Thursday, May 31, 2012

Chablis & Her Custom Rod

As many of you know, Chablis graduated from college last weekend.  We wanted to give her a special gift, something a little out of the ordinary that would fit her personality and passion.  Louie hit upon the perfect idea, and the only thing we had to do was find someone to make it.

Enter The Outdoor Blogger Network.


I knew that with their extensive database of outdoor minded bloggers, I would find somebody to help us fulfill our dream.  And I found the perfect person - Ed from over at The Four Season Angler.

I shot an email off and told him what I was looking for.  We wrote back and forth, throwing some ideas around and then finalized everything over the phone.  Ed was very easy to work with, had some great input and assured me that our gift would be in hand well before Chablis' graduation date.  Ed is a man of his word and we could not have been more pleased with the final product.

Here's Chablis opening her brand new, custom made, pink fishing rod!




She absolutely loved it!  I have to mention that I had a rod made for Louie about 25 years ago.  It's his favorite bluegill rod and has held up very well over the years.  In fact, Chablis usually tries to grab it and fish with it.  So now she won't have to, as she has her own little bluegill catcher of her own.  Her favorite color is pink, so that was an important feature to us.  It's ultra light weight and 6'6" long.





Ed even found a pink reel to round out the set.


Look at the beautiful eyes and the colored thread wrapping....



Take a closer look at the cork handle and the adorable little bluegill photo embedded in the cork.


The final touch tho is this.......


This rod is beautifully made, from top to bottom.  Ed did an excellent job on it and we couldn't be more pleased.  Chablis was genuinely surprised and has a special gift that she can cherish for years to come.  I can't wait to get her out on the lake and see how many bluegill she catches with it.  I'm sure she'll catch a bunch.

If you're interested in having one of these beauties made for yourself, I highly recommend Ed.  You can contact him through his blog, The Four Season Angler or through his FB page.

Ed, thank you so much for making our vision a reality.  Chablis loves it!

14 comments:

  1. Such a unique gift, so thoughtful and well planned. It is a beautiful rod and reel!

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  2. Kim,

    I'm so glad your daughter was happy with her gift. Thank you so much for the kind words, and I hope you don't mind if I share your blog post with friends and family!

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  3. VERY NICE!!!! I am loving those wraps. They really capture the colors that are in the guides and reel seat rings!!

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  4. Bravo Ed. Congratulations to your daughter on graduationg and good luck to you all.

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  5. Oh my gosh...how cool is that?! What a fabulous gift for a beautiful girl! Congratulations to you all.

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  6. Ad for Chablis -

    "Wanted man with boat & motor to fish with. Please send picture of boat & motor."

    I love your daughter's spunky style. She will treasure that rod forever.

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  7. Love the fishing rod! My hubby turns 50 in a month, I may just have to get him one of those custom rods (in a different color, of course!)

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    1. I'd seriously consider it. Contact him now to get the ball rolling as it will take a few weeks to make and ship to you. I thought his prices were good too.

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  8. What a genuinely happy smile. Such an awesome thought out gift. I can't wait to see the fish she catches.

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  9. Awe...what an awesome gift! I love personable gifts like that

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  10. I'm not a fisherwoman and even I loved the rod. It's so pretty and so Chablis. A very nice, thoughtful gift I'm sure she will cherish.

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  11. HOW DID I MISS THIS POST?
    I LOVE this! And if Ed isn't using these pictures to promote his talents he's missing the boat! Chablis looks like a model in these pics and I think that was a super original idea! She will cherish that rod for the rest of her life. Anyone of us who have a custom rod will agree.
    Nice!

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