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Phil diGiorgio's 7' 6" 4wt. - Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $18 (sale)
Weight - 4 wt.    
Length - 7' 6"    
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 $4
Stripper - Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Black Hook & Hackle $0.25
 
Grip - A Grade Reverse Fine Wells, 7" Hook & Hackle $10 (sale)
 
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A7, Black Hook & Hackle $10 (sale)
 
    Rough Component Cost - $43
 
Other Details      
Thread - Gudebrod Nylon, Size A, in Purple (0245) and Spring Green (0468)
Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flexcoat High Build    
       
Comments      
The Forecast 7' 6" 4wt blank is just about the best combination of affordability and performance when lined properly (I really like Scientific Angler's Air Cell, DT, 4 wt. line on this blank).
 
Things I learned while building this rod

I'd say the one thing I realized when building Phil's rod is how much time I put into the cork grips when I turn them myself...they take HOURS of work whereas I was able to quickly assemble Phil's rod in just 2 sessions (eliminated turning the grip and the reel seat comes already assembled!).

 
Pictures
Phil's Rod, almost a clone of the one I just finished for my brother. What can I say, it's a great trout rod for beginners or the more experienced. The wind on a single foot snake. Phil's Stripper Guide
 
Phil's Inscription.    

 

 

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