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Chief's "Salmon Hatchet" - 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 - A Grade Reverse Half Wells Hook & Hackle $9
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7, Black Winslow
Custom Fly Reel Seats
Reel Seat Insert &
Fighting Butt -
Figured Maple    
    Rough Component Cost - $51
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Navy (0200) and Candy Apple Red (0335)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat Regular    

Now that I had built the prototype and figured out that these were pretty fun, I moved ahead with the first of two 7' 5wt. custom jobs for Richard Brown. Specifically, this first one is for the eldest son, Chief.

Things I learned while building this rod

This was a pretty straightforward build!

An overview of Chief's "Salmon Hatchet". Just a bit closer up so you can see the three sections. The stunning Winslow reel seat insert and mini fighting butt.
The A-Grade Cork grip on Cheif's Rod...all of my grips are sealed with U40 Cork Seal (great stuff). Another overview of Cheif's handle assembly. The overview of the butt decoration on Cheif's rod.
Cheif's cross wrap is simple and elegant. You can see the hookkeeper in this side shot of Cheif's cross / diamond wrap. The "maker's mark" on the underside of the butt section.
Cheif's inscription on the top side of the blank. The stipper guide. The snake guide.
The tip top. Alignment dots on the ferrule wraps are becoming a tradition on any rod over 2 pieces. The wrap below the ferrule is placed a bit away to allow for some wear.  



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