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7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Christopher Zucker (170.171.1.---)
Date: January 30, 2020 01:51PM

I'm just beginning to get my components together for a 7wt bonefish fly rod. I have a CTS Affinity-X on the way and I'm planning on ordering guides and a reel seat soon. In my reading about guide size, I notice a lot of folks saying to stick to 3 or so sizes total. For single foot guides, does something like this make sense:

Single foot #5 x 7
Single foot #6 x 1
Stripping guide #12 x 1
Stripping guide #16 x 1

Also, what size tip top would be appropriate?

Thanks,
Chris

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Re: 7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 30, 2020 02:14PM

Your train will work, however if it was my build, I would go with size #4 & #5 rather then the 5 & 6. For the tip top, a large loop.

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Re: 7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Christopher Zucker (170.171.1.---)
Date: January 30, 2020 02:34PM

Thanks Phil. I was just going by the advice on the Sage guide spacing page to go 2 sizes up for single foot guides.

You're suggesting: 4-4-4-4-4-4-4-5-12-16?

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Re: 7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Phil Erickson (---.dsl.pltn13.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 30, 2020 03:11PM

Christopher, that is correct. In fact I have built a number of Bonefish rods with that train, including one I fish.

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Re: 7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Christopher Zucker (170.171.1.---)
Date: January 30, 2020 03:30PM

Excellent. Thanks, Phil. When I'm done I'm taking it down to Ascension Bay. I'll let you know how it goes.

Best,
Chris

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Re: 7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: January 30, 2020 04:56PM

Phil, same for an 8?

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Re: 7wt Bonefish Build
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: January 31, 2020 01:58PM

Hey Chris,
Please send me your email address at: hladen@hotmail.com

What Phil said re guides and tip-top loop - assuming you're going to use REC s/f Recoil g8ides and tip-top
Herb
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