Here are some pictures of my first attempt at building a fly-rod by hand. I chose a Sage ZXL 376-4 blank. In other words, it’s a 7ft 3wt which I’ll use as my go-to rod for fishing small water — but especially the middle- and south-forks of the snoqualmie rivers. This first picture shows the engraved butt-cap (my initials) and the joint wraps. Note: I chose only to trim the wraps of the joints. I initially had trimmed all the wraps but I thought it looked too busy. This picture demonstrates the decal and the wrap of the first joint. I chose this picture because it shows the only major flaw in my effort. The cellophane of the decal shows. I will be redoing this when my new decals arrive.