is an old man.
 
Thanks again, here are some pics of the first fish caught on this rod.
 
Warmest regards,
 
Daniel "
 
Daniel Cannone. Hobartville, New South Wales, Australia, February 4, 2009
 

Daniel Cannone with his first fish caught with his new Lord of the Streams Custom Sage Z-Axis rod.

 Eucobene River, Australia

 

"Good Morning Bob,
     My new rod (Sage Z-Axis 490-2) arrived safe and sound yesterday, and I'm celebrating my 67th Birthday today with some serious living room fishing.  Its beautiful in everyway.  I'm sure it will cast like a dream.  Thanks for your craftsmanship, for telling me about each stage of the work and for answering all my questions.   I really appreciate all your thoughts about rod care.  I can't believe your story about your new rod's first trip , the 20" Rainbow and the disaster that followed.  We all have a story or two in a lifetime and they never go away.
     I did the feedback for the rod this morning-may have forgotten to mention your good looks.  In April I will be in contact again to buy a reel and line.  I know that I will trust your nail knot more than mine.
     I wish you a healthy and prosperous spring.         Tom"
 
Tom Sobik, Clinton, New York, February 3, 2009

"Hi Robert,


The rod arrived today (Sage 890-4 Z-Axis)  and it is beautifully crafted. I got out in the cold weather, which is relative when compared to what you have been dealing with of late, and did some casting. The Z-Axis casts exceptionally well and was quite accurate even with the strong breeze. I think it will be an excellent bonefish rod. I'm putting a new green Tibor Everglades on the rod so you can imagine just what a nice outfit it will be to fish. 

I have a friend whom I'm trying to steer your way. What he will be looking for a is 10' rod in either an 8 or 9 wt. He is a short guy and wants the longer rod to help him out when steelheading. He is probably a few months away from making a decision but you can contact him with the following email address. His name is ... (Name withheld)
 

 (name withheld)... (He) definitely wants a Sage so I told him why buy an off the shelf rod when he can have you build him a custom rod on the Sage blank of his choice?

Best regards,

Richard"

Richard A. Brown, Asheville, North Carolina 1/15/2009

 


"Good morning Bob,

Just arrived back from NC, I was at Ft. Baggg (Fayetteville) all work, no play.  However I did come back with a box of good cigars from a bet.  I settled in and unpacked the rod and reel.  (Sage Z-Axis 590-4 and matching Lamson Litespeed LS2) I wasn't prepared for it but all I can say is WOW!!!  Bob, this is simply the most beautiful fly rod I have seen period, I love it.  The jungle cock inlay is amazing and the finish is superb, world class all the way.

I don't know whether to hang it on the wall and stare at it or put it in the safe to protect it.  I was planning on hitting Lees Ferry this Friday but we're getting hammered with some good snow as are some places in Washington.  So, it will be awhile before I get a chance to give it a dance.  Two options are coming to mind, the San Juan in January and Pyramid Lake, NV. in April.  If you haven't heard of Pyramid, they have gigantic Lahontan cutthroat and you fish from step ladders, it's crazy.

It was a pleasure doing business with you Bob and I appreciate your hard work and dedication to building world class rods, expect more business in the future.  Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Take Care

Mike McGuire"

Mike McGuire, Mesa Arizona, December 23, 2008

 

"Hello Bob,

 Yes! Yes! Yes! I've just received the beauty!!!!!!! (Sage 586-4 Z-Axis)  Great, great, great!!!!  I can’t find the words in English that I want to say about this master builder rod!  Bob, you are still the best!!!! Wow!

Now I can hardly expect it (wait) till I can go for fishing with it; creeks open March 1st!

Sorry that I forgot to say thank you for your congratulation for my birthday, I was so in a hurry yesterday (same as now….), but I had a happiness that you wrote it. Ok my birthday is on 16th, you were the first with congratulation and first with the PRESENT!!!!!!!!!!!

Thank you very much once more!  Hope you can understand what I wrote!...  So now I have really to go………grrrr…., but for me it’s a great day today! I enjoy now my “Birthday” and dream from spring creek fishing with my new super beauty rod!

Ok Bob, till soon

Take care & all the best

Ralph"

Ralph Zehntner, Sissach, Switzerland, December 10, 2008

(His fifth Lord of the Streams Custom Rod.)

 

"Bob,
 
I just received the rod (Sage Z-Axis 5100-4) and it is beautiful and appears flawless. I am totally pleased with the workmanship and how you do business. I will recommend you to anyone looking for a quality rod. Thank you so much.
 
Mike"
Michael Antonini, Peyton, Colorado, November 29, 2008

 

"Hi Bob,

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

I received my rod (Winston BIIX 690-4) today.  It is perfect, beautiful, and I couldn't be more pleased!  It is a pleasure doing business with you.  Thank you so much for the rod and for your workmanship!  I will be contacting you again in the future on other business and I hope that we meet someday.

Thanks again,

Dick"

Dick Schley, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, November 26, 2008

"Bob,

The rod arrived yesterday and it is magnificent! (Sage Z-Axis 690-4)  Thank you and look forward to working with you on some additional products.

Scott"

Scott Warden, Atlanta, GA, October 29, 2008 

 

 "Hi Bob,

Rod is great! (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) I've been out a couple of times, lost a big one. Landed a 3Lb Brown yesterday. I'll send a photo, when I catch a big one.

Regards,

 Mark"

Mark Cornell, Christchurch, New Zealand, 10/21/2008

 

 

"Last year I had Robert build for me a Sage Z-Axis 5wt.   It was my first experience ordering a custom built rod.   It was such a beautiful piece of work that I had him build a Sage Z-Axis 6wt for me this year.    I showed my 5wt to several fishing buddies,  and to a couple of veteran fishing guides that get to see and handle rods of every description.    Everyone  raved about the beauty of the rod, including the quality of the inscription, the pheasant feather inlay, the alignment dots, the insert, and  the overall quality of the workmanship. And the Sage Z-Axis is a great blank to start with.
 
I was so pleased with the 5wt,  I ordered a 6wt to match.    I hope these rods stay in my family for several generations.
 
Dennis"

Dennis Poulin , Regina Saskatchewan, Canada, October 17, 2008

 

"Bob,
 
Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. I had to make a trip to LA over the weekend.
 
The fly rod you built is simply gorgeous. (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) I really appreciate all the work you put into it. I've already recommended you to a friend. Hopefully he'll follow thru and contact you.
 
Thanks again for a great fly rod.
 
Cheers, Steve"
Steve Frison, Portland, Oregon 10/14/2008

 

"Bob...

Last year ( 09/02/2007 ) you built me a Sage 590-4 Z-Axis fly rod.
At this point, I feel I've spent enough hours with the rod to make an accurate review of how the rod fishes.

I always blamed my inaccurate casting on my lack of ability. If the rod was throwing left, in my mind, I should be able to use windage, throw a little more to the right, and correct the problem. However, that never seemed to work ... Thank you for providing me with a rod that cast as is should, where I'm throwing it, always. Turns out, I can cast a little.. : )

The accurate cast has given me a sense of peace, and puts a smile on my face when i hit "that spot" ..

Thank you again ... beautiful rod... truly, a joy to fish with ..
You've put countless smiles on my face.."

Dave Slayton, Des Moines Iowa, 08/26/2008

 
 
"Bob,

It was great to meet you in person today.  I wanted to write and thank you for all you’ve done in helping me to get my sentimental rod repaired.  (Sage RPL) You went far and beyond the call of duty when it comes to customer service, and you can consider your new customer a “regular” from this time forward.  The rods you design are truly works of art, and I will now take much better care of my fishing “baby.”  I’ll be stashing some money away for the time being, or forward you small increments, to work my way up to one of your Z-Axis rods, probably a 6 weight.

Thanks again and here’s to hoping we get a chance to fish together sometime in the near future.

