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Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 26 Jul 2022, 22:02 • #1 
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This was supposed to be a winter build but you know, something about best-laid plans… It’s now a summer build and still in progress. Pretty happy with the ferrule wraps, Fuji Ultra dark brown with Prowrap Calcutta metallic accents. This is my first build and I’m having a ball! Can definitely see how this could become an addiction!



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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 26 Jul 2022, 22:30 • #2 
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That'll look sharp!


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 04:38 • #3 
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Location: North east kingdom VT
Looks great . And yes building is very addictive.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 06:11 • #4 
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Classy red and gold.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 10:22 • #5 
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Outstanding! Your thread work is beautiful and the colors play very nicely with the blank.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 10:27 • #6 
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Looks great!


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 12:07 • #7 
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Nice and clean, colors look good together. Great work!


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 14:00 • #8 
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Thanks everyone! I’m a bit nervous about the next step, getting the epoxy on the wraps. I’ve read through a bunch of great tips and insights here on the forum, and I’ve got Matt’s tutorial videos on repeat, should be a walk in the park : )


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 27 Jul 2022, 20:55 • #9 
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Great build on Matt’s quality components. Look forward to seeing the finished rod.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 18 Aug 2022, 20:27 • #10 
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Finally finished this one up and am pretty happy with the epoxy work, which was surprisingly less stress than anticipated. I used Threadmaster Lite and found it to be very forgiving. My work isn’t perfect, but not bad for a first attempt. I cast the rod in the yard and was surprised at the capabilities of this little stick. I think it’ll be a blast to fish.






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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 18 Aug 2022, 21:39 • #11 
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Great work, I'd say, first attempt or any. You nailed it.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 19 Aug 2022, 06:41 • #12 
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Thanks man, this was super fun! I didn’t need another way to spend time or money, but I can definitely see more rod builds in my future.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 19 Aug 2022, 10:53 • #13 
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Nice work!


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 19 Aug 2022, 16:16 • #14 
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Location: US-MA
Looks great, especially for 1st build. I’ve put together a few graphite rods and it is definitely fun to catch them on your own build.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 19 Aug 2022, 18:01 • #15 
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Great work all around! You and I were on a similar schedule for our first rod builds. I posted my finished Trout Smiths rod in the rod building forum a few days ago.

Like you, I was intimidated by the epoxy finish work, but it was easier than I expected when I actually got started. I used regular Threadmaster instead of the lite version, and I found that the key was to use as little epoxy as possible - just enough to cover the wraps.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 19 Aug 2022, 18:52 • #16 
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Yeah man, your Troutsmiths rod looks real sharp!


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 21 Aug 2022, 12:19 • #17 
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I like the gold lettering on the green blank. Excellent. Nice build.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 23 Aug 2022, 12:53 • #18 
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I am curious as to the blank action and whether the blank is true to line weight designation. My sole experience with a Proof blank is that I believed it to be a line weight heavier. Nice job on the build by the way. I really like the thread choice.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 24 Aug 2022, 16:06 • #19 
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I've only cast the rod in the yard and it handles a standard 3wt wf (SA Mastery Trout) line beautifully. I think it would throw a 2wt just as well if you were looking for a slightly faster action but I'm liking it as a 3wt. It's been a lot of fun in the yard, looking forward to getting it on the water.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 14 Sep 2022, 19:19 • #20 
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May I ask where you sourced that stripping guide? The rod looks great!


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 15 Sep 2022, 10:37 • #21 
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I believe this is the stripping guide:

https://www.proofflyfishing.com/collect ... -16mm-20mm


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 15 Sep 2022, 12:58 • #22 
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Yes that’s the one, thanks Matt. This was purchased as a kit from Matt @ Proof, so he put together the guide set. He’s great to deal with. Any questions, just give him a shout.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 21 Sep 2022, 16:03 • #23 
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Big heavy
Great build . Love the wraps on the olive blank
We’ll done


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 25 Sep 2022, 09:20 • #24 
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You should be proud of that build, looks great.


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Re: Proof 602/3 Olive
Post 08 Nov 2022, 21:32 • #25 
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Was just browsing through the rod photos section & saw this, & wanted to comment that I really like the color scheme.


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