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9' 8 wt. 4 pc. Rainshadow RX7 Fly Rod
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Rainshadow (aka. Hook and Hackle IM6) Hook & Hackle $78
Length - 9'    
Weight - 8 wt.    
Pieces - 4    
Action - Mod-Fast    
Finish - Matte 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, Sm Hook & Hackle


Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle


Grip - Pac Bay Top Quality Full Wells Hook & Hackle $23
Fighting Butt - Pac Bay 2" Fighting Butt Hook & Hackle $12
Reel Seat - Pac Bay A7, Black Hook & Hackle $22
Decal - Holographic Brown Trout Jann's Netcraft $2
    Rough Component Cost - $149
Other Details      
Thread -

Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Black (0001), HT Metallic, Size A in Bronze (9541) and Silver (9002). Chevron Wrap adds Nylon, Size A, in White (0002), Tan (0290), Goldenrod (0209), and Candy Apple Red (0335)

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    

Mike Otte, a former student, new fly fisher and all aroung great guy has always wanted a "MPC" (Matt Pedersen Custom). Well, Christmas of '05 was rolling around quickly and his wife Jeanette (also a former student) contacted me to put this together! Due to the time crunch we had to forego some of the things I really would have liked to do for Mike (like a custom turned grip), but in the end the thing came out looking great all the same!

Things I learned while building this rod

DON'T TRUST the reel seat to be "leak proof" just 'cause it's "supposed to be". When I brought the grip down on the hood of the channel lock seat, I thought all was fine...stored it and checked it out the next day only to see that excess epoxy had slowly leaked into and underneath the front hood. When something like that happens, you usually START OVER, but due to the time crunch I instead had to sit there and scrape it all out, painstakingly SLOW WORK. About 4 hours of rubbing and scraping got the thing fully functional, but if you look inside that hood, you can tell something went awry :(

Moral of the story - don't use too much epoxy, and if you can,check under the hood just to be safe!

An overview of Mike's 9' 8wt. The hook keeper etc..

The custom chevron wrap, inspired by the colors of a brown trout.

The Top Inscription - the inscription is in German. The Bottom Inscription The Stripping Guides
Alignment Dots on the male side of each ferrule.

The single foot snake guides, in black.

The tip top.


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