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Koos Eckard

Member Since 13 Apr 2008
Offline Last Active Feb 24 2016 06:28 AM

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The Pink Flamingo

10 February 2016 - 04:33 AM

I have always admired some of the pink rods that have surfaced here and wondered what I would do should I get the chance to do a pink rod.


Well last year I received a TXL-F in the mail and the brief was simple......Make it Pink.


Quick Specs:


Blank: TXL-F 2710-4B painted pink with a hint of pearl

Thread: Soft Pink/Violet Nylon to blend in with blank

Guides: TiCh Holographic Stripper and TiCh snakes and Tip Top

Grip: Palmgrip with Light Gunsmoke Anodized sliding band and hood

Tube: Same pink as rod with Cherry Blossom Wrap in Silver and Light Gunsmoke Engraved endcaps of my own design.


I treated the rod and tube with a matte clear as per my Heron spec, just to take the flash down a bit and turn it into a satin finish. This eliminated those fingerprints you always see on a gloss surface on a rod tube.









Another Heron

17 September 2015 - 06:10 AM

Here is another one of my Heron's
Quick Specs:
Blank: Orvis Superfine Touch 7'6" 1wt
Thread: Nylon Blue Steel or something in that line
Grip: Pamlgrip with Black anodised hardware
Guides: Fuji BMNAG Stripper and Pacbay Litewire Snakes and Tip Top in Black.
I really like how the Stealth finish came out on this Heron.
Thanks for looking.

Old Skool MHX

16 September 2015 - 01:39 AM

I was recently commissioned to do a 10ft 5wt and to make it as light as possible by going for an all cork grip and seat. I thought it over and came up with this.
MHX 10ft 5wt
Blank: MHX 1054 in Slate Grey
Thread: Black and Metallic Green
Grip: Ritz Grip
Dual Purpose Reelseat : Cork with Anodized Black Aluminium Sliding band and hoods.
Guides : Fuji BMNAG Strippers and Black Snakes and Tip Top

Drakensberg and the Tenkara

05 May 2015 - 05:22 AM

The last couple of months have been chaos upon chaos with regards to work.
It was the one deadline after the other and I am certainly not complaining but it does take it's toll if you don't get a bit of a break. December saw us working right through to finish deadlines.
Well in between orders and things working out and things not going as planned I decided to book two venues in the Drakensberg. I have never been in the Berg this late in the season, but I hoped that rather late than never would count in my favor. Well lets just say I almost didn't go, but I just pushed hard and managed to sneak away on Friday the 24th of April.
Needless to say I only left Pretoria after about 14:00 and I knew that I would not make the last stretch in daylight, so I phoned the staff at Kamberg Reserve and pleaded with them to not lock me out after 18:00. I actually wanted something more central, but couldn't get something within my budget so I opted for Kamberg. I got in probably around 20:30 or thereabout. The road from Rosetta to Kamberg is not really worth being called a road as I have driven on gravel roads thats better than this road, but we made it in one piece. 
Saturday morning I got up and my Father-in-law was really not feeling well, so I decided to rather fish the Mooi instead of going to Injusuthi as I have planned. Well heaven help me as this place really doesn't like me at all. I just don't know why, but this place always makes me doubt my angling skills. In 2012 I hooked up with a Brown deep in the Mountains only to be broken off, well this time round I fished from the gate to the weir. This did not help either as the water was really thin and super clear. If you spotted a fish it has already spotted you. I tried fishing the pocket water, etc. hiding behind rocks, grass, etc. without any luck.
In this pic there are two fish round about the middle of the pic. I took this pic just to show how clear the water is and kept in the shade and when I made my cast the fish just moved off.
I got off the water early and just couldn't believe my bad luck with this place. I kept on saying to myself, you should have gone to Injusuthi.
End of Part 1....