Black Jack Carbon Silica Fiberglass Hybrid 8 foot 6 inch 5/6 weight 5 piece built fly 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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- 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 (email@example.com) 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.
The Black Jack is a medium action 8'6" 5/6 weight built with a fullwells grip, silver reel seat with Buckeye Burl wood insert and black jack fly engraving on the reel seat and on the cork. Guides are wrapped in a translucent gunmetal gray. All guides are single foot chrome and the strip guide is a large size 16 for shooting line with ease. The rod comes with a rod bacg and black on black case. Custom inscription is available for free, just add to notes.
The Black Jack Carbon Silica Technology explained.
When we designed the Black Jack Carbon Silica Hybrid fly rod, there were a few design attributes and factors we wanted to include in the design. One in particular was the butt section diameter. We wanted that diameter to not be too big, so that custom builders could use this blank with wood reel seats. In conclusion of design and manufacturing the butt section diameter turned out to be 0.40inches or 10 millimeters, a diameter very easily worked around as a builder.
Aesthetically, we wanted the rod to be unique, not flashy, and somewhat nostalgic. So we went with the clear matte finish and left the blank un-sanded, except for the ferrules which are sanded to insure proper fit.
The action however was something that needed technology in order to achieve what we wanted to achieve. The rod had to be 5 pieces, very durable, not clunky, and seem effortless to cast like a high end bamboo rod might feel, but with a little more tip flex to keep the rod from the typical glass wobble that you get as the line exits the tip section.
The reason that nice bamboo rods are fun to cast is because all you have to do is move the rod in its casting arc and the rod casts itself. This is true because of a few physics principals.
Momentum is actually a combination or product of mass and velocity. A fly rod that is light and thin does not have the natural momentum of a slightly heavier rod like glass or bamboo. You have to push a stiff light rod to flex and cast because it has less mass. We didn’t want this push or fast acceleration need. We wanted the caster to just move their arm and have the rod cast itself, so we knew we needed a little weight in the rod like a bamboo rod, but not much.
Inertia is the principal of an object in motion. A larger mass in motion has more inertia than a lighter mass. So our rod is balanced properly, and has the perfect combination of glass and carbon so that when that rod is in motion it stays in motion until you stop the tip at the end of the stroke. Little effort is needed to cast this rod, yet the tip does not wobble.
If we made this rod completely out of graphite, the rod would have to be very thick in order to gain mass, and when you go thick in graphite, you get stiff. We did not want stiff. We wanted a medium to medium fast action. Medium fast with a 5 weight, and medium with a 6.
If we made the rod out of just glass, the rod would be too slow, too heavy and too big in diameter to be a 5 piece. It also would have a terrible tip wobble. We know this because we made prototypes of this same Black Jack in glass, and it did not work.
So the Black Jack is a Carbon Silica Hybrid. A mixture of glass and graphite. 2.2 ounces of it to be specific. Just enough to give the right weight and feel so that the rod feels like it casts itself when in its zone or sweet spot. This rod is made for floating line, weight forward, and non-weighted flies. Dry flies, small streamers, and light nymph rigs is where this rod works best. And when you do catch a fish on it, the feel is amazing. Better than glass or graphite, and because the rod is a tad bit heavier than normal, more like conventional glass but a tad lighter; when a fish bends the rod and changes the balance point, the angler must counter act to fight the fish and the feel is remarkable even on small fish.
JP Ross Black Jack. The supple Medium/slow-action taper coupled with a strong butt section makes the Black Jack a purpose built dry fly machine capable of casting long distance with the kind of accuracy that you get when you feel the flex all the way down into the grip. It has a definite sweet spot in the action that when maintained sends the line out in beautiful tight loops over long casts. Charlie Warfield.
Some tips for understanding Levered Weight.
A fly rod is a lever, and the fulcrum of the lever is in the grip. Specifically we feel that the exact position of this fulcrum is near the edge of the grip where your thumb goes. So by definition that is the balance point. So when you want to try and find the right size reel to put on your rod to counter balance the tip weight, balance it at this point on the rod.
Recent Rod review.
Pure luxury. That is the first thing that came to mind when drawing back a d-loop for a roll cast with this rod. Feeling the rod load first through the tip, then through the midsection, right to the substantial yet comfortable custom double wells grip. My fears that the rod would be mushy or that it would be difficult to roll cast were vanquished in an effortless motion. Like holding a magic wand, it seemed that all I had to do was point and the fly landed where I wanted with the surface of the water undisturbed.
This is saying a lot for someone who has struggled to find the perfect rod. I've spent too much money on graphite rods with the latest technology, from companies that boast that every rod, every year is the most technologically advanced rod ever. I've also tried a few glass rods, but found them to be just a bit underpowered or mushy for my liking.
Fishing this rod, I couldn't help but compare it to a Mercedes Benz (which I have no business doing on account of not owning one and having been in one exactly once, but it left an impression). Sure, if you want power and speed, you could go with a fast-action graphite cannon with a name that suggests it might actually be weaponized, and if you have the money you could get a Nissan GT-R too. But eventually smashing through gears, hard racing seats, and super tuned suspensions beat the hell out of you. They're only good for one thing - going fast. If you want luxury, comfort, sophistication, something that you could drive for hours and hours on end, and the assurance that there is plenty of power when you need it, you want a Benz.
This rod is the Benz. Immediately comfortable. Smooth as silk. The only thing you want to take with you and, in a 5/6 weight 5-piece package, a rod that can go anywhere. Its not just good at roll casting either. I was laying out forty foot casts with nearly no effort. The rod does all the work. Even the presentation takes care of itself. I fished dry flies, wet flies, weighted nymphs, and even a size 6 long shank beadhead woolly bugger that I tied with 14 lead wraps, and the rod shined through it all. I imagine if I used a 3x leader rather than a 6x, the woolly bugger would have turned over even better, but I was having too much fun fishing with this thing to think about changing out the leader.
Also, like a Benz, this rod is elegant. It doesn't boast about what is under the hood with bright wraps or carbon fiber reel seats, but rest assured this is cutting edge technology. The whole time I was fishing it I just couldn't understand how it was doing what it was doing while feeling so comfortable and enjoyable doing it. While other rods boast about incremental advancements year to year, it feels like JP's 20+ years in building fly rods and working with materials has culminated into the perfect rod. It is a technological marvel.
But that's not why you want to fish it. You want to fish it because it is immediately familiar, comfortable... almost nostalgic. It was the most fun I've had casting a fly since I first learned to fish. I think I'll keep it for awhile.
Sincerely: D. Francisco