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Has anyone .....
Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: April 21, 2024 12:31PM

built a rod on an NFC Delta SW764, or Delta SW765 blank? I ordered one each yesterday that I will be using to build a swimbait / glide bait rod, for bass fishing. I don't really see myself, at least for now, throwing any baits that weigh more than 3 oz., with the majority of them being in the 1 1/2 - 2 oz range. Hud 68 Special, S-Waver 168. Rago Thunderhawk Cha Cha ..... baits in that size range.

I'm just wondering if anyone has built a rod on either one of those blanks, and if they think either blank will be a good choice for what I'm looking to do with them.

I know there are other blanks that may be better for the task, but as I said, I've already ordered them, so no offense, but I'm not really looking for other blank recommendations. At least not at this time. Just information and thoughts about those two specific blanks.


Any thoughts shared will be greatly appreciated !!!

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (---)
Date: April 21, 2024 09:55PM

I use both for A rigs and love em!

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Ken Delbridge (192.55.54.---)
Date: April 22, 2024 12:03AM

David the SW765 bends in between the SWB806 and SWB807, I'm pretty sure it will fit the task. You could probably use it for targeting dorado with live bait too (being serious) or smaller grade tuna both on 20-25lb leaders. I've caught >50lb tuna on lighter actioned blanks than the SW765.

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Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: April 22, 2024 07:46AM

Thomas and Ken, thank you both very much for the responses. They're much appreciated.

Thomas, from looking at the pictures of their bend profiles on NFC's web site, the 765 is a lot more stout than the 764. Is there one rod built on those blanks that you lean towards more than the other?

Ken, from what you're saying, and from what I'm seeing in the pictures of the bend profiles of the various blanks, the 765 is a pretty stout blank. A 50 lb tuna would turn pretty much any freshwater fish inside out in pulling battle. I'm just wondering if it's maybe a little too stout, which is why I ordered the 764 as well.

I've got probably the best muskie lake in Ohio about an 1/2 hour away. And while I'm really not a fan of catching them, at least when I'm bass fishing, it sounds like the 765 may make a better muskie rod, than a bass rod?

Again, thank you both for your responses. They definitely give me stuff to think about.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Ken Delbridge (192.55.55.---)
Date: April 23, 2024 12:10AM

David the SW765 is a stout blank but it will work for what you are looking to do. Considering it's somewhere between the SWB806 and SWB807, I don't see how it wouldn't work, although it may not be the best for a 1oz bait. Understanding you can't feel those SWB blanks bend in hand, take a look on Rodhouse (see link below). If you mainly throw 1-2oz swimbaits, I would probably go with the SW764. If you are throwing 2-4oz baits, SW765.

[www.rodhouse.fr]


I also found this link discussing glide baits and the SWB blanks, just keep in mind the SW765 is a little stiffer than a SWB806, the SW764 is a little softer than the SWB806.

[www.rodbuilding.org]

I think the nice part about the SW765 is you could use it for light offshore fishing, or maybe even for inshore work if paired with a 400 class baitcaster. The SW764 would definitely work for inshore fishing.

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Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: April 23, 2024 08:54AM

Ken, thank you for the additional response. I truly appreciate it. I don't have actual experience with the blanks yet, but your feelings mirror mine in thinking the 764 will probably fit the size baits I'm throwing, a bit better. I've thrown the Hud 68 on a rod I have built on an MB 709 that I use for pitching and flipping, and it handles it pretty well. But, I have it counter weighted with 2 1/4 oz added to the butt for rod and reel balancing purposes, and the added weight makes it a bit sluggish when actually casting with it. The SW764, and MB 709 are really close as far as lure weight rating and the bend profile picture that NFC shows for the respective blanks.

I've used Rodhouse's blank comparator in the past, but hadn't thought of using it for this particular build. In trying to access it right now, Firefox and Microsoft Edge aren't allowing me access without a password. Something about security concerns. I don't have an account, so I don't have a password to enter. I'll keep trying though, as I really like being able to see the bend profiles of various blanks with different loads on them.

Thank you for the link to the thread on this site you provided. It is one of the threads I read when researching before ordering the blanks. They mentioned bottom bouncer blanks in that thread, and I took a serious look at maybe using one of them, as well.

Again, thank you very much for the added response and thoughts. They have me feeling pretty good about my choices. Much appreciated.

