Slow progress, but progress is progress!
The grip and reel seat and tip top are on. Spent some time filling the gap between rod and grip (from reaming) with a mix of wood glue, wood putty, and cork dust.
Then moved on to guide sizing and placement. I'm currently on my 4th iteration of this task, and TBH I'm still undecided. Present locations and sizes are solid - I love the casting feel, distance, and precision I'm getting from this configuration. BUT. I'm measuring 1/2" or more distance between the rod and line during static deflection tests. Doesn't seem to matter, but maybe one of you all might chime in and offer your 2 cents. I'm hemming and hawing as to whether to add another guide and test again (so, 11 guides on a 8'6" Sceptre) or be content and carry on.
And here we have the finalists for thread color:
Fishawk Garnet, Gudebrod Maroon, or Nymo Candy Apple Red
I've got my preference. What's yours?
That's all for now. Hoping to finish this up and move on to another build in the works.
Don't sniff the glue,