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2 months ago
Jack Duncan
Because I'd like to keep the rod, and I like the challenge of getting it in condition to make it a completed, finished rod, I'm thinking of Mark's option #1 or maybe #2. Either way, although I've read and heard a lot about PG, I have never used it. How is it applied? Does it act like finish epoxy and self level? Do you put it on a dryer? Is it a one-coat treatment? How heavy are the coat(s)
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2 months ago
Jack Duncan
A few months ago, I concluded Lamiglas had discontinued their fiberglass old line rods, because they had become very difficult to find, even on their website. Or perhaps they were going out of business altogether. As I recall the Lamiglas situation was discussed on this forum. Because I had previously wrapped four of their glass rods, and had none left for my own use, decided to build one more.
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3 months ago
Jack Duncan
For years I've gone through different methods of eliminating dust, fuzzies and fisheyes with mixed success. Most recently, in my continuing effort to eliminate risk altogether, I've come across a product known as Honest Organic Dry Wipes. They are produced and marketed to clean a baby's bottom and are 100% organic cotton: no additives, whatsoever. They are 5"x7" they don't shed, or
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4 months ago
Jack Duncan
This has certainly become and interesting and diverse topic. Here's another aside. Evidently the Lamiglas glass fly rod blanks have become very scarce. I don't think totally out of production, but maybe. I did a quick search and it seems Angler's Workshop has the blanks in several sizes. Jack
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4 months ago
Jack Duncan
I understand that some of the glass fly blanks being manufactured now, have much different, more modern actions, than those that many of us started fly fishing with 40+ years ago. But personally, I prefer those with the more traditional, slower than slow actions. Lamiglas has traditional blanks that are reasonably priced, fun to craft and wrap, and great fun for trout fishing in small streams.
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5 months ago
Jack Duncan
A friend broke about 2" of the tip of his fly rod. It's a 9' 5 wt. Winston B3LS. He's asked me to repair it for him. We've decided to cut another couple inches off just below the first snake, and just replace the snake guide with a new tip top. He'll end up with a rod about 8' 7" short one snake guide. He decided the fish won't know the difference, and he'll get used to it. So the
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5 months ago
Jack Duncan
Lately with the past few builds I've been getting fisheyes, waves and other distortions on my finish work. I have a question for the chemists among you. When I first started crafting fly rods, I used Acetone as a solvent for cleanup with finish epoxy. I believe most of my finish work was satisfactory to good, but I found the vapors from acetone irritating. So I started using Sunnyside Brand
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6 months ago
Jack Duncan
Peter: Sorry I didn't respond more quickly, but we were in Mexico for a few days and out of touch. The owner of Stroud's is Rick Vorst. They're only open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 10-4, I think. Phone is 619-276-4822. If Rick isn't in, Craig knows where the blanks are kept. The reason they have all those old blanks is a long story, but it's all legit, and the blanks for the mos
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6 months ago
Jack Duncan
Try Stroud Tackle in San Diego. Rick has a large supply of older St Croix blanks. If he has your blank it will be less than replacing the mid section thru the company. There’s a blank inventory on the website: stroudtackle.com Jack
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8 months ago
Jack Duncan
I've been crafting and wrapping fly rods for 26 years, as a hobby. Back when I first started, and for quite a few years, I used the syringes provided by Flex Coat. I had too many bad mixes using those syringes. So for probably at least 15 years now, I've been using a 1.2 ml (1/4 TSP) stainless steel measuring spoon; of the type commonly used for cooking. I guess I've built about 50 rods usi
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9 months ago
Jack Duncan
I’ve used different size threads, copper wire, and tippet material. In recent years I’ve used dental floss because it is extremely strong and easy to work with. Stay away from floss that has “flavors” or are excessively waxy. I think they all have some wax but there are a few brands with a very slick finish but very little wax. Give your floss a fingernail test to make sure it doesn’t shed wax
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12 months ago
Jack Duncan
Thanks Mark: I didn't know U40 had the cork dressing product. I'll give it a try. By the way, I'm in San Diego, so also enjoying the diminishing supply of needed products. I was able to get DNA thru Amazon shortly after the ban. I don't know if it's still available. Thanks again, Jack
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12 months ago
Jack Duncan
I'm wrapping a 7' 3-4 wt. glass fly rod, and for the first time I'm using a cork insert for the reel seat. Although I once owned a Sage LL 7' 4 wt with a cork insert, I can't remember if the insert had a "finish" or was just "unfinished" cork. Any advice on if it needs to be finished, and what finishes could be used, if needed, will be much appreciated. Thanks, Jack
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
