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Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Taso hountas (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: July 13, 2021 09:39PM

Hi all

I was about to lay out the guide spacing on the first 3 sections put together. I noticed the cts is about 1 inch longer than my other 9ft blanks for the same sections is that something I need to worry about? It is my first fly rod build. I was going to use the sage x 9ft 4wt spacing listed on the sage website .. any advice is greatly appreciated

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: July 13, 2021 10:14PM

1" inch longer overall or 1" longer over the first three sections? The ferrule overlap may be different and the final length with all 4 sections may be exactly 9 feet. Or is this a 3-piece blank.

An inch isn't going to change much in terms of guide spacing. I'd set up the spacing on my own but the Sage chart is okay as a starting point.

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Taso hountas (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: July 13, 2021 10:39PM

Thanks for the reply…. It is only for the first 3 sections of a 4 piece when I get back home I will measure each section

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: John Durbin (---)
Date: July 14, 2021 06:59AM

This is how mine is worked out. 5, 9-1/2, 14-3/16, 19-1/8, 24-7/8, 30-3/4, 38-13/16, 47-3/4, 56-13/16 an 66-5/16. The stripper is 30inches from the but. you can use this as a starting point but make sure you do a static test.

John

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Tom Kirkman (Moderator)
Date: July 14, 2021 09:56AM

Don't measure each section - measure the total length of the assembled rod. Ferrule overlaps can vary from manufacturer to manufacturer leading you to believe that your rod is longer than it may be once assembled.

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---)
Date: July 14, 2021 11:26AM

CTS has a habit of making their fly blanks slightly longer than spec.
Don't rely on "book guide spacing".
Perform a static test.
This will guarantee that your guides on the ferrules will be correct.
Herb

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---)
Date: July 14, 2021 04:16PM

Off topic - slightly.
To get the maximum performance from a fly rod - it must be built light.
In order to build as light as possible I recommend that CTS blanks be outfitted with REC Recoils.
Take a look at this video by Paul Arden of Sexyloops. Paul mentions REC Recoils at minute 5:00.
If you are not familiar with Paul Arden - he is arguably one of the world's best fly casters and instructors.
Herb

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Taso hountas (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: July 14, 2021 06:23PM

First off, you all are fantastic thank you for the information. I put it all together and measured out to be about 1/4 inch longer than 9ft. Never accounted for the ferrules over lap.. I am definitely doing a static test before epoxy just wanted a starting point.

As for guides I went with snake brand snake guides From the tip top the first 4 are 1/0 light wire 5 and 6 are sz 1 light wire guides 7-10 are sz 1,2 ,4 and 12 for the striper guide

However will look into the REC guides that Herb mentioned.

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Herb Ladenheim (---)
Date: July 14, 2021 07:46PM

Taso,
Please unhide your email - or email me: hladen@hotmail.com
Herb
CTS U.S. Rep

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Re: Cts affinity x 4wt build ?
Posted by: Taso hountas (---.nycmny.fios.verizon.net)
Date: July 14, 2021 11:26PM

Herb I sent you an email

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