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Ken, I just wanted you to know that the matched set of trolling rods you built for me has been terrific, and they have been used for pulling double tandem rigs as well as umbrella rigs here on the Chesapeake Bay south of Solomons. The new rods offer great flexibility and the customers are impressed in the way they handle large fish. Thanks again for your professional advice and help in designing these rods.

Captain Bruno Vasta
of the Dotty Vee

Ken: I used that 2 piece rod this weekend on a special Combo Sea Bass and Fluke trip in Montauk Point this weekend. I had to give a few of those flukes to some the passengers on board who weren't lucky enough to have a Ken Preston 2 Piece Custom Rod! I went over my fluke limit by 5 fish so I had to share my catch with some of the customers who weren't as fortunate as me. I easily got my sea bass limit as well! I just told everyone you need a Ken Preston 2 piece rod to get "2 Limits"...

...and another note:

Hi Ken! We got blown out of our weakfish tournament but we went striper fishing. Our group got their limit in 1 hour, then we went sea bass fishing the remainder of the day. I got a 40" striper, and a 28" one, as well. The Calstar rod handled the 40" flawlessly – really muscled the fish with it. I don't know how much that 40" weighed, but it was at least 20 pounds!

– Doug.



"Ken, the rod is absolutely beautiful. You did an exemplary job. It is rare to experience such dedication to your trade but even more rare that the product of your work mirrors the great tradition of bamboo fly rod fishing. You are truly an ambassador to our timeless sport. Thank you again!"

— Tommy T.

...and a later note:

"I took the new rod out this weekend and used it on Yellow Breeches, Falling Spring and the Latort Spring Run and let me tell you. What is really unique to this rod is the 2/2 configuration with the seperate 2 wt. and 4 wt. tips. The 2 wt. was wonderful but the 4 wt. was out of this world. They both cast their line weight perfectly even with a 9 foot leader and 2 feet of tippet. I could approach tight conditions with no problem at all. I was making casts down stream of 50 feet. One other thing I really like is the stripping eye offset the 60 degrees the way you installed it. I took it to the Trout Unlimited Board meeting last week and everyone was in awe. The President said he sure wished he could cast it. They liked the offset stripping eye as well and noted that Lefty Kreh uses that. Thank you again!"

"Thanks much for the repairs you did to my boat rods.  They look better now then they did when they were new and that was at least 10 years ago.   Also, the reinforcement you did on the tip rollers looks like it should at least double the life of the rods. Thanks again!"

— Mark W

"Ken, it looks great!!! I don't think I'll ever want   a rod without the wood seat and the silver mechanicals. There are three guys in my office drooling. I just picked up a new reel that is a faded gunmetal, and it's sitting here teasing me right now.  I leave Thursday night for my most anticapated trip: the Brule River in northern Wisconsin, a slice of heaven for those lucky enough to find it. My only problem will be restraint to order more rods! Thanks again."

— David



"Thanks again for restoring my antique rods. You can't imagine the pleasure I got seeing the favorite rod of my youth brought back to life. Now it's time to go out and relive the memories."

— Klem

"I am very pleased with the work that Ken has done for me on my rods.  My rods look like new when I get them back, and they're done in a short amount of time.  Ken is very reasonable in his pricing."

— Mike Harris
Harris Hunting and Fishing

"I've fished with a St. Croix 6-weight for the last couple of years, and before that with a Fenwick, but this rod is better by a whole galaxy. I've got to compliment you on a great product. It really is a great rod. It will add a new dimension to my fly fishing."

— Harold H.



"Ken has been professionally repairing and refurbishing rods subjected to daily charter use for two seasons. The quality of the work is impeccable, the prices very affordable, and the rods are returned in minimal time. Repairs have included changing a rod blank color, replacement of missing guides and worn out grips, rewrapping frayed, damaged threads and returning 'frozen' roller guides to full functionality."

— Capt. Ed O'Brien
Vice Chairman, Charter Boat Captains Association of America & Official Daiwa Tackle Tester

"Ken — Thanks so much for fixing my old surf rods.  Those two rods were more than 20 years old and ready for retirement.   After you refurbished them they should be ready for another 20 years.  They look great and the work was done promptly and to my liking.  I will certainly contact you whenever I need any more rod work and I will recommend you to all my fishing buddies."

— Larry M

"Ken repaired a surf rod for me that belonged to my Grandfather. It meant a lot to me and to be honest I was a little nervous about how it would turn out. He did a fantastic job with it. He put new wrap on it, re-finished it, and put new line guides on it. It turned out great. My Grandfather would be proud. Thanks again!"

— Marty S.



"I wanted to thank you for the quick, excellent and   professional job you did in repairing my rod. Many times aboard a charter boat we have accidents and equipment gets damaged. Having you available to do repairs or replacements for me saves me money and time. Custom-made equipment is wonderful unless it is not working or unavailable to my customers. Keeping it at the ready is your job. My knowing that you can duplicate custom rods for replacement or as added equipment is great. Any angler who has a favorite rod can have "another just like it" from you for years of fishing use.

"Ken thanks again for your support and friendship, may you enjoy many days on the Bay."

— Capt. Sonney Forrest
of the Fin Finder out of  Solomons Island, MD

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