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    Default Here is the latest rod for my arsenal.

    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.








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    Very handsome rod. What length and line weight is it? Silvercreek
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    Thumbs up Nice Rod!

    Quote Originally Posted by gmreeves View Post
    .... 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!
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    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.

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    Lovely looking 'boo. Sweet looking set-up as well.

    JohnR

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    **** 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?

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    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.

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    Great looking rod. Makes me want to take up boo again!

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