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MP's 10' + 10" 6wt. "Do All" Fly/Switch/Centerpin - Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Hook & Hackle IM6 Hook & Hackle $29 (clearance, regularly $70)
Weight - 6 wt.    
Length - 10'    
Pieces - 3    
Action - Moderate    
Finish - Matte Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
 
Tip top - Hialoy Ceramic Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Hialoy Ceramic Single Foot Hook & Hackle $10
Stripper - Hialoy Ceramic Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard Black Hook & Hackle $0.25
 
Grip - Twin 10" Wells, Custom Turned by MP    
Burl Cork - Grade B 1/2" rings FlyRodCrafters.com 32 @ $0.25 each
Cork - AAA Natural 1/2" rings FlyRodCrafters.com 8 @ $0.95 each
 
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A8, Gunsmoke Creekside Outfitters $20
Reel Seat Insert - Woven Graphite, Black    
Removeable Butt - Pacific Bay 5" Creekside Outfitters $20
Butt Cap - 16 mm Bloodstone Cabochon John R. Schmitt $14
 
    Rough Component Cost - currently $110
 
Other Details      
Thread - Gudebrod Nylon, Size A, in Red (0335) and Black (0001)
Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat
       
Comments      
I LOVE FISHING THIS ROD! It's all finished now, but I haven't taken the time to take pictures. I didn't put a butt wrap or inscription on it yet, maybe down the line...I'm too busy fishin' with this rod!
 
Things I learned while building this rod

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 reel seats.

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 tuned)!

 
Pictures
This is the only shot I have right now....after installing the grips and reel seat but prior to wrapping the rod. This rod is getting TONS of use and abuse...it's SO fun to fish with!  

 

 

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