Thanks for the nice comments. I'll try to answer your questions.
On the threads, I used ace spar varnish over nylon. Used it for years on bamboo and single handed rod builds. I use nylon brushes. One heavy coat to soak through and force out the air, and then two to three more thin coats. I'll try to get a better picture of the wraps and post them this weekend for you.
I don't have any issues with the cap and ring type reel seats as long as the foot of the reel fits. I also like that they make the rod look a bit "cute" to quote a friend. I see a tendency to overbuild trout speys. I wouldn't use the cap and ring on a big two hander, but it's fine on these smaller trouters. I also often use them on my 6wt single hands with no issues.
Last edited by txtrout; 11-12-2015 at 02:41 PM.