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Sage TXL-F 6' 10" 4 wt.

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When Sage discontinued the TXL-F, the blanks went on sale all over for around $200, sometimes less.

Most TXL-Fs are 7'10", but they also made the 3&4 wt. rods in a 6'10" length. That's what I used for this build, the 6' 10" 4 wt.

 

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Starting with the seat. I've been turning my own from 'pen blanks'. This is one of those blanks.

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A mini-lathe is just the ticket for getting close using a cutting bit.

 

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Then progressively finer sandpaper to get the final dimensions.

 

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A trial assembly.

 

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Now the first coat of spar urethane to see what the wood is going to look like.

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While that's drying and waiting for more coats, on to the cork.

I have this one already glued, but it's bigger than it needs to be for this rod.

 

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Also this one, but the variegated cork isn't what I want for this rod. Also, that cork is almost twice as heavy as plain.

 

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So, I'll glue up another smaller one from these.

 

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Stay tuned.

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Looking good, did you run into many voids in the wood?

A few in this piece, but the biggest one will be under the metal of the reel sat, so it'll be hidden.

Some have big voids that make them unusable, like this one. Nice colors, but can't use it.

 

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Making the cork handle today.

 

Here's the glued-up stack of 3/8" cork pieces.

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Before gluing,I bored out an end piece to accept the reel seat. Doing it after gluing is a pain.

 

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This is the tool for that hole.

 

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Going to make a handle like the bottom one. It fits my hand well.

 

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Here are the sizes along the handle.

 

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Now it's just a matter of removing everything that's not the handle I want. 60 grit->100->220->320->400->800.

 

And Voila.

 

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Meanwhile, in another part of the forest, the seat has been accumulating coats of spar varnish, four I think, so far.

 

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I thought I had guides for this rod. I realized today I don't. So, off to order those.

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Plecain, you are an amazing artist! I really appreciate you taking the time to share your builds in such detail. Thank you.

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... any chance you can take a picture of it with natural lighting outside?

Sure.

It doesn't look all that different under natural light.

 

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Awesome looking build so far! That insert is amazing. I never appreciated them until I started seeing nice ones like yours.

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It took two weeks to get the guides for this rod - Fuji Silicon Carbide in a gunsmoke color.

 

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Swamptrout covered wrapping quite well in his recent build posting. 

Here are a couple closeups of this one.  The thread is copper-colored nylon. I tried copper metallic, but didn't like the look.  It will be covered with color preserver, so won't look transparent.

 

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On to the gluing.

It helps to pour the epoxy onto a flat surface like this aluminum foil. It's easier to get the bubbles out by applying heat to the foil.

You can see some bubbles here. They were gone before I used the epoxy.

 

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The hook keeper and logo after epoxying.

 

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The first guide.

 

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That's it.

Earlier, when the TXL-F blanks went on sale, I got the idea that it would be nice to have the 1 wt. thru 4 wt. set, so I bought those blanks.  I already had a 00 wt. rod in the older TXL series.

One thought was to make them a 'matched set' - all the same in seats, wraps, etc.  I decided that would be boring, so made them all different.

 

Here they are: 1 wt. (top) to 4 wt.

 

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Now, on to fishing them B) .

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Paul' that is an awesome set of rods. Thanks for sharing with us. Ron

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nice 4 pack, i too am building a set, kind of harder to do then free willie. hard for me not to wander from the set plan.

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On 3/15/2016 at 8:21 PM, Swamptrout said:

Looks good!  

So hows the shorter txl compare?  Had it out on the lawn at all?

Tried it out on the lawn, but that never seems to tell me much.

I should be able to try it on some water soon.

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On 3/15/2016 at 8:21 PM, Swamptrout said:

Looks good!  

So hows the shorter txl compare?  Had it out on the lawn at all?

Fished with this rod for the first time yesterday.

The stream is small with lots of brush around it.

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And trees.

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The short length (6' 10") of this rod was just about right for this place. It also has enough power to shoot line under the overhanging brush/trees.

There were a few fish around to make it more interesting.

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I like the rod. It's the first 4 wt. TXL-F I've tried. The others have been lighter. The 4 wt. is better than I thought it would be for streams like this. It does a good job where you need to swing casts sideways to avoid overhanging 'stuff'.

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Great looking lineup of rods Paul.......

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I'm currently rebuilding a 7'10" 4wt txl-f. It was the first rod I built 5 years or so ago and this winter I decided to redo it.

Funny, I had the same idea for the thread wraps.

Looks good! They are great rods!

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Thanks. They are great rods.

I still have a 000 wt. blank I haven't gotten around to building yet.

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