- Custom, hand crafted bamboo fly rods -

With all the information available on the internet I found Thomas Penrose's tutorial on building forms, ordered some steel and started filing. I finished my forms, bought some junk bamboo to practice with and acquired more of the necessary "equipment" ... no going back from here!

From here Gray Hackle Rods was founded. I strive to make the best rods, nets and leaders possible.

I retired from Lockheed Martin in January of 2013 with almost 32 years as a Systems Engineer. My experience there spanned programs like Manned Maneuvering Unit, Peacekeeper, Titan and finally Target and Countermeasure Programs. I had the pleasure to work with some of the best people in the industry on some of the best programs around.

About Me

I've been fishing pretty much my whole life. I started around five years old drowning worms in the South Platte River. I spent many years fishing with fiberglass, eventually graduating to graphite. I first began fishing with bamboo around 1980 after I received an Orvis Midge/Nymph rod from my dad ... I was hooked! Since then I acquired rods from Orvis, Phillipson, Leonard, Heddon, Wright & McGill and Granger to add to my arsenal of bamboos.

My dad passed away in 2007 and I got all of this fly tying equipment, several graphite rods, reels and all of his fishing books, among them was a three ring binder book by Wayne Cattanach entitled Handcrafting Bamboo Fly Rods. After reading through it a couple of times I decided that this would be something that I might enjoy doing.