San Angelo, TX
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Denton Creek Rods, refers to a small stretch of Denton Creek between Lake Grapevine and its junction with the Trinity River in Coppell, TX. I grew up hunting and fishing that 15 mile stretch just like my Dad did from the early 1930's.
After I left the Navy in 1991 I returned to that same area and joined the Coppell Fire Dept. Sadly, like so much of our favorite woods it had tuned into a residential and commercial development. Spent 20 years with the FD, moved to Montague Co in North Texas and as it turned out most of my property was the head of the water shed for the beginning of Denton Creek before it headed south.
My son cut his teeth chasing critters and catching fish in that area until we moved to our place on Lake Nocona. I got back into Bass fishing, as did my son and his buddies, which lead me to repairing my own equipment (teenage boys can test the strength and durability of some of the best equipment technology has to offer). We spent 3 years living on the bank of Lake Nocona and fishing Texhoma, Ray Roberts, Grand Lake, Lewisville, Rayburn, Fork, Toledo, etc before I took a job in San Angelo, TX.
I had a pretty good reputation for repairing and building rods in North Texas and it followed us to San Angelo. In 2012 I built 28 for local guys, and in 2015 we built 54 custom sticks for guys across the country. Our "Bone Barrel" is certainly still growing as we continue to tinker with new tech blanks, actions, guides, and finish's and how to market our rods and custom painted baits and we still manage to fish 30-40 events across South and Central Texas.
I've been a part of a special group of Fire Fighters that make a 5 day trip to Port Mansfield at least twice a Year. I've taken my contacts through the Hunt for Heroes and Lone Star Wounded Warriors and every year we have a few warriors from across the country join us and we build a custom rod for each warrior.
Heavy Flipping Stick we built for Cody Lee. We used the C276HMH for Cody who is a Certified "Reed Flipping Machine". It’s lined with Fuji Tri guides, Custom DCR EVA grip, and a Fuji SK2 split seat. He can flip reeds from dark to dark and he loves the light weight and powerful technology. He uses 35-50lb braid on 3/8 to 1 oz baits. I am not much for paint on a blank but the two tone was irresistible and doesn't add any noticeable weight.
The second rod picture is the C276MHM. Logan is a Senior at Angelo State University and has been on their Bass Club since his freshman year. He wanted a flipping stick with a little action to present his own style of "Furry Swim baits" and Chatter Baits. It also has Fuji Tri guides, Fuji SK2 seat, and a custom DCR EVA grip with an oversized butt and a 45 cal. rear weight.
There's nothing like that "New Blank Smell." The lime green rod blank is a B276MHF built for Ziggy Rees of San Angelo Texas. Ziggy is the classic American Teenage Boy that would rather fish than breath, He is a member of the San Angelo Central High School Bass fishing team and plans on Joining the Angelo State Univ. Team after he graduates high school. He joined us in the shop to build the custom grips and he is the envy of his High school team. He will be ordering a neon orange blank as soon as he gets enough lunch money saved up.