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7' 6" 4 wt. 5 piece Forecast - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $14
Length - 7' 6"    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Gloss Blue (dark)    
Modulus - 33 million    
Tip top - Pac Bay Black Hook & Hackle $1.15
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $4.00
Hookkeeper - Pac Bay Black U Hook & Hackle $0.25
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.25
Grips - Custom Turned 7" Reverse Half Wells by MP    
Grip Materials - Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $5.60
(14 @ $0.40)
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7 Black Skeleton Winslow Rods $5
Reel Seat Insert- MP-turned Buckeye Burl Blank from eBay $2
    Rough Component Cost - $32
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod HT Metallic, Size A, in Copper (9396). Ferrule wraps and Diamond wraps add Navy (0066).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
This rod was available at $95, Bill H. has spoken for it.

This rod features some prototype work, including a mix of diamond/spiral wrap. Also one of the first reel seat inserts I've ever turned. Additionally, the grip was not finished with U-40 Cork Seal, but rather Gloss Man-o-War Marine Spar Varnish. Worst case scenario, I might expect the gloss finish on the grip to wear off, perhaps becoming cloudy (which could easily be fixed with a refinish). This rod would normally sell for $175, but considering the "prototype" nature I've made a price concession for the lucky person who ends up with it.

Things I learned while building this rod

I learned that I'm better off leaving the insert turning to guys who really know what they're doing (i.e. Dave Winslow @ Winslow Rods). For every usable insert I've turned, I have 3 more that are trash!

An overview of this rod. The reel seat. The grip was finished with Man-O-War Marine Spar Varnish, Gloss.
The hook keeper. The cross + spiral warp. A closeup of the decorative wrapping from above.
The lower inscription. The upper inscription. The Stripping Guide.
The Black Pac Bay Traditional Snake Guides.    


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