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" I just wanted to take a minute to let you know how much I enjoyed fishing the Slowhand Special you crafted for me.  The Slowhand Special is beautiful, the rod responded very well and presented a dry fly beautifully.  It more than met my expectations ".

Robert Newsom
Canal Winchester, Ohio

" Kevins rod arrived yesterday, and he loves it.  Beautiful work ! "

Dr. James E. Spector
Shavertown, PA.

" You were right John, the rod does everything you said it would.  Easy casting in close and it throws some line when needed.  It's beautiful, you did a great job man ! "

Stu Hayden
Point Pleasant Beach, N.J.

" My new Niemiera "Brookie"Rod.  What a restless night I had even after a full day of fishing.  My mind was focused on the next day, the day I have been waiting for for the past seven months.  The day I get to pick up my first custom made bamboo flyrod.  Made to my specs not off the rack type.  As I pulled up to Johns house I felt like a sixteen year old out on his first date.  John was more than happy to give me a tour of his fine workshop.  We talked for a few going over the process of a rod being made,  till it came time he handed me my custom made maple hex case,  and with a wink in his eye he said "go ahead its your rod,  open it !" I was so nervous I didn't know what to do.  I felt like an ass, or a newbie.  Just then John tossed me a reel , and said "Go ahead, go for it . "  It only took me about four casts till I harnessed the true power of this rod - truly effortless casting,  and this rod was made just for me.  Its almost unbelievable the way I felt this rod has become a part of me,  and myself a part of it.  The custom wraps are so cool,  one day I will pass this onto my sons.  Yes I have two sons,  don't worry I have my eyes set on the nice slow action of the "Gorge" model,  or the "Slowhand Special",  now that cast like a dream.  @@@@ here's one for you,  I held a flyrod  that dated back to the 1800s,  that is worth over $9000.  You want to talk about nervous !  John made me feel very important,  I have heard so much good about him,  I have no question in my mind that John is one of the leading rod makers in the world.  And I am honored to have a "Niemiera" that I can call my own "

Eric Myers
Tinton Falls, N.J.

"  The rod casts as if it were a part of my arm,  its beautiful,  a work of art . "

Major Kyle East, USMC
Albany, N.Y.

"  Just a short note to let you know I have done some hard fishing over the last few weeks,  and the performance has been great.  I fished the "Slowhand Special" this weekend on the river Nidd in the Yorkshire Dales.  The rod is superb,  in both looks and performance.  It did everything I asked of it - and more.  Even if it had any failings - which it didn't - it's stunning good looks would have ensured instant forgiveness.  It  is a work of art !  I have a number of fly rods, both bamboo and carbon.  My "Slowhand Special" is my favourite - it performs beyond expectation,  and is beautiful to look at.  Johns service is superb, Order one - you will not be disappointed. "

Steven Murgatroyd
Wetherby,  West Yorkshire  UK

"  He loves it !  He took it out as soon as he got home and was casting it, in the rain in the back yard.  He was throwing about sixty feet without breaking a sweat.  Very "responsive" ,  "spectacular" as Mike put it,  and the word "WOW" kept coming up. "

Colleen /Michael Wasicko
Finksburg,  MD

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" I opened the tube just a few hours ago here in my office.  I did so after a meeting with a small group of clergy...One of them is a passionate fly-fisherman who owns several cane rods of various descriptions, and I invited him into my office to "unveil" the anticipated prize.  I was almost shaking as I removed the snug ferrule plug, gently and slowly slid the butt section of the rod from the cloth sack, smelled the fresh varnish, cradled the grip in my hand ( a perfect fit ), took out the tip, and then pressed ferrule into ferrule.  A quick shake of the rod bought a smile and my friend said "It's beautiful" "Yes it is" I responded as I handed it to him to hold.  Several others from the clergy then walked in along with some of the staff as they knew the "Slowhand Special" had arrived.  When I gave them a capsule review of how a cane rod is made, the materials involved, a quick tutorial on the cellular structure of cane, and then some on the painstaking process of crafting the rod, they were in awe.  One priest said almost reverently, " I had no idea ".  The next step is great,  I then went downstairs into my Cathedral with the rod and a fly reel, strung the line through the guides, and proceeded to stand  in the center aisle facing the altar of my seven hundred seat church and with a wave of the arm worked out the line into a smooth , fluid rhythm of a cast.  Pure delight !  I cannot wait to cast the rod on the water,  but I think it was significant that my first cast was in a Cathedral.  I bet you don't get many stories like this about your flyrods.  But this is mine,  and I am grateful for your artistry.  When I am on the stream I will have a picture taken and send it to you.  Thanks for everything !  Now I think I will go home and listen to some Derek and the Dominos or Clapton Unplugged or something of that ilk.  Peace !

Skip Adams
Bishop Gladstone B. Adams III
Marietta, N.Y.

"Everyone in our family owns a Niemiera cane rod. We are all in agreement that what we have are works of art that make catching trout enjoyable.  You can feel at ease doing business with John,  your dealing with an Eagle Scout. "

Edward Rogers
"I drift a nymph over the stones inviting trout to visit me"

"A surprisingly powerful and easy casting rod. One of the most accurate rods I have ever casted. I highly recommend a Niemiera Bamboo Fly Rod. "

Mark Dettmar
Delaware River Outfitters

"Long before I came there, God made every stream I've entered a serene work of art. The art of John Niemiera allows my hand to touch God's piscatorial brilliance."

Robert Little II
Professional Entomologist

"Just wanted to thank you for making such a beautiful fly rod for me. The most enjoyable thing is the sensitivity of this rod. You can feel every move the fish makes, and that took me back. I am not used to that feeling. Niemiera Fly Rods are a work of art, and I am deeply appreciative to be lucky enough to own a bamboo fly rod of such quality."

Ed Murtha
Vice President Decision Technology Inc
Princeton, N.J.

"I'm still trying to get over the fact that I own such a beautiful piece of workmanship. This cane rod, I can't believe how well I can cast with it. I'm hoping Santa takes the hint and gets me a really nice reel to go with it. Looking forward to the bamboo experience."

Bill Todd



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