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Fly Rod Co.

Chris Barclay lives in North Carolina and fishes his local mountain streams and throughout the U.S., wherever he can find remote waters full of free rising wild trout. His rod designs reflect his passion for these rivers but he also produces rods for large predatory fish in both salt and fresh water.

His deep understanding of fibreglass, as a rod making material and his many hours spent “product testing” on the water enable him to get the very best out of the qualities of his chosen material. By combining this expertise with his exceptional rod making ability Chris is able to produce rods that are beautifully finished, highly functional, and always of the highest quality: Just, Beautiful Fly Fishing Rods.

Chris Barclay Fly Fishing

Chris says…

“I am a designer and maker of fine small batch fiberglass fly rods. I also build rods on a custom basis upon client request on a wide variety of blanks and materials. I have my own line of fiberglass rod blanks that I designed and have made for me by a well respected and high quality blank manufacturer.

I chose to create my fly rods from fiberglass due to the superior flex, feel and fishability. These aren’t the same ‘glass rods from the early days of fiberglass fly rods when they were typically an inexpensive alternative to bamboo rods and an intermediary step to graphite. They are much improved and utilize the highest quality materials and technology available to get the most out of the taper of the blank. I use only the finest components to build my rods. From brass, aluminum and nickel silver seat hardware made especially for me to top flor grade cork from Portugal to ultra fine silk thread and spar varnish.”

“My Synthesis Series of rods is complex yet uncomplicated. These blanks are made domestically here in the US for me, to my exact specifications. A technologically advanced fusion of parabolic and progressive fly rod tapers, blending my two previous series of rods without watering down the effectiveness and feel. Making use of advanced compound tapers, seamless and functional tip over butt ferrules and traditional e-glass. Not necessarily progressive or parabolic, the best of all synthesized into a new classic. Smooth and unhurried with quick recovery. Responsive tip, mid and butt sections. You feel the cast and the fish.”

An advanced fusion of parabolic & progressive fly rod tapers


Rods - Available Now

Initially Alternative Tackle will be focussing on Chris’ Synthesis Series of fibreglass rods. We aim to hold stock of the 68, 72, 79 and 82 models which will be available for immediate shipping. Other models are available via custom orders.

If you’d like more info on any of Chris’s Synthesis Series Fly Rods or would like details of what’s available from stock or via custom order simply get in touch…