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Old 12-21-2011, 01:03 PM
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Here are some pictures of my recently completed 4/5wt green Sevier rod. I built it for my sister-in-law whose learning to fly fish - my brother is giving it to her for Christmas. I made the grip from different corks and the chrome snake guides and an oversized tiptop will hopefully work well for her. I used a dropshot hook keeper for the first time. For thread I used black but highlighted it with black and silver craftsman's twist from Bullard.

I did a few personalized touches like sanding the grip down a bit more to fit a petite woman's hand and lowering the stripping guide to make it easier to reach the line. I also had her monogram engraved on the butt cap and used the silhouettes of their dogs that they used on their wedding invites on the decal. I also attempted my first feather inlay with a ring neck pheasant feather and two grizzly hackles, and like how the feather colors tie together the colors of the grip and the black and silver bands in the rod.

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Nice job! I was just looking at those drop shot hook keepers. I think with the way I like to go with the leader once around the fly reel foot those would work better than the folding ones I usually use.
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Fantastic looking work William, how did you stick down your feather inlay before you flex coated it?

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I put a layer of finish over the base wraps and then used color preserver to hold down the feathers. This let me readjust them a bit before the cp dried and also allowed me to remove them when I realized I mess up in some way . Then just another layer of finish over them.

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Nice job! I was just looking at those drop shot hook keepers. I think with the way I like to go with the leader once around the fly reel foot those would work better than the folding ones I usually use.
I really like it, but was worried that it might be able to work it's way out with only one foot wrapped down (I'd never worked with single foot guides either). I did my own clumsy version of a forhan wrap and put a bunch of finish at the top of the foot to lock it in.
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I like your build-very nice
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William: Congrats, that is a great looking rod! I really liked your choice of thread color and the feather inlays.
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William: Congrats, that is a great looking rod! I really liked your choice of thread color and the feather inlays.
Thanks Larry!

My brother gave her the rod just after Christmas and it.was a hit. Can't wait to go fishing with her.
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wow, thats impressive work
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Nice looking rod!

I'm just building my first one now, so I can appreciated the skill needed to do some of the things that you did on that rod.

I'm sure it was well appreciated by the recipient!

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I really like that silver thread, the grizzly hackle really compliments the pattern. Great job on the single trim wraps! Those are fun to do.

I did a black and silver rod last winter, I really like the look.

Great work, thanks for sharing.
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