The Final 11 of 20 (SC20)


After solving a time-consuming production issue, I am offering the J.Borger SC20 rods again. The first batch of SC20s have gone out the door and are now on the water. There are 11 10 of the original 20 numbers remaining: 6, 9, 10, 12, 13, 14, 17, 18, 19, 20.

Rather than direct you to older posts, below is a run-down of what the SC20 rods are physically, as well as what they represent from a design/personal perspective.


The SC20 is a rod designed for all-around trout fishing, and is based on my memories of casting a shadow under a Montana big sky. It is rolled and built by friends just down the road—artisan-level work by people who love what they do.

The SC20 is 9 feet long, is a 4-piece, and it is designed around 5 and 6-weight lines. It has a deeper overall action with a tip that delivers up close. Consider it a modern re-interpretation of subtle “old-school” sensations.


Expect a gloss-black blank, chromed guides and keeper, black wraps with bright silver accents, a custom-made Western handle, and a laser-engraved nickel-silver reel seat with stabilized burl insert. A matching, laser-engraved and numbered rod tube with cloth sack is also part of the package.

Also expect haiku. I find pleasure in reading haiku (both traditional and modern), and am including 5-7-5 “haiku in English” verses on the SC20. The following is hand-written on the blank:

under a big sky

shadows cast in a rhythm

perfect memories

I will be the first to admit that my haiku is what one might kindly call “modern, miscellaneous” haiku, but still adhering to the 5-7-5 syllable structure of many English haiku poems. These verses represent my thoughts about the origin of the SC20, and I hope that they bring some pleasure to those who enjoy short-form structure.

The price is $727, shipped*. You can reserve your number with a 50-percent deposit. Expect 5 to 6 weeks for delivery at this point in time. Use the “Contact JB” link in the blog’s header or leave a comment to get things going via private email.

*State/country taxes, duties, etc. are the responsibility of the purchaser.


  1. Lars Bentsen says:

    Can’t wait for my No. 11 to arrive :-).


    • JB says:

      Lars—No. 11 is somewhere between here and there. It will have flown over many great trout streams on the way, so it should be eager to get fishing once it arrives. ;) No. 04 had a great time in Montana last week and got a very good review from its caster: “I love this rod.”

  2. Lars Bentsen says:

    Awesome :-).
    Maybe it’s crossing Iceland at this very moment :-).


  3. Bob W says:

    Just ordered mine with my lucky number, can’t wait to try it out!

    Thanks Jason!


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