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Our Rainshadow 2 piece rod building kits are based on high performance RX7 graphite blanks manufactured for us by Batson Enterprises. The blanks are 43 million modulus and have a medium fast action and a matte gray finish (some sizes available in Olympic green - see pull-down selection menu). They come with a limited lifetime warranty. Your kit also includes your choice of fine reel seats with meticulously finished wood or aluminum bodies, a set of single foot or snake guides in a matching finish, tip top, hookkeeper and winding check, and a high quality cork grip. The kit also comes with a spool of rod wrapping thread. (Details of reel seat and guide selections are shown after you select your blank length and weight.) Rod building adhesive, finish and instructions are sold separately in our Supply and Instructions Kit.
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Rainshadow 8 1/2', 2 pc, 5wt Kit
Reviewer: A viewer from Long Lake, NY US
Nice kit with quality components. Shipping was fast and well packaged. Rod is now just about complete with 2nd coat of Flexcoat going on tip section. Grip close fit, handle takes some reaming with 6" bastard file and the rest is gravy.
Reviewer: A viewer from Illinois/Florida US
This was my first experience in building a fly rod. I also picked the J. Stockard Rod Building Bench, Book, & Supplies Kit at the same time. I was amazed at how well it went--so well that I have purchased another kit already. Everything you need is in the two kits and the quality of the components is great. A few evenings and a couple of hours on the weekend and I have a top-notch flyrod for WAY less money than I would have spent on an equivalent factory made rod.
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Reviewer: A viewer from Elkins, WV US
The blank is a very cool flat gray and the tackle included was as described and everything went together quite well. There was a problem with the threaded portion of the reel seat as it was bent (probably at the factory as the bag it was in was unmarked). When I called, James was very concerned as well as helpful and he got a replacement set up that night. When I went to see how much the cork handle needed to be reamed, the top section of cork cracked off. I called Stockard the next morning, James again was immediate and clear on the replacement. They shipped that day and were here within days.
Both replacements were perfect and the rod is great. What could have been a nightmare at some retailers was a good experience. I will definitely order from them again.
JS 7'9" 3 wt
Reviewer: A viewer from Cedar City, UT US
I've built a few of the Rx7 #3 rods. What a great casting rod! And you can't beat the price of this kit! I love this rod for small streams and slow, calm water. I makes very soft presentation. But it's too short for fast streams. I got the gunsmoke w/ rosewood spacer. Garnet thread matches the dark rosewood insert great! (although I ordered Scarlet with this kit...but luckily had some extra Garnet). The blank wasn't exactly straight, but not bad enough to make too much of a fuss. I am happy with this kit for the price.