I built this rod on the well talked about ARE 12ft 3/4 wt IM6 four piece blank. It will handle from about 235 to 275 grain Scandi Lines and poly leaders. I started with a Rio
Scandi at 275, but I’m gravitating to a 250 Elixer that actually weights 260 Grains. I even have a 230 Rio
Scandi, but I prefer a slightly heavier line at this time, but that may change. I reserve the right to change my mind.
Steve G. thought that this would be a good blank for me. It only took a year for him to convince me to actually build it. I need to figure out what I really want to do with this trout micro-spey stuff since I really like to use Scandi style stuff over Skagit (not that it's better, don't want to start any fights here)
. I like fishing large soft hackles and wets (size 8) and smaller streamers, so Scandi aligns better. If I really want to chunk bigger stuff I will use a Skagit if needed on this rod.
The finished rod is 4.85oz. I balanced it with a Ross Colorado 3 at this point that weights a total of 7.3 oz. This is so much lighter in hand than a 13ft 7wt...
Sorry, our weather has been bad for several weeks and I still have not been able to take photos outside, but I hope this will give some ideas of what an IM6 build can look like.
The rod should be fun on trout up to about 20-22” if the water is not too fast. I will use it in WY/MT this summer with a trip to AR and possible OR if there is enough time and money, which I’m always short of.
I have another one just like it (the 2/3) that handles 210 to 230 grain Scandi's. I know it is a bit of overlap in grain weights, but I haven't decided which one I like better. I see both having their pluses.
I have a little 10ft 190 grain rod for CO just for fun on the smaller streams.
After I decide if a want to use a 12ft 210 grain rod or a 12ft 270 grain rod the majority of the time on bigger trout streams, I will then work with Mr. Meiser or Mr. Anderson for my next purchase.
As you know, you can't have just one…