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Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Keith Langford (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: June 01, 2020 12:41PM

Is it okay to just build a small ramp with rod finish instead of using aluminum winding checks. They look nice but are expensive and add weight. Thank you.

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---.lightspeed.rcsntx.sbcglobal.net)
Date: June 01, 2020 01:10PM

Yes - many do just that.
I happen to like WC's - similarly I like mouldings in homes.
Herb

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: roger wilson (---)
Date: June 01, 2020 01:25PM

Keith,
Remember a built up ramp has weight as well.
I am not sure that you actually save any weight by using a ramp.
In any event, why does a quarter of a gram in the area of the reel make any difference any way?

Take care

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Keith Langford (---.hfc.comcastbusiness.net)
Date: June 01, 2020 01:45PM

Good point Roger, and I do like the way the aluminum dimpled checks look.

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: June 01, 2020 04:08PM

I normally just use epoxy finish. It will tend to wick up against a flat surface such as the forefront of a foregrip or blunt ended seat section. If it spreads to far, you can use the alcohol soaked end of a folded paper towel against the surface the epoxy is climbing on while the rod turns to square and size things.

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Mark Talmo (---)
Date: June 01, 2020 06:29PM

Keith,
One way or the other, all of the above replies are correct. Personally, I do not care for the flashy looks of most winding checks and employ thread epoxy in lieu of on a regular basis. A precisely reamed and fitted cork foregrip deserves to have the crisp edge exposed and a small ramp of clear epoxy affords such. Other times I may add some sort of pigment to the epoxy. With an epoxy ramp, the fit is inherently perfect without having to size a winding check and possibly scratch the blank in the process.

Mark Talmo
FISHING IS NOT AN ESCAPE FROM LIFE BUT RATHER A DEEPER IMMERSION INTO IT!!!

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Jason Gofron (---)
Date: June 01, 2020 07:06PM

I use epoxy which I usually dye to a certain color but mostly black. Once the epoxy sets up a little I apply it and shape as needed with my finger with some DA. After that I can add thread if I like and finish it with finish

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Michael Danek (---.alma.mi.frontiernet.net)
Date: June 01, 2020 07:43PM

You only need a winding check if your cork or whatever seat/grip element is poorly fit OR you prefer the look of one. I like the black flexible rubber/vinyl ones not because I need them, but I think they really look good and make the transition from the component to the blank look good. I totally encapsulate them, forming a nicely curved filet of wrap epoxy over them;

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Re: Rod finish instead of winding checks
Posted by: Todd Andrizzi (---.slkc.qwest.net)
Date: June 09, 2020 10:00AM

I also like winding checks. It gives the rod some more added character. Personally...I would never build a rod without a winding check. Everybody is always concerned about a little extra weight and I don't understand that. How much weight does a WC add to a rod? And is that extra weight going to cause more fatigue on the fisherman or what is the issue? I can understand professional cyclists wanting lighter bikes and less weight when racing for thousands of miles but have never understood why lighter rods is such an issue. I don't think I have ever picked up a heavy fishing rod. One more opinion I have is for the $3-$4 you'll spend on a winding check is nothing compared to the time you will own the rod and fish with the rod or put your name on the rod you built. When I was younger and stupider...my wife and I bought a new car. To have AC in the car was $300. We chose to save money and got the car without air and regretted it for the 10 years we owned the car. If you like the look of a WC...pay the $4 or less and put them on your builds....that is just my opinion.

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