June 30 2011

Rusty Nail (10’ 10” 6 Weight Switch–2 piece)

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I built this rod from a 10’ 6” 7 weight single handed blank I got from Utmost on closeout.  I think it is a Pac-Bay blank but not sure. This was my first rod build and I probably got a little ambitious with it.  I know I made some cosmetic mistakes, but after reading on the rodbuilding forum, I think they are correctable and I will give that a go later this summer. For now, I am too busy using it to start a project that will restrict its use.  It is a great throwing rod.

I added a reel seat that would allow a removable butt for this rod.  I now have three different butts, although I mainly stick with the 4 inch one shown installed. The rod is a plum color and I got some purple and some fuscia thread to use, but did not like either so I settle for some black. Guides are single foot, ceramic insert guides from Angler’s roost.

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After finishing this rod and doing the weight test, it came out to be between 6 and 7 weight.  I started out trying a bunch of 7 weight spey line, but they were too heavy, or at least for me.  I have finally settled on a Rio AFS 5/6 scandi line and a 325 grain Skagit short line for this rod.  They both work beautifully. 80 foot casts are not a problem and if I push, 100 foot are relatively easy.

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I have since updated to Airflo Compact Scandi 390 grains at 31 feet and a Rio Northwest Skagit 450 grains at 27 feet.  They both work really well on this rod.  I still use the AFS 5/6 if I want a more delicate presentation, but eh 390 is my go to string for this stick.

I was using the 6 inch grip for 2 handed, but it just was comfortable, so I built the 4 inch grip above and enjoy it more. View of other grips…

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Posted June 30, 2011 by Tom Martin in category "Fly Fishing

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