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Gerry Greene's 7' 3wt. - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - St. Croix SCIII (AVID) Hook & Hackle $50.40 (sale)
Weight - 8 wt.    
Length - 9'    
Pieces - 3    
Action - Moderately Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Tip top - Pacific Bay TiCH Hook & Hackle $3.19
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, TiCH Hook & Hackle $16.80
Stripper - Pacific Bay SIC Stripper, TiCH Finish Hook & Hackle  
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Chrome Hook & Hackle $3.20
Winding Check - Nickle Silver .250 Hook & Hackle $2.80
Custom Turned 7" Reverse Fine Wells by MP.      
Grip Materials - Grade B Burl Cork Fly Rod Crafters $1.50
(6 @ $0.25)
  Red Burl Cork vendor undisclosed $4.45
(5 @ $0.89)
  Grade A Cork Hook & Hackle $4.50
(3 @ $1.50)
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A5 Nickle Silver with custom turned Black Ash Burl insert and mini fighting butt. Winslow Rods $25
    Rough Component Cost - $112
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Garnet () and HT Mettalic, Size A, in Silver (). Ferrule Wrap in Size A Nylon, Gray (0720).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This St. Croix Avid 3wt. was actually the rod Gerry ordered first. It's SWEET. Normally I like to keep hardware the same color, although with what Gerry picked, it's a combination of nickel silver (at the butt end) and TiCH (on the guides). The nickle silver hardware works because the bright silver color is picked up in the guide wraps on the rod.

Another note, the Black Ash Burl reel seat was turned by Dave Winslow. I originally picked up the wood on eBay and had it sitting around; a few months back I sent it to him to work his magic!

Things I learned while building this rod

This was definitely another straightforward build....everything came out good!

An overview of the handleset on Gerry's rod. The custom turned Black Ash Burl Reel seat from the side. The same reel seat again, this time viewed from above.
One of my first grips turned, Gerry liked it so now it's on his rod! A side overview of the simple buttwork on Gerry's 3wt. The topside of Gerry's 3wt. carries the St. Croix label, factory supplied.
The lower inscription on Gerry's 3wt. Fuji Flip Up Hookkeeper in chrome and the Nickle Silver Winding Check. The SIC ring TiCH Finish Stripper Guide
The TiCH Single Foot Snake Guides on Gerry's Rod. The tip top.  



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