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I am looking to build a light 2-hander on a graphite blank, but do not have enough builds under my belt to want to drop +$300 on a blank. I am leaning toward the ARE blank, but wanted to see if there is something out there I have not come across. Ideally under 150 bucks or so. Any suggestions?
 

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Bob Meiser was selling a bunch of blanks for $145 ($170 shipped in the US, maybe a bit more over the border). I just picked up a 12.5 foot 3/4. Check the classifieds section here at Speypages.
 

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I build two rods from the ARE IM6 11ft #2/3 blanks. This rods are great and the blank is only 30 USD. I would buy the rod and a blank. Try the rod first and then build the new rod with a bit more grip. The Airflo Switch float 240gr or a WF6F are great on that rod.
Tight lines,
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The 11’ ARE (Anglers roost enterprises) mentioned above, and especially the 12’ version of the 2/3 sold by Anglers Roost are excellent choices. I think you are on the right track!

Yes these are inexpensive graphite blanks with no pedigree, but they have a minor cult following on here. You will build one because its cheap, but hang onto it because it is a very sweet spey rod! I handed mine to a guide with a bunch of sage trout speys in the boat to try out one time, and he fell in love with it. As has been discussed on here many times - and you can try doing a search on here if you haven’t already - seems like the action on these blanks was probably a happy accident. The 12’ likes around a 220gr scandi and 270 skagit. Steve Godshall also has the measurements on all of these blanks and can make custom lines to your desired specs for them, and there as lots of people who use them on here to help answer any questions.

Anyway, these are probably a slam dunk answer for your particular question. I know this probably sounds like a broken record on here, but I think you have exactly the right idea.

Another one I am familiar with that you might have run into through a natural process of looking for inexpensive blanks is the 10.5’ 2/3 aventic blanks that sell on eBay for around $45. Those are actual (as advertised) euro nymphing style blanks - very soft tip with heavier butts. Full disclosure I actually have one of these that I’m just finishing. Guess I will have to do some nymphing now. They are pretty nice blanks, and nice looking too, but NOT ideal for spey casting. So probably avoid them for that purpose.
 

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thanks guys, I think I'll likely go with the ARE. Looks like they bumped up the price a bit though...now listed at $80. Still a good deal though I think. I built the ARE 10' 3/4 fiberglass blank and I like it, but think I want a graphite version as well. Thanks for pointing out the Meiser sale too. Probably going to cash in on that as well, but probably not the 3/4.

Here are a few pics of my 10' 3/4
 

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thanks guys, I think I'll likely go with the ARE. Looks like they bumped up the price a bit though...now listed at $80. Still a good deal though I think. I built the ARE 10' 3/4 fiberglass blank and I like it, but think I want a graphite version as well. Thanks for pointing out the Meiser sale too. Probably going to cash in on that as well, but probably not the 3/4.

Here are a few pics of my 10' 3/4
NO! You want the im6 blanks. Still $29.95, just checked. Those are the ones that have the reputation. Not the fast ones. Some people have used the fast ones, but those have a reputation for easy breakage too, in spite of the added cost. At any rate they are very different. Probably closer to a euro-scandi type rod. The obsessive love goes mostly toward the im6 ones - those could best be compared to the dec Hogan’s echo rods - soulful action, if you like that sort of thing.

The im6 ones I think may not be listed under “graphite spey blanks” but just under “graphite blanks” for some reason.
 

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The ARE UMH12 blank I broke in same spot twice both with minimal use. I have built a bunch of the IM6 blanks and are great. I am just about to finish the 12' 2/3wt. Looking forward to fishing it this Spring.

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NO! You want the im6 blanks. Still $29.95, just checked. Those are the ones that have the reputation. Not the fast ones. Some people have used the fast ones, but those have a reputation for easy breakage too, in spite of the added cost. At any rate they are very different. Probably closer to a euro-scandi type rod. The obsessive love goes mostly toward the im6 ones - those could best be compared to the dec Hogan’s echo rods - soulful action, if you like that sort of thing.

The im6 ones I think may not be listed under “graphite spey blanks” but just under “graphite blanks” for some reason.
Got it. Thanks!!
 
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