Flat Creek Rods

Custom Fly Rods Handcrafted fiberglass and graphite fly rods by Ben Casarez.

Operating as usual

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 11/05/2021

Just finished this beautiful Fisher Original Graphite 4wt for fly tying master Eli Gonzales. This classic blank was finished out with a shop turned Olive Wood insert, cigar grip, and burgundy wraps. Enjoy!

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 08/24/2021

It’s been a busy summer but I’ve managed to finish up a few rods. This McFarland GTX 7 weight is headed to Texas where @flyfishinbassman will put it to good use chasing reds on the coast! Lemke hardware, Ritz grip, and a Black Pearl Recoil stripper are all wrapped up with some classic Gudebrod maroon. Can’t wait to see this one in action! #flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #mcfarlandflyrods #fiberglassflyrodders #texasredfish

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 07/01/2021

This beautiful Winston BIIt 4 wt is headed to Grand Junction, CO. @fishfocusphotography Marble wood insert, agate stripping, all wrapped with Gudebrod dark green thread finish out this classic build. #flatcreekrods #winstonflyrods #customflyrods

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 06/24/2021

Two Kaboto’s and a Morgan hike into a stream…..#glassisnotdead #flatcreekrods #flyfishnewmexico #customflyrods #tommorganrodsmiths #kabutoflyrods

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 04/17/2021

Another fine rod is headed out the door. This 9’ 6wt Livingston Rod Co blank is made from their unique YS glass. The elk antler reel seat and beautiful Struble ceramic guide add some nice touches to the rod. The wraps are red silk with tan accents. Thanks for looking. #flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #fiberglassflyrodders #livingstonrodcompany #struble_mfg #flyfishingnewmexico

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 04/02/2021

This sweet Epic 888 kit build is headed to a repeat customer in Tennessee. It will be a great rod for some Low Country reds this summer! Clear silk wraps with black tipping. #flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #epicflyrods #fiberglassflyrodders

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 02/25/2021

Here are a few shots of a recently finished 11' 3wt nymphing rod. Features include a bamboo seat, gold wraps tipped in red and black, and a custom fit flor grade grip. It's headed to it's new owner and will hopefully it will catch a few fish this weekend! Kevin Charles Wirth

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 02/21/2021

My customer gave me an entire elk antler to make a reel seat for his upcoming Livingston YS rod. This was a fun project for the afternoon. I plan on making a few more seats from this antler! #flatcreekrods #customflyrods #glassisnotdead #elkantlers #sherlinelathe #livingstonrodcompany

Photos from Flat Creek Rods's post 01/26/2021

I've always had a soft spot in my heart for building on Tom Morgan blanks. Perhaps it was Tom's passion to seek perfection in all of his rod designs and builds. Or the simple elegance of the burgundy colored blank. Or how one can get lost in the rhythm of casting, when the goal isn't to catch a fish but to slow down, to become connected to the rod. This blank was purchased in 2014 from Tom. I recall visiting with Tom on the phone about the struggles he was having getting the color just right on his glass blanks. He ask me to be patient as he was confident he would solve the color issue. Sure enough, a few months later, a batch of blanks arrived at my door from Montana. Since then, I've build most of them out for customers but saved a few for special builds. Last year as I worked with Gregg Flores @wheretheriverruns on our video, many of our discussions were around the virtues of glass rods. When Gregg said he'd love to have a glass rod build by Flat Creek Rods, I knew I had the perfect blank for him. This NOS Morgan glass 7' 3wt will be well suited for the small streams of Northern New Mexico. The specifics are as follows: shop turned Texas mesquite reel seat insert with Lemke slide band hardware, Snake Brand lite wire guides wrapped in red silk, and of course a beautiful red-banded agate made by Joe Arguello. The flor-grade grip was turned to fit Gregg's hand. This rod was a joy to build. Enjoy! #flatcreekrods #customflyrods #fiberglassflyrodders #glassisnotdead #joearguello #flyfishnewmexico #wheretheriverruns #tommorganrodsmiths


If you are looking for that special Christmas gift this year be sure to check out the Available Blanks page: https://www.flatcreekrods.com/available-blanks/. Blanks by Tom Morgan, Kabuto, McFarland, Fisher, Winston, and Sage are ready to be built. We also have a ready to fish Kabuto 8'5wt under the Featured Finished Rods page. Check it out! Contact me when you are ready to order! #flatcreekrods #customflyrods #flyfishnewmexico #glassisnotdead