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Posted by: David Baylor (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: April 23, 2024 04:27PM

I have some other questions if there is anyone that would like to offer opinions on?

I wondering about my guide train. I've been wanting to try guides from Alps for some time, so the first blank I build on, (whichever one I think will best fit my initial needs) I'll be using Alps guides. Their MN series. With the bigger heavier baits I'll be throwing, and the chance of a big ole toothy critter (meaning muskie) taking my bait when I fish the lake I referenced earlier ..... of if I just want to go and fish for muskie, I'll be using 65# braid, with either a 20 or 25# fluorocarbon leader. Certainly with the line sizes I'm talking about I'll need to up size my running guide size to at least a #6. But I've never used a leader when using that size braid with that size leader, so I'm thinking I may want to go to a #7, or even a #8. I've used a uni to uni knot in the past when I have tied leaders on to braid. And that's what I'll be using now.

So knowing the particulars, do you think I should be looking at at least #7s for running guides, or should I bump it up to $8's? Additionally, I'm wondering if I should go with a 4 double foot reduction train, instead of a more traditional 3 double foot reduction train that I've used on the majority of the casting rods I've built.

I'm not worried about beefing up the reduction train based on the size bass I may catch with these bigger baits .... it's the size muskie I may run into while bass fishing with them, or while just plain going muskie fishing. I've had one fish that was a shade either side of 50" on for about 30 seconds before it thankfully got off. And I've two (it may have been the same fish) that have followed my spinnerbait back to the boat that were definitely over 50" Biggest fish I've ever seen in person. I'm thinking if I happen to hook one of those, the extra double foot further up the blank may be, beneficial.

Would it be a good idea, or am I making too much of it?

As before, any thoughts or suggestions will most definitely be appreciated.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Ken Delbridge (192.55.55.---)
Date: April 25, 2024 12:35AM

David on most swimbait builds (most) you will see double footed guides throughout. I think you can still go with a 12/7/6..6, a 12/8/7..7 or similar to your liking, but I would go 100% double foot guides. No need for underwraps. 8's would be overkill, unless you plan on using non-FG join knots on 50lb or 65lb braid to >30lb leaders. The only way I would use 8's is if you know you will use a >30lb casting mono or fluoro leader (i.e. you plan to cast the knot through the guides), then the join knot will be happier with the 8's than 6's or 7's. In that case I would do a 16/10/8..8 layout.

Also, no need to epoxy under the guide frame, just keep it to the wraps, it will look great.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Les Cline (---)
Date: April 25, 2024 11:15AM

David,

Are you building a bass rod that might catch a muskie....or a muskie rod that might catch a bass? Or a cross-over hybrid rod?

Not a Blank Recommendation: I built an NFC SW 806-1 and I have a Shimano TranX 300 on it loaded with #65 Power Pro and #30 leader with FG knot. (I think #40 braid would have been plenty. The heavy leader is more for preventing snapping off a heavy lure on a backlash or guide wrap. I know I set a World Record cast with an S Waver this way once with a #20 leader.) I spiral wrapped this rod and used a KW 10mm double-foot butt guide and KB 6mm single foots the rest of the way. Passes the line and FG knot without a hitch. I think 7mm would be plenty for your runners.

The TranX's spool guide is approximately 1.5 inches above the top of the blank. A Curado 200 is approximately 1.25 inches above the top of the blank. Keep your spool guide height in mind when choosing your butt guide....I know you are.

On a side note, I know double foots have more resistance to torque, deformation, rough handling, and pull out - which makes sense to me with very heavy fish on heavy gear. However, I confess I do not know where that cut-off point is....where one NEEDS more than one double foot butt guide or there is trouble ahead. (I understand the aesthetics, peace-of-mind aspects.)

I know you'll build a great rod for your purposes!

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: April 25, 2024 05:18PM

Ken, thank you for the additional response. I appreciate it. Thank you for the recommendations for guide trains. As far as double foot guides all the way out ...... Les asked the question, am I building a bass rod that might catch a muskie, or a muskie rod that might catch a bass. To answer his question ...... I'm building a bass rod that I am absolutely certain will catch a muskie. Catching one in the36 - 40" range is all but a given at one specific lake I fish. Michael J Kirwin Reservoir, in northeast Ohio. Locals call it West Branch.

