With the advent of rain and lots of money work in my workshop theres been no reason to go fishing since i went to the Merced a few weeks ago. So i work and dream of swinging for hot fish on the river in weeks to come. During the time when I'm waiting for all that glue to dry i've been sneaking time in on a new prototype bamboo rod i'm working on. I took a quick drive to my mentors workshop before he moves to his new shop. Long story short, he offered a few great suggestions, like where to get the best flor grade cork and thought overall it was coming along well but it also needed more finish. The cork i got from mudwole was spec'd as select A grade but when i began to turn the grip down to my design it was basically shit. Well its just a prototype rod i keep reminding myself. Its very humbling to have such an experienced rod builder give me his attention. So off i go back to my work shop to spin more Spar and then into the drying cabinet it goes this afternoon for another few days. Once its in the drying cabinet, i can start working on the prototype reel seat for the next evolution of the short 11 foot spey rod. below are some catch up photos of part of the grip and the gun blueing of the ferrules.