Mike picked up his first fly rod and took that first cast when he was xx. This is when the journey began. That cast changed the direction of his life. In his quest to find the perfect rod he came to a crossroad where he came to the realization that he would have to make this perfect rod himself. Instead of buying a blank he went deeper into the history, deeper into the process and learned how to roll the glass himself. It was this connection with every fiber of the glass as the rod takes shape is the heart and soul of Mcfarland rods. It is this tangible experience with the properties and structure of the glass that have allowed him to manipulate it into rods that can produce world class loops and provide anglers with an unparalleled fly fishing experience.