Completed 5'6 0wt Ultralight Fly Rod: Project "The Grim Reaper"


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It started with a question on one of my eBay promotions - could we build a one of a kind Ultralight fly rod. After going back and forward with some paper designs and sample materials my client settled on a design utilizing YLI silk in 'Chinese Red', blued hardware for guides and reel seat and grip and reel seat insert of a mix of red burl cork and flor grade portuguese cork.

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The project hardest part was to obtain a blank that met the specifications and I turned to CTS and discussed having a one of blank built. It's a really lovely blank, as I have come to expect from CTS. The blank has a lovely action with and is from unidirectional S-Glass with a natural (white) finish. As you can see from the pictures at the end it almost glows in the sunlight.

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Of all the rods I've built recently I'm the most sad to see this one go - it has been a real pleasure to build and the end result is absolutely stunning...

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