The tradition continues at Sweetgrass Rods;
crafting fine bamboo fly fishing rods

Thanks for the wonderful craftsmanship. You guys are amazing.
Frank D.

Heading Around the Next Bend

When Glenn and I started Sweetgrass in 2006, it was meant to be a modest venture intended to do our part in keeping the tradition of bamboo rod making alive and well in Twin Bridges. Our goals were simple. We wanted to craft a very nice rod and offer it for a very reasonable price. We also desired to provide impeccable service to our clients while educating the general public to the joys of fishing with bamboo.

It didn’t take long, however, to realize that a modification of this original business plan was in order. Within months of our inception we received so many orders of support from dedicated anglers around the world that it necessitated hiring a few capable individuals to help accomplish our goal. But the orders kept on coming, even through the difficult economic times of the past five years. During that period we moved three times until we finally settled into a very fine facility that was built for us on Main Street by our friend Bill White. And thanks to the help of several employees we ultimately delivered to everyone who stood by us patiently waiting over the years the rod that it was our honor to have built for each of them. During that time frame we also realized that our company had transformed into a limited custom production shop much like some of the high-end production shops of a bygone era. Again we saw this as an opportunity to keep that tradition alive as well.

It has been my privilege to work with Glenn Brackett for 30 years. Beyond being the master craftsman that he is widely known to be, more importantly, Glenn is the best friend anyone could have. For the past eight years together we worked extreme hours to establish a company of which we both can be proud. Perhaps the real story though is that throughout this entire period we both endured extreme emotional hardships within each of our lives, but still we persevered in our shared goal.

Personally every day spent with Sweetgrass was done under the shadow of my wife’s illness and eventual death. Debra was diagnosed with ALS in 2006. She passed away in 2009. Her dying hope was that I had something to do after she died, and she saw Sweetgrass as my salvation. To honor her life I did the best I could to fulfill her wish for me. Thanks to Glenn, his wife Chris, my friends at Sweetgrass and in Twin Bridges along with fellow anglers and clients from around the world, I was able to move on- but not without their support.

Since Sweetgrass Rods is now on solid ground with a bright future, the time has come for me to look forward and reconnect with life. I will still be involved in many ways with the company, but my time at the bench will be limited and yet to be defined. I will be around doing Sweetgrass things here and there. Thank you to everyone, and I hope to see you all along the way.


Rob Koehn's first fish on bamboo

Sweetgrass Rods ~~ P.O. Box 486 ~~ 121 West Galena ~~ Butte, Montana 59703
406.782.5552 ~~
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