 

Your friend,"

Tim Northern, Spokane, WA 8/25/2008

 

"Hi Bob,

I'm back from my Alaska trip, and thought I'd send you a photo. Our lodge said they had 7wt's, but didn't have enough for everyone. And that we wouldn't be fishing for Kings, as the season would be just over. I only brought my Sage Z-Axis 5 wt. (590-4) that you built for me, since we would be primarily fishing for Rainbows.

Well, I hooked and landed several Kings including this 42" one which took 1 hr and 15 min. to land! It was the big fish of the week for the

16 of us at our lodge. Two of my friends broke a 7 and 8 wt rod on lesser Kings!

I love my 5wt, its my favorite rod!

Thanks again,

Rick"

Rick Helmick, Durango, Colorado, 8/6/2008

LOS comment-Sometimes, the unbelievable actualy happens! Well done Rick! 


Rick Helmick and his 42" King caught on a "Lord of the Streams" 

"Sage Z-Axis 5 weight, 9', 4 piece rod" after a 1 hr. 15 minute battle!

 

 

"Greetings Bob:
 
Two weeks isn't long enough in the Big Sky Country, but a great time was had by all.
Water conditions were a lot different than in the past few years, but fishing was great in spite of a few streams not being up to snuff. Madison River was on fire!! Big bugs, little bugs, and everything in-between. The Gallatin was still high and cold, but a few fish still screwed up and got caught. The Z-Axis you built for my brother's birthday was a hit, and improved his not slowing up and wait for the rod to load casting technique, so he could cast, and the BIIX you made for me, Well, quite simply it looked as good as it fished. Actually it might have looked better than it fished as it was in my hands, which might of held it back a bit!! But seriously your workmanship is better than my custom rod that I had Winston build for me a few years back. I've built rods and fished custom rods as well as factory rods for 45 years, and yours are second to none!!!!
 
Hope you're doing well, and in the near future I am going to have you build me a 6wt rod. Needing something to replace my 3 piece Winston LT as 39" tube is getting to be a hassle carrying in the airports.
Enclosed a couple of pics from Montana - (decent Grayling) out of one of my secret holes!! Attachment of Brown trout caught on your Z-Axis. If you make it to Ennis this year look up my buddy (holding Brown Trout) Jim Allison from Ennis. I don't get to fish with much as he guides everyday, and I usually don't take guided trips, but he is a long time friend and resident (1964). He knows what is going on the Madison at all times!!
 
 
Take Care!
Bent rods, "
 
Doug Jett, Knoxville, Tennessee, 7/31/2008
 
-- Picture of brother J.B. Jett and Ennis, Montana guide Jim Allison is immediately below --
"Fishing the Madison"
 

 

Doug Jett with a nice grayling and his Lord of the Streams Winston BIIX 5 wt. on a "Nameless Creek" in Montana


"Dear Bob,

on this weekend I had the first fishingtrip with the new rod. There is just one to say:WONDERFULL !!!

I could position my fly more exectly as I've never done before.The rod has a perfect action for my way of cast.

The reel and the line fits perfectly to the rodand if big trout Took the fly I could net it fast.

I'llhope Ican catch lots of fish with this gear in the future.

Here are some photos of trouts from Bavaria.

Good Bey and "petriHeil"

Lukas Hofmann"



Die Rute ist sehr schön geworden!!!



Lukas Hofmann,  Unterhaching, Germany,  6/23/2008
 

 


Lukas has a very nice casting stroke and is enjoying it on a beautiful Bavarian trout stream with his new Lord of the Streams Custom Sage ZXL 486-4.

Hi Bob –
I received the rod you built for me (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) and it is absolutely fantastic – even better than I imagined.  I especially like the color combinations you used for the guide bindings.  I really appreciate your taking the extra effort to get the rod out to me prior to your medical procedure and I will be field testing the rod in early July.  I’ll try to get a picture for you.  Thanks again for your wonderful craftsmanship and excellent service.


Good Fishing,

Gene"

Olin E. Rhodes, Jr., Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana 6/21/2008

 

Bob,

"Just fished the Truckee River with the Z-Axis ( 690-4) you made for me. Beautiful rod, casts wonderfully.
Thanks again,
Paul"

Paul Manoukian, M.D., M.P.H., Reno, Nevada 6/21/2008

 

"Bob,
 
Hey this is Larry D Van Meter, sorry it has taken me so long to get back with u, but i wanted u to know that the rod (A Sage ZXL 490-4) is absolutely one of a kind, i luv it!!!!,  it is beautiful, the most beautiful rod i have ever seen, and all my friends agree. now as far as it's casting ability, i cant comment on it as of yet, i have only put the rod together 3 times i think since i got it, and that was just to show it off. the reason i have not fished with it is i had rotator cuff surgery on april 30th, and i thought they were just gonna scope me and then i would be ready to go in a few weeks, but my luck didnt stay with me long there, they had to cut me open to get the repair done,  i start therapy on this thursday, and i dont know how long it will be after that before i can truely give it a try. right now i cant even raise my arm straight out in front of me. but just as soon as i can give it a try i will let u know what i think of its casting ability.
 
thanks for a beautiful rod,
 
LD"
Larry D Van Meter, Texarkana, Texas, 5/27/2008
 

 

"Bob,

I've been able to take out my BIIX 690-4 a couple of times since I
received it from you this spring and it performed awesome on both trips.
The first trip (7 days after I received my new custom rod) I didn't have
my camera in my vest.  But I did have it with me last week.

My Lord of the Streams custom BIIX 6wt is now my go to rod for nymph and
streamer fishing on my home tail waters in SE Oklahoma.  If you
remember, you sold me on the Winston because of it's the soft tip for
landing bigger fish on light tippets.  This fish was landed on 6x tippet
with a size 22 midge.  I honestly couldn't believe it when I actually
brought this fish to hand knowing what size tippet I was fishing with.

Thanks again for making me a fabulous rod.  I love it!

In Him,
Chris

P.S.  Sorry the picture quality is bad, I took it with my camera phone."

 

 Chris Barclay, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, 5/14/2008

Nice fish, Chris!

 

"Bob,

I was very pleased to receive my "second" Lord of the Streams fly rod. As with the first 9'-5wt. this past year, I am very pleased to now own a new custom R.L. Winston Boron IIx, 9'-6wt. (690-4) rod. I very much appreciate your attention to detail, the wonderful craftsmanship, and the artisanship your put into each rod building project. Your extraordinary consideration given to the customer and your high level of customer service is exemplary. I am so happy that I found you at a time I was contemplating a decision on "what brand and model of rod" and "custom or factory rod?" I consider each of these rods to be a fine instrument and an heirloom. They will likely look about as new as they did when I received them, but with some special fishing experiences enjoyed, when I ultimately decide to pass them along to my sons. These will be something I can appreciate and enjoy but also they will have a value far beyond a typical fly rod. These are very unique and special and will get and deserve a greater degree of appreciation from me and my family who will use them in the future. I am sure there will be a third Lord of the Streams rod in my future. Thanks for taking the time and attention to detail to see that each customer receives such great service.

An Appreciative Customer and Fly Fisherman,

Ross "

Ross Alvord, Salt Lake City, UT, 5/13/2008

 

 

"Bob: 

I got the rod (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) and it looks terrific.  I'll by trying out on the Deschutes at the end of the month.  I'll try to create some photo opportunities!
 
Regards,

Charlie"

C.E Allen, Ipswich, Massachusetts, 5/7/2008

 

"Bob,
I just got the rod, reel and line. (Sage Z-Axis 590-4, Lamson LS2 reel and Rio Gold line).  The craftsmanship on the rod is impeccable. I am VERY satisfied. I'll recommend you to others and use you myself again. Thanks so much... See you on the river!
 
