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Post 15 Mar 2020, 10:52 • #1 
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Just finished this 3/4 weight 5-piece built on a Proof “Twig” blank. I haven’t fished it yet, but I got it out in the back yard this morning with a DT4, and it felt nice. Slightly disappointed in the reel seat. It doesn’t give the smooth and secure “metal sliding over metal” feeling as you tighten it down. Just sort of stops suddenly. I tried it with three different reels and it was the same. Hopefully, it doesn’t loosen up when fishing.





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Post 15 Mar 2020, 11:12 • #2 
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Looks good. Classic guide wrap colors for a brown blank. I like the black tipping. The ferrule wraps are unobtrusive, as you were hoping. I don't think you will peel those wraps off the rod anytime soon.


Tom


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Post 15 Mar 2020, 17:02 • #3 
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Nice - came out really well and I think you made the right choice on the ferrule wraps!


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Post 15 Mar 2020, 18:11 • #4 
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Thanks for sharing the build! I'm interested to hear your fishing impressions.


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Post 15 Mar 2020, 22:51 • #5 
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Beautiful, love the color combination!


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Post 16 Mar 2020, 20:09 • #6 
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Nice work. I replaced the reel seat on a 5wt with the same style I think, Proof Garrison. Have not had any issues with it loosening. I typically use a Cabela's WLX on it.


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Post 17 Mar 2020, 01:53 • #7 
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Recently used the same seat from Proof, rub a little paraffin into the threads, made mine much smoother.


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Post 17 Mar 2020, 05:20 • #8 
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Thanks! I will try that.


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Post 17 Mar 2020, 08:57 • #9 
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Gaddis, you probably know this, but for others who wonder. Spare the threads. Seat the sliding hood with finger pressure, not use of the locking ring as a clamp. Snug the locking ring with the hood held firmly in place. Now it relaxes just a bit and locks the ring against the threads.

In building a rod with a spacer style seat, the length of the spacer affects the range of hood/tightening positions. The threaded portion may be cut slightly, positioned lower/higher in order to give the most convenient tightening range and clearance from the rear of the grip, and for the foot of the reel(s) that will be used. The standard, generic length may be ideal but has to be adaptable to a wider range of reels. Most likely is that the insert length can be shortened 1/4" to 1/2" and about the same for the threaded barrel. The position on the blank where you want the grip to guide your hand is also a factor.


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Post 17 Mar 2020, 11:38 • #10 
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The lock ring and threads on that seat are 1 piece


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Post 17 Mar 2020, 12:13 • #11 
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Aha, thanks. That's what I get for not enlarging both pics. Looks like a separate hood on casual glance at one of the pics.


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Post 20 Mar 2020, 17:48 • #12 
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nice, I had never thought of doing the ferrule wraps in a different color..
looks good..


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Post 21 Mar 2020, 06:42 • #13 
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Nice !!!


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Post 30 Mar 2020, 11:48 • #14 
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Beautiful, looking forward to your casting/fishing review and impressions.


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Post 30 Mar 2020, 16:25 • #15 
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So far, I like the way it casts with a DT4. One of the ferrules did loosen up after about an hour of fishing, so the ferrule fit may not be ideal. Overall, I am pretty happy with it.


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Post 31 Mar 2020, 08:05 • #16 
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Looks nice!


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Post 31 Mar 2020, 08:08 • #17 
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Nice multi piece build


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Post 02 Apr 2020, 21:33 • #18 
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gaddis wrote:
So far, I like the way it casts with a DT4. One of the ferrules did loosen up after about an hour of fishing, so the ferrule fit may not be ideal. Overall, I am pretty happy with it.


Rub candle wax on the ferrules. That will prevent them from getting stuck or loosening while casting.


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Post 05 Jun 2020, 22:39 • #19 
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After fishing this rod for a few months, I’ve come to some conclusions on what line weights work best with it. At first I liked it with a DT4. That’s because I was mostly casting and not fishing. Then when the trout season got underway for real, I took it on a few trips on one of my local streams, which is small water. Lengthier casts were ok, but in-close fishing did not feel good at all. Today I went fishing for a couple of hours and decided to take this rod, but I put a DT5 on it. It felt just right.


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Post 06 Jun 2020, 06:48 • #20 
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Thanks for the follow up!


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Post 07 Jun 2020, 11:01 • #21 
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+1 on the follow up, really helpful to hear your thoughts on line weight and casting characteristics.


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Post 18 Jun 2020, 14:24 • #22 
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Thanks Gaddis, Knowing that it's a 4/5 will help with my own build choices.


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