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7' 6" 4 wt. 2 piece Rainshadow RX7 - Fly Rod Specs
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow (Hook and Hackle IM6) Hook & Hackle $31 (sale)
Length - 7' 6"    
Weight - 4    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matte Black    
Modulus - 43 million    
Tip top - Pac Bay TiCH Hook & Hackle $4
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, TiCH Hook & Hackle $28
Hookkeeper - Pac Bay U, TiCH Hook & Hackle $2.00
Winding Check - Nickle Silver Hook & Hackle $3.00
Grips - Custom Turned 7" "Fluted Cigar" by MP    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $0.54
(1 @ $0.54)
  Green Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $2.40
(6 @ $0.40)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.57
(7 @ $0.51)
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7 Titanium with Sunburst Buckeye Burl Insert Winslow Rods $45
    Rough Component Cost - $120
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Spring Green (0105). Signature Block adds Black (0001)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This rod was available for purchase; my asking price was $265. Yet another rod I originally built for myself, and if it doesn't go, I'm more than happy to hold onto it! Jim Howard finally convinced me I should part with it ;)

Things I learned while building this rod

Again, although I didn't initially consider spring green to be a "light" color, it required the same treatment and care as a yellow or white wrap would....lots of burnishing and an extra coat of color preserver minimized bleed through of the dark blank underneath.

An overview of this stunning trout rod. Another look at the handleset on this rod. A closeup of the custom grip.
The Sunburst Buckeye Burl insert. A standard U shaped hookkeeper in TiCH I opted for the "holographic brown trout" decal on this one - simple and to the point.
The underside inscription.

The SIC ringed stripping guide.

The TiCH Snake Guides.
The tip top.    


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