I've been fly fishing for many years and figured it was time to try building my own rod.
So after much research and a good deal of expense (building a rod like tying your own flies isn't cheap), I decided on a 9' 4 weight what I could use for grayling and wild brown trout.
I've used an MHX blank, Seymo guides, REC reel seat and Fuji and Fishhawk whipping thread. Against normal conventions I've not used the usual rod building resins, time will tell if this was a wise move! I used two stripping guides, not necessary but this is an experiment and I wanted to play. I didn't include a hook keeper as I never use them. So the result is a plain, simple design. No glitz or bling but a few turns of silver thread to highlight where the joints are.
I finished the rod yesterday and cast it for the first time today using two different #4 lines. The results were impressive. The rod is light with a slightly slower action to the rods I would usually use, but still capable of casting a good length of line easily, and that's exactly what I was aiming for.
I will be using it tomorrow on the Welsh Dee fishing for grayling. I'll let you know how it performs!