Fiberglass Beaver Meadow 7 foot, 3 to 4 weight medium action, 3 piece Built Rod
Hi, I'm JP. I have a strong love for the Adirondacks, brook trout, cold clean water, smallmouth bass on a popper, and snook in the mangroves. If I could, I'd build a cabin in the woods and do nothing but build custom canoes and fly rods for the rest of my life and spend my evenings casting to magic circles on a mirror still pond with my wife Bobbi Jo, son Parker and black lab Patton.
The idea for JP Ross was conceived in 1994. It was a long time dream of mine to own a fly shop. I realized that dream at age 20 when I opened Rising Trout Outfitter fly shop. One year into that dream JP Ross Fly rods was established.
My mission was to create a brand of fly rod that was an expression of the Adirondack Mountains and focus on the attributes that make a fly rod a piece of working art. The attributes of focus being the reel seat, the handle, the case and the thread wraps. I always had an appreciation for detail and I felt that the custom fly rod was a great way to make a tool that was an expression of the user that was unique and useful.
Each rod is an expression of the customer and me as the designer and builder. The choice of materials in our rods is based on 20 years in the industry and also having technical insight in material science from being a materials specialist in the electronics industry. World Travel for my work has helped me meet many intelligent engineers and also be involved in many projects in which the constraints, or goals of the project has forced us all to think outside the box in regards to material selection and manufacturing process.
Currently I am 39 and I live in Utica New York a small town that is just south west of the Adirondack Mountains. The JP Ross facility is a Cabin, just tucked back a ways in the woods. In that cabin I have made over 6000 fly rods since I started in 1997. We also have a facility in the Adirondacks where we do development work, and we are associated with the very successful Tailwater Lodge in Pulaski.
We Perceived the company in 1994, and established it it 1996. Now 20 years in existence.
Custom fly rods is what we do. Every once and a while we will make a short run of rods, perhaps 10-12 at a time and sell them. They usually sell fast. My recent passion is fiberglass fly rods. I started working with Kabuto and Epic, and quickly used my understanding of materials and fly rod design to come up with my own blanks, one of which is called the MUIR.
Working with materials and understanding how they work, and why they work, and also how they fail is key to success as a fly rod maker and designer. Im positive that I could add a lot of value to a big company like Sage or Orvis and any of those larger companies. However, besides JP Ross I am a high level manager at an electronics materials company called Indium Corporation. Still there, I worked with the development team and big names companies like Intel, to create an innovative patented product and technology called Heat-Spring. The worlds first full metal compressible thermal interface material. In addition I patented a technology recently which creates a new way to solder a microprocessor for high value applications. I also have other patents in queue and application.
Of course its not just me tho, im just the science geek.... its certainly a team effort. That team not only is the talent at JP Ross & Co. But also the relationships we have with our suppliers. For over 17 years our machine shop component supplier and our composite fabricator have been by our side. Like I have learned working with huge multi-national electronics companies, the relationship between supplier and customer is key to success, especially if you want to innovate and provide a constantly evolving quality product.
So when you buy from me, and you work with "us" you are getting world class quality and engineering and material design that is in our roots and our core for 20 years now.
Please enjoy my web site and the staff that make up this awesome company. In today's day and age, having a small town custom rod shop seems to be what some people are looking for. We are happy to fill that niche. Many of our customers are repeat customers, and that is the way we like it. Satisfaction is very important to use... you can see it in the responses we get back from our customers that we are doing a good job to achieve that goal.
In association with our goal of customer satisfaction, we ultimately work to create a profit, and to spend that profit to do good. For us, that good evolved into Trout Power. We believe that clean water and wild fish is where its at. No matter if trout, or tarpon, we care and do what we can to make sure more of these beautiful creatures, and the gorgeous places they live in are protected and preserved.
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We are located at 132 Clinton Street, Whitesboro, NY 13492
call us at:
ph: 315-580-3150 toll-free: 855-457-7677
or email us at email@example.com
Anatomy of a Fly Rod:
The inscription can be anything from your initials to your favorite quote, or even to: dad, love: mom. It' is totally up to you.
Cork Grips & Handles:
All our custom fly rods have cork grips or cork handles. Different terms to describe the same component.
Grips are made of high grade "flor" cork and are very smooth with minimal amount of filler so they will feel soft and smooth and hopefully last for a long time.
