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#12005506 - 12/27/16 07:36 AM Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off
Huckleberry Offline
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Rainshadow Eternity ETEC72MH-SS - Normally $191.58 - got mine during black Friday for $143.69
MVT Toray Trigger Reel Seat 13.5 - $29.42
MVT DKN Titanium Hood - $14.40
ALPS Aluminum Winding Checks - $13.72
Fuji titanium frame / torzite rings - $131.64
Winn Forecast Grips - $44.35

Note: 31 years ago, I learned how to wrap rods as a teen in Lantana Beach Fla. at a bait store I hung out at (Capt. Johns Bait and Tackle). He taught me how to wrap big saltwater rods. This is my second bass rod I've attempted since. Much harder to wrap a small diameter rod than a big saltwater rod and I can't see worth a [censored] anymore!

Installed the reel seat and grips



Used metallic silver as a base and layed out a double diamond wrap



More black with gold trim band






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#12005508 - 12/27/16 07:37 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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More to come ... Have to close off and trim the ends of the diamond wrap ....the eyes will take forever


Edited by Huckleberry (12/27/16 07:43 AM)

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#12005518 - 12/27/16 07:48 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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Very nice!
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#12005523 - 12/27/16 07:50 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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Wow, that looks great!

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#12005564 - 12/27/16 08:13 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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Nice!!

I would love to learn how to do that!
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#12005573 - 12/27/16 08:21 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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I'm sure it's nice...but, i cant see pics.weird?!
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#12005581 - 12/27/16 08:28 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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Very nice. That's in my bucket list.

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#12005641 - 12/27/16 08:54 AM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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So...if when you are done and it goes up as a "give away" put my name in the hat lol...
J/K nice work, love the grips.
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#12006072 - 12/27/16 01:15 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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very nice work!
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#12006074 - 12/27/16 01:16 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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That thing looks almost too nice to use. Great work.
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#12006118 - 12/27/16 01:45 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
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Very cool!
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#12006153 - 12/27/16 02:12 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
BMCD Offline
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That is alot of work.

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#12006363 - 12/27/16 05:32 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: Huckleberry]
DKennimer Offline
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Very impressive work!!! Looks great!
But, wouldn't all that wrapping, take away/dampen the sensitivity? You spent a lot of money for a top-end blank, guides, etc. for the sensitivity right?
I really don't want to sound negative, because your work is beautiful and it takes a lot of talent to produce something like that. Just curious really. All the custom blanks I've had made, I wanted them "stripped". "Less is more" type of deal... What is your experience?
Again, beautiful work!!! You obviously paid attention when building the salt-water rods! I wish I had that talent. cheers

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#12006381 - 12/27/16 05:49 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: DKennimer]
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Beautiful! I wish I had the talent and the patience to do something like that.

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#12006483 - 12/27/16 07:08 PM Re: Started working on my "Expensive Rod" ... showing off [Re: DKennimer]
Huckleberry Offline
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Originally Posted By: DKennimer
Very impressive work!!! Looks great!
But, wouldn't all that wrapping, take away/dampen the sensitivity? You spent a lot of money for a top-end blank, guides, etc. for the sensitivity right?
I really don't want to sound negative, because your work is beautiful and it takes a lot of talent to produce something like that. Just curious really. All the custom blanks I've had made, I wanted them "stripped". "Less is more" type of deal... What is your experience?
Again, beautiful work!!! You obviously paid attention when building the salt-water rods! I wish I had that talent. cheers


I've built one "stripped" But with as sensitive as the blank is, I've found that you really can't tell a difference between one with a decorative wrap. The added weight with that diamond wrap and epoxy is really not as much as you would think. It probably wouldn't even weigh as much as a small front grip if it had one. I also balance the rod perfectly using the exact weight of the reel spooled with line that I will be using. I'll take pics of that process when I do it. I'm also going to diamond wrap the butt section ....adds to my counter weight.

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