Here's the latest rod off the bench

Mike Monsos

AKA flyman219
#1
I'm just finishing up a Dickerson 7613 LT 7' 6" 5wt. I thought I'd share a few pictures of it I just snapped.

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Mike
 

Ed Call

Well-Known Member
#5
Beautiful work Mike. Your friends should be happy, or whomever will benefit from putting that one into their hands. Just beautiful.
 

Mike Monsos

AKA flyman219
#6
Thanks all,
The ferrule is made from solid brass stock. I blue everything but the slide surfaces. I've made them out of NS and have thought about Duronze but haven't went out and hunted down some material yet. I really like the look of the brass and I have had very good results with it.

Mike
 
#10
If you are wondering about the transition of the grip to the rod, it is a wrap of the tipping color with varnish over it, thus the dark color and gloss finish. I choose not to use a winding check, I taper the cork grip to the flats and then lay a wrap over that. I like to be able to place my finger on that wrap while casting.

Mike
 
#14
I varnish my wraps first, about four coats minimum 100% Minwax Spar Var. I apply it with a very small artists spatula. On the second coat and those after I actually have the spatula on the lower side of the rod in the turner and wick the drop back and forth to cover the wrap. After that I give the full rod 2 coats on the tip section and three coats on the base of the same finish thinned about 30% with artists turps. The full rod finish is hand applied with a small section of a foam brush (not a dipper or a dripper yet). One stroke down each flat between each guide and move down to the next guide to guide section etc. The thinned finish flash's off pretty quick so if I'm carefull I don't raise any dust things turn out to my liking.

Mike
 

Kent Lufkin

Remember when you could remember everything?
#15
Love the new thread color! While it is indeed quite beautiful, in the end it's a tool for catching fish. If your previous rods are any indicator, its new owner will be quite please with not only how nice it looks, but how well it works.

K