6 inch mini western grip also known as the beaver meadow grip
7 inch full wells
7 or 6 inch cigar grip
Reel Seats & Wood Options:
Our Reel Seats are all made in the USA by REC components. We have been doing business with REC for 18 years and I really think that JP Ross would not be who we are without them.
We have many woods to choose from and all of our woods are impregnated which means that they are stable and will not chip and fall apart. They also will not absorb moisture as fast as un-stablized or fresh cut wood.
All our reel seats are machined, then tumbled to remove burrs, then cleaned, then anodized or polished. The tolerances on our reel seat are very tight and you will find very little slop on our threads and captures, unlike imported junk that has machine marks on it and will allow your reel to wobble even when completely tightened.
Black Ash dyed green, with blued slide band down lock with simply fish engraving.
Wood Choices for Reel Seats
Alignment dots, also shown is black ash with custom submitted engraving on wood.Reel seat hardware is blued silver uplocking.
Shown below is our spring green blank found only in the Carbon SIlica Hybrid Blank.
Western cork grip, box elder wood with trout engraving on a blued silver uplock seat with rope knurling.
Also note the mayfly engraving on the butt cap.
Below is Amboina burl wood with spend mayfly engraving. Reel Seat is blued silver slide band downlock.
Below is blued silver uplock with rope knurling. Wood is Black Ash dyed green with brook trout engraving. The Guides on the rod are "recoil".
Below is our special Reel Seat found on the "Maverick" fly rod.
Below is a black uplock for a big game rod. Custom submitted celtic cross on Cocobolo wood. Shown with 1.5" fight butt.
Below is Black uplock reel seat with Cocobolo wood and initials engraved on the butt cap.
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- Is the product you are buying a "standard" item like t-shirts or hats?
- Fly Rods usually take us anywhere from 2 weeks to 45 days to produce, and that is based on how custom the rod is. To know for sure just email JP (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Contact Us. We usually will email you some photos of supplies and components we have in stock to give you a better idea how to shorten your lead time. Our machine shop is local and USA based, but we still have to deal with work flow if completely custom rods are ordered. The best thing to do is to place your order, and in the notes field of the order, just ask us to send you some options to start a dialogue to look at in stock components. If we do not get any note from you, we will make your order exactly as you placed it online.
- If the product has some customization that are special, we will let you know if that takes extra time.
- If the product is standard then we ship in about 2-5 days at the most.
These rods are completely built, with single foot guides, rod bag and case. They are a great casting rod, and have proven to be very durable also.
They come complete with the following.
- Optional Fight Butt
- Black double lock reel seat with ZEN TROUT engraving
- folding hook keeper
- single foot guides
- rod bag
- aluminum case
- custom inscription
- the rod is listed as a 3 to 4 weight line. We have designed the rod as a 3 weight, and it is a medium- fast 3 weight for a glass rod. A 4 weight line makes the rod feel like a true medium action. Its up to you what you like best.
Here is a synopsis of this fly rod by Mark Usyk, our Streamer Junkie.
When JP said he was going to put a glass 5wt in my hands and turn me loose to run it through the gauntlet of streams, rivers and lakes I explore on a sometimes daily basis, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Glass? Isn’t that old tech? Didn’t graphite replace glass because it was better? I was apprehensive at first. I wasn’t sure what I was getting into. When I first laid eyes on it I was kind of taken aback by it’s physical appearance. It was glass…and it looked it. Awesome. There wasn’t any paint covering up what it was, it wasn’t even tinted, it was simply what he described as Milk White. I said it looked like a cleared raw glass. You could see the glass, the texture, the material. It looked deep, like you could reach into it. The only way I could describe it was a cross between the old translucent handle bar grips on my BMX bike in the early ‘80s and a vinyl covered seat in a greasy spoon diner without the metal flake. It was pure hot rod to me, with a splash of antique and finished off with a 5 gallon bucket of cool! I built hot rods and custom motorcycles for 13 years, and a lot of the time because of the high quality of my metal work, the sheet metal on the cars and bikes was left raw and just cleared. I could really relate to this rod, it showed you everything it was without the lipstick and painted on eyebrows. I was sold on the appearance alone and forgot about my apprehension as to how it would fish in the first minute.
I mounted an old Pflueger Medalist on it that my wife had picked up for me at a garage sale two years ago, loaded it with a floating 5wt line and tucked it in the back seat of my truck with a bunch of camping gear and my JP Ross 6’ 6” Beaver Meadow 3wt. The next day my Father and I drove north to spend a couple days on an Adirondack Brook Trout stream and give the glass it’s first test. I still didn’t know what to expect, I hadn’t even cast it in the front yard.
