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Silk thread strength
Posted by: Brett Mahoney (---.sc.res.rr.com)
Date: November 20, 2019 11:59PM

I have always been a fan of rods where the threads disappear into the blank. My last couple builds have been RODgeeks blanks in a darker more natural color with silk thread that disappears so it all looks like one color. All the rods I have used silk on have been lite weight rods. I am looking at building a little bit heaver 12-25lb rod and want to have the same style with clear threads but I am unsure of the limits of silk thread. How strong is it? How heavy of an application can I get out of it? Should I double wrap my guides in the heavier application?

Thanks

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Re: Silk thread strength
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: November 21, 2019 12:52AM

Silk thread is stronger than nylon, and there multiple diameters of silk thread, use a heavier thread on the heavier rods.

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Re: Silk thread strength
Posted by: Spencer Phipps (---)
Date: November 21, 2019 01:04AM

Remember the strength of the thread times the number of thread wraps is the ultimate strength, well more than the strength of the blank.

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Re: Silk thread strength
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: November 21, 2019 08:09AM

Generally, double wrapping isn't done to add strength to the wrap, but rather to add wrap durability against scrapes, cuts, wear, etc. I will tend to start making double wraps on any rod rated in the 50lb class or above.

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Re: Silk thread strength
Posted by: Phil Ewanicki (---.res.bhn.net)
Date: November 21, 2019 12:33PM

I have always been a fan of the rod with the smallest amount of leveraged weight, especially fly rods, where leveraged weight is least desirable. Others prefer embellishment.

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