David"
David Johnson, Visalia, California, 5/05/2008

 

"Hello Bob,
Just got back from my overseas flight on Sat. Apr.19th and my rod  (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) was waiting for me on the dinning room table. You are truely a mastercraftsman and artist.  I am so impressed by the beauty and detailing of the rod that I agree it is a one of a kind.  I leave for my Green River float trip monday morning so the timing worked out perfectly; four days on the river with my new magic wand and a great blue wing olive hatch. I can't thank you enough for opening my eyes to a great casting rod. I will send pictures of fish and rod for your gallery.
 
Sincerely,

George"
                                                                     
George Tezak,  Denver, Colorado, 4/19/2008

  Hello Bob,
      Just got back from my Green River trip and have to tell you that my Sage Z Axis performed flawlessly.Spining really made the difference in the accuracy of my cast and presentation. I can't thank you enough. Here are a few photos and as you can tell I'm a better angler than photographer.
 
                                                                                              Sincerely,
                                                                                               George Tezak 4/26/2008


Nice Green River Brown George!



 

 "Hi Bob,

My rod just arrived!  (Sage Z-Axis 490-4) It was even a day early.  It is just gourgeous!  I could not be happier.  We are leaving tommorrow for a family trip to NE PA with some of the best fly fishing in the state.  My oldest son called me from work this morning with the latest stream report and there have been a few light hatches the last couple of days.  The weather has warmed up a little bit, so this weekend should be wonderful.  I will give it a good workout.  Thanks for all your help walking me through the ordering process, I certainly do appreciate it.  Thanks again.
 
Steve"
Steve Cox, Monongahela, Pennsylvannia 4/17/2008

 

"Bob;
 
I can't thank you enough for the custom Sage (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) rod that you made for me.  The attention to detail is nothing less than spectacular!!!  I can't wait to whet a line on the rivers and lakes of Colorado.  Thanks so much for taking the time to assemble and create this truly magnificent masterpiece.
 
Best Regards

Steve"


Steve Moore, Peachtree City, Georgia 3/25/2008

 

"Dear Bob,

My rod and reel arrived today. (Winston BIIX 490-4) I couldn’t be more pleased with your work. The rod is absolutely beautiful. The wraps look great. It is truly a work of art. The only problem is that is so beautiful that I’ll be a little nervous taking it out to fish. I can hardly wait until I “need” another rod.

Sincerely,

Michael"

Dr. Michael Gerrity, North Adams, Massachusetts 3/4/2008

"Hi Bob,
 
Hope you had a very relaxing vacation. I got my rod on the 4th just as planned.  (Sage Z-Axis 590-4).  It is absolutely beautiful. I could not have asked for better quality of workmanship and detail. I have not had an opportunity to fish it yet, but that will be very soon. I have given your cards to my buddies and I'm sure you'll be hearing from them real soon.
 
Thanks again!
 
Steve Johnston"
 
Steve Johnston, Moneta, Virginia, March 6th, 2008

"Bob,

 
I received my rod this afternoon.  Winston Boron IIX 690-4) It's absolutely beautiful and the workmanship is even better than I imagined.  The pictures on your website, although impressive, don't do your work justice.  You truly have to see it in person to appreciate it....and I do.
 
As you know, I had you ship the rod, reel, & line to my work location which arrived at my office on the afternoon mail run.  Well you can guess what I did right?  Of course.... I hop in the car immediately and head to a nearby vacant lot so I can assemble the rod, line it, and give it a cast!   It is soooo smooth and honestly doesn't even feel like a 6wt.  I'd swear it was no more than a 5wt if someone happen to hand it to me and cast it without looking at the label.  I think the new Rio Gold line is a great combination with this rod....hopefully you got a chance to try it out yourself!
 
I want to thank you again for the personal service that you provided every step of the way.  It made my first custom rod purchase a truly enjoyable experience.  I also wanted to especially thank you for going above and beyond to finish my rod way ahead of schedule in order to accommodate an upcoming trip I have planned.  You didn't have to do that I really appreciate it.
 
Finally and most importantly, I wanted to tell you how much I admire the way you live out your faith in Christ in your business dealings.  It takes extra courage, boldness, and conviction to do that and I'm sure our Lord is pleased with the honor and glory that you bring to Him.  I also want you to know that you and your family continue to be lifted up in prayer.
 
Safe travels while visiting your mom and I will send you some photos of my first catch using my new Lord of the Streams custom BIIX in a couple of weeks (hopefully I will be able to use my handy 16 & 20" markings to size up a couple!)
 
Take Care & God Bless,
 
Chris"
 

Chris W. Barclay, Plano, Texas, February 25, 2008

 

"Hello Bob,

First, sorry that I not reply earlier. I spent my weekend together with my father (you know he is very ill), So I came back yesterday night and was too tired to check my mails...

Now to pleasing things: Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yes !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I received my "Trout Magnet."  !!!!!!!!!!!(Sage 696-4 Z-Axis) Wow! Wow! Wow!

Bob I can’t find all the word that I want to say to you in English, but you are the best and greatest artist for me! What a beauty!! It’s magic! I’ve had never cast a rod like this before! I’m so happy about it! For me it’s birthday, x-mas and new year all together since I hold and cast it! It’s the first time that I cast a 9’6’’ rod, I like it. It’s so easy to cast and so powerful although smoothly and fine feeling. I can cast easy a lot of meter more, I think it’s the perfect Lake or Stream rod for long casts. I’d never had meant that 6’’ would make so much difference. Ok, it’s my first Z-Axis that I cast, maybe all of them are so magic to cast. I can hardly expect it to catch my first fish with it. Bob thank you very much once again!!

I promise to you that this is not the last rod that you build for me, now I have to safe my money that I can order another rod from you, it’s a long hard way but I have my target!

Till soon and thank you for all, best wishes & friendly greetings

Ralph"

Ralphh Zehntner, Sissach, Switzerland, February 25, 2008

 

 

 "Bob,

Received the rod yesterday and it is simply beautiful (Sage Z-Axis 490-4). I am very pleased with the purchase. This weekend I will be fishing in southern Missouri and will be using the rod, hopefully I will have a picture for your website.

Thanks again,

Danny Meade"

Danny Meade, Omaha, Nebraska, February 19, 2008

 

"Hello Bob,

I just wanted to let you know that the rods (four Sage Z-Axis 4 piece rods) arrived safely and I could not be happier with how they turned out. They are gorgeous and I cannot wait to see the looks on their faces (three were to be surprise gifts) when we present the rods to them.

Thank you so much. I am sure that you will be receiving more orders after the other members of the group get a look at these rods.

Sid"

Sid MacKay, LasVegas, Nevada, 2/4/2008

 

Hi Bob:
 
Got the rods and reels. (Sage Z-Axis 590-4 and 690-4 and Lamson LS2 reels) Thank you so much.  They are absolutely gorgeous!
 
David
David A. Roberts, Pascagoula, Mississippi 1/25/2008

 

 

"Bob,

 I just wanted to let you know that I received the 590-4 ZXL rod you made for me and how much I like it. You did a magnificent job on the rod and I am very pleased with it. I know some guys that are going to be jealous when they compare their factory rod to mine. I’m afraid they aren’t going to believe me when I tell them how much more they had to pay and still didn’t get the features I have on mine.

 Everything about this purchase has been first class. The rod tube and bag are of the finest quality and the Certificate of Authenticity and instructions you sent with the rod  is something you would never get with a factory rod. All this at less than the factory price for the same rod!

 It has been a pleasure doing business with someone who takes the time to make each item and detail as good as it can be done from beginning to the end. My next new rod purchase will definitely be from Lord of the Streams and I am going to recommend you to all my friends. Take care.

Del"

 Del Wahlert, Mountain Home, Arkansas 12/26/2007


Del Wahlert caught and released this magnificent Brown on the White River, Arkansas with his Lord of the Streams custom Sage ZXL 590-4.  Well done Del!

 

 

"Could not be more thrilled Thanks for the perfect rod. (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) Five stars all the way!"

