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Post 05 May 2021, 12:18 • #1 
Guide
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Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Anxious to fish this rod I squeezed the build in between several planned fishing trips. The rod is a little brother to my 8’3” five weight “Classic”, and lawn casting with a 406 DT4 tells me it’s going to be an enjoyable rod on stream.

Jeff

- Lemke LC-7 Dark nickel skeleton
- Shop made insert
- Snake Brand dark nickel snake guides and tip top
- Mildrum stripping guide
- Gudebrod gold/black Jasper thread
- Gen4 Lite Thread Epoxy













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Post 05 May 2021, 14:32 • #2 
Master Guide
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Beautiful work the rod look great


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Post 05 May 2021, 17:09 • #3 
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Cool thread work.


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Post 05 May 2021, 17:28 • #4 
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Very nice, great finish work!


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Post 05 May 2021, 18:11 • #5 
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Love the Jasper thread and that reel seat is gorgeous! What kind of wood is that? How does the rod feel compared to other popular 4 wts, say the Steffen 8' 3/4wt and the Lami 7.5' 4wt?


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Post 05 May 2021, 18:57 • #6 
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Very nice build. Thread and finish work are beautiful!


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Post 05 May 2021, 20:07 • #7 
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Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Thanks all for the positive comments.

Driftless, I’d have to dig out purchase docs on the wood blanks I bought (turned and finished this one last summer) but they’re some type of dyed burl. Possibly stabilized. I have lawn cast a friend’s 8’ Steffen 3/4 with my 406 DT4 line. The Steffen is a well respected rod, with a different taper, and is somewhat faster than my McFarland 804-3. The grip/reel seat was also set up different than I would have. If I’m not mistaken the Steffen is an S-glass blank. My friend’s rod felt lighter out front, loaded differently.

Hope this helps,
Jeff


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Post 05 May 2021, 21:22 • #8 
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Fantastic work as usual.


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Post 06 May 2021, 10:12 • #9 
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That helps Jeff, thanks for the review.


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Post 07 May 2021, 22:28 • #10 
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Location: Belair Maryland/Swanton Maryland
Wow those black/gold jasper wraps are awesome .
I especially like the wrap work by winding check.
Did you put a hookeeper on the rod?
The reel seat is super unique and really sets that rod off..


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Post 08 May 2021, 05:44 • #11 
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Joined: 11/23/17
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Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
Thanks for looking ottobahn,
Just checked my records and that stabilized reel seat wood was from Reelseatblanks.com and is gold/black dyed Box Elder burl. Unfortunately, I would learn that I was their last customer as they were closing their broader lumber operations that very week. This rod doesn’t have a hook keeper, I don’t find them to be necessary.

Aesthetics aside, this E-glass rod is a pleasure to cast.


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