We are very happy to post some photos from this year's Cystic Fibrosis Fundraiser at the Redbone Yellow Creek Flyfishing Classic. This year we built an 8 weight Sage Xi3 build for the live auction. The rod brought $1,000 at the live auction for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation! This year we worked with several of our favorite suppliers who all graciously donated items for the build. We cannot thank them enough for their support of this great cause. Sage donated the Xi3 9' 8 wt for the build. American Tackle donated the stunning reel seat and guides. Landmark Components donated a fine anodized aluminum tube. Here is a rundown on the build details:
Sage 8 weight Xi3 blank. For the guides we selected American Tackles Solid Titanium Titan Guides. We set it up with a nice large 20mm stripper guide with a 16mm tamer guide right behing it to aid in shooting line. The running guides are the Titan single foot nanolite ceramics all the way to the tip. These guides are strong, lightweight, corrosion proof and provide unparalleled casting and fish fighting due to the extremely slick and quiet inserts.For the reel seat we went with American Tackles Triangle window seat for visual appeal and great performance. The seat is beautifully machined aluminum with double locking nuts. For the handle and fighting but we decided to use Flor grade cork and accent it with burnt burl cork in a chess board pattern and thin sliced rings. The result is one of a kind! The wraps were kept simple and done in a Blue Lagoon shade trimmed in Aquamarine metallic. It screams take me to the salt water! Thank you Stan for your genrous bid to CFF! We hope you enjoy the rod!