Richard

Richard Halverson, Radium Hot Springs, British Columbia, Canada 12/17/2007

 

"Bob,


Had the rod out today, what a tool it is!   (Sage Z-Axis 490-4)  I am absolutely delighted with it and attached is a picture of the first fish caught on the rod. (18" rainbow)
I am truly fortunate to have come across such a talented rod builder and you can be assured that all my future rods will be from Lord of the Streams.
                                                      

Thanks once again

Jon McMillan.

John McMillan, Bracknell, Berkshire United Kingdom 12/16/2007


 

-Comment on Warranty service-

"Dear Bob,
 
Just a short note to let you know that I picked up the rod (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) this morning at my local post office.   It's a hot day over here  and I'm sitting in my office looking out at the hot northerly winds.  There's a cool change due over the weekend so I'm sure I'll be out and about then.
 
Bob, my sincere thanks for your professional approach to undertaking prompt repairs to my rod. Whilst none of us wish to be in the position to test the strength of warranties, it is so refreshing to know that your warranty does exactly what it says it will. 
 
Thanks Bob, your approach has been absolutely first class.
 
I hope you and your loved one's have a happy Christmas and a safe and rewarding new year.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
philip "

Philip Smith, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 12/12/2007

 

"Hi Bob,
 
Thank you very much I have received the rod (Sage 590-4 Z-Axis) today.  It is very very very beautiful. So far I like it very much.  Just can't wait to get on the water to try it.
I'll keep you posted.
 
Regards,
 
Adnan"

Adnan Ramic', Bosnia, 12/11/2007

 

"Bob,

The rod arrived yesterday (Sage Z-Axis 590-4), and all I can say is awesome work! I am so excited to get on the river. If this rod fishes half as well as it looks, I have found my new best friend.

Thanks again for wonderful work and communication throughout the process. You have earned a continuing customer for sure, and I will send a picture of my first significant catch.

Jason"

Jason Dunkle, Castle Rock, Colorado, 12/07/2007

 

 

"Bob
 
I was really pleased today to finally get a chance to examine the Sage Z-Axis 5wt rod you built for me.   I'm happy with every aspect of the rod including the amboyna insert, the inscription,  the pheasant feather inlay, the windings.... it's a beautiful piece.    One touch I really like is the small dots to ensure proper alignment when putting the rod together. My only regret is that it will be several months before I actually get to fish with it given the arrival of winter.  
 
This rod is certainly the highlight of my rod collection.    It will be a joy just to handle it,  and even better to play a fish.
 
Thanks for a job well done.
 
Dennis"
Dennis Poulin, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada 11/25/200707

 

 

"Hi Bob,

The rod (LOS note: repaired Sage XP 390-2, not originally made by Lord of the Streams) arrived yesterday and will be in transit to our customer on Friday.

It looks great! Very close thread match, nice smooth & uniform finish, etc.

Thanks again for taking care of this for us.

We will definitely be in contact for future rod repairs.

I’ll get back with you after the holiday.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best, Matt"

Matt Lyon, Manager, Henry's Fork Anglers, Island Park, Idaho 11/21/2007

 

Jake Ramsay of South Jordan, Utah with a very nice Brown caught with his

Lord of the Streams Custom Sage Z-Axis Fly Rod.

Thank you for sharing Jake!

 

"Bob,

Sorry its been so long, here are a couple pics of fish I caught with my Lord of the Streams Fly Rod.

Just want you to know that I have been very happy with my custom Z-Axis."

Jake 

Jacob Ramsay, South Jordan Utah  11/13/2007

 

"Hi Bob,

I picked up the rod (Winston BIIX 690-4) this morning.  It is beautiful.  I will write you a "more formal" note soon.  I need to go to CA tomorrow for a meeting, so perhaps next weekend I will hit the Bighorn.

You are truly a skilled artist and I thank you for the time and love you put into my rod.

 "The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but

 

 their inward significance." ~ Aristotle

   

Best regards,

KB"

Kathleen Bierman, Billings, Montana,  11/02/2007

 

"Robert,

Sorry for getting back with you so late from when I received the rod (Winston BIIX 690-4) (I was out of town a bit and extremely busy since).  Anyway, the rod is beautiful...wonderful craftsmanship!  I have only had the chance to fish with it for about 30 minutes at my pond a few nights ago.  It casts beautifully.  I am anxious to spend a bit more quality time with the rod (I did catch three bass in that 30 minutes).  I’ll keep you up to date and send some pictures when I have some fish worthy of a photo op.

God Bless,

David"

David Hussung, Louisville, Kentucky, 11/01/2007 

 

"HELLO BOB,

I recieved my rod today(Sage Z-Axis 590-4). All i can say is wow!!! I'm 100 percent satisfied. It's awesome , i can't wait to cast it. I'll try to get a picture sent your way in the spring.

Thanks again for everything, it was a pleasure doing business with you.

PAT"

Pat Turberville, Slippery Rock, Pennsylvannia 10/30/2007

 

 

Lord of the Streams Note: We don't really agree with this next statement, entirely, but it does show

the enthusiasm that some of our international clients have for our rods.-

 

Bob,

"PERFECT!!!   Fishing with this rod (Winston BIIX 590-4) is better than SEX or ride in a Ferrari!!"

Alex Golab, Gdynia, Pomorskie, Poland 10/26/2007

 

"Bob,

The rod (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) was picked up by my wife Saturday morning and delivered to me at work... While at work, a co-worker thought it would be hilarious if they put the box in the trash while I was with a patient. I normally don't yell at my co-workers but needless to say, that person was extremely embarrassed when I asked loud enough to be heard throughout the department where my $900 flyrod was (LOS comment- rod, reel and line package).

Following that incident, I immediately opened the box and admired the rod. Extremely fine work, the Certificate of Authenticity is a nice touch. At first I thought it was a generic form letter, but reading it, you obviously write them specifically for the rod in question, which is very cool. My co-workers who fish don't flyfish, but were impressed nonetheless. I quickly wrapped it all back up and placed it in the safety of my truck.

After work, my fishing buddy and I met and departed for Utah. As there was snow forecast at higher elevations, we opted to fish the Sevier River on Sunday until the weather improved. Sunday morning at 0630 I awoke and assembled the gear. I let him check out my new rod and he thought it was very nice (he wrapped saltwater rods in San Diego prior to moving to Vegas), and commented on the quality craftsmanship. We geared up and walked about 1.5 miles downstream and worked our way back up towards camp. What followed was the most productive day of fishing in my life.

I began the morning with a #14 Adams but had no luck. I then switched to a #12 Hare's Ear below a chernobyl ant. This was the combo. I landed 40+ rainbows and browns in the next few hours, all on the original ant and dropper. I have never caught that many fish in one day, and never have I had a rig last an entire trip. I didn't have to retie the rest of the day, although towards dusk, I switched to a PMD and landed about 10 more before calling it a day.

The next morning we set out again, and I tied on the original chernobyl and hare's ear again. Again the combination produced in mass numbers. By the time we reached a pool that was ideal for streamers, I had landed another ~15. As I switched to a sculpin, I commented to my buddy about the rig and told him I was going to retire it. He was surprised it was the same rig as the day before. When the streamers were'nt working I switched to a chernobyl with a caddis nymph dropper. This rig produced as well and helped me land another ~15. I switched to a dry at dusk and caught 3 more browns, then called the trip done. What a great adventure, and what a way to break in a new rod and reel. Thanks for your efforts in getting it to me in time!!!

Alas, we have NO pictures as my friend refused to lug his digital SLR along for the trip (weight & not water resistant) and mine is old and the batteries won't hold a charge. A new camera is my next purchase. I will send pictures for our next trip, I can only hope my luck is as good as this trip.

Take care!

