My Dennis Stone 7′ 3/2 4wt blank came today and looks great. The cane has been darkened with ammonia treatment. It took exactly 1 month to the day I ordered it to get the blank. I already have the guides and several spools of silk, the only thing I have not gotten yet is a reel seat.
Thanks, I will definitely be taking my time with this and will try to update as I make headway.
Some other goodies..
Some assorted silk colors, not sure what I’m going to use just yet. I glued up the 5.5″ grip a few weeks ago, two different size mildrum strippers to pick from and snake brand guides. At some point I will order a Bellinger slide band seat. (My favorite)
The rod has a pretty firm butt section, but put it together and it feels like it’s going to be a really nice versatile dry fly rod. It feels really light for a 3 piece rod. Should be a great fit as a more travel friendly option with my other rods.
This is how Dennis describes this rod on his website:
“7′ 3pc. 4wt.
A rod that is reminiscent of the Granger Wright/ McGill 7633 yet a true 4wt. It is a medium fast dry fly action rod for small streams”
I have two of Dennis’ rods that he built. A 7 1/2 2/2 5wt, and an 8′ 2/2 3wt. They’re some kind of Heddon taper. Love ’em both, and alternate between them, some glass, and my lightline graphites. So many sweet rods (too many, but . . .), but I do fish most that I have. Here’s one of ’em.
Turned and fit a nice 5 1/2″ cigar grip over the weekend, very pleased with how it came out. Hope to get the ferrules wrapped and put some varnish on the blank soon. Waiting on a reel seat order before gluing the grip on.
Brett, I have not been able to make any progress with it. I had listed it for sale a month ago and took it down to think about what I really wanted to do. I ended up buying two new 5 weights so I need to get serious about selling the blank.