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Here are some pics of my latest fly rod building project, an olive graphite 9' 3pc 5/6wt. It has American Tackle gold zirconia single foot guides, American Tackle braided window titanium reel seat with coralwood insert, and white YLI #100 silk thread. The ferrules are wrapped with olive Gudebrod nylon thread. This was my first attempt to build a grip for a fly rod. When I put the inlays i made from burnt burl and natural cork on my desk, I arranged them in a spiral pattern and liked it so much I decided to do the entire grip in a spiral pattern.
- This is the spiral pattern that inspired my grip. I built the rod around my idea for my grip.
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- This is the grip after all of the inlay pieces were epoxied together and before it has been sanded/shaped
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- This is the finished grip after I made it the desired shape and made the inlet for the recessed reel seat.
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- This is the fly rod blank that I decided on. It is just a generic blank, but I thought the color would fit my grip well.
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- This is the reel seat, guides, and winding check i selected to build this rod.
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- This is the assembled rod, before the first coat of finish is applied. I used low build Flex-Coat, so I needed two applications of finish. Note the white color that applying the finish made very close to clear.
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- These are 3 guides placed side by side after the finish has been applied (and cured) to show the transparency of the wraps.
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- This is a coseup of the grip, reel seat, and 3 rod sections.
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- Here is a closeup of the label I got from mudhole. After the problems I had with my first attempt to use a label on the rod before this one, I will work on my handwriting for the next rod I build. I do not think its worth the extra hastle to have the label. It does look much better than in the picture though, at an angle, it looks like the writing disappears
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