Anyhow, getting back to double foots all the way out .... I'll definitely consider that for at least one of the rods. The one I'll build on the SW 765. That's a stout blank and will most likely turn out to be a muskie rod that I'll probably end up selling, in the long run. Muskie are extremely cool looking fish, and they're fun to catch, but the novelty of catching them has worn off for me. I'd be fine if I never caught another one in my life. lol And I'll consider using all double foots on the 764 as well.

The biggest leader I'll be using is 25# fluorocarbon to 65# braid. Sounds like if I'm going to use 6' for running guides, I'm going to need to learn to tie an FG knot.

Les, thank you for the reply as well. I definitely appreciate it. like I said, I'm building a bass rod that I know, if I fish it at West Branch, will catch a muskie at some time in its life. But I don't fish West Branch very often, so the majority of the time it's just going to be a bass rod. And the measurements you gave for the Tranx's spool guide height are super useful, because the 300 Tranx is the reel I plan on using. Thank you for posting that !!! It verifies what I was thinking, and what Ken recommends with going with a 12 as the butt guide. I was definitely planning on going that route, and those measurements confirm I will need to go with a 12.

For single foot runners I will be using Alps guides that are like Fuji L guides, because they're easier for me to do a locking wrap on. I'm not a spiral wrap kind of guy, so I'm wrapping it conventionally, with probably 4 double foot guides if I go with single foot guides, as runners.

Can't wait to get these blanks in hand and put a good flex into them to get an idea of what I'm dealing with. And thanks for the replies guys. They are truly appreciated.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Kevin Fiant (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: April 25, 2024 11:29PM

Been following this thread with interest as I'm getting ready to spin up a couple of swimbait rods. Got some Stryker and NFC blanks that I've put up on the board to check deflections and get CCS numbers...

Anyhow, what really peaked my interest is the discussion on guide trains and double foots vs single foots for the heavy swimbait / musky rods. I was leaning towards going with single foots for my runners and was also going to experiment with one rod conventional casting and one spiral wrapped.

Curious what other opinions/experiences are regarding the single vs double foot runners for these type of heavy freshwater builds?

David keep everyone in the loop on your build.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: April 26, 2024 05:06PM

Kevin, I'll definitely post updates when I get the blanks in hand, and get an idea of what kind of power I'm dealing with. Right now, from looking at the pictures on NFC's web site with the blanks loaded, I'm thinking the 764 is going to be close to my MB 709s in power. If that is in fact the case, then I'm most likely going to use single foot guides as running guides. Reason being, I just don't see myself throwing any baits over 2 oz in weight. The baits I'll be throwing won't be overly heavy, and they aren't baits that you snap cast, so I'm thinking lob casting is going to put less stress on the guides. Of course I may be totally wrong in thinking the type of casting I'll be doing with the rod, has anything to do with stress on the guides.

I've caught a couple of muskies close to 30 lbs, and quite a few others that would have topped 20 on my bass gear with no signs of guide problems caused by fighting the fish. And I've put the screws to a couple in the 20 lb range, so I have complete confidence that the single foots will handle the any pressure when I do run into a muskie. My main concern is having one hit me right at the boat. I had an encounter a couple of years ago when that happened, and I ended up holding half of a rod in my hand. I'm thinking double foot guides won't help with that.

Were I throwing heavier 3 - 6 oz baits, I would definitely go with double foot guides all the way out. Or if one of the rods were going to be dedicated muskie rod, where I'd be doing figure 8's at the boat. I'd go with double foots all the way out.

One thing that was mentioned to me when talking about this build on another rod building forum, one member brought up that the moderate action may not be the best for the top hook Huddleston 68 special I have. He was mentioning he likes a fast action for that type of bait, which makes perfect sense to me. I guess I'll just have to see how it works out. Maybe the 765 will be a better choice for baits like the Hud because of its' added stoutness.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Ken Delbridge (192.55.54.---)
Date: April 26, 2024 08:32PM

Kevin I think it's hypothetical that you absolutely need double footed guides, however most rods built with a +15-20lb minimum line rating will likely be found with double footed guides.

