Fly rods built By passionate flyfishers FOR passionate flyfishers”
Dan Delekta began building fly rods in 1975. For most of his career, Dan was the only builder of Beartooth Custom Fly Rods, but now, Dan has an apprentice, Marty Authement. Dan is enjoying passing on his rod building knowledge to Marty, a Redfish captain in Houma, Louisiana, and a custom rod builder in his own right — constructing “Mardi Gras weaves” on his Redfish fly rods.
Dan has the special focus of building fly rods that fit a broad spectrum of individual needs and desires. This involves using unique components that result in a variety of rod lengths, pieces, weights, actions and materials. All Beartooth Custom Fly Rods are built in our lodge on the Madison River by Dan and Marty.
Recent years have produced many new fly fishermen and fly fisherwomen. The fly tackle industry has met this demand of increased production, but at what cost? In our profit-oriented world, quantity has been chosen, rather than quality. The high quality we once knew and expected has vanished, resulting in cheap production rods with inflated prices.
Beartooth Custom Built Fly Rods has always concentrated on quality. Dan feels that craftsmanship and tradition are the American way of life. Dan has experimented with many different rod blanks, components and finishes. He has then field tested his rods. The end product of this study has resulted in Beartooth Fly Rods. It is with great satisfaction that we offer our fly rods to the fly fishing public. We at Beartooth are striving to revive the quality and tradition of the American Way: Craftsmanship.