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8' 4wt. - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $18 (sale)
Weight - 4 wt.    
Length - 8'    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Deep Gloss Navy Blue    
Modulus - 31 million    
Tip top - Pacific Bay Black Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $5.25
Stripper - Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Black Hook & Hackle $0.25
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.50
Grip - A Grade Hook & Hackle $9.00
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A7 Hook & Hackle $14 (sale)
Reel Seat Insert - Black Woven Graphite    
Decal - Rainbow Trout Creekside Outfitters $2.00
    Rough Component Cost - $50
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Brown (0396), and HT Metallic in Silver (9002). Ferrule Wrap in Size A Nylon, Navy (0068).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This rod was AVAILABLE for purchase - to order it the total cost would have been $130. I let it fly out the door for $95, it's now Anne Rechterman's first fly rod! I'm looking forward to fishing with both Anne and Paul (and their new rods) this coming summer at a FAT Fly Fishin' School in IA!

Things I learned while building this rod

Renee suggested since I've never used white thread, to give it a shot. It's DEFINITELY high contrast!

Dave @ Creekside Outfitters had warned me long ago that White and Yellow, even when color-preserved, will show some of the blank through the wraps, even when they're TIGHT! I packed them down real tightly with the thread burnisher and after 2 coats of color preserver, it still looked so-so. What to do?

Well, the answer lied in doing one of two things. Dave suggested that when he had to wrap with white he'd actually paint the blank prior to to wrapping. Since my thread was already on the blank I wasn't about to unwrap everything to paint the blank! My alternative solution was to double wrap it; a second layer of white thread went down over everything. The results were definitely worth the extra time spent - the white is WHITE! The second layer of thread added very minimal weight to the rod.

Another thing, I tried a lettering pen I got from Hook and Hackle for the first time; instead of metallic silver or gold I was able to use White Enamel paint to inscribe this rod. White to match the white...yes a subtle detail but worth giving it a shot!

An overview of the "white" 8' 4wt. I'm still a fan of the Woven Graphite Reel Seats, however I admit, now that the rod is done, I wish I had used a light wood instead! The A Grade Grip.
The hook keeper and short "border" wrap. The topside of the butt sports this Rainbow Trout. The white inscription is on the underside.
The Stripper Guide The ferrule wrap adjoins one of the guide wraps. The Single Foot Snake guides.
The end, tip top, of rod #29.    



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