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10' 7wt. 3pc. Rainshadow RX7 Fly Rod
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow RX7 (aka. Hook and Hackle IM6) Hook & Hackle $54
Length - 10'    
Weight - 7 wt.    
Pieces - 3    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matt Black    
Modulus - 43 million modulus    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Black, Large Loop Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pac Bay Black Single Foot Snake Guides Hook & Hackle $7
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black, Lg Hook & Hackle

$3.20

Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle

$0.50

 
Grip - H&H Fine Quality Full Wells Hook & Hackle $16
 
Fighting Butt - Custom 7.5" Full Wells Rear Grip    
Fighting Butt Materials- Black 5" Fighting Butt Arbor Hook & Hackle $17
  H&H Fine Quality Full Wells Hook & Hackle $16
 
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A8 Channel Lock, Black Jann's Netcraft $19
 
    Rough Component Cost - $134
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Charcoal (0441)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

This was Ken's 2nd rod...it took forever to locate the Channel Lock reel seats as they were on back-order all the way back to the factory at Pac Bay!

 
Things I learned while building this rod

This was a very easy build...nothing new here. As with past "extended" fighting butts, I removed the cork from the 5" butt to leave me with the aluminum arbor. I used a piece of scrap blank to extend the length, epoxied it on and then installed the rear grip! The hole at the end of the butt was plugged with rubberized cork, turned to size.

 
Pictures
An overview of Ken's 10' 7wt. Another, closer look at the overall handle assembly.

The aft grip.

The reel seat. The foregrip. The hook keeper and winding check.
The upper inscription.

The lower inscription.

The 2nd and 3rd lines of the lower inscription. Again, Ken placed his full phone number on the rod should it ever get lost - I have blocked out a portion of the number to protect his privacy.
A stripping guide. The single foot snake guides. The tip top.

 

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