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Diamondback Meeker 8'#4
Post 22 Feb 2019, 05:26 • #1 
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Just arrived: Diamondback Meeker 8'#4, wrapped up by my friend Luky. Downlocking reel seat. PacBay guides and double PacBay Agate strippers. ProWrap Metallic thread Gun Smoke, Red trimmed same thread. Thank you for watching.
Antonio
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Post 22 Feb 2019, 07:20 • #2 
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Your friend did a great job! Very nice!


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Post 22 Feb 2019, 07:50 • #3 
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+1 -- beautiful!


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Post 22 Feb 2019, 08:19 • #4 
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let us know how the rod fishes.
congrats


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Post 22 Feb 2019, 08:34 • #5 
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Thank you. My idea when blank arrived ( >: crazy shipping cost + VAT + Custom Duty) was to do something different from a "cover" of factory made rod. Assuming this is a "modern glass", I decided to mix and match classic and traditional:

- down-locking reel seat, silk smooth Sardinia's cork grip, agate strippers (double stripper was due to mistake in ordering, than I thought: two, why not?)

- metallic gun-smoke thread to have contrast on glossy black blank, red trims and white alignment dots to remind Diamondback logo.

Having fun with rods because fish are missing ... :eek


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Post 22 Feb 2019, 09:15 • #6 
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Nice reel too!


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Post 25 Feb 2019, 13:47 • #7 
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That turned out great!


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Post 27 Feb 2019, 23:14 • #8 
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This is a nice build. I like what he did with that black blank.


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Post 05 Mar 2019, 15:01 • #9 
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Location: Legnago (Verona) Italy
Skunkedalot, last Sunday was season opening in Brenta River (North Eastern Italy)
I hooked on a #16 nimph, and rapidly released, a 22 inches Rainbow with the Meeker. The rod works nicely, has plenty of power but it's pleasant to cast. I hope I'll test with dry flies soon.

Meeker is, in my opinion, different from my old Diamondglass but definitely a rod to fish hard.


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Post 06 Mar 2019, 11:43 • #10 
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Beautiful build! Good to have a friend with those skills!


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Post 27 Mar 2019, 11:15 • #11 
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Great rod/reel combination!


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Post 27 Oct 2020, 09:15 • #12 
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I cannot exemp myself from thanking so much Mr.Gregg Thorne of Diamondback Rod Co. : due to my fault I made a hairline crack on the tip section of my Meeker Glass Rod. I asked Diamondback for a replacement tip and Mr. Thorne did his best to sort out my problem. People who "make the difference"!
Thank a lot once again for outstanding assistance,
Antonio


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