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  1. For a donation rod I would probably go for one of...

    For a donation rod I would probably go for one of the Roger blanks as mentioned above. For a bit more money, Elkhorn makes pink blanks as well.
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    Steffen 7/8wt. 8'6" 4pc.

    Here's a Steffen 7/8wt. 8'6" 4pc. rod I just finished: REC Recoil stripping guide; Snake Brand Universal Guides; YLI Chestnut Silk Thread; White tipping; Lemke Seat.
    I turned around what would...
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    Thanks guys. If you have not had the pleasure to...

    Thanks guys. If you have not had the pleasure to cast one of Mark Steffen's rods....I would HIGHLY recommend it. There are a lot of modern fiberglass options to pick from these days; but I truly...
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    Ha. Thanks Dave.

    Ha. Thanks Dave.
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    Steffen 3/4 7'9" 4pc. --------

    I'll let the rod speak for itself.

    http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m620/cjohns282/DSC_0010_zps383eb4e0.jpg
    http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m620/cjohns282/DSC_0015_zps6835e090.jpg...
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    Steffen 5/6wt. 8'0" 4pc.

    Here is a Steffen 5/6wt. 8'0" 4pc. I finished a couple weeks ago. This is a fantastic all around taper. I see why so many people hold this out as the best of the best. The walnut burl reel seat...
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    Thanks guys. Bob, I'll finish up the 5/6wt....

    Thanks guys. Bob, I'll finish up the 5/6wt. Steffen and get some photos posted. In the meantime, here is a 2/3wt. 7'6" 4pc. Steffen build I finished about a month ago.
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    Thanks guys. Bob, I agree with you that a short...

    Thanks guys. Bob, I agree with you that a short 3wt. needs to be able to cast well in close. I need to try a 4wt. line to slow down the action a bit and see what happens. I've built a few of these...
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    McFarland 7wt. 8'3" 3pc. (rebuild)

    The very first blank I bought from Mike McFarland about 3 years ago was his 8'3" 7wt. I was told this taper was "his best warm water rod" and that it was truly special. I built it out but opted to...
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    Kabuto 6'6" 3wt. 3pc.

    Here is a Kabuto 6'6" 3wt. 3pc. that I am just finishing building. I still need to sand the wraps and apply one more coat of finish. I usually use epoxy, but I tried spar varnish on this one. I...
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    The Superfine Touch rods are FANTASTIC! I've...

    The Superfine Touch rods are FANTASTIC! I've owned/built the 804, 663, and two 761's. I used the 663 almost exclusively in the driftless about a month ago. The 761 is my favorite ultralight rod! ...
  12. Thanks guys. Now that the wraps are fully dry I...

    Thanks guys. Now that the wraps are fully dry I was able to get a few better shots of the rod. I love the contrasting ferrules! They really add a lot to the looks of this rod.
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  13. McFarland Sanded Brown Glass 7'6" 3wt. 3pc. build

    I just finished a build on a McFarland Sanded Brown Glass blank last night. It is a 7'6" 3wt. 3pc. rod. Mike's sanded brown glass is probably the best looking glass I've seen. It truly has this...
  14. 8'6" Steffen 6/7 wt. 4pc. build and review/comparison

    After reading Lugan's review of his 6/7 Steffen 8' (see here http://fiberglassflyrodders.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=2&t=38721 ), I thought I would post some photos and comments about my 8'6" 6/7 wt....
  15. john2: I don't want to speculate on cost,...

    john2: I don't want to speculate on cost, although I have an idea of what the cost will be. I would highly recommend contacting Beau at Stillwater fly shop.

    stillwateroutfitter@gmail.com
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  16. So it looks like this project is underway! Beau,...

    So it looks like this project is underway! Beau, at Stillwater Fly Shop, contacted me this weekend to confirm that Abel reels agreed to work with us in developing the bluegill fish graphic! We have...
  17. Now that the wraps are fully dry, here are a few...

    Now that the wraps are fully dry, here are a few more delectable shots!

    http://i1134.photobucket.com/albums/m620/cjohns282/P3020275.jpg...
  18. McFarland yellow glass 8'3" 6wt. 3pc. build

    I just finished this unsanded yellow glass McFarland 8'3" 6wt. 3pc. rod last night. For this build, I used Joel Lemke's LC1 down locking (screw lock) black anodized seat and the insert is turned...
  19. Thanks fellas. I will keep everyone up to date. ...

    Thanks fellas. I will keep everyone up to date.

    Tailingloop: I will mention to Stillwater that you would potentially be interested. We are kind of casting a net to see how much interest the...
  20. Custom Bluegill Fish Graphic on an Abel Creek Reel!!! Attention warmwater finatics..

    A few months back I decided to try to get Abel reels to design a custom bluegill fish graphic. Being from Central Illinois, bluegill happen to be my most targeted species with the fly rod. Bluegill...
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    An old build and a new reel

    I think it was the third rod I built which was probably about 3 years ago, a 0wt. Dan Craft 7'10" 6pc, that was somewhat of a benchmark rod for me. At that time I wanted the slowest, deepest bending...
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    I tend to favor more simple builds. I saw those...

    I tend to favor more simple builds. I saw those double dyed stock pieces at kinnikinnick (I'm assuming that's where you got yours) and wondered how someone could incorporate them into a build...
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    Rod Review

    I took the 7033 Kabuto out late Sunday afternoon. I chose that time as the sun was just beginning to set....hoping that I might be able to see the rod blank in some interesting lighting. The lake...
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    The rod blank luckily fell into my lap as a...

    The rod blank luckily fell into my lap as a friend of mine has had it sitting around since last year and finally decided not to build it. I jumped on the opportunity for the very reason you mention....
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    bobbyg: Thanks for the comments. The first insert...

    bobbyg: Thanks for the comments. The first insert I tried was ebony (very dark). I was not a fan...although I thought I would be. Then I tried a few maple burls. I was going to go with gold wraps...
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