"In a world overflowing with status quo, there are but only a few
who pursue excellence as a matter of principle."
Returning customer B.K. contacted me with an interest of having a float rod built on the Batson XST 1362F blank. His desire was for me to whip up some streamside jewelry. He wanted a rod that would announce itself when he fished the Salmon River for steelhead. This rod was all about "bling" and I tried my best to pull several of the major colors from the "halo" guide set into the wraps. On this rod, B.K. gave me quite a bit of guidance and was quite specific with the theme. I used this as a foundation and came up with a few inclusions that would really put it over the top.
Stabilized big leaf maple wood was chosen and used for this build. It was purchased through reelseatblanks.com. Steve Kincaid runs a tight ship and has a TON of stabilized burls for sale. I couldn't be more happy with how my order was handled and the quality of the product I received for this build.
Originally, we had discussed a reel seat insert and a partial fighting butt using the stabilized maple stock, but it was later decided that a transition hozel and winding check would be turned for the rod as well. We had just enough wood stock to cover the three items and because the blank I received was such high quality, there was very little waste created cutting around fissures and wood voids. What a relief!
I believe that I've achieved the streamside jewelry, "bling" level with this build. The colors go extremely well together and the rod presents itself as refine and almost noble to a certain degree. I can't wait until some fish slime, egg juice and dirt gets a chance to unite with it. While this rod looks more like decorative furniture, deep within its soul...it is a fish catching machine! Have fun with it B.K.!
With this rod, the adventure ends, but another awaits my attention....
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