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Old 06-05-2014, 11:58 PM
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Default New 10wt build

NOTE: fighting butt is detachable, just not on in the pictures

This is a new build for my upcoming trip to Northern Wisconsin. I'm hoping to land my first Musky on a fly. Hooked one last September while bass fishing, but foolishly forgot to change my bass leader and the Musky sliced right through it. Not this year...

It is a 9' 10wt 4 piece TFO Mangrove blank. The huge decal drives me nuts but I heard too many good things about the blank and the price was right, so I went for it. Timing was actually great, they just started selling the blanks this Spring. TFO said any suppliers could get them but the first couple I checked with couldn't/didn't want to get them. Thankfully Angler's Workshop was happy to send it my way.

Guides are chrome Snake Brand from Proof Fly Fishing and I used Gudebrod Chestnut Brown size A thread for the wraps with Bullard silk for trim on ferrules, stripping guides, and butt wraps. Also use Bullard for the CP and Diamond II for finish. Grabbed a pre-made grip (yes I cheated) and a gunsmoke A8 seat from J Stockard along with a detachable fighting butt, which I forgot to put on for the pictures. Winding check is from Ye Old English Fly shop.

Paired it with an Orvis Battenkill Mid Arbor V (thanks Comonavs!) and a Hydros 3D Deep Sink 350 grain line. Need to order a large hook keeper and will add that along with some other simple, decorative wraps on the butt section. Tried to keep the build simple and look forward to putting it to work putting some big flies in front of musky, pike, and bass.

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Thanks for looking, hopefully I'll be posting some fish pictures later this month.
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Old 06-06-2014, 07:37 AM
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William: Beautiful work, congrats! Now we want to see a big ugly Musky landed with that 10 wt......best of luck with the fishing.
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No fighting butt? Nice epoxy work

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Nice work, I've been looking forward to seeing the finished product.
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Yes, a fighting butt, detachable, from the description:

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... along with a detachable fighting butt, which I forgot to put on for the pictures.
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Looks great. Very surprised by the lack of a fighting butt myself. As a guy whos hooked a few 40" + muskies on the fly, my forearms and wrists are cringing!
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Looks great. Very surprised by the lack of a fighting butt myself. As a guy whos hooked a few 40" + muskies on the fly, my forearms and wrists are cringing!
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Darn you for posting at the same exact time as me!

And darn me for not reading the part in the original post.
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Nice one William. That is a beast of a rod! The chestnut Gudebrod is a nice match, and I like the simplicity. Did you try to clean the TFO decal off with alcohol or acetone? I've removed them before. It is big, but I left it on that TFO switch I made over the winter, I don't think it's that bad.

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Looks Great.
Best of luck Musky hunting.

You need to tie a baby duckling or squirrel pattern somehow to go for top water musky.
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