Vendor Spotlight: Chester Rod Company

Brian is a long-time fisherman from Rockbridge County, Virginia, and began his apprenticeship with bamboo rodmaker Rick Robbins in 2004.  Brian’s education in woodworking and metalsmithing from Virginia Commonwealth University solidified his strong interest in the craft and enabled his growth as a rodbuilder. Since 2006 Brian has been producing his own line of custom bamboo fly rods, and is continually devising innovative and beautiful rods.

The Chester Rod Company shop, located in Middlebrook, Virginia, is where all of Brian Kleinchester’s rods are hand-crafted.

As well as developing his own tapers, Brian builds his own nickel silver ferrules and reel seat hardware. He offers his rods in blonde or flamed, with bright nickel silver or blued hardware. Each rod has a swelled butt, comes with mirrored tips, and is packed in an aluminum tube with brass fittings.


 The Laurel Run Series
Best fit for small streams and for fishing in tight spaces.
The Laurel Run Series includes:  6’ 6” 2pc. for IV;  6’ 8” 2pc. for IV;  6’ 6” 3pc. for V

 The Hidden Valley Series
The perfect choice for compact fishing and hike-in waters
The Hidden Valley Series includes:  7’ 3pc. for IV;  7’ 6” 3pc. for V

 The Jackson Series
At home on small to medium tail water fisheries
The Jackson Series includes:  7’ 2pc. for IV;  7’ 6” 2pc. for V

 The Holston Series
Well-suited for larger rivers
The Holston Series includes:  8’ 3pc. for V;  8’ 3pc. for VI;  8’ 6” 3pc. for V

 The Maury Series
The one to go to for the fisherman who likes hoppers and poppers
The Maury Series includes:  7’ 3” 3pc. for VI;  7’ 6” 3pc. for VII

Chester Rod Company

Visit Brian at the Maryland Fly Fishing Show, he’ll be with John Shaner at the Hardy booth!

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