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Dan Wenk's 8' 6" 5wt. - Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $27 (sale)
Weight - 5 wt.    
Length - 8' 6"    
Pieces - 5    
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 $6
Stripper - Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Standard U, Chrome Hook & Hackle $0.25
 
Grip - 7.5" Reverse Wells, Custom Turned by MP    
Burl Cork - Grade A 1/2" rings FlyRodCrafters.com 14 @ $0.55 each
Cork - AAA Natural 1/2" rings FlyRodCrafters.com 1 @ $0.95 each
 
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A7, Black Hook & Hackle $14
Reel Seat Insert - Woven Graphite, Black    
 
    Rough Component Cost - $57
 
Other Details      
Thread - Gudebrod Nylon, Size A, in Garnet (0206) and Black (0001)
Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flexcoat High Build    
       
Comments      
Talk about a sweet rod; I'm totally thrilled with this Forecast Blank too. It's a bit crooked at the tip, but that doesn't seem to affect performance at all...you can't beat it for the price. Lined with SA Air Cell DT 5 and rigged with a Hobb's Creek Large Arbor HCII it's just a touch tip heavy and casts like a rocket. Dan is gonna be travelling a lot, most of his time is currently spent in Missouri, so after fishin' those streams and knowning Dan's potential needs, this rod should be a "match made in heaven (or at least MP's workshop)".
 
Things I learned while building this rod

The only really different thing I did here was to do a cross wrap that didn't cross to form diamonds, instead all thread was added to one side of the lead thread, basically a cheveron wrap if I'm understanding that right...well anyway it produced an interesting result that's really difficult to photograph.

Another thing I took into consideration was trying to make this a semi-stealthy rod. The gloss finish on the Forecast blank goes a long way in the opposite direction, but I chose very low contrast wraps; the red is one of the first colors to "go" as the light fades. So bascially the wraps were a combination of stealth and style.

Talk about a FUN ROD TO CAST! So far I've tried 3 Forecast blank models...all have performed VERY WELL when lined with SA Air Cell DT line. I'm building a LOT of these blanks 'cause well, you simply CAN'T beat them for the price, especially with the current 33% off sale at Hook & Hackle.

 
Pictures
Wenker's new trout rod...suitable for just about any trout situation I can think of! The Pacific Bay A7 woven graphite....I love these reel seat inserts! Another custom turned MP grip...I was originally going to do a standard cork, but when Dan commented on the 10' 10" grips I knew his rod had to have a burl grip!
The butt wrap including hook keeper; you'll notice I placed it farther up on the blank...no particular reason why other than I just wanted to include more of the chevrons. How these "open" chevrons appear from the side. The same decorative butt wrap viewed from the "top" of the rod.
Wenk's inscription. My sig + rod specs. The stripper guide on Wenker's rod.

 

 

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