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Connor's 7' 2pc. 4wt. - Fly Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - H&H (Rainsahdow) Hook & Hackle $39 (sale price)
Length - 7'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Black Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $5
Hookkeeper - Pac Bay Black U Hook & Hackle $0.25
Winding Check - Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.50
 
Grips - Custom Turned Reverse Half Wells    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $11.57
(13 @ $0.89)
  Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $0.86
(2 @ $0.42)
 
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7 Black, Aboyna Burl Insert and Mini Fighting Butt Winslow Rods $25 (sale price)
 
    Rough Component Cost - $83.00
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, Royal Blue (0245) and HT Metallic in Copper (0075)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

An early Christmas surprise for Connor, the components for this rod were picked by his Mother. Due to a tight time-table, I took the liberty of "upgrading" his rod with a custom MP grip as the "Standard" grip wouldn't have arrived in time. I also added in metallic copper trim which brings color scheme of the rod together - otherwise the Amboyna Burl Reel Seat just didn't go really well with straight blue wraps.

 
Things I learned while building this rod

I tried some different trim wraps, running the trim color underneath the main wrap to bring it back out for the last 3 turns. While it turned out nice, it's a but tougher to do!

 
Pictures
The Select Amboyna Burl Reel seat by Dave Winslow (www.winslowrods.com) Connor's custom MP Grip! An overview of the handle assembly on Connor's Rod.
Hook keeper and wraps. One of the single foot guides on Connor's Rod - noticed the copper trim at the beginning and end of the wrap. Connor's lower inscription.
Connor's upper inscription. Connor Naughton with his new 7' 4wt on the day after his first trout with this rod!  

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