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Finished up this rod for my cousin last week. 8ft 6in 4 wt 3 piece flyrod. Built the handle myself out of a mixture of cork, burl cork, composit rubber/cork, and craft foam. Turned it on the lathe to fit his bigger hands and handle preference. A simple orange, blue, and lite blue diamond wrap. Final weight was 3.2 ounces. And he was more than estatic!!!

Heres the handle, I would have liked to have used a better grade cork with less imperfections but he wanted a more "used" look...

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Butt wrap before applying finish...

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Finished diamond; funny , you think the threads are packed real well then you take a macro picture and "mistakes" show up real well, lol...

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I used lightweight single foot guides...

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Very nice work. I believe you achieved look with handle. Is the burl cork easy to work with??? I have not yet ventured into using that stuff, but I really like what I've seen done with it. Again, very nice!

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Very nice work Dark Cloud!! Colors contrast nice and everything looks straight and tight.

I bought some burl cork and have it sitting on the work bench, but have not had a chance to try it yet. I have some birch bark and the composite cork that I think I am going to try here in a little bit. Have to see what happens when the time comes.

I have 2 virgin blanks and 1 in progress, so with summer gone maybe I can get my butt back down in the work shop and get something done. But fall is when fishing picks up, gotta get my self motivated a little wink

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Looks great DC. I am still looking forward to building my first custom. Been too busy as of late, this winter should give me the time I need. Awesome work, and I really like the look of the handle.

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Thanks all. It was a fun build as I knew how much my cousin would enjoy and appreciate it. Plus handle was a new adventure...

The burl cork was nice to work with. It actually turned smoother and easier than regular cork. With the riseing cost of cork I believe your gonna see more burl and composit stuff on the market. I'd like to see a product that had the light color of cork. Good cork is outrageous and there is no universal gradeing system, so one mans flor grade is anothers economy grade...

As far as a good time to build? There never seems to be a good season. Salmon and steelhead are starting to move into the rivers, archery season is almost here, and the fall walleye bite takes us almost to first ice. Its that darn "work" thing that messes everything up!

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Its that darn "work" thing that messes everything up!

Yep....A wife and steady job has ruined many a good fisherman!

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Looks very nice DC. I just build a new trolling rod for cranks this fall also. Problem with this rod building is, one could end up with way too many rods.

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Problem with this rod building is, one could end up with way too many rods.

I don't see the logic here Tom, how could one have too many rods?

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Problem with this rod building is, one could end up with way too many rods.

Is that even possible? grin

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Yes, I'm to the point where I do not need any more. frown Thats not to say I won't build anymore but I just don't really need them.

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Too many rods? Are you nuts? Just send me what you dont need and Ill sell them in the swap meet for ya. wink

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Need and want are 2 distinctly separate things wink

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Need and want are 2 distinctly separate things wink

Exactly!!!

Do I need 7 flyrods with plans on building 2 more? Do I need 20some ice rods with 3 more on the way...

What gets scary is when you start stockpileing blanks for furture builds cuz they are a "good deal" crazy

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one could end up with way too many rods.

Tom, I cant beleve you are saying that. The only problem would be not having enough reels.

DC. looks vary nice, I like the handle and the weight.

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Im saying that. I really sometimes have a hard time understanding why I have the rods I do. Its not like they go up in value but they are nice.

I do plan building a few more new ones this winter I just need to figure out what I really don't need. Maybe a family member could use one too. It is

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