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7' 4 wt. 2 piece Rainshadow RX7 - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow (Hook and Hackle IM6) Hook & Hackle $30
Length - 7'    
Weight - 4    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Pac Bay Black, large loop Hook & Hackle $1.15
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $4.00
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black Hook & Hackle $3.20
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.25
Grips - Custom Turned 7" "Fluted Cigar" by MP    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $7.02
(13 @ $0.54)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.28
(2.5 @ $0.51)
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7 Black with Black/Blue Acrylic Insert and Mini Fighting Butt Winslow Rods $50
    Rough Component Cost - $97
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Tan (0290), Black(0001) and Blue(0245). Decorative Wrap adds Teal (0638) base wrap. Ferrule wraps in Gray (0441?).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This rod was available for purchase; my asking price was $295. Honestly, I was in no hurry to part with this rod!!! It's STUNNING. And what the heck, ya know what, it's MINE now.

Things I learned while building this rod

I worked hard on the decorative wraps on this rod! The Double Chevron Wrap is a variation of a double cross wrap; it's all in the wrapping order and placement of threads that comes up with the different pattern. Additionally, this decorative wrap starts out with a base wrap underneath the spiralled threads, adding to the time and difficulty. The result is worth the 3+ hours of work!

An overview of this stunning trout rod. The handleset. The acrylic reel seat.
The custom "fluted cigar" grip. The Fuji Hook Keeper. The Chevron Wrap.
A closeup of the Cheveron Wrap. The lower inscription. The topside inscription.
The stripper guide. The snake guides. The tip top.


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