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Jim Miller 12-12-2010 09:42 AM

Trout rod Build
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:

JonC 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.

JonC 12-12-2010 09:08 PM

Thanks, that is surprisingly reasonable.

Warren 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

Warren 01-18-2011 06:21 PM

I'll keep an eye open Jim

Jim Miller 01-26-2011 05:50 PM

4 Attachment(s)
Some pics....finished!

JonC 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.

sickb4st4rd 01-26-2011 10:56 PM

Wow, that handle is just gorgeous!

Warren 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.

salmo 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:

JimD 01-30-2011 04:00 PM


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

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