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7' 6" 4 wt. 5 piece Forecast Spin/Fly
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $18 (sale)
Length - 7' 6"    
Weight - 4    
Pieces - 5    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Gloss Blue    
Modulus - 33 million    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Hiloy, Black Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Ceramic Fly Guides with Hiloy Strippers, Black Hook & Hackle $8
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black, Small Hook & Hackle $4
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.50
 
Grips - Custom Turned Spin/Fly Fore and Aft Grips    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $9.72
(18 @ $0.54)
  Rubberized Cork Bingham Enterprises $4.08
(8 @ $0.51)
 
Reel Seat - Pac Bay G16SKIC-B Bingham Enterprises $3.70
Reel Seat Insert - Cork Bingham Enterprises $2.99
 
    Rough Component Cost - $52.00
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Navy (0066)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

This rod is available for purchase - $195 WITH CASE!

This was more of a learning curve rod than many past....trying something different with some spare materials I had on hand (i.e. the single foot fly guides and the cork real seat). It casts a DT 4wt with ease, in fact better than any other rod I've built on this blank. I attribute a lot of that to the slightly slower action (the reel seat is 7.5" closer to the tip, thus proportionally more of the rod bends) as well as the ceramic ring fly guides (less friction than wire guides).

 
Things I learned while building this rod

Well, the real thing I learned is to not crank down the screws on my rod dryer too tight...it put three nice little divits into the cork butt! ACK! Surprisingly, this rod fly casts just fine even with 7.5" of "butt" behind the reel...it didn't get in the way or anything.

One of the things I do know is that to truly build a better spin/fly, the rear sections should be reconfigureable, which this one is not. Utilizing 2 blanks, it would be EASY to build the spinning handleset on the 4th section of the rod (Dave Winslow of Winslow Rods has done this more than once and states that these make exceptional spinning setups.) With the second blank, you have another 4th section to go "blank", and then you build the 5th section up as the fly reel seat & grip. A couple extra pieces required (from the 2nd blank), a couple rod sections wasted, but in the end it would make perhaps the perfect true spin/fly combo. Granted, you're almost at the point where you might as well just build 2 separate rods then. More or less this one was just some tinkering around, seeing what could be done. I suspect it will cast spinning gear just fine, even though being a bit "long" for a trout spinning rod (usually they're more around 6').

 
Pictures
An overview of this innovative spin/fly rod. The Rear Grip - it is not removeable. The cork insert reel seat keeps things light!
The foregrip. The hookkeeper had to be a fuji, there wasn't enough room on the bottom section to have a standard U-shaped keeper. The inscription had to be placed on the upper 4th section of the rod; no room on the butt section.
The underside inscription.

The stripper guide.

The single foot hiloy fly guides shoot line better than any other guides I've used.
The hiloy tip top.    

 

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