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Chromeseeker's 7' 6" 4wt. - Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Hook & Hackle IM6 Hook & Hackle $31 (sale)
Weight - 4 wt.    
Length - 7' 6"    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Moderate    
Finish - Gloss Green    
Modulus - 43 million    
 
Tip top - Pacific Bay Chrome Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Chrome Hook & Hackle $4
Stripper - Hiloy, Chrome Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Chrome Hook & Hackle $0.25
 
Grip - 8" Rev Wells, Custom Turned by MP    
Burl Cork - Grade B 1/2" rings FlyRodCrafters.com 14 @ $0.25 each
Burl Cork - Grade A 1/2" rings FlyRodCrafters.com 2 @ $0.55 each
 
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A7, Chrome Hook & Hackle $10 (sale)
 
    Rough Component Cost - $52
 
Other Details      
Thread - Gudebrod Nylon, Size A, in Dark Green (0245) and Spring Green (0105) and Gudebrod Metallic, Size A, in Silver (9002)
Butt Wind - Gudebrod Butt Wind (aka. Butt Wrap), 1/8", in Green & White
Color Preserver - Gudebrod
Finish - Cabela's    
       
Comments      
I haven't personally cast this rod yet other than a quick test cast...talk about a boomer! I like this blank!
 
Things I learned while building this rod

I played around with the Gudebrod butt wind; I felt it was just the kind of thing Chromeseeker would like on a rod. When I brought this one around, again, everyone noticed the custom grip and the butt wind. I also played around with the thread wraps; got a bit intricate and had to redo several along the way, but in the end it paid off.

One thing I got wrong here; insufficient color preserver application on the ferrule wrap lead to a splotchy result. On my next rod, Dave @ Creekside taught me a better method to apply color preserver.

 
Pictures
The first time Chromeseeker saw the the burl grip, he said "This is MY GRIP!" So I built his rod around it! A better closeup... A good look at the Gudebrod Butt Wind in place.
The stripper guide, before finish was applied. The Ferrule Wrap, prior to finish application.  

 

 

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