Carp Flank Abel Madness - Car'Poon #007

It is rare that I get to build a rod purely for myself and usually when I do it is one that is rushed and last minute for a specific trip. This rod is different. When the plan for a marketing trip to Spain to chase large wild carp in Extramadura with Corsican Dave I decided to do it properly. I wanted to showcase the Car'Poon and build something special. First stop was to Abel Reels for a Super 9/10 with the outstanding DeYoung carp flank finish. A very special reel and the wait was excruciating. When it finally arrived the next challenge was to come up with a guide wrap theme that would match it and do it justice. I settled on the following design which includes the olive, brown, blu

An 8'6 6wt LemonGlass built to match an Abel Jurassic Tail

it is hard to deny that Abel make some of the most beautiful reels and this Jurassic Tail Super 6N is not exception to that. The brief, to build a 6wt fly rod that would do it justice and match it. Our 8'6 LemonGlass is an amazingly versatile blank and an excellent tool to have in the collection. I would say that if I wanted a full spectrum of rods I'd probably take a 7' 3wt LemonGlass, 8'6 6wt LemonGlass and the 10wt Car'Poon to be be ready for pretty much anything. This custom built fiberglass rod features snake brand guides, a beautiful agate stripping guide from Ernest at Perfect Agate. The reel seat hardware is from Lemke and the cork grip is of course, custom created and turned at

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