Here is the web page we will use throughout the process of your fly rod being made. I'll post updates of your rod for you to see as well as anything where I would need your input. Please click on any photo on this page for a large image.
wrap colors, again:
I changed the proportions of the colors around some, as I wasn't quite happy with how the previous samples I showed you looked. Here I've added a bit more red & used much less white. I wanted it to be as if you were looking at the rainbow trout from the side, directly & (to me) this fits that better. The finished wraps will have the black dots over the red & green portions. Please let me know what you think.
grip & reel seat:
Here are a few photos of your rod with the grip & the reel seat mounted on them. I think the wood in the reel seat is a great match for the color of the bamboo. Plus, the wood has a shimmer & depth to it that the photos don't really show, but looks very nice in person. Please excuse the mess on the workbench on the one photo & click on any image for a larger view.
Here are a few different photos of your rod blanks. You requested darker flamed bamboo & I think you'll like the way it came out in the finished rod blanks. When you look at the bamboo in different lighting it looks darker & in some cases a little lighter - a very neat effect that looks gorgeous. I've tried to show this in the photos below. Click on any picture for a larger image.
wrap sample with the dots:
I believe I've figured it out! Below is a sample wrap of the colors you wanted, with the dots like a rainbow trout. I finally figured out how to get them under the varnish so they won't wear off over time. The dots are placed randomly on there, just like on the real fish. Please let me know what you think of this.
In the two photos below are the colors I was going to use for your wraps. Please let me know what you think of them, but especially their proportions to each other in the wrap. Naturally, these do not have the black spots on them yet, as I'm still working that out. This is just to check the color & design of the wrap. Please excuse the sloppy varnish work, as I put this together quickly on a scrap piece of rod blank just to see the colors & layout. The finished wraps on your rod will look much neater. I've tried to show this sample in a couple different lighting situations to give you a better idea of how it looks in person.
Some folks like to see the natural, raw bamboo that their rod is made from. Here is the raw bamboo for your rod.
rough split & flamed:
From the raw culm your bamboo was roughly split into wide sections. Those sections were then laid out so that the nodes would be staggered in the final rod sections, & the pieces were cut to length. Then these pieces were flame treated with a torch to drive out moisture & give the bamboo color. The bamboo in your finished rod will NOT be this dark. The outer enamel must be sanded off & the bamboo beneath will be a lighter shade of brown. From here the pieces will be split down to smaller strips, after which the nodes will be dressed & the strips straightened before the planing work begins.
Here are a couple of photos of your reel seat. I tried to show the wood from a couple of different sides to give you an idea of the grain & depth in the wood.