For years I satisfactorily used heat stick glue. But I found it difficult to work with, and somewhat messy. After some experimenting I've recently been using Super Glue, Future Glue GEL. It is much easier to work with and easier to neatly control the application. I wrap fly rods, and for my purposes it seems as strong as the heat stick glue; and breaks down for adjustment or removal with a co
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
I'm very late to the news that Mud Hole J(Pro Products) acquired Roddancer, including Threadmaster finish in May, 2019. I read a Press Release, but haven't found any comment regarding retaining the Threadmaster finish formula. Has Mud Hole made any announcements pertaining to the finish formula? Thanks Jack
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
In the 20+ years I've been crafting graphite and glass fly rods, I've used masking tape to shim up a blank for a reel seat or handle. The use of masking tape seems to be the standard shim to create a tight fit. I did read years ago, that some builders use package wrap tape because it is "harder" when layered, and not as "spongy" as masking tape. I tried it once years ago,
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
I've been wrapping graphite and glass fly rods as a hobby for more than 20 years: probably 70-80 rods. I've always used "high build" mostly Flex Coat, and for the most part my rods have turned out well. Except for an occasional "touch up" I've only finished with a single coat. But I'm thinking of trying a 2 coat finish using ThreadMaster light. I've heard very good reports
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
Thanks to all for the advice. A couple answers to your questions: I don't believe I got the blank up to 200 degrees. I used the low setting and was as brief as possible. I didn't see smoke but there was a slight odor which I would compare to melting plastic. I assumed the odor was from the finish epoxy getting warm and soft: was I right or could that have been the blank burning? I have cle
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
Thanks guys. I suspected the usual wrap might be as good as two. I used a heat gun on low, and tried to keep it to a minimum. I had a bad experience once with an old rod and heat, but it was using an alcohol burner, before I got the heat gun; which was one of my best additions to my rod building hobby.
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1 year ago
Jack Duncan
I'm repairing an old graphite 9' 9wt. two piece fly rod for a friend. He has used the rod surf fishing for many, many years. The salt finally damaged the second stripping guide so much---about a size 16 I think--it simply fell apart. But in removing existing epoxy, thread and guide feet, I had to use quite a bit of heat. So I'm concerned about having weakened the rod, although it appears
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
A graphite fly rod I wrapped for a friend has nickel silver hardware on the reel seat. Recently I had a chance to see the rod, and my friend has badly neglected he nickel silver; evidently he didn't know that NS needs regular care. What is the best treatment to use to get recover the NS at least close to its original beauty? Thanks, jack
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Thanks everyone. Your responses have been enlightening and educational. Some of the answers inspired me to do a bit of research online (I know, not the best source), but I've learned that the only alcohol to use for my purposes is 90% isopropyl with 10% water only. If I use it sparingly and let it totally dry, I probably can't harm the wraps, or the blank. I will continue to use DNA for clean
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Donald: Thanks for the quick response. I understand the difference in the the various alcohols. I use ethanol because I believe it's the purest; and if I really get frustrated while wrapping, I can drink it. I do use DNA for it's appropriate use, cleaning mixed finish epoxy from my tools, and general clean up during and after finishing, but in general I keep it away from the rod blanks. I al
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
For years I've kept a bottle of 70% ethyl alcohol at my work table. I use it to keep the blank clean of fingerprints and other stuff as I wrapped. I also use it to clean my tools before I start wrapping and start applying epoxy. And most importantly, I also use it to clean the wraps before applying the finish epoxy. I wait until they appear dry, usually 10+minutes. I've used all the finish p
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Thanks, gentlemen. I'll give one of their glass blanks a try. JD
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
O.K. I get it!
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Anybody on the Board used Olde Fly Shop glass blanks? And pros and cons? Thanks, Jack
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Robert: Donald is right, if you're getting the look you want, stop at a single coat. But unless Threadmaster has recently changed its Lite formula, it's difficult to imagine one coat doing a complete job. I'm wondering if you are over "warming" the epoxy prior to applying. Adding heat will thin the epoxy for a short time, but certainly Threadmaster lite doesn't need much thinning, a
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Thanks Guys. I will contact Kerry. I should have thought of that myself.
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2 years ago
Jack Duncan
Russ Peak was of course famous for his fiberglass fly rods, which he rolled himself. When graphite became popular he also crafted a few graphites. Does anyone know who rolled the rod blanks for him? And about when they came on the market? I've found an 8' 3/4/5 wt. labeled "Cairnton Chalk Stream " and I'd like to learn more about it. Thanks
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