I am finally getting some rods off the bench!
This is a pair of MHX 9' #7 4pc rods that were commissioned for a once in a lifetime trip to go fishing in Russia for the customer and his son. The reel seat hardware is American Tackle U5. The insert and ends of the full wells grip are claro walnut. The grip is wrapped in rattan. Snake Brand guides. The graphic was kept simple. The background is the skins of Russian Rainbow and Brown trout. The graphics are framed with liar's marks at 16 and 20 inches for measuring those nice Russian trout. The red on the Russian rainbows tends to be much brighter and more vivid than we are used to seeing here in the States. That is on Dad's rod. The thread for the wraps is ProWrap 119-Taxi Cab Yellow and 507-Pea Soup. No CP was used.
Please excuse the dust in the pics. I thought about retaking the pics but I am pooped.
First up is the son's rod.
Now for Dad's rod
Look at these guide feet on this Snake Brand guide. This is how they are right out of the plastic baggie. These are by far my favorite guides to wrap. No prep is needed at all.