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    One of my newest builds... The rod is built on a no name 12' 7wt 4pc spey blank, since I don't do any spey fishing I decided to try it out as a 3pc 9' 9wt rod. The action is prtty fast but not broom stick fast and cast a outbound 9wt line(375gr) great. The blank has a very nice olive color that looks very similar to the GLoomis CC rods. I was so happy with the rod tha I'm building one for a buddy for his birthday and a second for myself. The best part of it is I am getting the blank kit wit all the components for $65 plus what ever the handle I choose to use costs. Just plain black wraps I've not ventured into the fancy stuff yet, I'm just happy to get the finish on the guides without getting a bunch of bubbles in it.



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    I did those grips, thats crazy cool.
    "When you do things right, people wont be sure you've done anything at all."

    Storm Drain Bonefisher

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    My main gear for the last 5-6 years. Guideline LPXe 9ft 6wt, Guideline Reelmaster LA 6-8 reel and Airflo 40+ intermediate. Shot when everything was new and shiny




    And finally a 3 kg brown from last summer and same gear in the background.


    For this year I have exchanged the LPXe for a Fario of same size. Need to take some pictures of the Fario rod which is a beautiful rod.

    Hrannar

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    Greetings Hauxon,

    Welcome to the forum and WOW what a fish that is! Your's is the first Guideline rod & reel I've spotted here but I have been away and must do some back tracking to catch up.

    Hope you'll stay with us, Iceland is an intriguing place.

    Ard

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    even a newb (me) can easily identify beauty in those rods.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wishiniwerfishin View Post
    One of my newest builds...
    Great looking rig, wiwf! I handled some grips like that at the rod builders show and was wowed by how light weight they are. Being ready made they were a little expensive for what I had in mind. The maker had those grips in all sorts of colors and patterns. When I picked them up it struck me... candle sticks!
    The colors and patterns were so cool I was going to buy some as candle sticks, mount the on some sort of base to give as gifts to my wife and others. The prices brought me back down to Earth. I would prefer grips like the one you have. That beast is way cool.
    Have you fished the rig much yet? I wonder how that glossy finish feels and grips when sweaty or wet. I would hate to cast it right into the drink?

    Have you ever reversed that Abel Arm or whatever it is holding your reel. By the balance point you're holding the rod at it looks to be a bit tip heavy. Moving the mass back will give that rig a whole new feel.

    Thanks for the eye candy on this Easter evening.

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    Last fall / early winter I added 2 rods into my salmon / trout collection. I'll post the second in a while but start off with this one.

    I chose a 13' Hardy Marksman 2 T in 13' 8 weight and am happy with the way they are making the rods. I haven't been able to fish with it yet but expect to go within a week.

    The package starts off with a tube bag over and protecting a nicely finished powder coated rod tube. Inside the tube your rod is of course protected in a well made rod sock.



    The reel seat is totally different than any of my old rods and the knurled locking rings spin freely on the threaded hardware.





    Fit & finish is good quality all around and the only gaps I found in the cork are the 2 at the neat little trim ring on the rear or bottom cork.





    In keeping with the traditional way that Hardy does things the rod sections are provided with ferrule plugs for all female ferrules, a nice touch for sure. While ferrule plugs are not really needed they impart a certain old school quality to a good rod.





    The reel seat has a good solid and smooth fit and here you see it fit with the reel that I will use with this rod already loaded with a 690 grain 55' head.



    I'm ready to get this season going here
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    Default Re: Rod Love; the Fly Rod Picture Thread

    wow ard!
    fine looking hardy you have there
    those ferrule plugs are a classy touch.
    now post its mate on the reel love thread

    casey


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    Default Re: Rod Love; the Fly Rod Picture Thread

    Opps,

    Forgot the picture with reel................. (added it) thanks for the nudge Casey. Same old reel just a new rod. The other rod I'll post has a new reel with.

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    I feel a bit whimpy ,,what with Ard's 'Wand of God' he posted LOL,,,(btw,,IMPRESSIVE looking rod, Ard !) but here is my 8ft 6in , 3wt Orvis Superfine that arrived today,,,with the Orvis CFO I got from Casey. I did just a wee bit of 'yard casting',,,and it's soft,,,sooo soft. With a bit of lite breeze to contend with, I could still lay a reasonably good touch out to about 45ft. Today, that was about my limit,,,it 'might' improve with getting to know the rod,,but that's still dang decent in my book for a slow flex 3wt.

    I find my meal by finding my meal's meal.

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