Steve"

Steve Gardner, Las Vegas, Nevada 10/17/07

"Bob,
 
I received the rod today... (Winston BIIX 9' 5 wt.) What a great feeling and looking rod it is, I can hardly wait to get on the river and try it out on some rainbows and browns. The good Lord willing it won't be long before I get a chance.
 I will let you know how I do.
Take care and Thanks,
Mark"
 
Mark Collins, Inman, Kansas 10/6/2007

Mike Masino and Guide on recent trip to Kamchatka.  This incredible rainbow was caught using a custom Lord of the

Streams Sage Z-Axis 790-4.  Please read the letter below.  Thank you for sharing Mike! 

 

 

"Hi Bob,

 Just got back from Russia and held that beautiful 3 Wt.  (Mike's second Lord of the Streams Custom Rod) I can’t wait to fish it.  Traveling to Russia I carried a 5#, 6#, your 7# and an 8#. For two weeks I only fished one rod and I bet you can guess which one it was.

 If you haven’t been to Kamchatka, I hope you, one way or another, find a way to spend some time fishing over there.  I’ve fished my whole life and I think this was the highlight of all my traveling.

 I tried to get some pictures of trout and your rod, but it was hard. I thought I could get a good picture with the fish and the rod lying on the grass, but the fish wouldn’t cooperate and was only interested in getting back to the bottom of the river.  I guess he was camera shy.

 Again thanks,

 Mike"

Mike Masino, Coachella, CA, 9/18/07

 


...............................................................................................................................

 

"Good morning (I think) Bob,

It's a sunny spring morning here.  Unfortunately I'm sitting at my desk looking out the window.  However, the rod (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) did arrive yesterday and I did manage a cast in a pond in the local park.  It performs perfectly and it is truly beautiful.  I was very impressed by the standard of work and the unique features.  I'm off to one of my local waters this weekend to take it for it's first real fish.

 Thank you for your very professional approach. The high quality of workmanship combined with your very friendly and professional manner have made it a pleasure to do business with you.

Yours sincerely,

 Philip"

Philip Smith, Ballarat, Victoria, Australia 9/17/07

"Bob,
 
I revceived the rod today. (Sage Z-Axis 490-4) It is beautiful and I cannot wait to cast it.  I am trying to send you some business.  A co worker wants a Winston Boron.
 
Thanks!  This has been a fun process and the letter of authenticity is cool to have.
 
Thanks again,

Tom"
 
Tom Mays, Little Rock, Arkansas, 9/18/07

"Bob,


Hope you had a good fishing trip. 

Got my rod (Sage Z-Axis 590-4) and wanted to get back to u with a few thoughts. 
First I removed the rod from the sock and examined it, looked really nice. 
Then I examined it under my fly tying magnifier lamp. Such nice work. I can almost feel the effort you put in this rod. OK, rained a few days, have got to lawn cast the rod twice in the back yard. Just got back in from my second session with the rod. What a beautiful rod in the sunlight! Coming from my Sage 5wt xp, this rod feels lighter and seems to cast effortlessly. What a joy to cast! It's been windy here in Iowa, but as near as I can tell, it's the most accurate rod I've cast. This is the most expensive rod I've cast and I'm not an expert, but most of my other rods don't seem to cast consistently. I could use a little Kentucky windage if they went left or right, but they seem to be a little random. Maybe it's just me. But... like I said, this rod seems to be consistent and cast where I think it should.

So bottom line. 
Thanks Bob for making this rod for me. 
I'm sure it will remain in my family for years. "
 
Dave
Dave Slayton, Des Moines, Iowa 9/21/07

Dear Bob,

I returned earlier this week from an extended trip to Michigan. The flyrod which you crafted specifically for me (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) was here when I arrived. I was blown away! While I haven't had an opportunity to use it on the water, I have matched it with my Abel Super 6 reel and tried a few casts on the front lawn. I have no doubt that it will perform extremely well and will bring me good fortune.

The wrappings and the seat on the rod are wonderful. ... I am leaving within minutes but I didn't want a week to go by before I let you know how pleased I am. Thanks for your efforts - your attention to detail and craftsmanship.

Truly,

Keith

The Honorable Keith Sebilius, Topeka, KS 8/29/07

 

Hello Bob,
 
Just to let you know that I have received my rod and reel today. (Sage Z-Axis696-4 and Lamson LS2 Hard Alox reel)
It looks fantastic and I can't wait to get casting it down the river. We have a great run of small salmon fresh in from the sea and hopefully I will be able to christen this beauty with a suitable catch.
 
Thanks again,
Des
Des Paul, Garvaugh, Co. Londonderry, Northern Ireland 8/13/2007

 

"Hi Bob,

...it (the rod - Sage Z-AXIS 590-4) came yesterday. ... It looks and casts GREAT! Took it out on the lawn (water here is still blown out and brown), and thought it cast alot more effortlessly that my 5wt Sage SP 8'6". And I seemed to have better control or accuracy. Hoping the river clears by tomorrow, I think I'll run over to the Animas and cast it over water anyway!

I liked the letter of authenticity and how to care for your rod tips sheet, along with everything else. Thanks again for the sock and case!

I'll definitely try to steer business your way whenever any of my friends look for a new rod or related equipment you offer.

Thanks again,

Rick"

Rick Helmick, Durango, Colorado August 10, 2007

 

Bob,
 
Received my new Lord of the Streams custom Winston B IIX 4-weight today and it is truly beautiful.  I cannot wait to try it.  Thanks again for all your help with planning. 
 
Marc  

Mark Fritz,  Chapel Hill, North Carolina August 7, 2007

 

Bob,
 
The Rod (Sage Z-Axis 796-4) arrived yesterday, and I am delighted with it!  I must congratulate you on your workmanship. They actually tried to deliver it on Friday, but everyone just happened to be out.
 
I have not cast a line with it yet, but it feels like it is going to be a real "line cannon".
 
I hope to be fishing on Saturday, and with a bit of luck will christen it then. Even if I fail to catch I know I am going to make my fishing buddy very jealous indeed!
 
Many thanks once again for your superb service, enthusiasm, and attention to detail.
 
All good wishes,
 
David.
David Buck, Sittingbourne, Kent, United Kingdom July 31, 2007

 

 

"Dear Bob,

An extra surprise...the rod (Sage 590 Z-Axis) arrived Sat. night! That was it, I had to fish Sunday.

Headed off to the Deerfield at 6AM. 5-10 casts into the morning.....bam.....a 10" rainbow

Now let me take a step back.....the rod is beautiful. I love the handle wood and color. The balance is perfect with my reel. The dots on each section are a great touch for lining all sections up. I was able to shoot some good line across the river and into the wind.

I did not have a camera...not expecting this to arrive until Monday....I just charged right out. Well there will a "next" time really fast.

Thank you for all the fine workmanship. Your time and effort really paid up. "

Thank you,

Bill

Bill Travis, School Superintendent, Pittsfield, Massachusetts, July 2, 2007

 

 

"Dear Bob,

I just love my beautiful fly rod! (Sage 590 Z-Axis)  You made me something gorgeous and I will treasure it forever. Thank you!

I have hired a guide to take me out on the Mad River on Thursday. I'll bring my camera in hopes that there will be a photo op.

And thank you also for telling me about the Lamson reel. I can't wait to get out on the water!

Bob, someday I'm going to look you up when I get back to Washington State and thank you in person. Until then, please accept my heartfelt gratitude.

Regards,

Mary"

Mary Seasly, with the hit show, "Wicked," currently touring the USA, June 26, 2007

 

"Bob-
 
I received the rod today (Winston 590 Boron IIX) and it is gorgeous!  If it fishes as good as it looks, I might never go back to work!
 
I'll send you a photo as soon as I can. 
 
Thanks so much!
Mark"
 
Marc Bailey, Los Alamos  NM 6/23/2007

"Hello Bob-

The rod (Sage 590 Z-Axis) arrived yesterday just as planned.  That’s remarkable service from Spokane for standard FexEx.  Even though I was excited to open the box I did not have a chance until today.   Wow, very, very nice work!  I took the rod outside to see all the detail in the direct sunlight and it’s one of the nicest rods I have ever seen (not over stated, just very well stated) perfect."

