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: Trout rod Build

Jim Miller
12-12-2010, 09:42 AM
Christmas is coming....and Boy of I'm really getting excited! :Eyecrazy:

After all the salty builds......I am going to build a trout rod. :whoa:

Kerry Burkheimer 9' 5wt blank (deep spruce green)
Burkies nickle silver seat and matching guide set
I will turn my own custom cork (and maybe wood trim) handle
garnet (or deep green wraps) with silver trim
some sort of feather inlay

I have an opportunity to fish private water in Colorado this Spring and I will be ready! :D Also hope to fish the Deleware again!

I will post up the progress. :wink:

12-12-2010, 08:08 PM
I'm jealous, I didn't know that you could buy blanks from Burkheimer. Not to be intrusive, but would you tell me what the cost was for the blank? I have kind of wanted one of his rods for a long time now, probably the same one you're getting.

Jim Miller
12-12-2010, 08:18 PM
No problem at all Jon.
Blank is a 5 wt 9 foot 4 piece
blank cost is $295....very fair I think!(this is for a deep spruce green. Black & blue are available for an upcharge of $25)
Terry will also sell the reel seat, cork and guides that they use in their builds. He does have options for finishes and real seat inserts.

You contact then via their contacts on the webpage.

12-12-2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks, that is surprisingly reasonable.

01-14-2011, 03:45 PM

I just came across this post. Nothing like paying attention eh? :hihi:

I built a Burkheimer 4 wt in 2008. What a nice rod blank. I cannot wait to see what you come up with.

Jim Miller
01-14-2011, 04:43 PM
Hey Warren
rod is wrapped. cork is done. waiting on a exotic wood spacer, putting finishing touches on the feather inlay work.

probably next week....I will post it up! :D

01-18-2011, 06:21 PM
I'll keep an eye open Jim

Jim Miller
01-26-2011, 05:50 PM
Some pics....finished!

01-26-2011, 08:17 PM
Nice work, very West coast! Always nice to look down at a thing of beauty while doing what you love.

01-26-2011, 10:56 PM
Wow, that handle is just gorgeous!

01-29-2011, 02:06 PM

What a good looker, one to be proud of. What is the wood?

The feather inlay looks real good.

Jim Miller
01-30-2011, 10:26 AM
Thanks for the comments! :D
Warren: wood is Amboyna Burl.
Can't wait to fish it.

01-30-2011, 12:59 PM
One rod to consider is Kerry's 9'5" wt.5 ( 4-5-6) . it is more of a 5/6 rod with incredible action and anther stronger tip. A perfect for a larger trout mid-size river. Hanadle wt.5 and 6 lines superbly and it pleasure to fight trout form 15" + and will take , without killing a fish mid-20" heavy wild rainbows.
A net scoop is 23" long. Kerry Burkheimer can modify the action a bit, and make a version with slightly firmer butt. Overall the rod when casting have tendency to flex toward the butt section and at the same time feels creeps and very firm.

For long distance I would go with DT wt.5 and short to medium with WF 6.

Jim Miller
01-30-2011, 01:42 PM
Nice photos and nice trout (Alaska?) :D
This rod is going to be perfect for the Delaware and larger Adirondack streams (Indian, Schroon, Hudson, Saranac, Ausable, Battenkill)....that is where I will be mostly fishing.

If I will get a couple of 20" plus fish a season....that will be phenominal! (most are 10"-16")...but here is to hoping! :wink:

01-30-2011, 04:00 PM

You are both an artist and a fine craftsman. Beautiful rod!

Jim Miller
01-31-2011, 05:25 PM
Thanks Jim!
Well............ maybe if Todd and you will guide me...I will venture over this Spring to see if you have any trout in Vermont! ;) :D
I will supply some nice Catskill drys for the effort!

03-02-2011, 04:07 PM
I just ordered a Burkheimer blank, a 9' for 4wt, I'm glad you posted about getting one or I never would have realized they were available. Now we have to get rid of an awful lot of snow before we can think about trout.