When Larry Damore isn’t rocking audiences behind the mic touring with punk band Pegboy, you can usually find him somewhere upstream, in a calm and quiet section of the Mississippi. The Chicago based lead also happens to be an avid fly fisher and craftsman to boot. Flying Pig Performance Fly Rods are the result of a his obsession. In an effort to understand what makes a rod cast well, Damore deconstructed and later reconstructed his favorite rod. Using what he discovered, he set to task making his own blanks, and well, pigs began to fly.

Flying Pig’s Liquid Series ($195+) is the first style of rod available, with two more soon to follow, and with it Larry has designed a fast action fly rod made from the highest grade of modulus carbon to deliver one of the lightest and smoothest casting rods on the market. A gunsmoke reel seat with Rosewood inserts and a stealthy gloss black finish result in an understated beauty, revealing a craftsman’s eye for detail. Flying Pig’s design also results in a progressive fast action taper that can hold more than enough power in reserve to snag bigger fish than comparable competitors. The rods are also extremely forgiving, meaning novices and salty dogs alike can cast away freely, while a lifetime warranty means mistakes won’t be costly.

Buy Now: $195~$220