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MP's Prototype 7' 5wt. - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $20 (sale)
Weight - 5 wt.    
Length - 8' (cut butt to 7')    
Pieces - 3    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Deep Gloss Navy Blue    
Modulus - 31 million    
Tip top - Pacific Bay Black Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $4.50
Stripper - Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Black Hook & Hackle $0.25
Winding Check - Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.50
Grip - Knotty Cork Reverse Half Wells Didn't have a good experience with the vendor so I won't be listing them. $12.95
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7, Black Winslow
Custom Fly Reel Seats
$30 (via eBay)
Reel Seat Insert &
Fighting Butt -
Striped Ebony    
    Rough Component Cost - $69
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Navy (0066) HT Metallic Gold

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat Regular    

It's a 7' often do you see that?

Things I learned while building this rod

OK, this is "Prototype", specifically it's the prototype for a rod that Rich Brown had asked me to build for his two kids. Rich wanted a 7' 5wt. at an affordable price and a durable blank; the plan is to use these to target Pink Salmon. I looked and looked and looked; they just don't MAKE a 7' 5wt.

However, after reading Clemen's Advanced Rod Building I know how to MAKE a 7' 5wt. from a longer blank. The jist is as follows - trim the tip of a blank and you raise the weight; in other words you're removing some of the tip section, making it stiffer and thicker, thus requiring more weight to load it. Conversely, if you trim the butt section, you do not change the rod's line rating but you DO affect the action; specifically a greater portion of the blank bends resulting in a slowing of the action.

Since I'm building two of these (one each for Chief and Duke), the idea sounded interesting and I wanted to do one and see how it worked before we did it. Well, it cast nice! What else can I say?! What else really matters? It looks a bit funky since the butt section is shorter than the rest, and perhaps it's lost some of it's backbone (fighting power is most concentrated in the butt of a blank) but I think this is going to be a LOT of fun to fish.

I have like 10 Winslow reel seats sitting around, some just waiting to be installed in a future planned project. I almost feel guilty it took so long to show off some of Dave's unique work, in this case a Striped Ebony insert and fighting butt. As usual, when I showed this rod around, the first thing EVERYONE noticed was the reel seat. The second thing folks always notice in a rod is the grip. I drooled over these grips from the day I first saw them. Knotty Cork. From what I can figure out it's like a "crosscut" cork. It's such a nice pairing of the grip and reel seat! The problem is that the only vendor who has Knotty Cork Grips was totally horrible to deal with. Unless something major changes this will be the only Knotty Cork grip I'll ever use in a rod. If someone wants this for a custom project they'll have to order it themselves.
The winding check and hook keeper. The inscription on this rod is on the underside only. For some reason my personal tastes always lean towards the conservative, and that is shown off in this diamond wrap from the side view.
Even though I feel it's conservative, this diamond wrap is still too fancy for some. Bob Blumerich suggested I not use all the "flashy gold stuff" :) Just a shot of the snake guides on this rod. The stipper guide on this rod really shows off how the Navy and gold work with the black hardware.



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