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Bespoke Scottish fly rods, hand-built by Simon Barnes

Welcome to Simba Rods, the home of finest quality, fully bespoke fly fishing rods.

We make a range of trout and salmon fly rods – including the Wee Loch Rod – recognised all over the world as one of the best travel rods you can buy…

We will be exhibiting at various venues and events throughout the year – look at our events diary for 2018 in our News page.

Simba Rods are not available in tackle shops.
They are hand-built to your specification in Crieff, at the heart of Strathearn in Scotland, and delivered direct to you.

Simon’s friendly advice helps you choose and customise your own perfect Simba rod – or why not commission one for a friend’s special occasion?

The 11’3″ switch rod is superb! Handles like a rod twice the price. Great quality finish on the rod with customisation available too, fantastic value for money.

John McCallum

Tried the wee loch rod this week, a cracking rod and just perfect for those remote hill lochs!

Jon Carney

Thoroughly enjoyed using a 9′ 6 weight Simba rod on a recent fishing trip to Sutherland. Plenty of power in an extremely high quality blank and easily up to the challenge of fishing in the changeable conditions experienced in the Western Highlands.

Ralph Barnett

Your work is such fantastic quality.

Barbara Chalmers

Love the rod, lovely casting action and enjoy how light it is especially on a full day on a windy Irish lough (loch).

Julie McGeever Irish Ladies International Team Member

Absolutely delighted with my rod Simon. Thank you.

Cyril Giles Belfast

My wee loch rod arrived safely. It’s a beautiful thing. Thank you

Sandy Cross Vementry, Shetland

I’m more and more impressed with your handiwork – the wee loch rod is a 6wt, it loads the line beautifully yet it feels lighter and crisper than my 4wt Sage. I’m very pleased I bought it – money well spent.

Chris Smith Wallington, Northumberland

I absolutely love my wee loch rod. It is my favourite rod by far!

Iain Low Perthshire

Thank you very much for my sensational rod. I’m thrilled with it!

Iain MacLeod Claremount, Tasmania

The rod arrived and is a beauty. Lovely action too and thanks for the extra engraving – that makes it really special

Malcolm Wilson Salt Lake City, Utah

Thank you for my rod – it’s magnificent. I’ve never owned such a slice of perfection. Can’t wait to try it out. Having a full time job is such a drawback!

Colm Quinn Cork, Ireland

Got my hands on my beautiful rod. It almost casts itself – the rest of my rods will not wet a line too often now….

John Dix Isle of Jura

Really pleased with the 12′ nymphing rod – Great action and very light. It certainly gave me an edge fishing such difficult water.

Lana Taylor Captain of the Scotland Ladies Commonwealth Fly Fishing Team 2016

I have used the wee loch rod all the 2016 season. This rod has one of the finest actions I have ever used so don’t let the fact it is a multi piece put you off.

If you are looking for a rod that is superbly finished, a pleasure to fish with and an easy travelling companion, then this has to be the one.



Richard Campbell Hotel Director, Sutherland

I travelled to New Zealand with my wee loch rod and managed to catch a fabulous 5lb brownie with it. The experience ranked up there as one of my finest piscatorial experiences to date. The rod handled it superbly!

Rick Knight Blairgowrie, Perthshire

I very favourably compare the Wee Loch Rod to my Scott Radian 5wt, 4 piece rod, and that is high praise indeed, as that is one of the two finest fly rods on the market in the US right now, by most accounts. This Wee Loch Rod is a wonderful rod…

Terry Newendorp Rockville, USA

My 10′ #6wt rod is a joy to use, whether trout or salmon fishing. It knocks the spots off any of my Hardy, Orvis or Sage rods. Created by a craftsman who understands what is needed in a fly rod – lightweight, versatile and effortless to use. Bravo Simon!

Rupert Overbury Ipswich, Suffolk

As an angling writer I have, over the years, handled a huge number of rods but can say hand on heart, that this one is very special. Never have I experienced a rod putting a line out so easily! Good choice….

Jim Boyd - Angling writer - Glasgow

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