Frequently Asked Questions:
Q: Where are your fly rod blanks made?
A: My carbon fiber blanks are designed by myself and manufactured by Toray Composite Materials. Headquartered in San Fransisco, Ca., London, England and Osaka, Japan, I believe Toray is the best modulus carbon fiber product in the world. There are many components required for fly rod construction. For a list of my other vendors please shoot me an email, give me a call, or come on in and I’ll be happy to share them with you. All the fly rods we sell are fully assembled in Cannonsburg, MI…build to last a lifetime.
Q: Who does the woodworking?
A: I build everything by hand here in Cannonsburg. The White Pine that I use is harvested from old Michigan farmhouses. Most recently I took the siding from a farmhouse in Cannonsburg, Mi built in 1887. The 100 year+ old wood is uniquely distinctive, unlike anything you’ll find from a store or sawmill.
Q: How big is the J. A. Henry Rod & Reel company?
A: Not very!!! J.A.Henry is owned and operated by myself with the help of my trusty lab, Henry 🙂 For me, this is a labor of love. I build a handful of rods and cases each month. I currently have no plans to grow past my current production level.
Q: Do you offer different rod sizes?
A: My expertise is fishing with and making ultra-light fly rods. The only rod I currently offer is the 7’6″, 2wt Two-Hearted Rod. Why? Because fishing smaller lakes and streams for trout and panfish is what I love to do, it’s what I know. I have spent years honing-in what I think is the perfect light-weight fly rod. I am currently in the development stage of designing a 4wt for the Two-Hearted line.
Q: What if the rod breaks?
A: I offer a lifetime guarantee on the Two-Hearted Fly Rod. On this website is a Warranty section. From there you can print up a warranty form to send in along with the broken rod and I will replace it. The warranty cost is $75.
Q: Do you offer a warranty on the fly reel and/or the Vintage American Fly Fishing Case?
A: Yes, I do. There’s a 1 year warranty on the fly reel. If the reel breaks within a year of purchase then please contact me. There is no warranty on the Vintage American Fly Fishing Cases. These cases are built to last for generations! You would have to run over it in a car to break it!!!
Q: Do you sell just the rod, or just the box individually?
A: Yes, I do sell the items individually. The cost of the reel is $59. The cost of the rod is $325 and the cost of The Burled maple fly box is $42. Please visit our SHOP page or contact me if you are interested in purchasing any of these items individually.
Q: Do you offer any customization on the rods?
A: Currently I do not offer any rod customization. All the Two-Hearted Series rods are identical. In order to keep the retail price of the rod to a minimum, I purchase large quantities of the same hardware and components.
Q: Where is the 2H-LA Reel Manufactured?
A: The 2H-LA 2/3wt fly reel is designed by myself and CNC’d in North America. Feel free to contact me for more information about my suppliers (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Q: Is the 2H-LA Fly Reel reversable for both left and right hand retrieve?
A: Yes, the 2H-LA reel is reversible. All the reels are set-up for a Left-Hand retrieval. This means you are reeling with your left hand and casting with your right arm. There are instructions for reversing the reel HERE. Instructions are also included in the case when purchased.
Q: What fly line do you recommend?
A: The reel comes with 2wt floating tapered fly line by Rio. However, the Two-Hearted Fly Rod is a fast action rod with a sturdy carbon-fiber backbone and can easily handle 3wt line for shooting line into open water. I recommend the Michigan Made Scientific Angles Amplitude Trout 3wt, tapered floating line.
Q: Sometimes I like to take a spinning rod into small streams. How does the Two-Hearted respond with a spinning reel?
A: It’s amazing! Remove the LA-2H fly reel and put on a 2-3oz open-face spinning reel and you’re in business!
Please contact me via email with any questions.