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Guest1 03-25-2013 01:25 AM

17' 11 wt, T & T
Well I'm almost finished with my 17' 4 pc. 11 wt. Thomas and Thomas two hander. I did all the thread work on the top three pieces, and turned the top grip. I used stabilized burl for the ends of the grip and did a variation of checkers in dark and light cork. I used blue cork burl instead of real cork. The reason is that the last cork I got in an attempt to get good stuff still cost me $3.50 a ring and needed fill anyway. This was a lot cheaper and I wanted to do one like this anyway. The photos did not turn out very well as far as color goes, they are more blue than what shows on my monitor anyway.

I'm making the seat downlocking because even though I have a giant reel for this thing, I also have 17' of 11 wt' to balance. Every little bit helps. I have the bottom grip glued up and ready to turn. I'll do it tomorrow. It has the same wood starting against the seat in a mirror image of the other end. It's followed by the same checker variation.

In the top photo, the cork against the wood will match beter when I get the cork seal on it. I did the rest of the grip but did not want to get it on the wood. I'll go back with a smaller brush and fix it. Plus when it dries it will match more closely. It was still wet when I snapped the photo.

ghocevar 03-25-2013 06:41 AM

17' 11 wt, T & T
That's one long, and nice looking, stick.

sandfly 03-25-2013 07:39 AM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
nice dan I agree with doing a down locking for balance, it helps with the loooong rods..

jpbfly 03-25-2013 12:01 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
Great job on the wood and cork Dan:worthy:
ghocevar it's not a long stick for Dan....he's looking for a 20':D

sumojo 03-25-2013 02:21 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
Wow Great Job :)

watson 03-25-2013 04:03 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
Beautiful work Dan, looks great!

littledavid123 03-25-2013 07:30 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
Beautiful work Dan, you are king of the tall rod boys. :D


gatortransplant 03-25-2013 07:54 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
Awesome stuff Dan! The stabilized burl looks very sharp, and I like the idea of using the down-lock to help with balance. 17' is a whole lot for only one reel to deal with, haha.

dakotakid 03-25-2013 08:01 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
Awesome looking rod.

If you don't mind me asking, why 17'? Are you expecting to be able to toss a fly twice as far as with a 9 or 19' rod. As new as I am to this sport, that seems like a highly specialized rod, but for what purpose?


fly_guy12955 03-25-2013 08:19 PM

Re: 17' 11 wt, T & T
What'cha gonna call it,,,the Dan ONE ? :eek: LOL

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