I picked up a 6'6" 2wt Batson Rainshadow blank on Ebay for next to nothing and sent it directly to Ed at FSA Custom Rods to add all the goodies like real seat, guides, grips, etc...in order to make it a usable fly rod.
My instructions were simple, nothing over the top, and cheap. After all, this rod will spend a lot of time in my suitcase, the back of my truck, and chasing trout and gills all over the country. The thought of having something over the top was just beyond my comfort level.
Well, the rod has been delivered and I couldn't be happier!
|The blue metallic thread is insane. It looks a million times better in the sun|
|Blue tiger wrap|
|Metallic blue with metallic silver accents|
|Rosewood reel seat|
|Custom shaped cork|
I haven't had a chance to cast it yet as it is cold and windy here in the Chicagoland area but as soon I get a chance, I'll be out there in the lawn.
As of now, I plan on fishing it on Sunday and in mid-March, it will be casting tiny dry flies to some brook trout in Maryland.