Jerry Kustich has been a part of the "Boo Boy" team for the past twenty years learning the many intricacies of rod building. Always found on a stream testing anything from flies to waders to pentagonal bamboo designs, he has become an outspoken advocate for public access to Montana's rivers. Author, writer, devoted environmentalist, rod designer, and dedicated angler, he spends much time on the road as a fly fishing ambassador lecturing on and representing the ideals for which all serious fly anglers stand.
With 40-years of triumph and tears at the rod bench, Glenn Brackett has been defined by his love of building bamboo fly rods. An inspiration in the shop as well as throughout the local community, Glenn will often say that his most sacred duty is to preserve the legacy by teaching others the many lessons of building cane rods. For bamboo rod lovers, Glenn's intangible influence can be felt in every finely crafted rod we ever built.
Dave Delisi brings a strong background in business and finance to Sweetgrass, but with Jerry's recent departure, Dave spends most of his time building rods for Sweetgrass. Building rods is an ethereal art, and his mentors, Jerry and Glenn, have imbued the important aspects of that art into his head and hands. He is also a student of the rivers and enjoys spending time testing products on the local blue-ribbon streams.
Dana Escott wears many hats in the Twin Bridges community, from Director of Fairgrounds for Madison County to expert rod wrapper for Sweetgrass Rods. Trained at Winston, Dana's experience combines with a meticulous attention to detail to ensure our rods' wraps hold up to close scrutiny. If you are ever in the shop when Dana comes by to pick up the rods she wraps, you are guaranteed to catch some of her positive energy vivacious spirit.
JoAnn Miller is a native Montanan growing up near and residing in Twin Bridges. JoAnn believes her love and enthusiasm for the outdoors is a privilge made possible because of Montana's rivers, streams, and mountains. Having worked in the rod-building industry for the last 25 years, she brings experience in many areas.
Luca Troiani brings a love of fishing and rod-building to our team. Ever-willing and more-than-able to take on any and all rod building challenges, he has a natural way around bamboo and machines. He has hand-planed rods under his own name, and his talents will be most useful here at Sweetgrass.
Graham Murphy provides an energy and spirit analogous to that first cup of coffee in the morning. A quick study, he is learning the finer aspects of making blanks and running the mill with Glenn. An accomplished fishing guide with an overflowing passion for spending time in pursuit of piscatorial prey, Graham is a welcome addition to the team.Chris Lambert adds a very special plus to the Sweetgrass line-up with her wit and humor, and also her sales and marketing experience. While she will deny a passion for fishing, she has been married to Glenn for decades, and there's something to be said for osmosis. She and Glenn make a great team, and she helps increase the bench strength of Team Sweetgrass as well.
With over 120 years of collective rod-building experience, the Sweetgrass Rod team promises to build bamboo fly rods that are as special as they are a credit to the craft.
Your confidence in our abilities has encouraged us to stay together, keep the legacy alive, and eventually pass it on to others. We thank you for your undying support. The responsibility is a blessing that will kindle our passion for years to come.