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Gerry Greene's 9' 8wt. - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - St. Croix SCIII (AVID) Hook & Hackle $88 (sale)
Weight - 8 wt.    
Length - 9'    
Pieces - 3    
Action - Moderately Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Tip top - Pacific Bay Black Hook & Hackle $5.84
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle  
Stripper - Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black Hook & Hackle $3.20
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.40
Custom Turned
MP Grip & Butt
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $0.54
(1 @ $0.54)
  Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $4.80
(12 @ $0.40)
  Rubberized Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.06
(6 @ $0.51)
  1 Pacific Bay 1.5" butt skeleton Bingham Enterprises $8.20
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay Channel Lock A8 Reel Seet Black Hook & Hackle $19.20
    Rough Component Cost - $133
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Royal Blue (0396) and Teal (0638). Ferrule Wrap in Size A Nylon, Gray (0720).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

Gerry's first rod finished was actually his second ordered - after finding out that his broken St. Croix rod wouldn't be covered under warranty; in other words he'd have to purchase one, well he just figured he might as well have me build 2 rods for him! Gerry's tastes are classic and clean; no decorative work would be at home on his rods. Simple and elegant was Gerry's request.

Things I learned while building this rod

This was a very straightforward build. Somehow though, during the process of putting the fighting butt onto the arbor, I must have gotten some epoxy up against the reel seat (yes, I put the butt in place with the arbor screwed in, eliminating any gap and allowing me to determine which side of the butt faces up etc...). Anyway, the butt still comes off, but there's a very fine layer of cork attached to the reel seat's end cap that I can't get off. Thankfully, this cosmetic mistake isn't visible unless the butt is removed and no butt cap is in place.

The only other thing that was different in Gerry's 8wt. is that we opted to go with a reverse half wells grip instead of what would traditionally be used (a full wells).

The Custom Fighting Butt on Gerry's rod. The Pacific Bay Channel Lock Reel Seat! Gerry's custom turned reverse half wells grip.
An overview of Gerry's Handle Assembly. The hook keeper on this rod. Gerry's inscription.
St. Croix blanks come with a decal; this was placed on the topside of the butt section. The Stripper Guide Being a three piece rod, Gerry's ferrule wraps are paired with an alignment wrap below; dots were made with white enamel paint.
The Black Traditional Snake Guides on Gerry's Rod. The tip top. Gerry Green with one of the first steelies landed on his 8wt!
(Copyright © 2005 Rich Brown)



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