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Deer Hunting Rod

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Finally got this build completed and off to the customer.

The blank is a Rainshadow ISJ782. The handle is eastern red cedar with a deer decal I made myself. The butt inlay is a 20 gauge shell with a coat of Lumiseal over it. The trickiest part of this build was finding a deer antler big enough to use as the reel seat. I found a 10 point set that I was able to use.

It's not shown here but the rod also features a black epoxy ramp that reaches down five inches onto the blank and contains the customer's name.

Thanks to Bill and Al at Midwest Rod and Reel for the rod components and Andy for furnishing the shell!

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Upnorth, you're right, I do. I like the challenge of finding out the customer's other interests and then incorporating that into the rod's design...if they're open to that idea.

But as always, function before form. When I test casted this particular rod I was able to sling a 1/4 oz. weight with 6lb. mono 100' without much effort at all.

If the rod performs poorly the customer isn't going to care what it looks like.

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