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7' 6" 4 wt. 2 piece Forecast - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $14 (sale)
Length - 7' 6"    
Weight - 4    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Gloss Blue    
Modulus - 33 million    
Tip top - Pac Bay Black, Standard Loop Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $4
Hookkeeper - Pac Bay U Shaped, Black Hook & Hackle $0.25
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.25
Grips - Custom Turned 7.5" "Fluted Cigar" by MP    
Grip Materials - Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.02
(2 @ $0.51)
  Brown Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.60
(9 @ $0.40)
  A Grade Cork Bingham Enterprises $2.16
(4 @ $0.54)
Reel Seat - Pac Bay UL5 Black Bingham Enterprises $5
Reel Seat Insert - Custom MP turned Buckeye Burl buckeye blank via eBay $2
Decal - Holographic Brown Trout Jann's Netcraft $1.45
    Rough Component Cost - $35
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Gold (0340) and Black (0001) with HT Metallic Trim Bands in Gold.

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

My asking price on this rod was $215, but I liked it so much I've decided to KEEP IT for my own! It is no longer for sale.

I love how this rod came together - I avoided gold thread for a long time but wow, I really like it's look. I opted to do a decorative inscription panel along the lines of how Dave @ Creekside finishes most of his's a sharp look without a ton of work. The a 2nd layer of finish covers the decal and inscription...I must again thank Dave for his inspiration as it's reflected in this rod.

Things I learned while building this rod

Well, I've tried turning several reel seat inserts now, and by far unstabalized Buckeye Burl is one of the easier woods to turn and finish.

You'll see stabalized wood inserts being sold for much more; this is primarily due to the cost of the stabalization process, whereby (in a nutshell) acrylics are forced into the wood blank. This process makes the blank heavier but also much more harder, more durable and safer to turn...unstabalized wood is much more likely to blow out during the turning process. The truth about non-stabalized wood is that once you've turned it, bored and reamed it to fit the blank (custom inserts I turn all start at .250" ID) it's every bit as tough as a stabalized insert yet much lighter. It's a tradeoff, most of stabalizing's benefits are found in the manufactureing process.

Another MP custom turned buckeye burl reel seat. I LOVE buckeye burl! The custom turned grip. The hook keeper and winding check.
The bottom inscription carries the rod details. A brown trout decal adorns the upper side of the inscription block. The stripper guide, as in the rest of the rod Gold Thread for the main portion of the wrap plus black and metallic gold trim.
The snake guides. The tip top.  

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