Batson RX6 6'6" 4pc. 2wt.

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  1. sagebass

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    Here is the Batson 2wt. 6'6" 4pc. It's a sweet little rod from 0' to 40' with a 3wt. line. This rod is right up with the Orvis Superfine Touch 663-4 that I love so much. For the price of this blank, it is highly under priced. It has the physical lightness of graphite, but it handles a 3wt. line akin to glass, with just a slightly faster recovery speed. I really think that graphite is at its best in the lower modulus IM6 area like this rod.

    This was one of the custom seats that I worked out with Joel using the Orvis slip rings. I did three turn white tipping on every wrap. The guides are single foot light chrome with a Titanium American Tackle Titan #7 stripping guide.

    It's a really fun rod! Pure lightness and tight loops.
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    jeff bandy Make my day

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    Nice. How is the tip flex? I like a soft tip on small rods. It protects those lite tippets.
     
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    Great looking rod! I built one in a 3wt in a 2 piece and fished it on a local small river. I love that thing and it will throw, small cone head slump busters with ease, I caught a 16" SRC on it and it felt like a monster! Batson makes really nice blanks! And you built it up nicely!
     
  4. Wayne Kohan

    Wayne Kohan fish-ician

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    I'm assuming that is the Forecast series? I have the 7'6" 4 wt that I built a few years ago and it is one of my favorites.

    Wayne
     
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    Wow great build! Looks amazing!
     
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    That looks great. I have an 8'6" 4 weight in that series and it is so sweet.

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    Nice job guys!!! The build looks on par with big time manufacturers! What components did you use?
     
  8. chrome/22

    chrome/22 For him there whould always be the riddle of steel

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    Nice one, wraps look like the one's I did on a RX6 4 pc in the 5 weight. I went black w/ silver 2 wrap trim. It looks clean on that dark blue blank & gloss black guides


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    Jeff, Sorry for the late reply. I like the rod with a 3wt. line personally, which slows down the action a bit. I fish a lot of glass rods, so slowing down the rod is a good thing for me. For graphite, the tip is plenty soft and I regularly fish it with a 5x and 6x tippets.

    Colt
     
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    Thanks Alexander. I love the 7'6" 3wt. 2pc. rod (if that's the one you are referring to). It's one of the best bluegill rods available.
     
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    Wayne,

    Yes, the above rod is the Forecast series. I've built the 7'6" 4wt. 4pc. blank as well. I built the 4wt. as a spin/fly rod for my brother in law. He loves it.
     
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    Thanks. This is a great blank, even though I like to fish it with a 3wt. line. I used pretty basic chrome single foot guides; they were probably pacbay if I remember correctly. The stripping guide is an American Tackle Titan (titanium) stripping guide, size #7 I believe. Joel Lemke helped me custom design the reel seat, but the rings we used are from Orvis. The thread is YLI silk blue tipped in white. The finish is a single coat of epoxy.

    Colt
     

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