In the end, I wouldn't say 100% no to the single footed runners. One of the best retail swimbait rods I have used ran 4x double footed then all singles to the top. Never had an issue with it. If you look around at the popular swimbait rods out there, the large majority of them are double footed throughout, maybe it's a trend or maybe they have a good reason for it. There are a few specific brands I have more trust with & respect for, and they use double footed throughout on their swimbait sticks, so I have always followed that mindset as well.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Thomas Kaufmann (---)
Date: April 26, 2024 08:33PM

I prefer the 764

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: David Baylor (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 04, 2024 05:12PM

I received my blanks today. The 764 is definitely going to be the blank I go with for building this smaller swimbait / glide bait rod I want to build. I'll do CCS tests here in the next day or so, but going by feel, it's more powerful than the MB 709 IM rods I have, that I mentioned earlier. Of course the extra 6" in length over the MB 709 is probably responsible for some of it feeling more powerful, but I'm pretty confident that CCS testing will show that it actually is more powerful. If I were to guess based on feel, I'm thinking the SW 764 is going to have an IP in the mid 1,200 - 1,300 gram range. I picked up an Arashi glide bait, and it weighs 3 1/8 oz. The 764 is rated to 2 1/4 oz, but it sure feels like it would handle a 3 oz bait. Just have to see.

The SW 765 is a STOUT blank. Way more powerful than the 764. Honestly, it feels like it's close to twice the power. Definitely the most stout rod blank I've ever had in my hands. With the kind of power it has, it would probably make a good punching blank for bass. It's lure weight rating is 1/2 - 3 oz. IMO the 1/2 oz is a joke, as I doubt a 1/2 oz would even put a bend in the blank. I won't be building it as a bass rod. It's definitely a blank for toothy critters, or big ole catfish. It is stout !!!

These two blanks are my first Delta blanks. When looking at the pictures on the NFC web site I saw it showed the finish as being glossy. I thought it was just something about the lighting. But dang if they don't have a glossy finish. I'm not sure if I like it, but it's kind of interesting. I realize the finish is ultra thin, but it makes the ridges less pronounced, and, not that the ridges on at least the C6O2 blanks are all that hard to deal with, the gloss finish on the Delta's may aid in packing guide wraps. They're pretty nice blanks. The 764 weighs 3.15 oz, which for a blank of its; length and power, is very respectable. The 765 weigh 3.75 oz. Again, for a blank with its' length and power, is very respectable as well.

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Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: May 05, 2024 07:07PM

Prior to today I had never fished a glide bait for bass. So the idea of building a rod, and buying a new reel, pretty much just because I wanted to give glide bait fishing a try, seemed like it might be a waste of money. Well I gotta tell ya ........ glide bait fishing is a blast !!!

I worked Saturday morning and by the time I got off work it was threatening rain, and they were calling for possible thunder storms, so the idea of hitting my favorite inland smallmouth lake to give the two spinning rods and the the two casting rods I recently built a good work out, was pretty much out of the question. When I picked up the Arashi shad I mentioned, I also picked up a 6th Sense Flow Glider 130, and a 6th Sense Tracer, 5" jointed swimbait to go along with the Hud 68 that I already had. I headed to a different electric motor only lake than I usually fish when I don't plan on being out all day, (game 7 of the Cavs v Magic series was starting at 1 pm) but I wanted to go to a lake that wasn't already over run by weeds, and had clear water, so I went to Nimisila here in northeast Ohio.

It has a good bass population, with a nice average size around 2 - 2 1/4 lbs. Real clear water this time of year. I could see bottom in 6' of water, and it was pretty heavy clouds most of the day. Weeds anywhere from 2 ' on out to 10' once summer rolls around. Water temp 67 degrees so I was expecting spawning or post spawn fish.

I let some early morning moderate rain pass through the area, and headed to the lake. I was in the boat and pulling away from the dock at 8:30. Using one of the rods I have built on an MB 709 IM blank,with 20# fluorocarbon line on it, I tied on a snap lock and grabbed the Flow Glider 130 in the shad scales color. When researching baits I saw the Flow Glider and really liked the way it looked, but some of the reviews said that it wasn't a real wide gliding bait, unless you did a slight modification to it, that allowed more room in the joint of the jointed body. Super simple mod to do, so I did it Saturday night. Anyhow ...... I clipped on the bait, turned the boat towards the weed line in the small cut the ramp is in, and made a cast. I started a slow retrieve right when the bait hit the water. With quite a splash I might say. lol About 4 cranks into that first cast I see a fish come up and blast it. Set the hook and can instantly see that the fish, is a cat fish. lol About a 4 or 5 lb channel cat. Dang things rolling and slimming up my line, lol I get it to the boat, slide the net under it.

