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Mr. Bob Chew, General Manager of Albury Brothers Boats in Florida, and his 7-year-old son AJ with a nice Snook on his Smith & Albury Custom.Mr. Bob Chew, General Manager of Albury Brothers Boats in Florida, and his 7-year-old son AJ with a nice Snook on his Smith & Albury Custom.

 "The rod is performing even beyond my expectations….it has enough feel that I CAN use it in tighter casting spots as well as the anticipated long casts that it was planned to do well on…….Friday – of 8 snook, the big one was 30” and fat……..
Today my 7 year (old) son caught 2 snookies on your nice rod…………she’s a keeper………."

Bob Chew with a beautiful 30" Snook. Bob also enjoys catching Redfish, amongst other species, on his Smith & Albury Custom 7-1/2 foot inshore spinning rod, and his company builds some of the nicest boats in the business. Be sure to check them out online here.


Steve Ralls with a 26" 8lb Rainbow Trout on a 3wt fly rod by Smith & Albury
Mr. Steve Ralls, fly-fisherman and outdoor sportsman:

     "Caught this 26", 8lb. Rainbow on the 3-weight you built me! The fight lasted about 20 minutes and that rod took some serious punishment. 

     I have had that rod for only 2 months and have caught somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 trout on it since I got it. They average about 16" and many have gone over 20". The rod casts exactly how I want it to, presents a dry fly perfectly, and lives up to all of my expectations.

 Oh yeah, it looks great too! The feather inlay and cork work are incredible."
Steve's fish and Smith & Albury 3wt.

Steve fishes primarily in the mountains of North Carolina, and caught this huge Rainbow in the Linville River. His Smith & Albury 3wt fly rod is pictured beneath.

Fat 26" Rainbow

John Ralls and a nice fish
Mr. John Ralls, Steve's brother and fly-fishing enthusiast:

     "I love the little 2 weight you built for me. I know I promised not to go after the big ones with it, but this one surprised me."

    The colors and decoration on that rod are simply a work of art, and it casts like a dream. It is exactly what I wanted. Thanks!"

Nice Rainbow Trout on a Smith & Albury 6"6" 2wt fly rod, caught by John Ralls.

John also fishes mainly in the North Carolina mountains, usually with his brother Steve. He enjoys light tackle and using small dry flies to catch native brook trout and browns, but doesn't mind getting into the big Rainbows when they are there. This beauty was caught on the first trip with his brand new Smith & Albury 2 weight, 6-1/2 foot fly rod pictured.

Mr. TJ Songer likes to fish for just about anything, but lives in the mountains of South-West Virginia and enjoys fishing for trout and bass primarily. He owned an older bass rod that was in rough shape, but loved the action and it was one of his favorite rods, so he brought it to us for a complete rebuild. We stripped it down to the blank, replaced the grips with a split grip, changed out the reel seat, replaced the guides into a spiral format, and decorated it with his favorite football team's colors including a Star Decorative Wrap in the butt section and alot of marbling.
Star Dec Wrap

"This rod blew me away when I first looked at it. I didn't even believe it was the same rod until I used it. I don't have a clue how you do that artwork with thread, but it is out of this world! The spiral looks odd at first, but once you try it you will never go back, and the improvement in sensitivity from the new reel seat and grips is amazing. You took my old beat up rod and made it better than new."

Spiral Guide Set Up

Marbled Guide Wrap

Star Dec Wrap in the sun

Mr. John Edmisten, of Boone, NC., commissioned us to build 4 identical trolling rods for use on his new Albury 23, being built by Albury Brothers Boats. They were custom built to mate up with Accurate ATD30 reels, using titanium guides set in a spiral format, and aluminum Aftco reel seats and gimbals. These all matched well with his chosen color scheme of black and silver in a simple, yet elegant design.

"These rods excede my expectations."

Built on Seeker blanks, these rods will be perfect for the species John will be fishing for in Florida and the Bahamas.

Mr. Quentin Jones wanted an inshore rod for the coast of NC that would also double as a bass rod at home in Greensboro, NC. We recommended the new XP series from Batson and built him a spinning rod that fit the bill perfectly. These new blanks are very light, sensitive, and beautiful to look at as well. Quentin wanted a rod that would stand out in a crowd, to be paired with a Shimano Stradic 4000. Cork split grips with checkerboard inlays, neon green Madeira thread, a tiger wrap in the split grip and a 5-color faded echelon decorative wrap came together on the Batson XP844 blank in Titanium Chrome, with ALPs TiCH VS3 guides, to make a stunning rod that almost glows!

"That rod is sweet!" Caught "6 trout and lost a nice one right by the boat," Quentin said of his first trip out with the new rod.
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