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"Stealth Rod" take #2 - 6' 6" 2wt. - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - H&H (Rainsahdow) Hook & Hackle $38 (sale price)
Length - 6' 6"    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Pac Bay Black Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $5
Hookkeeper - Pacific Bay Standard U, Black Hook & Hackle $0.40
Winding Check - Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.50
Grips - Custom Turned Black EVA Foam    
Grip Materials - EVA 7" Grip w/sliding rings Cabelas (in Prarie Du Chien) $10
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7 Black, Woven Black Graphite Insert Hook & Hackle $17
    Rough Component Cost - $72.00
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Black (0001), Navy (0066) and Gray(0441). Ferrule wrap also in Gray.

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This rod is available for purchase; my asking price is $145.

After building my first "Stealth Rod" which Randy C. promptly picked up (rod #24) I decided to make some small differences between the first and the second. Afterall, these are "custom" rods...I'd really like to avoid ever making two that are identical! So I switched the hook keeper for a traditional U-shaped and added a subtle pattern to the guide wraps. So while still overall the same rod as #24, it's not an exact twin.

Things I learned while building this rod

Hmm...I'm getting to that point where there's a lot of repetition and relatively "new" stuff going on. I should point out that unlike some previous rods, I have kept the finish of the hook keeper separate from the finish that covers the inscription. That way, if I ever have to repair the hook keeper, I don't have to destroy the inscription part!

An overview of my 2nd "Stealth Rod". The Black Woven Graphite Reel Seat A closeup of the Black EVA handle.
The hook keeper. The "Stealth Rod" bears a small inscription with the rod details on the underside of the blank. The stripping guide.
The ferrule wrap. The Single Foot Snake Guides The tip top.


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