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    New fly rods for this season.

    I just finished these new rods and cases for this year's fishing. The one on the right is a fiberglass 5 wt. rod for nostalgia's sake. I even got an automatic reel to use with it. A trip down memory lane.
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    Ch, that's a fine looking couple of outfits! Is that bamboo? I picked up an Orvis Battenkill in a shop in Atlanta many years ago, and instantly fell in love! It was a 5 wt. std. model, and I'll never feel a rod that felt more "alive" in my hands than that rod did. But it was way out of my price range, and there's really not much use for a 5 wt. rod in my neck of the woods. Had I had the $ though, I'd have still brought it home, and used it for bluegills in ponds here. It was just a joy to hold!

    I have 6, 7, 8 and 9 wt. rods, mostly because 9 wt. is about as much as I have the energy to use. I've long wanted to do some salt water fly rodding in Savannah, Brunswick and up in SC. A lead core line ought to solve a lot of the problems in swift tidal rivers, I think. Fish just always feel "bigger" on the long rods.

    I particularly like your rod cases. What are they made from? If you care to, I'd like to hear the components you used for both rods and cases. Sure are pretty!

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    Blackwater,
    Sorry I haven't come back to this in a while and didn't realize that someone had responded.

    As to the rods in the photo, on the left is a graphite 8' 4 wt, 7-piece. It's a great casting rod in a small package. The grip is made of birch bark and cherry, with 4 ebony rings to denote the line weight.

    On the right is a fiberglass 8' 5wt, 3-piece. The grip is all cork, including the five dark rings.

    The cases are made with maple side panels with cherry connecting strips, all cut at 15-degree bevels and glued up kind of like a bamboo rod. Below are two cases I made back in May where you can more easily see the construction. Caps are held using four 1/2" magnets

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    More rods and cases that I've built this year.
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    Very nice work
    Reloading to save money I am sure the saving is going to start soon

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