The Boo Boys have come together to continue a legacy of fine bamboo and graphite fly rod craftsmanship in Montana. With over 80 years of collective rod building experience, the Sweetgrass Rod Boo Boys promise to build bamboo and graphite 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 the undying support. For the Boo Boys, the responsibility is a blessing that will enkindle our passion for years to come.
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 33-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. Responsible for much of the back-office necessities, he may represent your first encounter with Sweetgrass. Building rods is an ethereal art, but Dave brings a sense of organization that anchors Sweetgrass to the necessities of the business world. He is also a student of the rivers and is learning, under Jerry and Glenn's patient tutelage, to build rods in the time-honored tradition.
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.
Wade Lambert-Brackett's roots run straight into the Twin Bridges soil and the local waters run in his veins. After school, he headed to the oil fields of Wyoming. But, as Wade says of the waters around Twin Bridges, “I grew up in the rivers – literally, every summer, all we did was swim and fish in the rivers.” Apparently, the call of the rivers is very strong, and Wade’s return to Twin is benefitting Sweetgrass. Wade brings a positive attitude and an unmatched work ethic to the bench, and we couldn’t be happier to have him on board.
Jason Fox - When you meet Jason, you’ll realize that his spirit reflects the spirit of the old rod-building masters. With an incredible passion for the craft, Jason’s awareness of how things have been done historically is impressive. He came to Sweetgrass with several years of rod-building experience and an eye for detail. This has helped Jason contribute to the organization in a meaningful—in fact, vital—way from the moment he walked through the door. An avid product-tester, you’ll find his knowledge of local waters runs deep, too; in fact, sometime, you should ask him about his bear encounter.
Thomas Simarud was our intern from Norway. In August of 2010, after two years of helpful contribution to the Sweetgrass cause, especially in the Mantra line, Thomas returned to Oslo. We miss his contribution and wish him well!