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Dukes "Salmon Sword" - 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 -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Blue Dun (0272), Spring Green (0105), and Navy (0066)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat Regular    

After Chief's rod, I had to create the same thing, but with an obviously different color scheme, for Duke!

Things I learned while building this rod

I put a "Chevron" wrap on the butt of this one...slightly different but more or less made the same way as a cross / diamond wrap - you just only lay down thread on one side of the original first line. Since this was another teal-dyed reel seat, I already knew the best wraps for this one would be virtually the same as what I had done on Rod #17.

Also, and perhaps more importantly, I made the wraps for the hook keeper SEPARATE from the wraps that bind down the decorative thread work. This way, if the hook keeper ever needs to be repaired, I don't have to potentially destroy the cross wrap to do the repairs. Why didn't I think of that before?!

An overview of Duke's "Salmon Sword" Again, closer up so you can see the three sections. Another stunning Winslow reel seat insert and mini fighting butt.
The A-Grade Cork grip. Another overview of the decorative butt work on Duke's Rod. Notice that the wraps for the hook keeper and chevron wrap are separate. A view of the chevron wrap from the side. I tried adding more to this but the design became too busy, so I removed it back to this point.
Duke's inscription. My "maker's mark" on Duke's rod. Despite two coats of color preserver, it looks like some of the edges didn't get enough! The Stripper guide - the wrap of blue dun and spring green side-by-side creates the illusion that the thread is actually the same color as the reel seat.
Black snake guides were chosen to match the black reel seat hardware. The tip-top of Duke's Rod.  



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