Well, I skipped a week (because I forgot my camera), but here's the progress from last Sunday. It's just about compete now; just waiting for the second Flex Coat to dry on the wraps. I plan to pick it up at the shop this Friday.
The pics aren't very good. I think I was trying to get too close to the subject to hold the camera by hand. A tripod would have helped, but it was a pretty informal and relaxed envoronment, so fuzzy is the best that I could get.
Here's one of the reel seat glued up on the rod:
And one showing the stripper guide. I used a #12 agate guide on this 9'0" 6 wt. rod; with a red/brown stone, which works pretty well with the reel seat and the thread wraps:
A pic of the seat again with the end of one of the sections. The chestnut wraps don't stand out nearly as much on the rod when it's in normal light; it's a very dark brown color under the Flex Coat:
Here's a pic of one of the guide wraps and an end section; after the first Flex Coat:
And one of the tip top:
Another wrapped guide shot after the first Flex Coat:
Looking up towards the winding check:
The reel seat, epoxied in place with tape removed:
We "signed" our rods. My writing hand (right) shakes, so I had someone else do it for me. I'm not really happy with the way that it came out, but there it is:
Second Flex Coat applied and rod sitting in the rollers for 24 hours of drying time (should have come off the rollers on Monday). Mine is in the back on the bottom.
And that's about it. I'll pick up the rod this week and, hopefully, get to some water in the not too distant future to try it out. Actually, it will probably get "snow-cast tested" a lot sooner than that!
It took more time than I thought it would, but it was a lot of fun. I'm already thinking about building another rod; one for Marty. Probably an 8'6" 3 wt., off a Winston blank. She needs a 3 wt.; I know she does...............(chuckle)