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Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Don Mang (---.phlapa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: August 07, 2018 07:57AM

I am new to all this! I have always wanted to build a rod. I do a lot of freshwater (Trout) and saltwater fishing (Flounder). I am ordering a build kit next week. I will want to jump right in a build, and fish the rod, before the middle of Sept (Flounder season ends). So here is what I want to build. 7' to 7 1/2' light fast action saltwater rod. I use from 1/2 oz. to 1 1/2 oz. weight. Consider this your build, what materials would you use? Oh i'm on a fixed income, so I guess in the middle of cost range. I know I'm asking you to do everything, but do the build! Any help will be greatly appreciated!

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Re: Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Mark Hahn (---.ga.at.cox.net)
Date: August 07, 2018 01:27PM

Some of the Mudhole kits are well worth a look. Call them and ask one of the technical assistance people, they'll put you in the right direction. Then look YouTube over pretty good and some of the tutorials on Mudhole and Get Bit are great sources of info.

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Re: Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Drew Pollock (---.218-62-69.ftth.swbr.surewest.net)
Date: August 07, 2018 02:04PM

I agree that a kit would be a really good place to start. Mudhole and Get Bit have some kits in the $60 - $100 range that look perfect for you. If you want to spend less, you might have to piece it together from closeouts.

Just remember, your 5th rod will be much nicer than your 1st, so don't "over invest" in your first one. I made that mistake, and a year later went back and stripped everything off my first rod besides the grip, and used new and better guides, with much better alignment and finish. The learning curve is pretty steep.

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Re: Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Don Mang (---.phlapa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: August 07, 2018 02:15PM

I understand, that the 1st build will be a process. I was figuring on spending about $100.00. Since I'm getting the build kit from Mudhole, i'll give them a call and discuss everything. Thanks for your help! I'm sure i'll be back for more.

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Re: Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Don Mang (---.phlapa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: August 07, 2018 07:45PM

One more question, for now. When you buy a build kit, do you buy the last guide separately?

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Re: Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: August 07, 2018 10:30PM

They can and usually will size the correct tiptop for the blank you buy.

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Re: Newbie, inlet fishing
Posted by: Don Mang (---.phlapa.fios.verizon.net)
Date: August 18, 2018 08:37AM

Okay I just ordered my kit. Starting off replacing guides. I see different size thread A-B etc. Is their a standard thread to use?

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