Friday, March 30, 2012

Fly Box Hero - Old Yankee Rodsmith, Andy Manchester

Well....Andy Manchester finished my vintage Scientific Anglers System 10 rebuild as well a family  mini-series.  Check out the pictures below:

Top Down: OYRS 5wt, Three Fenwick HMG's 6 wts and the rebuilt System 10 wt.
Andy does incredible work.

The rebuilt System 10 with custom fighting butts.
New double wrapped, modern titanium guides
Andy Manchester is a true craftsman.  The System 10 was in really bad shape when I sent it to Andy and look at it!  Andy repaired, rebuilt and refinished the rod and created two threaded fighting butts that are amazing.

Many of you view fiberglass as "old technology," but this rod is special.  Fischer made the blank and Andy transformed it into something EXTRA special.

The HMG's and OYRS rod were made for my family.  My wife gets the OYRS rod with the green blank and gold reel seat.  Me and my two sons get the Fenwick HMG series.  All of these rods are numbered and scripted with our names.

You can see the level of craftsmanship and detail on these rods.  If you have a rod that needs repairs or a blank you want put up - you need to get a hold of Andy Manchester.  Contact me and I'll get you his contact information.  I can't say enough about the quality of his work or about him as a person.


  1. The HMG's Fenwick is beyond good, it is fantastic--Fenwick is tops in my book when it comes to fishing rods. This guy did an outstanding job. I know you can't wait to use all of them--thanks for shariing

  2. nice idea.. thanks for sharing.

  3. Andy Manchester JrAugust 28, 2012 at 9:45 AM

    One Of My Friends Forwarded This To Me Today.
    Thanks For All Your Kindness Doug !!
    Tight Lines and Fiberglass Loops
    Andy M