TONS...I could not have built this rod without TONS of help
from Dave Dyer (Creekside
Outfitters). Dave spent a late evening with me during
and AFTER the fly tying club to teach me how he applies his
color preserver and how to PROPERLY mix and apply rod finish.
I have to say the results were excellent - I HIGHLY suggest
Dave's Rod Building Seminars if you're considering learning
how to build a rod. He's also showed me great tricks in assembling
Where he really helped out was in concocting the 10"
Extension Butt....we literally stripped all the cork off a
Pac Bay 5" fighting butt, then epoxied a 9.5" piece
of broken blank over the 5" metal rod. After that, it
was the simple case of reaming one of the 10" grips I
had turned and gluing it onto the blank. I still haven't found
the time yet to install the bloodstone cabochon, or two add
in the hook keeper and butt wraps. All in good time.
My ultimate goal with this rod was originally to create a
lightweight switch rod (short spey rod). Adding the 10"
extension turned this into a sweet 10' 10" two-hander..and
being removeable I ALSO get a 10' single hand fly rod!
Originally I had read some articles
by Bob Miesner about Spey Rod building...he mentioned
the use of Ceramic Guides in Spey Rods allowing for less friction
and longer life. So when buying the components, I sprung for
the Hialoy Ceramic Single Foot Fly Guides. But when working
with Dave, he pointed out something I hadn't thought about...this
rod will ALSO make a sweet CENTERPIN / DRIFT rod with the
extention in place. So I simply get TONS of bang for my buck
out of this setup. I'm already scheming another one of these
up (unless I just bite the bullet and build my first spey...stay