The rod- on all the guide wraps I went with a dark green thread wrap as that is dear old dad's favorite color. Cross wraps where metallic green and silver to give the cross wraps a little pop off the blank. The rod features a split grip handle, so on the split end I did the same cross wrap as I did in front of the fore grip. The Microwave guides are like the cherry on top of the sundae. I can not wait to give this rod to the old man. I know he going to absolutely love it.
I also added a little touch that I know he will appreciate. On the last few rods I have been using a metallic marker to mark the line weight, length, and a serial number so I can track back to replicate a rod and such. But the cool thing I have been doing is "naming" the rods. The previous trolling rod I built for my Walleye friend was named " The Old Sock In The Wash" because that is usually what we call each other cause we are such great friends. Then when I came to this part of the build I was stumped on what to call it. I wanted it to have meaning, and be kind of funny at the same time. My father and I joke with each other quite a bit and always call each other funny names like Putz, Dufuss, etc. The list could go on, but I didn't want to put something silly like this on a rod he was going to look at constantly, and then it hit me. The old man used to be an over the road trucker for many years, and he is also very polish. His old CB radio handle is one funny name and fits him to the T. The Cb handle he used was " The Happy Pollack" Very fitting for him, and his rod I believe. He should get a kick out of it, and maybe a slight tear in his eye. I hope he enjoys it as much as I did building it. So I give to you some photo's of the newest rod "The Happy Pollack" .
|The Rear Split Grip Cross Wrap|
|The Cross Wrap And Hook Keeper In Front Of Fore Grip|
|Another Shot Of The Rear Split Grip|
|" The Happy Pollack" Name On The Blank|
|Close Up Of The Cross Wrap|
|Rear View Of The Rod|
|Guide Wrap With Microwave Guide|
|Close Up Of Guide Wrap|
|Close Up Of The Microwave Guide|
|A View Down The Rod As It Dries|
One more coat of finish tonight and the rod is complete. Dad might get his gift a little early as I can not wait to give it to him.