I continue on out of the cut, fishing the edge of emerging reeds and the inside weed line. The weeds were 2 - 3' below the surface. Fishing about 5 minutes when I picked up my first bass. The bait itself is a tad over 5" long, the first bass I caught on it was a tad over 12" long. Get it in, take a picture of this bait pretty much blocking out the entire fishes mouth, and slide it back in the water. I was having a blast watching this thing swim lazily in a wide S pattern. I was messing around trying different retrieves, see what it would do, and what I could do with it. Very versatile bait. And it was only $25 which is cheap compared to what you could spend on a glide bait. I kept fishing the bait, moving in or out checking different parts of the weed line, and I picked up another bass. This one close to 2 lbs. Same slow retrieve with a little pause every half turn of the reel handle to give the bait some space to glide side to side. Fish some more and pick up another bass. This one about 2 1/4 lbs. Same retrieve. When I got into some calm water behind some of the points on the lake I was able to watch the bait as it was coming in, and I noticed a fish following it a couple of times. Anytime I've see a fish following any other bait I always speed the retrieve up and a lot of times they bite. I did the same thing with the glide bait, and they turned off. Oh well.

I picked up one more bass of about 1 1/2 lbs before I decided to turn around and start heading for the ramp. Since the SW 764 feels a bit more powerful than the MB 709 I was using, I wanted to see how the 709 would cast the Arashi glide I picked up. It cast it with no problem at all. The Arashi is a lot bigger than the Flow Glider and has the coolest slow S swimming action to watch. I can see how glide baits have such a draw for bass. They are so cool to watch swimming all lazy like. Speed up the retrieve and they look like they would get smashed as well, but all the videos and articles I read on glide bait fishing say slower is better. But I tell ya, that Flow Glider is real easy to make bulge the surface.

Anyhow, I was on the water for about 3 hours and got 4 bass and a cat fish, all on the Flow Glider 130. It was a fun day, and even more fun because the Cavs actually got their act together and came back from being 18 points down in the first half, to pull off the win.

On to Boston ......



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Posted by: David Baylor (---.res.spectrum.com)
Date: May 12, 2024 06:00PM

Spent 8 hours on the same lake I referenced fishing, in my prior post. At least 5 of those hours was spent fishing glide baits. Are they still fun to fish? Oh heck yes !!! Are they, or can they be frustrating as all get out? Oh heck yes !!!

I had at least a dozen fish follow my baits. One of them was most likely a little on either side of 5 lbs. With 3 others that would have went at least 3 lbs. No matter what I did, I could not get them to bite. I gotta think that part of it, and I think a big part of it, is that the sunny skies and clear water was allowing the fish to get too good of a look at the bait. I tried a couple of the things I read about or saw in videos of what to do when you see a following fish, and while I was able to get a reaction from 2 of the followers that I saw, they never even hit the bait. I did catch one on a glide bait today that I was reeling quickly along a weed edge, but that;s it.

I've had big muskie follow my bait back to the boat, and because they were so big, I've actually tried to catch them. The only thing different is that the muskie will sometimes just stop right by the boat and lay there, letting you get a good look at them, before they drift out of sight. Bass ... when they see the boat, they generally get the heck out of Dodge.

Anyhow...... I've come to some conclusions about the rod I'll be building on the SW 764. With the size baits I was throwing today, there is no need to use double foot guides the whole way out. I used the 2 rods I have built on MB 709 IM blanks that have what I would consider traditional bass rod guide trains, and they work just fine. One of them has 4.5 Fuji L guides as running guides, the other has the same Fuji L guides, in size 5s. Since I've decided that 20 lb fluorocarbon line is more than adequate, even if and when I run into a muskie, I won't have to worry about a braid to leader knot passing through the guides, so no need to go with 6's as running guides for this particular rod.

I also don't feel the need to go with a 300 series reel. While I could make really long casts with these baits, they aren't like a crankbait where part of a long cast is used in getting the bait to depth. The rate of fall with the baits is very consistent, so cast it out, count it down if need be, and start reeling. I'm comfortable fishing these baits out to 70 - 80' from the boat.. I figure my Curado 200s hold about 100 yards of 20# fluorocarbon. More than enough line capacity for the distances I'll be fishing. And as the baits have very little water resistance, the gears in the Curados are more than up to the task.

