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  • Custom nymphing rod - round 2

    Finally got around to photographing this rod. This is the second of a pair I made for a neighbor and his son. I took him out to give it a test drive and some coaching on the technique. So, as I was going through the key points of how to euro-nymph I happen to catch a little brown on the first drift. He looked at me like I was Superman. I told him, "that's just how easy it can be with this technique". Well, I'll be darned if he didn't go and follow suit and catch one on his first drift through the same run. I threw my hands up , said "you got it from here" and left him to it. He went on to catch 4 or 5 in maybe 1.5 hours so I think he does get it. Good mojo on this rod!

    This is a 10.5', 2wt, 4 pc. It is ultra high modulus, nano-resin, Toray carbon fiber/graphite. This rod was done in blue with tan highlights on the olive bronze blank (I've never seen this color blank).

    The grip is stabilized, blue dyed burl maple with curly maple accents. I turned the handle and reel seats myself after glue-up of inlays.


    Other side of the grip has a some birdseyes in an orange/gold color. I love finding this sort of thing in wood turning. You never know what the interior is going to show.


    The seat insert is made to match the grip.


    I did a simple diamond for the butt wrap.


    The single foot guides were done with a 5 turn thread inlay. I did the ferrule wraps the same but with 10 turns.


    Another lucky guy. This turned out to be a very attractive rod.
    These brook trout will strike any fly you present, provided you don't get close enough to present it.
    -- Dick Blalock

  • #2
    Beautiful rod. Glad you made sure it was a fishing rod.

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    • #3
      Super slick looking stick. Great job as always Kurt.
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      • #4
        Love your wraps.

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        • #5
          Beautiful rod. You did an amazing job. How long have you been making rods?

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          • #6
            I made my first rod in 2010. Been doing several per year since.
            These brook trout will strike any fly you present, provided you don't get close enough to present it.
            -- Dick Blalock

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            • #7
              Beautiful rod. I don't think I have seen one of yours that didn't look great!
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              • #8
                Beautiful rod!

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                • #9
                  How much does this rod cost if you build them for sale?
                  I know you don't make them in a day, that is a beautiful rod. thanks for showing
                  AL

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by RIVER FISHERMAN View Post
                    How much does this rod cost if you build them for sale?
                    I don't make them to sell at this time. Just a hobby for family and friends.

                    But since others always ask; from other builders I've seen a rod like this can run from $500 to $1500 depending on the blank and customization chosen. I haven't built on any of the real high end blanks such as a Sage, T&T, etc but the blanks, seat hardware and grip materials I use are really getting expensive. Not unusual to get a beautiful piece of wood for a grip that is $50-100 in the rough. Cutting up a $100 burl for inlays is a real gut check of self-confidence in your abilities. The one-off butt wraps I like to do go for $20-$40 per inch depending on how elaborate they are (I usually do mine about 5" but it really depends on the size of the rod blank). A high end guide set (10-12 pieces) can run upwards of $50 or more. Inexpensive guides will run about $25 set. Even the epoxy is really going up in price. At least thread is still cheap.
                    These brook trout will strike any fly you present, provided you don't get close enough to present it.
                    -- Dick Blalock

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                    • #11
                      THANKS for the information now if you want to began selling let us know you probley could find some buyers
                      on this site.
                      THANKS AL

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