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6' 6" 2wt. - Fly Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
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 Chrome Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, Chrome Hook & Hackle $5
Hookkeeper - Pacific Bay Standard U, Chrome Hook & Hackle $0.40
Winding Check - Nickle Silver Hook & Hackle $3.20
 
Grips - Custom Turned Reverse Half Wells by MP    
Grip Materials - Natural (Brown) Burl Cork vendor undisclosed $5.25
(7 @ $0.75)
  Grade A Cork vendor undisclosed

$8.55
(9 @ $0.95)

 
Reel Seat - Pacific Bay A7 TiCH with Buckeye Burl insert and mini fighting butt. Winslow Rods $30
 
    Rough Component Cost - $91.50
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Black (0001), Tan (0290) and Classic Twist in Orange/Black (0221). Cross Wrap adds Garnet (0206); Ferrule wrap in Gray (0441)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

This rod has been sold! My original asking price was $295 - Dan Fisher got a STEAL when I had a sale and picked it up for $165. This is the third rod Dan has gotten from me - I'm glad this one went to a good home (countless folks have drooled over this one, someone finally pulled the trigger!)

This was a rod that I started putting together a LONG time ago...only now did I get back around to finishing it! Originally a project that I was building for myself, but I'm honestly pretty content with my first 2wt. so I'll have to let this one go! I gotta say, I LOVE this rod a LOT, so I'm not going to bargain on the price! FYI the grip is turned on the thick side; perfect for folks with larger hands.

 
Things I learned while building this rod

Ok, I spent a LOT of time on this rod....ALL of the wraps are rather complex. Especially difficult is the cross wrap with the differently colored diamond centers. This involved first wrapping a base cross wrap in the orange classic twist, 5 threads or so in width. I then wrapped a second layer of garnet on top of it. Between each spot where the threads cross on the second layer, a toothpick was inserted to lift the garnet layer up and away from the orange below. Once I had completed the garnet layer, I wrapped a 3 thread border of black on the lower layer, next to the orange classic twists. This black border bound down the garnet thread at the diamonds. Once the first black border was completed, the garnet thread was cut at the toothpicks and then trimmed as closely as possible to the black border. 2 more border courses, 3 threads thick each, in tan and black, where added, which concealed the ends of the garnet thread. The resultant wrap took 4 hours to complete, but is unlike any other thread-based diamond/cross wrap that I have seen to date.

 
Pictures
An overview of this 2wt. The Winslow Rod's Buckeye Burl Reel Seat. The custom turned grip.
The hook keeper. An overview of the decorative buttwork when viewed from the side. Another view of the decorative buttwork, this time the underside.
An overview of the cross wrap. What follows are several closeups of the cross wrap which highlight the garnet centers as well as the highly contrasting border. The Cross Wrap.
The Cross Wrap. The Cross Wrap. The lower inscription.
The topside inscription. The Chrome Hiloy strippping guide. The traditional chrome snake guides.
   
The Tip Top.    

 

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