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IFTD 2018: Mauser Waterman Fly Rods

July 14, 2018


Mauser Waterman Fly Rods: While Mauser Fly Fishing has been selling rods for a little while, I was largely unfamiliar with the brand. This small company based in North Carolina proudly builds custom-quality rods right here in the USA with a serious focus on quality and attention to detail. After seeing their name on the exhibitor list at this year's IFTD show, I knew I had to make an appointment to come by and get the scoop in person.



In talking with the owner John Mauser, it was easy to see his extreme passion and dedication to fly fishing and fly rods. Heck, he's even a fly fishing guide! His mission here is to build top-notch fly rods that are supremely fishable and come equipped with the very best possible components for the price point. First impressions of these rods were quite promising, but I'm looking forward to reviewing one in the near future to really get a feel for the performance out on the water.



In a world of stiff, fast fly rods, Mauser Waterman rods are built with a more forgiving moderate-fast action to offer better all-around feel. To further amplify that feel, the blanks are constructed of high-modulus graphite that are hand-sanded and left unpainted. And before anything happens, each blank is spined prior to the build. 



For stripping guides, the folks at Mauser use Fuji titanium frames with silicon-carbide inserts. Interestingly, the 12-weight has THREE stripping guides while the rest of the lineup (yes, even the 4 and 5 weights) have TWO stripping guides. The rest of the guide sets are comprised of Snake Brand ECOating snake guides. All guides are corrosion resistant and secured to the rod with four thin epoxy coats applied over a four day period.



Handles are built with flor-grade cork for a very tight, clean appearance. Regardless of model, all reel seats are black anodized 6061-T6 aluminum that are double up-locking with Delrin washer inserts—a small detail that I wish all rods incorporated. Each Waterman rod from 6-weight and up have full wells grips with fighting butts, while the smaller models are made with half wells grips.


Mauser Waterman rods are available factory direct but dealers are likely coming in the near future. Available right now, there's 9'0" models ranging from 5–12 weight (but no 11 weight), and an 8'6" 4-weight. Each rod costs $695 which includes a sock and tube, all backed by a lifetime warranty.



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