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Jim K.'s (MS2) 7' 6" 3wt. - Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $14 (sale)
Weight - 3 wt.    
Length - 7' 6"    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Deep Gloss Navy Blue    
Modulus - 31 million    
Tip top - Pacific Bay Chrome Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Double Foot Snake Guides, Chrome Hook & Hackle $4
Stripper - Hiloy, Chrome Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Chrome Hook & Hackle $0.25
Grip - Reverse Wells, Inletted Creekside Outfitters $25
Reel Seat - Batson BUL-5 in Titanium Carbide finish Creekside Outfitters $25
Reel Seat Insert - Cocobolo Creekside Outfitters  
    Rough Component Cost - $70
Other Details      
Thread - Gudebrod Nylon, Size A, in Gray (0245) and Metallic Silver (0468)
Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flexcoat High Build    

I'm really digging these Forecast blanks on sale; they make EXCELLENT affordable practice rods for a new builder. Jim is out of town at the time of posting this and he doesn't even know I built him this SHHH. I suspect he'll learn about this rod before I get a chance to tell him! Well, I was looking for practice, & Jim didn't have a light trout rod (that one is his wifes) so I figured this would be a great rod to build for my buddy.

So I had to come back to add the story of how Jim ended up getting this rod. I brought it to Bass Pro Fly Tying; Jim and FAT where there. I hand the rod to Rich and kinda just say "Hey, here's my latest creation..." Rich looks it over and compliments the work. I then hand the rod to Jim...he gives it a thorough look and goes "I really LIKE this rod!". He then goes to hand it back to me. I tell him to take a closer's only THEN that he reads the inscription and we all bust out laughing. I hope I never lose the enjoyment of giving.

Things I learned while building this rod

The Gray & Silver combination looks really good on the navy blue Forecast blank. I mean REALLY good; the pictures don't do it justice at all!

The 3 wt I built for my fellow "Smokin' Tahoe" team member for next year's Pet Fly Smackdown. I found out he didn't own a light trout rod (it was his wife's) so I just had to... My inscription for Jim I've inscribed the rod-specs on the underside.
The double-foot traditional chrome snake guides as viewed from above. The double-foot traditional chrome snake guides as viewed from the side. The Hialoy Chrome Stripper on Jim's rod.
A nice tight shot of the hook keeper and lower bracket wrap for the inscription. The Uplocking Inletted Reel Seat The Grip and Seat on Jim's rod.



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