Cheers,

Robert

Robert Beckham, Sammamish, Washington 6/22/2007

"Hey Bob,

Okay, Christmas morning arrived today and I anxiously opened your present (Sage Z-Axis 590) to me!!!!  Wow, absolutely gorgeous and the wrapping on the rod is just perfect. It looks stunning  with the gold and chestnut. Perfect penmanship and the little quote definitely is an addition to the rod, as well as your signature. Everything turned out just as I was hoping for and you were extremely helpful and very easy to work with. You did an outstanding job and I wouldn't hesitate to work with you again on another rod or recommend you to one of my friends. Best wishes in the future and I hope sometime we can fish together either in MT or WA. I will let you know when I plan on being in MT right now I'm setting up plans to be there ...(Date withheld for privacy by L.O.S.) I will be out again in ... but I don't have the final dates for that trip. You will receiving a photo of me, your rod and a fish as soon as I get to put the fly rod to use. Thanks again.

Regards,

Eric"
Eric Breisch, San Diego, California 6/5/2007
 
Hi Bob,

"...the rod (Sage Z-Axis 890-4) arrived in perfect shape and it is beautiful ... it is far more beautiful than what I was looking for!  The thing that amazes me also is the balance - it feels so perfectly balanced in my hand/arm.  I am very sad to say that I haven't had a chance to get out with it yet other than practice casting in the yard and too little of that so far.

We are in the middle of tearing out and redoing a kitchen so by the time the work day is over and the evenings/weekends come, that's what we are doing. But I am anxious to get out and go  fishing.  As soon as I have the opportunity, especially when I catch the first fish, you will get the first picture!

To simply say thank you seems inadequate - the first fish will really be a thrill. I love the pheasant feathers in the inlays - that was a surprise and subtle but so rich.

So, yes it is here and I am thrilled!

Watch for a picture!

Polly"

Polly Loudon, Anchorage Alaska 6/03/2007

 

"Bob,

Just picked up the rod (Sage Z-Axis 590-4).  Not because I didn't want it ASAP but I think I mentioned I've been traveling quite a bit.  Got to tell you I am thrilled with the look.  I've already forwarded your website to a couple of friends but once they see this rod they would have to be crazy not to call you.  I can't thank you enough for the great communication during the building process and the level of craftsmanship exhibited in the final product.  I'm sure you have plenty of endorsements but if you ever need a testimonial I would be pleased to vouch for the quality of your work and your professionalism.

I am sure we will be in touch again and I will send you a photo soon.

Regards,

Rich "

Rich Graves, Carmel, California 5/29/2007

"Hi Bob,

 I've now had a chance to get out for a fish with the new TCR (690-4), what a fantastic rod, completely different to the Z-Axis (690-4) and extremely fast. My thoughts on the two rods are;
 
Z-Axis - This is a real "fishing" rod and will be a fantastic river rod when accuracy, line control and a bit of finesse is needed, It will cast a full fly line if needed, which would be very rare on any of the Australian or New Zealand rivers that I fish. It is an extremely good dry fly rod and subtle enough to enable the most delicate of presentations. Very easy rod to cast and a pleasure to fish with.
 
TCR - Definitely a lake rod, it is capable of picking up a large amount of line quickly and easily for a fast and long cast to rising fish. It will turn over the line easily even with a large, heavy wet fly. Certainly not the easiest rod to cast but then very fast rods generally are not. I found it perfect for long accurate casts even in windy conditions and with a decent double haul it will shoot the full fly line with two false casts. No problems playing a fish, landed a 9lb brown with it yesterday afternoon.
 
I think for me the two rods are a perfect combination. Thanks again for a wonderful couple of rods."
 
Kind regards,
Jason
 
Jason Ah Sam, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia 5/20/2007
 

"Bob,

I received the rod (Winston BIIX 790-4) and reel, it all looks great.  I promise to send you the photograph of the trophy steelhead when I land him.

Best,
John"

John Crawford, Benicia, California  5/18/2007

"Hi Bob,

Got the rod (Sage Z-Axis 690-4) today, NICE!!!  Boy what a cast, can't believe it is a 6-wt, can not wait to get it on the water.
 
Thanks again,
Mark"
Mark Thebault, Seattle, Washington 5/18/2007
 
"Hi Bob,
 
I received the rod today (Sage Z-Axis 590-4), and it is everything you promised.  Its fantastic!
 
You were an absolute pleasure to deal with, and I have indicated as such ...
 
I don't think I need additional fishing gear at the moment, but I will definitely check back with your store from time to time and take a look.  A Lamson reel may be in order at some point....
 
Best regards,
Chris
Chris Christopher, Calgary, Alberta, Canada 5/17/2007

 

"Bob,
 
Used the rod yesterday, (Winston BIIX 590-4) and it was really nice! I went up to the Jemez area of New Mexico.  I was pretty worried that the streams would be blown out as the run off is still happening and because of the rain in the last few weeks we have had.
 
After scouting out several local streams for clarity, I ended up in one of my favorites, the Jemez River north of Jemez Springs. Tje water was a little cloudy and high. With the run off and the weather I figured the fishing would be fairly slow. It was 45 degrees and very cloudy.  I started fishing with an Adams and a pheasant tail on a dropper.  I could not see the Adams in the water with the run off and the glare on the water.  After about 20 minutes of worrying that I was missing strikes, I changed to a stimulator and a gold ribbed hares ear on the dropper (bead head) and lengthened the distance between the flies to see if I could get a trout's attention.
After maybe 5 minutes of changing my flies, I caught two trout.  Then it started to snow like crazy.  With alternating sun, snow and thunder I fished for a few more hous and couaght a few more fish.  I even caught two fish on the the stimulator.

On the walk back to the truck it started to hail furiously.  It was a great day fishing!

The rod looks beautiful and casts fantastically as well.  I am so proud to own a custom Winston. The base and mid section are very stiff but the tip is quite supple.  I have little doubt I wll be begging you to build a few more rods for me in the future.  I love the Lamson reel.  It is so light and easy to operate.  It is a very good match to the Winston rod. I cannot say how impressed I am with the job that you did. 

Thanks so much,"

Scott 

W. Scott Jaworski, Albuquerque, New Mexico 5/7/2007

"Hi Bob,
I recieved the rod (Sage Z-Axis 690) and reel  (Lamson LS2) today. It looks great!  I hope to try it out soon.

Thanks,

Lindsey
"

LindseyKesler, Holiday, Utah  5/3/2007

Hello Bob,

"I was out of town last week when they tried to deliver (the rod-590-4 Z-Axis). I Picked it up at the post office today and it is absolutely gorgeous!  The wraps are great and the reel seat (Amboyna)  is even prettier than I expected .  I especially like the alignment dots, that is a nice touch. I would be happy to stand as a reference if you need one. Probably will have you build a rod for my wife later on in the year. "

 
Many thanks,
JK
John King, Columbus, Mississippi  4/30/2007

John King with his custom Lord of the Streams 590-4 Z-Axis and a very nice Brown caught on the South Holsten River in NE Tennessee. (Only 9 days after receiving his rod!)

 

Bob;

As I expected the 10wt (Sage 1090-4 Z-Axis) is another stunning rod (L.O.S. note: nNot the first he had us make for him). I would like to thank you for your responsiveness and professionalism during the building of the two rods and I know I will enjoy them for years to come. Should I find myself in need of another one I will most certainly contact you. In the meantime I will stay in touch with news and travel reports and I hope you will do the same.

Thanks again,

Tony

Tony Schopf, Zephyr Cove, Nevada

 

"Bob,

My Z-Axis (590-4)  arrived safely Thursday  and it looks awesome. Thanks for all of your help and for building me a truely unique rod.  I can't wait to get it out on the river. I will definitely have some jealous fishing friends and I will send them your way when they are looking to get some new equipment.

