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Post 28 Dec 2019, 07:24 • #1 
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I've been working on these new blanks for the 2020 line up of my Trout Smiths branded rods. I will be offering a limited number of E glass and S glass rods this coming season. Currently finalizing the wood inserts for the rods. As with last season all these rods will be finished and available for intimidate shipment as Trout Smiths branded rods, although I may hold a few to offer as custom builds as well.

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I am working on some graphite models in 3,4 and 5wt that are medium action and feel allot like glass. I am planning on some spinning rods as well, but I am not happy with the point they are at as of today. When I finish the reel seat design on the spinning rods I will add them to the line up.

I will add updates as I draw closer.

** What is Trout Smiths? I build these rods just as I do with my Graywolf branded rods, but the idea is to not offer custom options, so there are no options as to reel seat, grip, guide wrap etc. Simply put, less time spent communicating for custom options means I can offer these rods for a lower cost and they are ready to ship the day you purchase. Still quality made, flor grade cork, Lemke seats, built and finished by me in Michigan. Of coarse I will be happy to build as a custom rod but the cost will be a bit higher

Thanks for reading, Shane


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 08:51 • #2 
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Those are pretty!


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 09:07 • #3 
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Nice brown color!
Tell us about the sanded and non sanded blanks.


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 10:23 • #4 
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Thanks guys. Sanded are S glass, un sanded are E glass.


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 11:08 • #5 
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And what lengths, line sizes and pieces?
Spigot ferrules?


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 15:44 • #6 
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The ones I am happy with are 7ft 3wt, 8ft 4wt, 8ft 5wt in S glass all three piece, and 7ft 3wt 3pc and 8ft 5wt 4pc in E glass. I have other tapers but they are not good enough to add to the list yet.


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 18:09 • #7 
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Sounds good!
Thanks Shane :)


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Post 28 Dec 2019, 18:26 • #8 
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Like the color!


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Post 29 Dec 2019, 09:20 • #9 
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Those do look pretty!


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Post 29 Dec 2019, 17:10 • #10 
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Thanks guys!


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Post 03 Jan 2020, 16:38 • #11 
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Agree with the others. The color and unsanded texture of the E glass look fantastic.


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Post 03 Jan 2020, 18:11 • #12 
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I am curious about what you are working on in graphite. Please keep us informed on the progress.


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Post 04 Jan 2020, 06:45 • #13 
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Thanks again guys. The photo is just a quick cell phone photo after I got the blanks back from painting. Better photos soon.
ear4, for the graphite all are 4 piece 8'0" 3wt, 8'6" 4wt, and 5wt... super light in hand med to full flex with an im6 feel. I am currently working on a reel seat for these models, I want to use something small in .640 or .595 they are getting close to being ready to put together. Shane


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Post 06 Jan 2020, 05:38 • #14 
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Sounds awesome! I look forward to them when they are ready. Ed


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Post 09 Jan 2020, 09:57 • #15 
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A little better photos of the blank color. Here is a S glass 7ft 3wt 3pc I finished up.

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Post 09 Jan 2020, 13:27 • #16 
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Great colour, grip and reel seat


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Post 10 Jan 2020, 06:23 • #17 
Sport
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Wow! That looks amazing.


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Post 10 Jan 2020, 08:56 • #18 
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Nicely done, Shane.


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Post 10 Jan 2020, 23:36 • #19 
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Beautiful, Shane!


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Post 11 Jan 2020, 10:24 • #20 
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Looks great Shane!


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Post 11 Jan 2020, 17:43 • #21 
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Very Kewl looking blanks Shane , a worthy addition to your beautifully crafted lineup ...


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Post 13 Jan 2020, 07:52 • #22 
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Very, very nice...


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Post 15 Jan 2020, 06:29 • #23 
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Thanks guys. It's coming together.... a little slow but getting there. Woods are ready to be turned for the reel seats.

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Post 15 Jan 2020, 07:06 • #24 
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Oh wow! That is a cool picture. Not sure why it strikes me so. I guess I am a sucker for a great wood reel seat.


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Post 21 Jan 2020, 18:11 • #25 
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Will these be offered as blanks only?


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