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7' 6" 4wt. 2pc. Forecast Fly Rod
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $14 (sale)
Length - 7' 6"    
Weight - 4 wt.    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - REFINISHED White    
Modulus - 33 million modulus    
Tip top - Pac Bay Chrome Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pac Bay Chrome Single Foot Snake Guides Hook & Hackle $4
Hookkeeper - none  


Winding Check - Nickle Silver Hook & Hackle


Grip - H&H A Grade Reverse Half Wells Hook & Hackle $10
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7, Chrome Hook & Hackle $10
    Rough Component Cost - $42
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Orange (0221)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

This is the first of two fly rods designed specifically for fly-casting instruction. These rods were built for Rich Brown's Fish FAT Iowa Fly Fishing School.

Things I learned while building this rod

OK, the big new thing on this rod was the REFINISHING of the blank. After doing some online forum postings, it became apparent that an epoxy-based paint was necessary to repaint a blank.

I originally wanted to do the rods in FLAME ORANGE - nothing would show up better in pictures and video. However, Flame Orange was a pretty big outlaw of cash and required the appropriate sprayer. Instead, I was lead to a white epoxy spraypaint, typically used in the automotive field. After locating the paint the next step was to sand down the blanks and repaint them.

It took a few coats..the first was rather thin and let much of the blue blank show through. When it was all said and done though, I had 2 WHITE blanks to work with. The male ferrule took a bit of sanding to fit comfortably into the tip section. The finish scratches a bit easier than a factory finish, but overall the experiment was a success.

The only other things done differently on these rods are very minor details. First, I omitted hookkeepers - it didn't seem necessary on a rod that would only be casting yarn! Turns out Rich liked the rods so much that students were fishing them on the rivers...should've put on that hookkeeper!

The other small change was the pen used to inscribe the finished rods. Ron Caimi had the answer there - it's a black artists pen, 0.05 in size.

An overview of casting rod #1 The handleset.

The chrome A7 reel seat.

A closeup of the A-Grade grip The winding check. The lower inscription.
The upper inscription.

The single foot snake guides

The tip top.


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