I'm going to end up using the guide train I initially planned on using for the 764, on the 765 when I get around to building it, It's a toothy critter / big catfish type blank. I'm building a full length cork grip for the 764, and I didn't have enough cork rings lying around to build it, so I'm waiting on some cork rings that I ordered from Custom Fly Grips LLC (board sponsor and awesome place to deal with) to get here before I can start building the grip. Another order to Mud Hole or Get Bit for the guides, and I'll start the build.


So that's where I'm at right now. Still love fishing glide baits, but man when you see these nice fish following and can't get them to hit, it is frustrating as heck. Maybe what I need to do is have a rod with a big fluke style bait, or maybe a big 7" Senko, and when I see a fish following, if it's far enough away, just let the glide bait die in place, and throw the other bait at them. I've had success doing that when a fish misses a topwater. Maybe it will work with these glide baits?

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: David Baylor (---.res6.spectrum.com)
Date: May 27, 2024 05:33PM

Finished my build on the SW 764 Delta blank. One thing that surprised me, were the CCS numbers I got for the rod. Earlier I mentioned that based on the initial feel of the blank, I felt pretty confident that the SW 764 was going to be more powerful than the rods I have built on MB 709 IM blanks. And I hazarded a guess that the IP for the 764 would 1,200 - 1,300 grams. I was wrong on both accounts. In fact I was WAY off on the IP I guessed it would have.

I reality the 764 is not more powerful than the rods I have built on MB 709 IM blanks, it's less powerful by basically 48 grams. CCS numbers for the SW 764 Delta. IP 941 grams. AA 65.7. I knew rod being longer than my 709s was contributing t the feeling of higher power, but man did I miss the guess on IP by a mile, or what? lol Not that it really matters, because I was as wrong as wrong can be with my guessing the 764 was more powerful than the 709, but once I got the grip and reel seat installed on the 764, I put another deep bend in the blank, and it didn't feel as powerful as I thought the bare blank felt. I'm thinking the larger diameter of the grip over the bare blank had / has, something to do with my being so far off. Whatever the case, I missed on my guess by quite a bit.

Like I said earlier, I made a full length cork grip, and used a Fuji TCS deluxe casting reel seat, I went with a guide train of Fuji BC grey SS frames, with Alconite rings. 3 LKW double foot guides for the reduction train. Sizes 10, 8, and 6. And 9 Fuji L guides in size 5. Tip top is a Fuji LG size 5 ring. with a 6/64 tube. And while I kind of liked the glossy look of the unsanded Delta blank, because I was going to be doing trim bands on the wraps, I sanded the blank smooth. Trim bands on these unsanded blanks give me trouble, so I eliminated the part that causes me trouble.

I will say this Delta blank sanded way easier than the X ray blanks I've sanded. Different resin perhaps? Anyhow ...... I'm going to shoot for getting out on the water with it this coming Saturday. If I do, I'll pop back in with a post on how it fishes. I think it's going to fish really nice.

Here's a picture of the grip I made for it. I really enjoy building cork grips. Kind of work intensive, but a lot of fun.

[www.rodbuilding.org]

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Rob Carey (---)
Date: May 28, 2024 05:24PM

Thank you for the insight.

I'm trying to build the ultimate 6-8" soft plastic rod. I have the 807 C6O2 at the post office. I'm hopping it is fast enough and could double as a rat rod. Looking to toss 4oz max but mainly around 2oz.

I have the 709HM built on the 14" carbontex grip. I left it 3" from the end of the grip to fish longer. It is awesome but I feel I need more length and power on big fish. I pin small fish but have lost 3 fish over 6lbs this year.

The big issue is small fish headshot and turn on it and big fish seem to suck it in from behind. When they do this coming at me I don't get a great hookset.

My thoughts is the 807 cut to a "777 SWB Special" will be the one.

That said, I'm looking at tapers and the BB806 looks strong and fast. The standard 807 is too powerful.

I may look at the 765 as well now.

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Re: Has anyone .....
Posted by: Russell Brunt (---)
Date: May 28, 2024 06:07PM

FWIW I have the SW 708-2 IM. It is one of the few NFC blanks that I think is equal to, or exceeds it's rating. It is a stout blank:).

Russ in Hollywood, FL.

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