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SPG720 6’3” 4/5 wt
Post 24 Jun 2020, 14:29 • #1 
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Hello all. It’s been quite a while since I had a glass flyrod build to post. Just finished this one. Forecast SPG720 blank with a 3” stent. Proof grip and pocket DL seat, minima stripper, and PacBay snakes. Thread is dark brown A nylon with 4 coats of Helmsman Spar Urethane.

I’m very much into the minimalist look lately. No hookkeepers or winding checks, bare minimum components and finish.

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Post 24 Jun 2020, 14:48 • #2 
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Nice clean build!


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Post 24 Jun 2020, 15:34 • #3 
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Nicely done, very clean. Have you determined the best line weight yet? Roy


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Post 24 Jun 2020, 16:29 • #4 
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retiredfisher1 wrote:
Nicely done, very clean. Have you determined the best line weight yet? Roy


Hi Roy. I was just out front casting it. While I want it to be a 4wt, which it handles but with a crisp action, a 5 or 6 line is better in short. I just ordered an Air Cel WF5F line as an another option, as I have 4 and 6 covered.


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 11:37 • #5 
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Loudog - You had the same experience I did several years ago when it seemed like a number of folks were building on these blanks. I even boiled wine corks for the grip and reel seat. I still have one of the 6ft blanks. When you added the stent, are the sections the same length or is the butt longer? I have this notion that if the tip became a staggered tip (longer) that might help lighten it up. Will have to sacrifice that last blank to find out I guess. Roy


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 13:12 • #6 
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retiredfisher1 wrote:
Loudog - You had the same experience I did several years ago when it seemed like a number of folks were building on these blanks. I even boiled wine corks for the grip and reel seat. I still have one of the 6ft blanks. When you added the stent, are the sections the same length or is the butt longer? I have this notion that if the tip became a staggered tip (longer) that might help lighten it up. Will have to sacrifice that last blank to find out I guess. Roy


I actually built mine as a 1pc rod. You might be right about a longer tip section lightening it up. No matter the line weight, it’s a sweet little blank. I’m all too familiar with this blank as I built my first “Tadpole” before they were called that about 10 years back. Still cool little blanks that build into fun rods on short change,


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 14:06 • #7 
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Very nice build dog! I like your minimalist approach. I built a few too 780, 720, and i think 760. Cant beat them for the price. I still have my 6'6" 780.
Seems to me that no matter the length they are all 5 or 6 weights. Fun to build and fish. Could this be the beginning of Tadpole Redux?


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 14:21 • #8 
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Lovely build.
I have not seen 3 footed un-lined chrome stripper guides before. What brand? Looks like a Pac Bay Hyaloy frame & plain ring.
For my upcoming Livingston build I specified 12 mm. H&H four-footed lined stripper. I originally wanted an un-lined carbide Mildrum guide but it seems to be only in 10 mm. diameter, which may be too small for DT6 lines.


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 15:05 • #9 
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blueprof wrote:
Lovely build.
I have not seen 3 footed un-lined chrome stripper guides before. What brand? Looks like a Pac Bay Hyaloy frame & plain ring.
For my upcoming Livingston build I specified 12 mm. H&H four-footed lined stripper. I originally wanted an un-lined carbide Mildrum guide but it seems to be only in 10 mm. diameter, which may be too small for DT6 lines.


Hi blueprof. That stripper guide is a PacBay Minima guide. They have a very thin stainless steel ring insert vs ceramic. Perfect for lightweight strippers.


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 15:55 • #10 
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What size is your Minima guide?


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Post 25 Jun 2020, 16:04 • #11 
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blueprof wrote:
What size is your Minima guide?


I used a size 10, which I find works well for lines 4-6. My 2/3 wts usually get a size 8 and bigger rods get 12, 10, then running guides.


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Post 26 Jun 2020, 09:26 • #12 
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Clean and simple. Looks great!


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Post 26 Jun 2020, 19:21 • #13 
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Nice build !


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Post 26 Jun 2020, 22:24 • #14 
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Very nice build, and I like this blank anyway. I'll bet this could be a handy rod indeed.


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 09:32 • #15 
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It seems these Tadpole glass blanks never go out of style, they just do the job, and find new ones along the way. Specialized builds for salt or freshwater, and spin or fly builds, it makes no difference. Nice build Loudog!


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Post 27 Jun 2020, 20:27 • #16 
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Thanks all. I forgot how much I love this little blank. It’s got a nice lively feel in hand, especially for such a short rod. Archfly, you’re 100% correct. Great little blanks that work equally well as fly or spin.


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