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9' 7 wt. 2 piece Rainshadow RX7 - Fly Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow (Hook and Hackle IM6) Hook & Hackle $39 (sale)
Length - 9'    
Weight - 7    
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 Single Foot Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $8.00
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black Hook & Hackle $3.20
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.25
 
Grips - Custom Turned 7.5" "Fluted Cigar" by MP + 2" Fighting Butt    
Grip Materials - Brown Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.20
(8 @ $0.40)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $4.85
(9.5 @ $0.51)
  Red Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $0.40
(1 @ $0.40)
  Black Pac Bay Removeable Fighting Butt 2" Arbor Bingham Enterprises $9.80
 
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A8 Black with Black Woven Graphite Insert Hook & Hackle $17
 
    Rough Component Cost - $87
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Gray (0441), Black(0001) and Candy Apple Red (0335).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

This rod is available for purchase; my asking price is $245.

I originally designed this rod for myself, but seeing as how I already have quite a few rods and cash is tight, I'll let this one go (I can always come back and build a clone later!)

 
Things I learned while building this rod

A very straightforward build! It was actually this rod, when still in progress, that gave Jerry the notion that indeed, you don't have to put a full wells grip on a heavier rod if you really don't like them! One particular note; having a lot of rubberized cork & burl cork in the grip dose add some noticeable weight to the rod; if you want to go light, stick with straight regular cork!

 
Pictures
An overview of the 9' 7wt. that I originally started building for myself. The custom fighting butt. The Pac Bay A8 Woven Graphite Reel Seat.
A closeup of the custom grip. The Fuji Hook Keeper. A closeup of the "sparse" diamond wrap.
The Diamond Wrap on this rod, when viewed from the side. The upper inscription. The stripping guide.
The single foot snake guides reduce some of the weight on this rod...a good tradeoff considering the heavier nature of the grip. The oversized (large loop) Pacific Bay Tip Top.  

 

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