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The story...


     I was contacted by V.K. and commissioned to build two float rods to his specifications on discontinued Sage blanks.  I faced some challenges based on the grip layout.  The elongated foregrips on both rods,  typical of many Canadian clients, places the reelseat low on the blank.  This caused some concern because of the rather large OD of the MB blank.  We were able to find a reelseat that works and has the color format in keeping with the motif.  Although they look very similar and draw from the same relative color pallet, they are unique in several areas.  The grips are slightly different in length-due to one of the reelseats being longer,  the grips use the same grab bag of cork, but in a different alignment and format,  the custom engraved buttcaps are slightly different in their placement (one is recessed the other is not) and the guide wraps are different but use very similar colors. 


Build Specifications:

Blank:  Sage GSH 3113MB & LB

Reelseat:  Batson

Reelseat Insert: Custom Stabilized BLMB

Stripper Guides:  AMTACK Nano Spinning

Running Guides:  AMTACK Nano Fly

Guide Wraps:  Copper Metallic, Gold Metallic, Black Metallic, Dark Walnut, Black and Gold Metallic

Winding Check: Custom Stabilized BLMB

Hookkeeper:  Gold Bent Wire

Decals:  Decal Connection

Cork: Custom Brown Burl, Burnt, Dark Mix, Light Mix, Rubberized Burl

F.Butt:  Custom, Rubberized Burl, Custom Engraved End Caps


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Build Review:


I have fun building these rods even though I'm always apprehensive about building upon discontinued and highly desirable rod blanks...  These two rods now bring the total to three of V.K.'s collection of IRC float rods.  I really appreciate his business and the trust he has placed in my abilities!




With this rod, the adventure ends, but another awaits my attention....

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