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Rob Brownfield

The build has started...
« on: March 04, 2014, 17:42:48 PM »
First things first, I needed to get my butt into shape. Final sanding tonight before I start on the grip.

Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Ben_D

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2014, 17:45:49 PM »
Please tell me you're not going to put that butt plug on a 4wt Rob?  I've seen smaller butts on 12wts!  :z4

How's the lathe working out?


Ben

Rob Brownfield

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #2 on: March 05, 2014, 07:35:07 AM »
Glued up and ready to file/sand.



After(ish) without any filler etc.



And sort of complete. Need to do a little more fine sanding as the cork was not as good a quality as I had hopped for.



And yes Ben, that butt is on a 4 weight. Its turned to exactly fit along my fore arm in the perfect balance point. The foregrip is slightly shorter too so that I can put my index finger directly on the blank. The 3 rings at the top are exactly where my thumg sits to give me a bit more feel as well. Feels really nice in the had and with the reel (and taped on rings) the balance is exactly where I want it.

Excuse the photos, they are off the phone. The last photo distorts the handle and makes my butt look bigger!  :X2
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Ben_D

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #3 on: March 06, 2014, 07:34:41 AM »
Cool Rob,

Be interested to see it when it is finished.


Ben

Rob Brownfield

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #4 on: March 06, 2014, 08:05:49 AM »
Be interested to see it when it is finished.
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I did not get much done last night as I was playing around with trim bands and weaves to come up with something a little different but not to blingy.

I think I may just use simple whippings as the rings are blingy as it is. and then do some weaving on the butt and joints.

To be continued.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Rob Brownfield

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #5 on: March 17, 2014, 07:37:50 AM »
Finally got round to whipping the thing. Olive tree butt wrap and plain old black whipping on the rings (Chrome Alconites). I had done accent rings and single thread inlays but the more I looked at it the more I thought it was too OTT.





Not to everyones taste, and I am still crap at writing on rods...buts its mine, and no one else will have one like it :)
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

Hamish Young

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #6 on: March 17, 2014, 08:39:38 AM »
Looks very nice Rob and I get the whole no-one else will have one like it thinking  :z16 That said the rings look 'interesting' to me, they look quite .... how shall I put this..... "retro" :?

H :cool:
“When tired at last, he sat on the bank, while the river still chattered on to him, a babbling procession of the best stories in the world, sent from the heart of the earth to be told at last to the insatiable sea.”

Rob Brownfield

Re: The build has started...
« Reply #7 on: March 17, 2014, 09:21:29 AM »
That said the rings look 'interesting' to me, they look quite .... how shall I put this..... "retro" :?

Interesting as they are one of the latest and lightest rings on the market for fly rods :) Not quite as light as the titaniums Ben used but still lighter than a snake guide.

It has been built for nylon/braid/french leaders when nymphing so I wanted extremely small rings, lots of them and something that will stand up to years of abuse :) The guides on the tip are affa wee :)

Thanks for the kind comments though.
Ok, I admit it, I quite like this salmon fishing lark....

 





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