Orvis Superfine Touch 8'0" 4wt. 4pc.

Discussion in 'Rod Building' started by sagebass, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. sagebass Member

    Posts: 174
    Peoria, IL
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    My last (I think) build for the year will be my "all around" rod which is an Orvis Superfine Touch (SFT) 804. I've read good reviews of the 804 including the Trout Underground review listed here:

    http://troutunderground.com/2011/10...s-superfine-touch-8-4wt-small-stream-fly-rod/

    I am almost finished working on the reel seat insert which I turned from Spalted Box Elder Burl to match the SFT 663 I built a few weeks ago. I still need to do a bit more sanding before the insert is complete.

    The hardware is N.S. uplocking slide ring set by Joel Lemke. I traded some rod building stuff with Shane Gray of Graywolf Rods in Michigan for the hardware. The hardware is a tad on the heavy side (I typically would not use N.S. hardware for a 4wt. rod), but it looks pretty sharp.

    I intended to use a classic Orvis Lightweight reel made by Young that I received as a wedding gift from my grandfather about 6 months ago. The reel weighs 4 1/4 oz. and it balances about the middle of the grip with the fully loaded reel. Ideally I think the rod would balance best with a reel that weighed between 3 and 3 1/2 oz. (unloaded). Perhaps the rod will balance a tad better after I wrap and finish the guides and etc, and especially after I have about 30 feet of line pulled off the reel and stretched through the guides. Although I may keep my eyes open for a Cortland Retro II reel as an alternative as it is about an ounce lighter than the Orvis reel and I can abuse the Cortland. But my main goal was to pair the classic Orvis reel with a nice Orvis rod.

    The grip is a Struble Ultrafine Flor grade grip that I modified by adding the inlet to accept the uplocking hardware.

    Here are a few preliminary photos of what I've accomplished so far:

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  2. sagebass Member

    Posts: 174
    Peoria, IL
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    I finished wrapping the guides on Sunday and applied finish to the wraps on Monday. The rod is essentially complete. I could not find my Orvis label, so I will have to put that on down the road.

    I really took my time on the finish. After using the ultra thin coats of permagloss on my TXL-F, I decided to try to see how thin I could go with a single coat of regular 2 part epoxy finish (not the lite version).

    I was really happy with the results:

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  3. mojo Member

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    Yewtah
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    Beautiful build. I especially like the reel seat, hardware and Young/Orvis reel. Good matchup
  4. Tyler84 New Member

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    Seattle, Wa
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    That reel seat is fantastic! Did you turn that? I ask because I have been starting to play around with a lathe for turning reel seats. I have so any questions I don't know where to start. I want to start making seats with slip rings exactly like you have, But I am not sure where to find the hardware. Also, what finish did you use on the wood?

    Your rod looks really good, nice work.
  5. sagebass Member

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    Peoria, IL
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    Feel free to email me with questions. coltrane45@hotmail.com

    I did turn the insert. It was spalted box elder burl. The hardware was made by Joel Lemke. He makes wonderful hardware. Thank you for the compliments.
  6. WABOWMAN Active Member

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    Port Townsend,WA
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    Very nice ! I also love the reel seat.I would like to ask about the finish at the handle.Did you build that up with multi coats and how did you
    protect the handle?