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Phil diGiorgio's 7' 6" 4wt. - Rod Specs
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    
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!).

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
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