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MP's 10'+ 7wt. - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Hook & Hackle IM6 (Rainshadow) Hook & Hackle $ 56 (sale, reg $70)
Weight - 7 wt.    
Length - 10'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Moderate    
Finish - Gloss Green    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Pacific Bay Black Oversized Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $8
Strippers - 10,12,16, Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black Hook & Hackle $4
Winding Check - Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.50
Grips - Custom Turned Grips by MP. 10" foregrip, 10", 5" and 1.5" removeable/interchangeable butts + butt plug    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $9.79
(11 @ $0.89)
  Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $15.96
(38 @ $0.42)
  Green Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.88
(4 @ $0.47)
  2 Pacific Bay 5" butt skeleton
(stripped cork off 5" fighting butt, basically the same price with or without cork)
Hook & Hackle $42
(2 @ $21)
  9" Fiberglass Blank (for goes over the 5" skeleton rod for the 10" butt) FREE! It was actually from my first rod ever, now broken. $0
  1 Pacific Bay 1.5" butt skeleton
(stripped cork off 2" fighting butt, basically the same price with or without cork)
Hook & Hackle $11
  Butt Cap/Plug Bingham Enterprises $1.50
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A8, woven green graphite insert Creekside Outfitters $20
    Rough Component Cost - $172
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, Black, and Classic Twist in Green/Black,

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat Regular    

After Rod #4, I'd been wanting to do another one of these, a bit more extensive. I had the parts; salmon season was upon me...time to get busy and do it!

Things I learned while building this rod

I've personally decided that MY tastes err way on the conservative side. While I love the fancy / gaudy / striking jobs I do for other people, it's just not what I end up doing on my rods...maybe because I'm not willing to "risk" the rod no turning out the way I'd like it to.

Another note, that I kinda mentioned above, I found out that you can't really get the fighting butt skeletons for much less than a whole fighting butt! Kinda sucks...there's like $100 (retail) just tied up in fighting butts!

#22 has 4 butt options; the first is a simple butt cap / plug. Next, I can put on a 1.5" fighting butt. If I want to get "snooty", or double hand it, I can use the 5" butt.
Or, if I really want leverage and that "centerpin" look, I can go with the 10" butt. There it is, all 4 butt options displayed. Yes, I had to get the reel to match this rod, look how perfectly it goes with the reel seat. The Fly Logic Optimum 789 was a steal; $234 NIB. on eBay from Bear Creek Outfitters.
The hookkeeper (and a Grey Heron Spey) The inscription on the underside of this rod. The top has nothing. The stripper guide.
For the ferrule wrap I mirrored the concept in the wraps that block in the inscription. Again, I generally go for a ferrule wrap that does not mirror what the guides have; this leaves minimal intrusion in the overall look of the rod when it comes to guide spacing. The snake guides on #22. #22 sports an oversized (large loop) tip top.



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