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7' 6" 4 wt. 5 piece Forecast - Fly Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $18
Length - 7' 6"    
Pieces - 5    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Gloss Blue (dark)    
Modulus - 33 million    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Black, large loop Hook & Hackle $1.15
Guides - Pacific Bay Traditional Snake Guides, Black Hook & Hackle $4.00
Hookkeeper - Fuji Flip Up, Black Hook & Hackle $3.20
Winding Check - Black Vinyl Hook & Hackle $0.25
 
Grips - Custom Turned 7" Reverse Half Wells by MP    
Grip Materials - Grade A Natural Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.62
(3 @ $0.54)
  Natural (Brown) Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $3.60
(9 @ $0.40)
  Red Burl Cork Bingham Enterprises $1.20
(3 @ $0.40)
 
Reel Seat - Damon Rods Mortised Uplocking, Angle-Cut Bloodwood Insert Damon Rods $25
 
    Rough Component Cost - $58.00
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - Gudebrod Nylon , Size A, in Tan (0290) and Classic Twist Black/Red (0326). Ferrule wraps in Navy (0066) and Classic Twist Black/Red (0326).

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

This rod was available for purchase; my asking price was $195. It now belongs to Matt Jenning's (aka. Jenkins or MJ).

This is my 2nd 5 piece Forecast 4wt - the first was built and given to Jerry. I must say, these blanks cast better than the same model as a 2 piece; they're really OUTSTANDING for the price.

 
Things I learned while building this rod

This was a great build...everything just came together. I still find that these multi-piece blanks allow little room for any decorative work. I goofed on this one in one spot - I finished it without putting on the alignment dots! No problem, although it did require a 2nd coat of finish - this time I used a no-mix formula for quick and easy application. It looked like it wouldn't work out initially, but my fears subsided when everything dried just fine!

 
Pictures
An overview of this 5pc. Forecast 4wt. The handleset. A closeup of the angle cut bloodwood reel seat.
The custom grip. The Fuji Hook Keeper. The upper inscription.
The lower inscription. The ferrule wraps with alignment dots. The Stripping Guide.
The Black Pac Bay Traditional Snake Guides. The Oversized Tip Top.  

 

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