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7' 6" 4wt. - Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $18 (sale)
Weight - 4 wt.    
Length - 7' 6"    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Deep Gloss Navy Blue    
Modulus - 31 million    
Tip top - Pacific Bay Chrome Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Chrome Hook & Hackle $4
Stripper - Hiloy, Chrome Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Chrome Hook & Hackle $0.25
Grip - A Grade Reverse Fine Wells, 7" Hook & Hackle $10 (sale)
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A7, Chrome Hook & Hackle $10 (sale)
    Rough Component Cost - $43
Other Details      
Thread - Gudebrod Nylon, Size A, in Purple (0245) and Black (0001), and Gudebrod Metallic, Size A, in Silver (9002)
Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flexcoat High Build    
The second of two trout rods I'm building for thew two sons Dan Fisher. This is Zak's rod. I'm doing rods like these for "practice"...nothing gets you better at something than repeated practice.
Things I learned while building this rod

Not much really, just applied what I've learned in previous rods to this one and it came out really nice! One thing though; I've been trying a suggestion from Dave @ Creekside to lay down a black thread base for the inscription block, finish the rod, then make the inscription and then refinish the inscription block. Well, maybe it's oils from my hand, but on both of these rods I got a less than ideal (aka. wavy) finish on this section, with occasional areas where the finish would just "retreat" I said, I think it's oils from my hands.

The overall rod. The size 4.5 standard chrome Tip Top, also by Pacific Bay. The single foot snake guides on this rod...
The Stripper Guide... Hookkeeper and a bit of the diamond wrap showing. The underside of the inscription block and decorative butt wrapping.
The Side the angler will see A closeup of the purple & silver diamond wrap. Pac Bay's A7 Flush Mount Reel Seat in Chrome.



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