Very cool doings!
The tadpoles seem to be the standard rod tinkering project, it's wonderful to see they are still popular projects, I see the blanks are on special now basically being offered at the original price under 10 bucks.
They truly are the best bang for the buck the rods are amazing values for the fiberglass fly rod builders.
I hope you will post some pictures.
Thanks for sharing mark I always enjoy your contributions the 11'6" rod sure looks like it could toss a line and land a monster very cool.
The triple wall ferrule looks interesting as well, the foam is messy the key is to have plenty of towels and solvent on hand for quick clean up, best to always take it outdoors, nice ferrule rings they do serve an important function, last but not least your cork smithing is top notch I envy your sharp edges, hopefully you will share how you get them so clean.
This is a fun post it's great to see what people are tinkering with.
A short story
I was given a new variable speed table top jointer last month for the shop, the thing was filthy, dull blades but worked great, so I spent about 6 hours cleaning it up sharpening the blades, cleaning the slides etc. When I finished I played around trying different cut angles the plan was to use it for reel seat inserts. I made a reel seat fixture got it all set for use.
Long story short my son gave it to me and he had been away for a few weeks on a job, I wanted to show my appreciation by having it all polished up and in use when he returned.
When he came home the next morning he's in the shop and says wow that thing looks like new.
So I plug it in and proudly throw the switch nothing I check the plug nothing.
The variable speed crapped out the look on my face must have been priceless
He's gone again my goal is to get it working before the 4th when he's home again.
Tight lines and always something loops