The next day, standing in a small river and releasing my fourth Brookie I felt I had started the day off good with the old Beaver Meadow, and it was time to give the new glass rod leaning against the truck tail gate a first cast. Jordan told me it was a medium action. Let’s get something straight right now. I’ve only been fly fishing for 5 years now, I’m not the world’s greatest caster, and you could tell me it was a slow, medium, fast, or lightning speed action rod and it’ll only have me analyzing in my head what I think that means. But most times with my limited experience with the only couple rods I’ve ever fished none of these descriptions are going to mean much more than squat to me. I just have to try it. I’ll figure it out, leave the technical stuff to someone else.
So I stripped line from the reel and made my first cast. I was targeting a pocket about twenty-five feet away that I had hit repeatedly with the graphite 3wt. I made a couple back casts, they weren’t the smoothest casts, I felt like I was getting ahead of it, but I hit the mark. After doing this twice I stopped and stood there. I had to adjust something, I felt like I was rushing the cast motions and the rod didn’t like it. I slowed down. The rod loaded beautifully, I could feel it load over my shoulder behind me and as I made the first forward cast something made me decide to make it the one and only forward cast. The rod tip ending pointed at the pocket water, line shot through my fingers and raced through the guides. The small streamer I was casting entered the water about two feet beyond the target…in one back cast and one forward cast. It felt suddenly like I had been casting this rod for a long time, just like that, I had it down. It was smooth. It shot line, it covered more distance in one cast than the light graphite rod I had just put down. More distance, with much less effort. I remembered one of our old range instructors in the Air Force trying to help an airman to make better and faster magazine changes. “Slow down. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.” I took my time, made slower, smoother casts, and the line covered distance at an alarming rate. This was good. For the next half hour at least I would shoot line up stream about twenty-five to thirty feet at a forty-five degree angle, let it drift down below me and just as it would start to swing across lift it off the water in one motion, sending it over my shoulder, and then in one forward motion send it back up stream again to the same target and repeat it over and over without any real effort. It just felt right. I was sold on glass at that point. It felt different. It felt right.
I caught several Small Brookies in the eight to ten inch range on it that day, and while a 5wt is a bit overkill for fish that small, it was more of a test of how quickly I could figure it out. And then once I did, almost immediately, it became how smooth could I make the casts and how few false casts would it take me to get it where I wanted it. I was ready to hunt bigger fish that would test the rods feel in a fight. I had Smallmouth waiting in the creek out back at home. If anything would test the fight of the rod, they would.
Over the next few months I caught plenty of Good sized Smallmouth Bass from the creek at home that would peel line off the old Medalist and put a good arch, sometimes doubling the rod over almost in two, and the rod ate it all up. I was putting it through the ringer now. I strung it up with a sink tip 6wt line after JP told me at one point that it wasn’t just a medium action, but a medium progressive. I had no idea what that meant. You learn something every day and so after learning that this meant I could go up or down a line size and the rod would still act right I remembered the small stack of lines in the house and selected the 6wt sink tip simply because I’d never fished one before. Going up a line weight increased the speed of the rod slightly. I could feel it, but it still felt fine. It still felt like the correct line. I fished it on Cranberry Lake in the Adirondacks on our family vacation from my old canoe, and then again at the end of the summer on a small lake on a family farm. There I put it to work hauling Largemouths out of the dense weed beds along the shore and then back to the floating line to torment pan fish with hoppers and small poppers.
It’s a different feel altogether if you’ve never fished glass before. I don’t know that it’s more sensitive than graphite, it seems to me that since graphite replaced it as a newer, better material that it should be less sensitive. But I don’t think it is. Maybe it feels a little heavier to me, therefore transferring the energy to my hand with a little more “gusto.” It’s smoother than I imagined glass would be, and I feel it work more than I thought I would. It loads up energy like a boss. Maybe it’s the guides JP chose for the rod, but it shoots line like an animal, no matter what line I spooled it with, down a size, up a size, or right on the money. The engraving on the reel seat, “Zen Trout”, adds that touch of class that says this didn’t come from no big box company pal, this came from a rod builder, not a rod factory. JP says he’s built over 6000 rods over the past almost twenty years, I figure with the release of these, he better be ready for at least that many over the next twenty. The JP Ross moto is “Simply Fish.” With this rod, I’ll accept that challenge without a second thought.
Lead Time is 12-15 working days.