My First Build

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J D
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My First Build

Post by J D » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:31 pm

Well after a few false starts I finally finished my first build, A cheap MHX 4 peice,7'6", 4 Wt....I did most everything but the epoxy work in my tent in Afghanistan....I figured trying put the finish on in that dusty environment would be a mistake so I waited until I got home to put the finishing touches on it. I finally made it home for a quick 2 week visit so I had a chance to finish it here. My wife had to head back to NZ to visit her sick mum so I had my evenings free after getting the kids to bed. Frankly I don't think it would have made a bit of difference as I am not pleased with my final results. I am embarrassed to include these pictures after seeing the quality of work from the others on here.

That being said, I can't wait to start my next build...I learned a ton putting this rod together and I know each rod should improve from here. I think I am still a ways off from working on a couple of Winston blanks I have.

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JD

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Re: My First Build

Post by fraser hocks » Wed Jun 18, 2014 1:46 pm

Nothing wrong with that build JD. Looks sweet to me mate! Nice one. ;)

Besides its more about the enjoyment of catching a fish on a rod you built yourself than the intricacies of how the finish to the rod comes out. I look forward to seeing your next few rods!


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Re: My First Build

Post by Wilki » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:20 pm

Nice JD, love the reel seat 8-)



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Re: My First Build

Post by OneHairyArm » Wed Jun 18, 2014 6:22 pm

Nothing wrong with that JD. The cork looks clean! A few fish will sort that out pretty quick.

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Re: My First Build

Post by Johnno » Wed Jun 18, 2014 9:08 pm

All good Herc. It'll be good as gold. Liking the reel seat. Probably the first flyrod built in the sands of Afghanistan



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Re: My First Build

Post by J D » Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:07 am

Thanks for the words of encouragement...there is a very good reason I did not show any close-ups of my finish work on the guides... :oops: Lots of room for improvement there. I had real trouble getting a straight line on any of the guides...a couple of footballs and the finish over the decal has more waves in it then the Cook Straight!

This is addicting! I think I may build on another cheapo blank before tackling anything nicer.

Cheers,
JD


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Re: My First Build

Post by J D » Thu Jun 19, 2014 7:13 am

Wilki/Johnno...the reel seat was given to me from Mike McCoy at Snake Brand Guides along with another in green. Mike and Susan are great folks and I can't say enough about them! I'm sure reel seat is overkill on this blank but I promised Mike I would put it to use on the first rod I built for my boys.

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JD


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Re: My First Build

Post by upstream » Thu Jun 19, 2014 9:02 am

Don't stress about the finish JD. My first rod was the same. Except I did it on a quality blank. But that rod is still my favourite and has caught a heap of fish for me, I really couldn't care about the finish on it at all anymore...



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