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#1 steeldrifter

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:34 AM

Finally caught up on customer rods enough where I was able to sneak in a few minutes here & there to work on a new rod for myself. This is a 10' 4wt that I built to add to my own collection and use on the big waters of the Au Sable. Blank is Xi H&H 10' 4wt 4pc, grip has seven coats of urethane, classic twist brown & black wraps with metallic copper trim and a custom matching sock.
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#2 fshng2

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 11:05 AM

Wow! ...didn't realize it at first but I'm actually drooling.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:15 PM

Really like that color combo. Not too sure that I would like fishing with that super slick looking grip though it is pretty to look at.



#4 steeldrifter

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 12:36 PM

While it looks slick, the opposite is actually the case. The urethane coating gives a very high traction "grippiness" (is that a word? lol) Before I did my first one years ago I always looked at coated grips and wondered how guys ever were able to hang onto the slick looking grips. Then I did one and was amazed at how much traction they have.


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#5 mikechell

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 01:33 PM

That is a beautiful rod, Steve.  I like the tapering wraps at the grip ... and I LOVE the grip !!!


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#6 Dave G.

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:10 PM

While it looks slick, the opposite is actually the case. The urethane coating gives a very high traction "grippiness" (is that a word? lol) Before I did my first one years ago I always looked at coated grips and wondered how guys ever were able to hang onto the slick looking grips. Then I did one and was amazed at how much traction they have.

Ya I did a grip for my wife's 4 wt in spar urethane just as a sealer coat ( two coats) and if anything the gripping action or traction improved.. But it's some slow drying stuff !

 

Nice rod Steve,great colors, rich looking.


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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:22 PM

The high traction grippiness is exactly why I thought it might be unpleasant, as a long time carpenter, I learned to avoid urethane or varnish  on any handle, because nothing in the world creates a blister faster.

On a rod the hand might not get blistered, but my instincts all flare up at the visual of varnish on a handle.

 

It is very pretty though. Wish you much joy and many fish on it.



#8 steeldrifter

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 02:38 PM

I have two other rods I did the handles on like this as well, never had any blister issues at all, probably because your not using the type of force with a rod as you are with a hammer.

 

Thanks, should be putting it to use in a few weeks. Got a steelhead trip planned for 3 days in about a week but once I get back from that then we'll start hitting the trout and this rod will start seeing some action then.


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#9 Powershooter

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 03:24 PM

Beautiful rod Steve . I have never seen a grip like that before .
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#10 Swamp Fly

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 04:08 PM

Okay I gotta ask, how did you make the tapered wrap?



#11 steeldrifter

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 04:34 PM

Just reduced the number of turns on each wrap from 8 down to 2.


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#12 Swamp Fly

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 08:35 PM

Okay, I get it now (I think). They are bands, not a single spiral that tapers. 



#13 steeldrifter

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Posted 22 April 2018 - 09:44 PM

Yep individual bands. Not even sure why I did it, just an idea that hit me lol.


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#14 Swamp Fly

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Posted 23 April 2018 - 09:22 AM

Well I like it.  I wonder how that would look as accents over guide foot wraps. Might add some weight if you want a smooth finish but I bet it would look style'in.

 

Guess my brain saw what it wanted to as far as a spiral.  I was just trying to figure out how you did it it was, I can think of a couple things to try, but what a PIA it would be to make it look natural and neat.



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Posted 24 April 2018 - 03:14 PM

Individual bands?!  

 

Wow.

 

Very impressive!