Thanks again for all of your help. I feel truely lucky that our paths crossed and I was able to get such a fine custom fly rod.

Jake"

Jake Ramsay, South Jordan, Utah  

"Good morning Bob, 

I finally got home late last night from my Seattle FAA conference trip… and there was the  package from you.  I was just able to barely greet my wife and daughter before opening the package. To say that I am pleased would be a major understatement!  You are truly an artist. My new rod (Winston BIIX 690-4) is amazing, the windings and the wood used are so awesome and could not have come out better.  I cannot wait to use it... Please feel free to use me as a reference for your work any time. I will get some digital photos of  me and this rod  in action to you soon I hope.  I will also e-mail you  of  my upcoming fishing trip locations to see if we can connect in person. My company also is now doing work at the Spokane Airport so I may get to come up your way with work.

Take Care and God Bless you and your business."

Lew

Lewis J. Lott, Salt Lake City, Utah  

 "Bob,

The rod (Sage 586 Z-Axis) arrived safe and well today! It is all I expected and a lot more. You truly are a talented individual. I will let you have a photo of the first fish I catch with the rod. Thank you so much for your service and I will definitely be in touch with another order.

I have had the rod out on the garden and it casts like a dream. All that remains is to catch a trout or a grayling now!!

Thank you once again,

Jon"

Jon McMillan, Berkshire, England 

"Bob;

The rod (Sage 690 Z-Axis) just arrived and it looks fantastic! I wish I was going to have an opportunity to try it out before I leave for Ireland but I guess I'll have to wait until I get back. I also appreciated the rod care instructions, etc. and found them very informative. I'm excited about working on the 10wt next... Take care and I'll speak with you when I return.

Tony"

Tony Schopf, Zephyr Cove, Nevada

 

 

"Hi Bob,
 
Just got back in after a quick 2 hour session this morning to try out the new rod.
 
What a beautiful piece of work, it's a masterpiece and an absolute dream to cast. It was windy this morning but I found that I could double haul most a full line into the wind if I needed to, not that I really do need to that often. Oh, by the way, the rod was "blooded" on it's second cast with a fantastic 6lb Brown taking a small size 14 damsel nymph. Got 2 other fish for the 2 hours I was on the water, both heavier, one around 10lb. The rod handled them with no problem.
 
Wouldn't you guess, I forgot to take my camera, but no problems, I will go back tomorrow or the next day and catch a couple more, the lake is only 20 minutes drive away.
 
Thanks for a fantastic rod, a couple of friends that saw the rod this morning have asked for the details so they may be in touch with you.
 
Kind regards,
 
Jason Ah Sam"    
 
"Hi Bob,
 
The rod (Sage 690 Z-Axis) arrived safely this morning, just in time for our Easter break this weekend, thanks.
 
It looks fantastic, I'm absolutely delighted. I can't wait to get out on the water and give it a try. I've got a new Hardy Sirrus reel that will suit it beautifully and it will be a great match for my 4 weight Z-Axis (also with a Hardy reel)....
 
Again, thanks for doing a fantastic job, I'll email you some photos when I get amongst some of those 8lb Browns.
 
Kind regards,"
 
Jason
Jason Ah Sam, Hawthorn, Victoria, Australia
 

 

Bob,

Just want to say WOW; (Winston BIIX 690) don't know what else to say. Can't wait to get out on the stream use those 2 length indicators (16 and 20"). Great job...

Again, great rod!

Thanks,

Jan

Jan Pilawski, Feeding Hills, Massachusetts

 

"Bob...This is a fine day indeed,
 
As I opened the box today, screwed off the lid of the rod tube, opened the rod sock in anticipation and removed my PERSONALIZED CUSTOM BUILT R.L.Winston Boron IIx -(9' 5wt. 4 piece)- fly rod, the only words that describe this rod is "ABSOLUTELY STUNNING." What a fine creation!
 
I searched for months before I found "Lord of the Streams" because I wanted more than a factory fly rod. From the very first email I sensed something very special about your philosophy of business and dedication to customer satisfaction. It is rare indeed to find such personalized attention, impeccable customer service, helpful attitude, and such a commitment and desire to excel to what I call "Legendary Customer Service." You answered every question in detail (and there were many) and showed interest at every point in delivering a unique rod that is certainly an heirloom of the future. Your assistance in selecting each component: seat, insert, windings, inlay, and design characteristics is truly beyond all expectations. Your "artisan" talents are very much recognized and appreciated. And, your communication during the entire process is such a delight and builds the value of your! passion in creating a "work of art" that will be cherished.
 
There will certainly be more Bob Hudson "Lord of the Streams" rods in my future. I already have the next one in mind, albeit, a simpler process this next time due to your counseling and expert advice. Bob, there are few opportunities in life to have such a "rare and quality" experience, you have achieved a "master's touch" in a way that can be valued by all who share this very special experience and customer relationship with YOU."
 
Ross
 
Ross Alvord, Salt Lake City, Utah  
 

Bob,

Absolutley stunning!!!!! (Sage 586-2 Z-Axis)  I am so glad our paths have crossed and thank you... I can assure you this will not be the last rod from you.

Speak soon,

Jon

Jon McMillan, Bershire, England

 

-- A Very Happy Lord of the Streams Client!  - -

  "Perfect communication, and a magnificent rod!"

Grant Wicklund, Castlerock, Colorado

 

Bob,

I just got the BIIX today, and am extremely satisfied. The rod is beautiful, and the workmanship is top notch. I'll never buy a stock rod again. Now, if only this snow would melt...

Thanks so much for everything. If you think of it, mail me some cards and I'll pass them around to my friends.

Joe Coyne

P.S You were right. My wife was even excited when it came and I showed it to her.

Joe Coyne, Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvannia 

Hello,

 
"This is my first custom built rod (Winston BIIX 4 wt.). I really did not know exactly how I wanted the rod built and what options were available.   Bob was there to guide me through the process; it was an enjoyable experience.
 
What I like about this Winston 4wt Boron IIX rod that Bob Hudson built for me is the action of the rod. The rod loads very easy for the close range casts and the rod has plenty of power for the long distance cast as well. This rod has the exact performance I was looking for. 
 
This is a beautiful rod, thanks Bob. It was a pleasure working with you."
 
Thanks again,
Geno
Geno Baril, Colbert, WA
 


 Bob,
"Wow.........The rod (Winston BIIX 9' 4wt.) arrived today and it is absolutely beautiful.  Unfortunately, it is also snowing so I can't even go out to dry cast it (well, I could but I'll wait).  ...Also, please send some more business cards ... and brochures - I'll take them to our TU banquet in March when I show off the rod. 

I'll keep you posted on my experience with the rod and send a photo when that 1st fish is caught.
Thanks so much for your prompt service, constant communications, and excellent workmanship."
Jim

Jim Wagner, Northumberland, Pennsylvannia

 


 

Hello Bob,
    Well finally I am able to send you a fish photo with my  Winston
BIIx 9ft 4 wt you built this past winter.  I went through the early
season photographing fish caught with a disposable that yielded
sub-standard results when digitized.  I just bought a new Canon SD 750
and managed to get a nice fish last night during a massive spinner fall
of our eastern Green Drake hatch (we call the spinners Coffin Flies).
    Actually, I've caught close to 100 fish on the rod since March 14
(which is doing quite well for my skill level).  I feel I've been able
to gain 15-20 feet of distance in my casting due to the Winston and my
back yard practice sessions with it.
    Everyone who sees the rod is impressed with the workmanship.
    Thanks so much.............

