PDA

View Full Version : Here is the latest rod for my arsenal.


gmreeves
10-05-2010, 10:11 AM
Here is the latest rod I have finished up for myself. I've been playing around a lot lately with bamboo ferrules and got to fish this one pretty hard over the last few days. It was a lot of fun. Whenever I build a new rod for myself, I try something new. On this rod, I made my first rattan grip. I think it turned out pretty good but there are definately some things I will do differently next time.

http://gmreeves.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/watauga-2010/imgp1333.jpg

http://gmreeves.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/watauga-2010/imgp1334.jpg

http://gmreeves.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/watauga-2010/imgp1340.jpg

http://gmreeves.com/blog/wp-content/gallery/watauga-2010/imgp1344.jpg

silvercreek
10-05-2010, 12:03 PM
Very handsome rod. What length and line weight is it? Silvercreek

MadisonBoats
10-05-2010, 12:41 PM
.... On this rod, I made my first rattan grip......



I think the Rattan Grip looks great! Have you made any bamboo rods shaved down to a cylinder diameter? I have read quite a bit about this process; however-it looks very challenging.....

Also, did you build your reel? Great looking setup! Very classy and functional design!

gmreeves
10-05-2010, 01:18 PM
The rod is a 7' 6" 5wt. It turned out to throw a really nice line. I took the Dickerson 7613 taper and altered it a little to allow for the bamboo ferrule and am really pleased with the outcome.

I have read about turnig rods out of wood on the lathe but have never tried it. Their is a pretty recent book on the subject but I don't have it yet. I know there were some in the past that turned traditional hexagon bamboo rods into cylinder but I don't see the advantage in it. The reel is a Bill Ballan. It has served me well since I bought it. Every now and then you can find a used one on ebay for fairly cheap but you can also buy a new one for around $250. Benchmade, classy looking, affordable, and functional. I like them. The only complaints I have heard about them is that they some times have some rough edges. Maybe I just got lucky.

JohnR
10-05-2010, 04:10 PM
Lovely looking 'boo. Sweet looking set-up as well.

JohnR

BlueRaiderFan
10-05-2010, 09:28 PM
**** nice rod, GM. When I finally buy some boo, I am going to buy one of yours. What do they start at and what do you get for that?

gmreeves
10-05-2010, 09:44 PM
Thanks for the compliments guys. I think this rod turned out to have a really classy look and that was what I was hoping for with the rattan grip and blued hardware.

Blueraiderfan,

Feel free to send me an email. I tried looking for some contact info on your blog site but couldn't find any. My email is maker at gmreeves dot com.

JohnH0802
10-06-2010, 08:35 AM
Great looking rod. Makes me want to take up boo again!