Saturday, February 04, 2006

Keeping it Light 

A 4 and 5 weight Signature V series

the Dan Craft Signature V 9' 3 piece 5wt


Blank weight 1.48 oz

ERN 6.49
AA 62

(as reported on the Common Cents Rod Data Site)

Once again I shall use the Bamboo Burl cork. This time a prefashioned cigar grip coupled with just enough BB cork from a spinning handle to accommodate the reel foot. Bellinger Reel Seats have supplied me with a handsome blued slide band and pocket cap crafted by Bill Bennett.

Here are a couple of pictures of my makeshift lathe, a makita 3/8" variable speed drill to which I've mounted an old fiberglass rod blank remnant. I've gorilla glued a long piece of hardwood dowel into the butt end of the blank in order to have something solid for the chuck to clamp on.

Upon this mandrel I have slid my pre-bored bamboo burl handle after carefully winding on a layer of masking tape to grip the cork.

In short order I've sanded the rear portion down to size and pencil marked it for relieving the reel foot ramp.

Now I've slid the lot onto the butt section of the 5wt blank and bonded it with U40 Rod Bond.

Of course I've placed a magic worried shrimp into the rod blank before finishing the fighting butt.

This rod will be wrapped with Pearsall's gossamer silk, dark claret for the guide wraps and white on the female ferrule's for strength.

Let's start with the ferrules. Rather than using a thread tensioner I've merely dropped my spool of silk into a whiskey glass and run the thread lengthwise through a heavy book. The weight from 185 pages seems to apply the perfect tension.

Take care to clean your hands well to avoid contaminating this fine white silk.

Wrap as close to the end of the ferrule as possible.

Klass Kote.

Yes... Instead of my usual LS supreme I'm trying a new epoxy.
Here are the goods necessary for the job.

I tried marking these eye droppers with a sharpie pen but the ink came off when dipped in Klass Kote... My alternative is to put masking tape half way up the droppers. This is a convenient amount to move at a time. In this application I'll use two measures each of parts A and B.

Mix well.


You beauty!

This 5wt blank weighted in at 1.48 oz. guides, cork, glue, hardware and thread come to 1.52 oz

Here is my finished Signature V 4wt with this seasons biggest smallie. The handle is 13" long... you be the judge.

Dan Craft 8'9" 3 piece 4wt - FRSV8943

Blank weight 1.3 oz.

I've built up the same bamboo burl cork handle and slipped on a pair of struble blued nickel ring bands.

here is the handle rod-bonded to the blank before final shaping and sanding.

Here the unfinished bamboo burl.

and now with a coat of Tru-Oil

the running guides are REC single foot recoils.

1 * RSFX #4
1 * RSFX #3
3 * RSFX #2
3 * RSFX#1

the stripper is a fuji TNSG 12

one of the #1 recoil guides broke while I was sanding it so I supplemented a fuji TNSG 10 (just uprod of the stripper) with the forward foot removed.


for the sake of smooth casting and reduced line wear I've elected to straddle the running guides with fuji SIC rings... The tiptop is a fuji TFST 5.5mm ring

This is an OUTSTANDING rod for trout and panfish. The little 4wt didn't wimp out on big smallmouth bass either.

The 4wt blank weighted 1.3 oz all the add on parts came to 1.3 oz.

UPDATE... 9/24/07

Lately the middle ferrule of my Sig V 4wt has been prone to coming loose. While casting recently I inadvertently loaded the rod when the ferrule was loose and this was the catastrophic result. Approximately 3/8" of ferrule split, even with the silk wrap. I've carefully cut the damaged piece off and wrapped and additional hank of black silk over the existing wrap.

I've taken the time to wrap all the ferrules of my Sig V collection.

"part of fishing joy is the ability to argue yourself into happiness"
- old viking saying engraved on a stone in the Orsa Finnmark (Sweden that is)

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