Jim


Jim Wagner, Northumberland, Pennsylvannia



Bob:
 
I just returned from my business trip and was delighted to find the rod (Winston BIIX 9' 6wt.) had been delivered.  It is beautiful, and I could not be more pleased with the workmanship and the finishings you selected.  Absolutely, first rate!  I can't wait to cast and fish it.  I'll be sure to send you a photo, when I get a really nice fish.  I have a trip planned to Alaska this July and ordered the rod especially for that trip.  I'll be fishing the rod before then, but should have some great photos to share later.  We have a good tailwater that runs thought Atlanta, the Chattahoochee River (which is the source of water for the city).  The dam is forty miles north and the stretch of river from the dam to Atlanta supports rainbows and browns.  This is the time of year when streamers and nymphs are the ticket, so I'll have an opportunity over the next week or so to try the rod.  I'll send you a follow up email after I've fished it.  It's been a pleasure doing business with you.
 
Best regards,
Bill 
Bill Kitchens, Atlanta, Georgia  

Dear Bob,

 
I just received the rod (Winston BIIX 9'6" 6 wt.). It's very nice looking and lovely rod. I'm sure that it will perform superb. I'll send you a photo with my first fish on it. Thank you for your kind and patient efforts and support...
Thanks and Best Regards,
 
Murat
Murat Coskun
Ankara / TURKEY 

 

Bob,  

I have a feeling that I’ll never want to cast a stock rod again. You’ve gone and spoiled me!

I can't really express to you how happy I am with the appearance of the rod (Winston BIIX 9' 5 wt.).  Even my wife, who has no interest in fishing, was excited to see it.  The feather you chose was perfect...

Jeff  

Jeff Dowd, Jacksonville, Florida

Bob,  

"I received my rod yesterday,and was amazed. The B2x 9ft 5wt 4pc is truly a labor of love for you and it shows. Your craftsmanship is awesome. My rod that you customized is greatly appreciated and will be treasured. May God bless you and your family." 
 
Larry
 
Larry Broussard, Tyler, Texas  
 

"Hi Bob,

The rod (Winston Boron II X 9' 4 wt.) arrived here an hour ago. Only time for a few casts on the lawn before
dark & cold drove me in, but it's a terrific rod!!

Seems to fit me to a T, and I want to thank you for the advice, as well as the

craftsmanship. It's a beautiful piece of workmanship, and you're right, I do
love the color scheme.

Will let you know how I fare blooding it. 
 Thanks again."
Mark

"Hi Bob,

My day astream was better than yours, but I only managed to get out for an hour
and a half the other day to try to blood the rod, so the pressure was on.

It's a dream to cast! I simplified my usual nymphing rig while I learned the
rod's nuances, but that wasn't necessary. We understood each other instinctively
and it did all I asked of it from the first cast. The stream in question was one
of my smaller limestoner's, so no distance casting to speak of, although I did
manage a few around 30'. Most importantly, it was as you promised, incredibly
accurate. It took me all of an hour to finally hook up with a trout, but it was
a lovely stream-bred rainbow in glorious color, so the rod now knows what its
mission in life is...Thank you again for a tremendous rod. I'll be happily recommending you & passing
out your cards at my next TU meeting."

Mark
                                                        

 Mark McMaster, York, Pennsylvannia 

Hi Bob:

"Sorry it has taken me so long to respond. Things have been crazy lately.

The rod (Winston Boron IIX 9' 5 wt.) is absolutely beautiful. It is obvious that you take pride in your craft. I haven't had a chance to fish it yet, but I look forward to having a nice brown on the line.

Thanks again for all your help and patience in helping me with the rod. I'm sure I'll be doing business with you again in the future.

Take care,"

Chris

Chris Holmes, Longmont, Colorado


"Robert , just wanted to drop you a note to say how pleased I am with the way my new rod turned out (Winston BIIX 9' 6wt.) it's so beautiful I'm a little hesitant to even use it ( only kidding) The new Lamson (2007 Model) reel is great looking and I look forward to the first time I am able to use both probably my trip to New Zealand in Feb. We will stay in touch and I won't hesitate to recommend your rod making skills to anyone. 

bob g"

Robert Gloger, Tiburon, Calif.
 

"...we cannot wait to take your piece of art work (Sage XP696-4) to the Yampa and try it out.... Hey Bob, I fished Brenda's xp yesterday on the Blue River and caught 6nice rainbows and it is a wonderful rod indeed, casts wonderfully, very sensitive, and a pleasure to look at. Brenda ask for a report and I said I liked it a little bit better than my Winston and she replied that it was her rod (emphaticly). So I guess I only get to test it this time. I will give you a report when she fishes with it. The weather was awful here in Denver last weekend so we will try again shortly. Thanks a million!  John. 

Ps I forgot to take your flies along and was torqued when I got to the blue without them. Talk to you soon." 

John and Brenda Walters, Littleton, Colorado 

Bob,
 
"It is truly unusual to find a business with the combination of high quality craftsmanship, a willingness to take the time to share personal experience/knowledge, and a genuinely nice person – that characterizes Lord of the Streams!

 

I have been looking for the right high quality fly rod for sometime.  After multiple visits to fly shops, I decided the Winston BIIX was the right rod.  While I was not sure on the weight, I knew that I wanted something different than just another factory rod – I wanted a custom rod.  Bob, I can’t tell you how much I appreciate the rod you built as well as the knowledge and patience guiding me through my buying process.  The after-purchase help selecting the right line and a Lamson LS2 reel for this rod was so much appreciated.

 

The Winston BIIX 5WT you built is more than I could have hoped for – so beautiful and customized with my name. The rod, reel, and line combination casts with laser accuracy and has such a gentle presentation.  The only ones disappointed are the fish – however, I unfortunately did not get a chance to use the 20” size marker that you so gracefully and eloquently placed on the rod … but I will keep trying.

 

Please feel free to share my comments with customers and use me as a reference.  Again, thanks for a quality rod/reel, the quick turnaround, and all the help."

 

All the best,

 

Mark

Mark Schneider, Fraser, Colorado  

 

"Hi Robert,

Sorry it's taken this long to reply, things have been rather tornadic around here.  The construction industry has a habit of taking off like a rocket this time of year.  Enough about work, the rod ( Sage 490XP) is beautiful, the workmanship is excellent, the detail is exactly what one would like to see in a custom made rod. ...its been out of the rod-tube several times, shown to my very few fanatical flyfishing friends, they agree, from the fit of the reel seat to the wrapping, to the subtle way of inscribing my name and the length markings on the blank, the rod is certainly something to show off.  please feel free to share my comments with other potential customers, they will not be disappointed.  ...Thanks for a quality rod, the quick turnaround, and the followup. Oscar"

 Written by Oscar Hernandez, Emporia , Kansas 8/25/06

 

Hi Bob,

"I received the rod ( Sage 590-4XP) and I love it! It is much better than my previous Scott which will now be my backup rod. Thanks a lot, I will let you know when I need another rod built."

 

Dustin

Dustin Sturtz, Salt Lake City, Utah 4/25/07

Bob,

"I've been meaning to call you for several days now to thank you...Your fly rod (Creeklord 696) is beautiful.  Thank you!  I can't wait to take it out.  It is definitely the finest in my collection and something I have always wanted.  Again, thank you!  I look forward to meeting you in person."

Written by Tim Netzley, Cheney, Washington

 Bob,

"You do beautiful work! (Winston BIIX 4wt.)   I can't wait to fish this rod!"

Bob Ross, Spokane, Washington -- and he did!


The Henry's Fork gives up Large and small trophies but always great memories!  Nice 21" Brown Bob!

                                                 

                         

"Spokane Flyfishers"Madison River, Fall, 2006


Carolyn Sells, famous television fly tying celebrity! Co-host of Leroy Hyatt on "Fly tying, The Angler's Art,".She can also catch fish "this big." -Wade Lake, MT



                                                  On the Madison withJan Sadlo, fly tyer, college fly fishing instructor, guide and flyfisher extrordinaire!

 

 

Dave Harrison and Bob Ross-Two great guys to spend the day with on the Henry's Fork of the Snake,

We'd love to have you as one of our new friends! 

                                   Take Care and Take the time to fish,

                                                       Bob Hudson, Owner, Lord of the Streams Fly Fishing

 

 

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