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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-23-2015, 05:27 PM Thread Starter
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New 12ft Trout-Spey

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…
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 02-23-2015, 05:59 PM
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Nice build

Nice looking build TX, I've been waiting to pull the trigger on the 3/4 as well. My only apprehension is that I'd like to know it would adequately handle fish to 5 pounds, in moderate flows.
Really wish JK/AR offered a 4/5 in the IM6 series, would have built one a long time ago. (The UHM series is a little fast for my liking.)

Congratulations, have fun fishing your new toy.
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Strawberry,

Thank you for the nice complement.

I know of another board member that uses this rod for half-pounders, and he told me he has landed steelies to 10lbs with it and it handled it ok. I think he told me it wouldn't be his rod of choice for targeting 10 pounders, he would bring a bigger rod for that. I'm pretty sure this rod will handle a 5 pound fish, it has a pretty strong butt. I hope to be able to tell you about it later this year with trout that size.

When you say moderate flow, what river are you talking about? At this point I wouldn't hesitate to take this rod out on the Sandy or Yak to target trout with soft hackles. But I might be proven wrong about it in the long run, I've been know to show up with the wrong gun in the past.
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Is that an ARE handle and reel seat as well? Nice rod!
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Wow, love that color of blank. I also have been dying to get those rods, the 2/3 & 3/4 12'. I like your build, nice and clean and the wraps look tight. I would love to hear how you like it and how it handles the smaller fish. I want to target 16-20" sea run cutties with it. How does it handle a bead head fly?
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That's a super nice looking rod. Well done.

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I haven't gotten into buildings rods, yet! If I do, I'd be happy if mine came out half as good!!

Great job- enjoy!

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Think Montana, September, trout fishing in (pick a name) river.

Suspect this rod would be a total treat. Your Doggie-Dog will be the best casting judge of that. When they look, watch you cast, ..... walk away .. this is not an indicator of 'A good thing going on here.'

But Old Dog's (Sandy and Husky) could be 'bribed' with 3/4 of your lunch sandwich. Subway shoppe here in White City and Ashland, nice young ladies: 'How much of this are those two going to get?' (Probably close to all of it.) Skipped the Veggies, she'd just stuff the 'foot long' thing with meat.

Next wrap: "This one's for you." I just handed over the ten dollar bill.

God I miss those Dogs, both gone now. Tired, the three of us would lay down on the beach and Nap. Snuff/Snort in each ear. Cuddles. Old man ends his rant.

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I have some rod envy - maybe it's the IM6, maybe it's the beauty. I don't need another rod.
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I have some rod envy - maybe it's the IM6, maybe it's the beauty. I don't need another rod.
Call Steve Godshall, have him build you one. His 'sticks' are pure magic.




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David,

The reel seat if from Joel Lemke. He really makes some great hardware and is a true gentleman. The cork is my own work. I have a stockpile of ¼” cork.

Coast,

I also love that color of the blank. I wish more offerings could be found in that color. It will handle bead heads no problem. The size fish you are after are the same size I am targeting, only mine will be rainbows and browns, many of them are lake run fish in the fall, so there is always the possibility of a larger fish in the 22”+ and even into the 10lb range at times, but that is the exception. I have handled the larger fish with a SH6, so I think I will be ok. On the rivers I will be on, I feel that the butt will be plenty strong to handle it.

Tom/Bill, Thanks so much.

Ed,
I hope you are right on it being a treat. WY and MT in September is one of the main reasons I built this rod.

I still miss my female German Shorthaired Pointer. She was an awesome dog to have out off the leash. Best trained dog ever. She was very regal. She has been gone for over 8 years.

I agree with your comments on Steve G. Just an awesome guy and has really helped me over time. He is really able to match up what you want and your water to the right rod. The two handed rods he makes for TFOs custom rod program are really nice and shouldn’t be overlooked by people. Unfortunately they only go down to a 6128 at this time.
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12' 3/4 wt

Just finished up handle/reel seat installation on the 12' 3/4 wt. I took the easy route and simply modified/shortened a Forecast 12" fore and 5" rear grip I had hiding in the cork drawer. Small diameter reel seat fitted into the mini-handle turned out cool and fits the rod nicely.
Balance seems pretty good with the SA Mastery 8/9 reel I originally intended to pair it with, but will know for certain once the guide wraps are complete later this week. (Might have to size down to a Cimarron 5 if still tip light.)

Looking forward to putting some time in with it on the Yakima next week, and really hoping an Ambush 290 is not too heavy to start out with...as it's the lightest line I currently have.
Should be a fun OP and N Cascades bull trout rod, and will also see some use in ID, MT and CA this summer.

Thanks for the inspiration to finally wrap one up TX.
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Guide spacing

Hey TxTrout,

I'm building a 5/6 in the same rod family and was wondering what guide spacing did you use? I'm thinking I could keep the same spacing and up size a couple guides and be good to go.
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Guide spacing

I will do my best to post the guide spacing I used. It may be this weekend before I'm able to dig it out and post it. I will say that I used 11 guides for I wanted an extra guide on the tip, for it is pretty lite.
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Beautiful job! Building the same rod right now (built the 11' 2/3 a few years ago and love it). Can't wait to get it on the water, and am thinking the SA System 8 will be great with it, as suggested above, but we'll see when I get out on the water. Of course in Boston it feels like anything other than ice and snow is a long way off!
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