For the 2020 holidays, my wife bought me a custom made rod case for my fly fishing rods. To celebrate a great friend’s birthday, I decided to also get him a case. We arranged this to coincide with a fishing trip to Montana with a side trip to the workshop of the artist and craftsman who makes the cases. What a wonderful surprise. Al Swanson could not have turned out to be a more pleasant and welcoming host. We ended up spending more time than we expected over the course of a couple of days with Al. He explained all that he's gone through to conceive and produce his fly fishing rod cases, fly boxes, and fishing nets. We were also treated to an explanation of the incredible handcrafted and artistic woodworking that he does for custom made furniture. If you want to give a special, superbly crafted gift to a particularly special fly fisherman, seriously consider visiting Al Swanson, either personally or online for a truly one-of-a-kind and keepsake gift. Oh, and yes there was another surprise for me. My daughters had me presented with a personalized, inlaid fly box. These are truly the kind of gifts that one will never forget and come from and superb artist and craftsman, who loves what he does.
I recently had the extreme pleasure of visiting the design studio of A.L. Swanson where I obtained a custom designed wood fly rod tube. As impressive as this amazing artistic case is, I was even more impressed with Al Swanson who is the artist for these custom designed pieces. He is the definition of a gentleman, who is so very kind and considerate and extremely communicative. For a very exquisite gift for the avid fly fisherman, this is the place to look. The amazing attention to detail and the beauty of the art design is beyond compare. These art pieces can make a beautiful display, but in fact, they are very functional on the water. The wooden rod cases, fly boxes and nets are available on line, but if you are ever in Helena I would encourage you to visit Al's studio to see how these beautiful pieces of art are constructed.
I just received an amazing gift from my wife. One of your custom, inlaid rod tubes. It was a very special gift and as a woodworker myself, even more so. The craftsmanship and level of detail is astounding.
The two stunning quilted maple fly boxes were delivered yesterday. They are really outstandingly beautiful. I like many other people who have had the privilege of receiving one of your boxes am unable to express my appreciation of your work in words. It is of such a high quality and artistic standard. I must also thank you for the kindness and patience which you showed to me throughout the course of our dealings. You made me feel more like a friend than a customer that in turn made the receipt of the boxes that much more special.
There is no superlative I can use to express my appreciation of your craftsmanship, presentation and personal attention to details to satisfy a customer. This fly box is truly a work of art and the special cherry you chose for it touches my heart because it comes from the very Allegheny forests where our family originates. I am so sure it will be a gift my brother will cherish forever!
I am so glad I called you today. Your voice just made my day, full of enthusiasm and pride in product . I simply cant wait for Gavin to receive gift. He works so hard and such long hours it is a joy to be able to give him this gift. it is for his birthday.
You guys are great! You are so customer focused, which is very much appreciated. Not every company has that mentality. I remember last year when I ordered the custom fly box for my friend’s 60th birthday, your colleague made several very helpful suggestions. And now, your help with the nets.
When I ordered your Fly Box as a gift for my husband, little did I know what an amazing discovery and legacy our family would be receiving. You generously offered to personalize my husband's fly box and I thought that would be a nice touch. When I opened the package to wrap it for his Christmas gift, I was delighted by your artistry, creativity and exquisite work. Even the way you wrapped it for shipping was a delight! We were pleased and asked you to create a custom Fly Box for our daughter. Your extraordinary inlay on that fly box is beyond words! We never dreamed you would create her beloved Celtic Harp as a design. We look forward to asking you to create a Fly Box for each of our family members for these works of art are gifts of a lifetime. Thank you falls short in expressing our gratitude. Thank you for sharing your incredible gifts with us!
“We’re looking for high quality and really unique special gifts,” said Simon Perkins. “Knowing Al’s background -- there was obviously an incredible amount of time and artistry -- we could tell there was no question of quality, and it was able to happen very quickly...a lot of people out there look at Montana as a mecca for fly-fishing, and being a quality wooden fly box from Montana is one reason I think it was such a great fit. The story behind it and the craft in every single box does a great job of embodying those Montana rivers.”
I wish you could have seen my husband's face when he opened your gorgeous wooden fly box for Christmas. Everyone had a turn marveling at the craftsmanship, artistry and beauty you infused this work of art with. The exquisite fly box nestled safely in the wood shavings was quite a lovely touch! THANK YOU falls short in expressing our gratitude for the work of your heart! I look forward to ordering the next one for myself.
Thank you so much for the prompt shipment of the custom fly box. The wood is gorgeous and the custom inlaying of the date and initials as well as the fly are spectacular. This is a birthday present for a fly fisherman who has everything. I cant wait to see his expression when he opens up this one of a kind gift. Thanks again.
The Fly Box arrived in perfect order and in your style was packaged perfectly. The Wooden Fly Box is a gift for a friend of ours who is an avid fisherman. We recently stayed in his cabin for the weekend and we wanted to thank him. I am so very proud of you and the work that you are doing. I recently reflected on some of our conversations, and I realize that you have used your courage and talent to create something wonderful and beautiful for the world. It is very fitting that your work is on the cover and included in the Orvis Catalog! You deserve every bit of attention that this might bring to you.
I completely cherish our dining table and chairs, they are a work of art in our space and reflect your care of detail. Your website is also very appealing and a true artistic endeavor. Take care and I wish you the very best. Please stay in touch.
PS Have you thought about making jewelry boxes? I would love to have one! Just a thought.
I recently received your Drake fly box and it is truly a work of art. The use of 3 distinct woods and inlays of shell make this the most handsome fly box I have ever seen. As well as good looking the caddie's functionality is on par with all of my other fly boxes. I love the magnetic clasps and the replaceable foam insert is a great feature. Even the feel of the caddie is a testament to your craftsmanship. In short thank you for making a really cool unique piece or art that any angler would appreciate. These are going to make great gifts. Thanks again.
I knew that from the moment that I opened the box little white box that I was going to be beyond happy!! Ecstatic is more like it! The presentation ... It was like Christmas and this isn't even for ME!! I am so excited to give this to Steve - he is going to be blown away!! From the smell of the wood chips upon opening to the box itself ... The detail and the artistry!
I am speechless. The box is amazing ... The description of what wood you used and the absolutely beautiful fly ... I am thrilled! There is no doubt in my mind that these boxes will be a sought after item!!!!!
The craftsmanship of these fly boxes is incredible and surpasses my expectations. The smell of the wood has me captivated while the smooth lines have intrigued my fingers all day.
I tend to delude myself every year when I drop thousands of dollars on all the latest and greatest rods, reels and whatever else Simms makes, thinking that at least it will last me my lifetime and maybe more. In reality, I would be surprised if most of my fishing gear last me until the next greatest thing comes out, let alone ten years; the expectation is this fly box.
Not only do I know it will be a cherished piece of my equipment but in reality it’s the only piece of equipment that I will want to make sure that my future generations take with them in remembrance of me.