This Sage RPL 7 weight is finished and headed to Alaska! Gudebrod brown thread accented with tan give this build a classic look. The olive wood insert joins a Lemke downlocking seat with a small button butt. Thanks for looking! #flatcreekrods #sageflyrods #customflyrods


Another Kabuto is ready to fish! This 8′ 5wt 3 piece translucent Kabuto e-glass features dark Snake Brand guides wrapped in red Fuji Ultra thread and tipped with black silk plus an agate stripping guide from Joe Arguello, The shop turned flame-kissed bamboo reel seat insert and black downlocking Lemke hardware with a button butt finish out the rod. This rod includes an aluminum tube and rod sock. $600 shipped in the US. #flatcreekrods #customflyrods #glassisnotdead #flyfishnewmexico #kabutoflyrods


In less than 24 hours Where The River Runs will premiere the short film of Flat Creek Rods. Be sure to tune in to see the amazing film work of Gregg Flores!


Where The River Runs Amazing macro photography work!!

Have you ever wondered how your rod guides are attached to your fly rod? During production I got to capture @flatcreekrods wrapping guides onto a glass rod. It was super cool! Notice the precision of the wraps. No overlapping threads. It’s a meticulous and tedious task but obviously needs to be done right to make sure your guides are secure. You’ll get a better feel for this process in our next short film due out September 14 at 5 pm in our you tube channel. Link in bio! #flyfishing #rodbuilding #flyrod #custom #newmexico #fishing


A week from today will be the premiere of the story of Flat Creek Rods! Gregg Flores of @wheretheriverruns showcases his brilliant storytelling and photography skills with footage that captures the why behind Flat Creek Rods. Be sure to follow Gregg’s page and check out his other films! #flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #customflyrods #flyfishnewmexico From Gregg’s post- Allow me to introduce you to Ben Casarez. Fly rod builder out of Rio, Rancho New Mexico. Ben owns @flatcreekrods and is the subject of our next short film! Here’s the backstory... A few months ago, I was chatting with @truchacabra about small stream fishing for New Mexico Cutts and the best gear for the job. Toner told me he had been giving a new rod a whirl. A 4 or 5 foot (ish) fly rod made from the top end of a fiberglass rod. When I asked him where he found a rod that short he said his buddy Ben custom-made it for him out of his home shop in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. I was intrigued. A fiberglass rod builder based in New Mexico? I wanted to know more. I found Ben on IG and asked if we could chat. After an hour phone call, I found out he’d been building rods since 1997, had fly fished all over the US, and even did some guiding for @thereellifeflyshop in Northern NM for a few years. I asked Ben if he’d be willing to me tell his story and luckily, he was all for it. A week from today, we’ll be premiering Ben’s story on our You Tube channel. I hope you can catch the premiere with us LIVE at 5PM Mountain Time! Link is in our bio. I’ll be sharing more images from production this week and a little behind the scenes content as well! Thanks for tuning in and thank you @flatcreekrods for letting me share your rod building story with the world. #flyfishing #fishing #flyrodbuilder #flyrod #customrods #customflyrod #newmexico #trout #artist #artwork


I'm excited to announce a new project I've been working on with Gregg Flores at Where the River Runs. Gregg reached out to me several months ago about telling the story of Flat Creek Rods. We've had a great time putting this all together and have become fast friends through the process. The story will premiere on Sept 14th. Follow Where The River Runs to find the link to the story. I also want to send a special thanks to @take_me_fishing and Vamosapescar for helping make this all possible! #flatcreekrods #wheretheriverruns #rodbuilding #newmexicoflyfishing

We’ve been hard working on our next outdoor adventure story and I’m excited to announce it will premiere September 14 on our YT channel. Ben Casarez builds fly rods out of his home in Rio Rancho, New Mexico. In this story, you’ll get a glimpse at Ben’s rod-building process and hear him share his rod-building and fishing story. It’s a great one! You’re gonna love it. Click the link in our bio to set a reminder. If you watch the premiere with us, we can chat live throughout it. Can’t wait to share @flatcreekrods story with you all! I also want to offer a very special thank you to @take_me_fishing and @vamosapescar for making this project possible. Please give them a follow and support their work. 🙏🏽 #flyfishing #fishing #rodbuilder #flyrod #newmexico #latinosoutdoors #vamosapescar #nuevomexico #wheretheriverruns #getonthewtrr #flatcreekrods #takemefishing #documentary


Here are a few shots of some recent builds that have left the shop. First up is a Fisher Original Graphite that is ready for some action up in Alaska. Second is a baitcaster headed to Texas. Enjoy!


