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7'6" 4wt. 2pc. Forecast - Fly Rod Specs
 
Components  
Source
Cost (approx.)
Blank - Forecast Hook & Hackle $14 (sale)
Length - 7' 6"    
Weight - 4    
Pieces - 2    
Action - Fast    
Finish - Gloss Blue    
Modulus - 33 million    
 
Tip top - Pac Bay Chrome Hook & Hackle $1
Guides - Pacific Bay Single Foot Snake Guides, Chrome Hook & Hackle $6
Hookkeeper - Pac Bay Chrome U, Sm. Hook & Hackle $0.25
Winding Check - Nickle Silver Hook & Hackle $3.00
 
Grip - Hook and Hackle A Grade Reverse Half Wells Inletted Hook & Hackle $10
 
Reel Seat - Hook and Hackle Uplocking Nickle Silver Skeleton Hook & Hackle $8
Reel Seat Insert - Spider Spalted Maple Blank, turned by MP blank via eBay $2
 
    Rough Component Cost - $45
 
Other Details      
Thread -

Main Wraps - FishKing Metallic, Size A, in Blue Pink (from Jann's Netcraft) Ferrule Wraps in Gudebrod Nylon Size A, Navy

Color Preserver - U40 Color Lock
Finish - Flex Coat    
       
Comments      

This one came together fast! All standard stuff, all stuff I had on-hand. It came out pretty nice, I hope Andreanna likes it!

 
Things I learned while building this rod

Well, here's the deal. I had an INLETTED A grade grip on hand...I thought it would be large enough for the reel seat skeleton. No dice, so I tried to bore it out. Let me tell you now, it's really tough to bore out an inletted grip if it's already bored out most of the way. I ended up "exploding" the grip and having to rebuild the end with cork on hand...then bore it out the right size the first time. It kinda came out more shaped like my "fluted cigar" grips than a reverse half wells.

Lesson learned - you're almost better off just boring out all of your own grips, custom made or prefab!

 
Pictures
Andreanna's first fly rod! The spalted maple insert and nickle silver reel seat skeleton by H&H. The "fixed" grip.
One more look at the butt section of this rod. The hook keeper and winding check. The underside inscription; at the time of photography Ken wasn't sure what he wanted the topside inscription to be.
The stripper guide.

The single foot snake guides.

The tip top.

 

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