Tapers & Prices

Signature Tapers

All modern rod builders stand on the shoulders of those who went before. Below are some of the tapers I find myself making over and over again, many influenced by Paul Young and Lyle Dickerson, though I can and do make many other "classic tapers". I try to replicate classic tapers of rods I've actually handled and/or fished so I can capture the taper's true personality. If you're looking for something specific, let's talk, then design the perfect rod for you. I've pared down this list somewhat, but honestly believe there is no river I've ever fished  that couldn't be fished with one or more of these rods. Several of these tapers were developed completely by me. 


Standard Tapers


    4-5 Wt.

    Medium Fast Action designed to cover your favorite stream. This taper is able to take larger fish from small water. It is a great roll caster.


    4-5 Wt.

    A copy of the elusive PHY Princess. Full working, semi-parobolic with plenty of power.


    5 Wt.

    A true copy of the original PHY Driggs River Special.

  • MODEL 7312 Light Dry Fly

    3 Wt.

    Light, dry fly action with delicate tips.

  • MODEL 7612 Light Trout

    3-4 Wt.

    Medium action all around light line trout rod.

  • MODEL 7613 Medium Trout

    5 Wt.

    Medium fast action progressive taper all-rounder.

  • MODEL 7613 Perfection

    5 Wt.

    This is the later 5-weight version of a PHY Perfectionist.

  • MODEL 7613 Preferred

    5 Wt.

    Based on a Phillipson Preferred

Standard Tapers

Custom Tapers


Call me and we'll discuss a rod specifically for you. In some cases this may be a modification of an existing classic taper, or the taper may be altogether new. Obviously, custom tapers take a little longer to develop and build.

Please allow up to 120 days for completion of your new rod. 50% due upon order placement; balance due upon completion.

  • Standard Tapers

    Two-piece with two tips, bag and aluminum tube

    Price : $899
  • Custom Tapers

    Two-piece with two tips, bag and aluminum tube

    Price : $999 - $1299

Current Inventory

These rods and blanks are available for immediate delivery. Please email whcritch@comcast.net if you would like additional photos. You can also find other new Critchfield rods on Len Codella's fine site www.codella.com

  • 7’6” Light Dry Fly

    3-4 weight – flamed (2/2) format
    Price : $899

    This is a lighter dry fly type rod with fine tips. It is wrapped in medium green with lighter green tipping, green agate stripper, Snakebrand snakes and CSE nickel silver ferrules. It has a dual slide band seat and all the metal parts are nicely blued. It is recommended to use a three weight line with this rod.

  • 8’0” MODEL 8040 Special

    4 weight – (2/2) format
    Price : $899

    Based on an E.W. Edwards Deluxe, this medium slow action rod model harkens back to the early 20th century. It is wrapped in antique gold with fine dark purple tipping, agate stripper, Snakebrand snakes and CSE nickel silver ferrules. It has a dual slide band seat, blued throughout and a blonde cane just like the original.

  • 6’3” Midge

    3-4 weight – (2/2) format
    Price : $899

    Based on a lighter PHY taper, this classic small stream rod is flamed with blue parts throughout. Wrapped in one of the PHY colors, this rod has top of the line components and looks like the original with the exception of a wood reel seat instead of cork.

  • 8’0” Gillum Based Rod - SOLD

    6 weight – flamed (2/2) format
    Price : $899

    This blonde cane rod has the characteristics and powerful feel of a bigger water Gillum. It is impregnated with reddish-copper wrap and has a reverse half-wells fly grip, agate stripper, figured cap and a ring reel seat.

  • 7’6” Light Perfectionist Blank Set - SOLD

    3-4 weight – flamed (2/2) format
    Price : $325

    This is a copy of the 4-weight version of this classic taper. It is ferruled with blued CSE nickel silver and nicely flamed with 2x2 node spacing. Includes custom sewn rod bag.

    Other blanks available.