Here are a few shots of a Kabuto 8053 I finished and shipped to Virginia last week. A flame-kissed stacked bamboo insert, darkened slide-band seat, Arguello agate, and silk wraps round out this build. My customer liked the look of my last Kabuto build but wanted a thinner grip and a slide band seat. If you are interested in a Kabuto rod for your collection I have a finished rod (8053) and several blanks in various sizes and colors in stock. Thanks for looking!


Finished up another Steffen that just shipped out to a new customer in Virginia. This 8' 4/5 wt was finished in a more traditional style: red silk wraps, simple dark nickel slide band seat with an almond wood insert and dark guides. Enjoy!


#100 is finally finished. This 8' 5 weight brown Kabuto e-glass features Snake Brand guides wrapped in white silk, tipped in red and black. The stunning Arguello agate stripping guide ties in nicely with the red and black tipping. The seat insert is a shop turned flame-kissed stacked bamboo with Garrison style Lemke hardware. Complete with rod sock and aluminum tube. $625 shipped in the US. Thanks for looking! #flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #kabutoflyrods #fiberglassflyrodder #customflyrods #joearguelloagates


Finished up this Steffen Brother's 7'6" 3/4 weight 2 piece this weekend. This blank is no longer available from Steffen. Here are the specs- beautiful lacewood insert with a dark nickel Lemke slide band seat, agate stripping guide from Joe Arguello, Snake Brand guides wrapped in Pearsall silk. This rod includes an aluminum tube and rod sock. $525 shipped in the US.


A sneak peek at #100.#flatcreekrods #fiberglassflyrodder #glassisnotdead #kabutoflyrods #customrodbuilding


Second coat of finish on an upcoming Kabuto 805. This one will be for sale. Stay tuned..#flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #fiberglassflyrodders #kabutoflyrods #customflyrods


First rod of 2020! This Kabuto yellow 6'6" 2wt was a special order from a new customer. I used Gossamer white silk tipped in red silk. The reel seat is a beautiful piece of shop-turned honey mesquite with Lemke slide band hardware. The red-banded agate from Joe Aguello rounds out the rod. I hate to see this one leave the shop!


Back home and back to my roots. A little time on the water in Austin today.


This Morgan 8' 4wt is headed to Colorado tomorrow. I'd love to see this rod on Christmas morning!


It's been a busy month in the rod shop. This Kabuto 7643 is the first of several that will be finished up this week. This was fun rod to build out because Russell wanted to learn how the process worked and actually do most of the work under my guidance. Highlights include a shop turned olive wood insert, Lemke hardware, an agate stripping guide by Joe Arguello and some very nice flor grade cork.


White silk on a Kabuto! This one is turning out nice!

flatcreekrods.com 11/16/2019

Flat Creek Rods | Available Blanks

I've added a few more classic blanks to the current inventory. There is still time to place an order for Christmas so message me if you are interested! #flatcreekrods #customflyrods #classicflyrods https://www.flatcreekrods.com/available-blanks/

flatcreekrods.com Updated November 14, 2019 Flat Creek Rods has the following blanks in stock and ready to build:Modern Glass:Tom Morgan Glass7’ 3 weight 2-piece NOS (Tom Morgan era)8′ 4 weight 2 piece8’ 5 weight 2-piece NOS (Tom Morgan era)Kabuto Glass7’6″ 4 weight 3-piece translucent8′ 5 weight 3-piece ...


Check out Flatcreekrods.com to see an updated list of blanks. I've added some blanks from Steffen, Winston, Sage, and Kabuto. I"ll be adding some McFarland's and Fisher's in the next few days. #flatcreekrods #glassisnotdead #customrodbuilding #Winstonflyrods #sageflyrods #steffenflyrods #Kabutoflyrods


This latest build is special to me. I built it as a surprise gift for a friend who is heading out on a week long fishing trip next week. I was going to loan him a rod but I decided that building him his own would be a gift that he would cherish. I hope this Kabuto 7' 3wt serves him well.


Working on a couple of Kabuto’s. #flatcreekrods #customrodbuilding #customflyrods #glassisnotdead #fiberglassflyrods #kabutoflyrods


Nate getting it done on the Frying Pan!


This project turned out to be a fun one. I usually build fly rods and the occasional casting or spinning rod so when I was ask to build out an 11' surf rod I wasn't sure what I was getting in to. The process itself was familiar but the 22" grip and bigger guides were something new. I'm pleased with the results. The customer will receive it this week.


This 9' 6/7 wt Fisher Original Graphite is headed to Texas. The nickel silver Garrison style reel seat looks great with the Texas white oak insert.

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Nate getting it done on the Frying Pan!
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