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********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 12 Dec 2020, 14:28 • #1 
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A ********* 4wt that’s been sitting in my studio for the last year or more, awaiting the fruition of a buildout along a theme of a “working man’s/woman’s” rod, what ever that means; guess I could have just epoxied on cigar bands for the guide wraps (you heard that here first, foks!) and call it "Love Story”, as in DONE!

Anyway…..,I opted for a regular stripping guide as opposed to a mildrum I typically gravitate towards in my builds, and have been toying with this thought of using micarta for a reel seat rather than exotic woods. A sliding nickel silver band and the tapered grip contributes to this simplicity.

The wraps were a result of trying to find another aesthetic other than standard "best practices" in wraps, trim bands and finishes. I was thinking utility, a Japanese sense of delicacy, silk thread hand tied affixing guides to a nude colorless blank.

Thanks for taking a look.





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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 12 Dec 2020, 14:51 • #2 
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Interesting wraps, I really like them and it’s cool to see something different!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 12 Dec 2020, 14:55 • #3 
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Your plan turned out well! The transition ring from grip to blank is another nice detail.


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 12 Dec 2020, 17:34 • #4 
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wow wow wow wow!!!!!!!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 12 Dec 2020, 17:54 • #5 
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Fantastic!!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 13 Dec 2020, 00:05 • #6 
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I really like it, different's good!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 13 Dec 2020, 00:24 • #7 
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Have to join in with a WOW!

Really appreciate the unique thread wraps. The simple aesthetic is the most challenging to pull off.

Well done


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 13 Dec 2020, 08:32 • #8 
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Nice !
Paolo


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 13 Dec 2020, 08:48 • #9 
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Great vision on this one! I love out of the box thinking and bringing an unconventional approach to such an outstanding result!

cheers

Marc


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 13 Dec 2020, 09:18 • #10 
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Really cool! Love the wraps!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 13 Dec 2020, 11:23 • #11 
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Nice


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 14 Dec 2020, 07:09 • #12 
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I like it!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 14 Dec 2020, 12:29 • #13 
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Fantastic!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 20 Dec 2020, 14:26 • #14 
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Very cool and unique.... love the micarta as well.


Last edited by backing1 on 12 Jan 2021, 19:58, edited 1 time in total.

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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 20 Dec 2020, 15:51 • #15 
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pretty cool, i like it !


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 21 Dec 2020, 10:09 • #16 
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Interesting, it brings me to think...well....classy. Nice.


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 22 Dec 2020, 13:35 • #17 
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I think this turned out really cool!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 22 Dec 2020, 18:18 • #18 
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Very cool work!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 29 Dec 2020, 22:02 • #19 
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Looks great


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 11 Jan 2021, 10:39 • #20 
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brother that is not "a working mans" rod, that baby is a fly rod for the lord of the land. those raps... wow very nice.


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 11 Jan 2021, 11:43 • #21 
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Wow! That is fantastic! That's "next level" delicate. Love the results!


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 11 Jan 2021, 14:52 • #22 
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Now that is "different" in a good way. That is way cool, classy, unique and beautifully simple, yet elegant.


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 11 Jan 2021, 23:51 • #23 
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Artistic guide wraps. Really well executed.


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 15 Jan 2021, 12:36 • #24 
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Love that micarta reel seat..........Aurelio


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Re: ********* 8'8" 4wt
Post 23 Nov 2022, 18:30 • #25 
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Commenting late on this one, I know. But when I stumbled across this, I had to bookmark it. I love the unconventional wraps-anything outside the box, that is truly functional is how we drive this art forward, and keep it from stagnating.
Awesome build!


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