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Old 10-10-2017, 09:22 AM
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It was a bargain buy and was supposed to be a winter project but it went too well:

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Lovely rod- I have a factory built in wt 5 and its a dream, so light and so responsive only wish they'd put a keeper ring on.
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Old 10-10-2017, 10:19 AM
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Very nice looking Project .

I too , have a medium fast , medium curve 5 weight , it's a lovely rod , acquired from a forum member and will not be getting sold anytime soon . it's a lovely fishing rod , I agree about the keeper ring .
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Thanks chaps but I am not a fan of keeper rings, I found that they cut my fingers on cold wet days. Also I prefer to put the leader around the reel and my fly on the guides to keep the fly line out of the tip top, the factory builds assume you use short leaders.
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Nothing wrong with that apart from the leader sometimes getting caught in the reels internal workings whenever I'm reeling in the slack and not paying attention. I mostly fish large reservoirs such as Chew, Blagdon or Farmoor and 15ft leaders are almost de rigueur.
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What line weight is the rod?
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Interesting that you use a fighting butt on a #6 with a half wells grip.
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Thanks chaps but I am not a fan of keeper rings, I found that they cut my fingers on cold wet days. Also I prefer to put the leader around the reel and my fly on the guides to keep the fly line out of the tip top, the factory builds assume you use short leaders.
Not a criticism of your rod at all I think we are criticising the factory rod for not having the keeper as it's easier to have it and not use it than add one
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Interesting that you use a fighting butt on a #6 with a half wells grip.
The fighting butt is more about casting than fighting, it gives me a nudge when I over rotate the forward cast and I can tuck it in on the back cast. I'm a perennial wrist breaker, especially when I get tired.

It's probably the photo but it's a cigar rather than half wells, there's little change in diameter over the first 4 inches. I tend to hold the rod around the reel so the style of grip is almost irrelevant but I light to keep it as slim as possible around the interface of the uplocking seat with the grip. I used burl so I could shave more than with cork with less risk of it crumbling.

The #6 is medium curve/fast; I've just taken it for a test drive and the counterflex is damped very quickly.

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Not a criticism of your rod at all I think we are criticising the factory rod for not having the keeper as it's easier to have it and not use it than add one
None taken, I gave up keepers for the reasons I mentioned. I mostly fish rivers, so having the fly line out of the top ring is important for me, I don't like to pfaff about but I do occasionally wrap the leader up in the reel as well
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