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9' 4/5wt. 7 piece Hook & Hackle IM6 - Fly Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Hook & Hackle Hook & Hackle $45
Length - 9'    
Pieces - 7    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Chrome Hook & Hackle $1.15
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, Chrome Hook & Hackle $5.75
Hookkeeper - Pacific Bay Standard U, Chrome Hook & Hackle $0.40
Winding Check - Nickle Silver Hook & Hackle $3.20
 
Grips - Custom Turned 7" Reverse Half Wells by MP    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.62
(3 @ $0.54)
  Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $2.00
(5 @ $0.40)
  Rubberized Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.06
(6 @ $0.51)
 
Reel Seat - Damon Rods Mortised Uplocking, gray laminate insert Damon Rods $21
 
    Rough Component Cost - $83.00
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Black (0001), Tan (0290) and Brown (0541?). Ferrule wrap in Gray (0441)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      
This rod was on display at Creekside Outfitters for a while...Dave liked it so much I let him keep it as a thanks for all the help he's given me over the years with my own rod building. My asking price on the rod had been $240.

I love these 7 piece blanks by Hook & Hackle - they cast well, this particular model does real well with 5wt. line! And the pack down to almost nothing - ideal for the traveling trout angler!

 
Things I learned while building this rod

The 7 piece rods are time consuming only because there's so much extra wrapping at the ferrules, plus alignment wraps, plus the dots etc. In the end though, it all pays off. Incidentally I spine the sections seperately, then the rod as a whole, and THEN remarked it. To get things lined up, I built the rod intact, checked the guides AND section alignments and only then marked the alignment dots. It's a process that should hopefully make this rod real easy to set up correctly when it's time to fish!

As much as I'd like to do more decorative wraps on a rod like this, the short butt section pretty much dictates keeping things to a minimum!

 
Pictures
The handle assembly on this 9'. The mortised uplocking Damon Rods reel seat. The hook keeper and winding check.
The underside inscription. The top inscription. The ferrule and alignment wraps.
Another look at the ferrules. The Chrome Hiloy Pac Bay Stripping Guides The traditional chrome snake guides.
 
The tip top. One last overview of the entire rod, broken down.  

 

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