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Post 21 Jul 2022, 16:40 • #1 
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This rod has me very excited. Given that I am most happy with my Ameriglass 794-3, I look forward to getting the 5wt to the water, maybe tomorrow. Guides are Snake Brand Universals and thread is Hitena Translucent nylon in Burgundy with "Mandarine" trim. Finish is Gen4 Lite, and I can't say enough about how well it applied. I feel very comfortable using it whenever I wouldn't want to wait for varnish to cure. Many thanks to PENZZZ who gave valuable advice and instruction on epoxy application. Reel seat is my favorite Lemke Garrison downlocker with Bubinga insert. Stripping guide is an old-style Mildrum from REC Components. Thanks for looking!



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Post 21 Jul 2022, 17:00 • #2 
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Very nice Tomah! Did u buy the blank from Anglers workshop? I've been thinking about getting one of those blanks for awhile now, just havent done it yet. I'll be interested to hear how you like it when u take it fishing.

Bruce


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Post 21 Jul 2022, 17:25 • #3 
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Thanks, Paramount51! Yes, bought both the 794 and 835 from AW. Very good service.


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 02:52 • #4 
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Beautiful rod. Nice, precise guide wraps.


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 06:42 • #5 
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The wrap and the finish on the tip top is amazing. So smooth and clean. I always struggle with the tips.

Beautiful rod and wraps. Enjoy.


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 08:56 • #6 
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Love that old style down lock screw hardware!


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 11:38 • #7 
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Tomah, excellent build your thread work and wrap finish is top notch. I really like the grip very well done enjoy fishing your new rod


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 18:20 • #8 
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Thanks All -- I appreciate the compliments. Those wraps came after a lot of rework -- including one complete strip and re-wrap. Worth it in the end, though. Took it to the water today; great rod. Here it is in the wild:

The translucent thread looks very different in the sunlight; lets the blank color through just a little.


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 19:12 • #9 
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Really nice!!!


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Post 22 Jul 2022, 20:53 • #10 
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This turned out well. I enjoy seeing the rod out where it belongs.


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Post 07 Aug 2022, 14:17 • #11 
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Tomah, looks great. Nice thread choice. Jealous.


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Post 07 Aug 2022, 15:54 • #12 
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Thanks again to all. Panfish, don't be (jealous). Don't look too close, either. ;-)


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Post 08 Aug 2022, 05:44 • #13 
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I've looked very closely - Nice job Tomah!


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Post 08 Aug 2022, 10:23 • #14 
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Thank you, Sir! There's a good bit of your own expertise in that one.


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Post 08 Aug 2022, 21:56 • #15 
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Hey now…. very nice!


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Post 09 Aug 2022, 09:14 • #16 
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Beautiful work !


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Post 10 Aug 2022, 12:49 • #17 
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Thanks again! I get to fish it again tomorrow! :-)


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Post 10 Aug 2022, 21:23 • #18 
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Those wraps look great! I just finished a Steffen that I will partly rewrap this winter (going to fish it until then), the finish on the mid and tip section got away from me, too much bulk, and I can barely stand looking at it, lol.


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Post 10 Aug 2022, 22:18 • #19 
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I missed this the first time around. Wow. Really beautiful. Great attention to detail and the epoxied cork looks very clean.


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Post 12 Aug 2022, 10:21 • #20 
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Thanks again! Carlz, maybe you missed it because the topic is nonsensically titled. There is no such thing as an Ameriglass 835-4! I just noticed the error myself, and the title should be "...835-3" as the photos would suggest. Admins, if you can correct the title please do so, and with my apology to the board.

The finish at front of the grip is tinted spar, something I started playing with a while back as an attractive protection for the part of the handle most prone to gouges etc. I got the idea from the old Scott rods, which have a finished burl ring at the front.


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Post 08 Sep 2022, 19:43 • #21 
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Beautiful work Tomah, nicely done! Are the Ameriglass blanks the same as McFarland's Spruce Creek rods?


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Post 09 Sep 2022, 10:54 • #22 
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Thank you, BigHeavy!

They are a little different. The visible difference is that the Spruce Creek rods have internal ferrules vs. the tip-over Ameriglass Classic joints, which may result in lighter weight of the Spruce Creek models. I would guess that the actions are similar, as the Classic is definitely a traditional, progressive, easy-loading moderate glass action. The Spruce Creek is said to be similar. Internal ferrules are said to give smoother casting action, but it would be hard for me to imagine anything smoother than my Classic. Here's an old thread about the Spruce Creek:

viewtopic.php?f=32&t=9761

The current Spruce Creeks may differ a little from what's being talked about there, but I think that any differences would be minor. I'm thinking about ordering a Spruce Creek 8' 5wt to go along with the Classic 8'3" 5wt. The only thing holding me back is that I think the Classic is just about perfect.

If you're thinking about either rod, I'd recommend getting in touch with Mike McFarland.


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Post 09 Sep 2022, 16:03 • #23 
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Cool, thanks for the info.


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Post 13 Sep 2022, 17:41 • #24 
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That rod looks fantastic! Love the color choice and the spar work on the grip and as JShenk said - very nice job on the tip top wrap - great transition.


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Post 14 Sep 2022, 08:19 • #25 
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Thank you!


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