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5 days ago
Norman Miller
Mark, you are wrong, for a cheap SOB I’m completely surprised you would throw away something that is not broken. The epoxy is fine, the Resin has just crystallized, in other words it has changed from the liquid state to a solid state. This process is completely reversible, much like ice to water. I have brought back crystallized Resin with heat for well over 30 years with no epoxy failures. it w
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5 days ago
Norman Miller
I use a hair dryer. Epoxy resins have a tenancy to crystallize because of their purity. Warming it up will cause the crystals to melt. You can also use it as is, the heat generated while mixing will also melt the crystals. The epoxy will work just fine. Norm
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9 days ago
Norman Miller
Orvis did wrap some the the older models with a garnet thread. If you have it, try the Gudebrod garnet # 206. If you don’t have it, Fuji, Fish Hawk, and Hitena all have a garnet which are pretty close. Norm
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10 days ago
Norman Miller
I never dress a guide foot unless I absolutely have to, and then it’s just a matter of roughing it up a little to give the thread some traction. It’s a personal choice to dress or not dress. I personally don’t think it’s necessary, but that’s just my opinion. Norm
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10 days ago
Norman Miller
For slip float fishing I would go with the size 5. I have made a lot of crappie slip float rods, and most prefer the size 5 guides, and for some even the size 6. I have replaced the size 4 runners on several slip float rods with size 5, and the owners were happier. Bobber knots or bobber stops really do vary in size, and the larger runners make it easier for them to pass. The foot on the size 5 r
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16 days ago
Norman Miller
Richard, we learned to wrap in a very similar to the way using the same method. You certainly do not need to spend any money to wrap a rod. I used a pile of my old college text books as a tension device, rather than a phone book. The phone books from the area I used to live in were just too thin. Norm
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17 days ago
Norman Miller
I have not used the 14” NFC CF grip, but of the NFC CF grips I have used the dimensions are almost identical to those of the CFX grips. So you should have no problems using the same butt caps you used on the CFX grips. Norm
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17 days ago
Norman Miller
I have built on and used most of the Point Blank blanks, they have all been great. Have not found one I don’t like. I’m not much of a TVS reel seat fan, I much prefer the IPS or VSS17 seats. I have been using the NFC soft touch carbon fiber IPS grips ever since they came out. They make a very comfortable and durable handle that looks great. Norm
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22 days ago
Norman Miller
Shape first and ream later when ready to glue it to the blank. Norm
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23 days ago
Norman Miller
Are you sure you pushed the log in button, and logged in with your name and password? Once you log in, the upload photo button should show and be usable. You have to login to the photo section, it’s separate from the rod board forum. Norm
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24 days ago
Norman Miller
I have wrapped several rods with a power wrapper and hated it. Tried my best to like it, but it just never felt right or comfortable to me. Could not get use to me moving rather than the rod, also had to move the thread carriage as I moved along it was just a pain in the butt. Just felt awkward and like I had less control. I can actually wrap much faster by hand then by using a power wrapper. I l
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25 days ago
Norman Miller
Although I have never used a Sully wrapper, it seems to me that the easiest way to solve your problem is to just move you rod support and have the fighting butt hanging free off the end. You can place the rod support at a sufficient distance in front of the fighting butt to make wrapping much easier. I assume you have at least two rod supports so there should be no problem supporting the rod whil
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25 days ago
Norman Miller
Any of the size 17 polyurethane foam arbors will work. I will usually cut it into 2 or 3 pieces and epoxy a section in each end of reel seat. When the epoxy has cured I will ream to dry fit the blank. I also ream the VSS handle to dry fit the blank. I then epoxy the handle to the reel seat before installing onto the blank. This gives better control of any epoxy slop out and insures a good fit of
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27 days ago
Norman Miller
The 2 line static test has been around for a long time. I have used it for decades, especially for casting rods to keep the guides from rotating when putting a bend in the rod. Norm
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27 days ago
Norman Miller
Tyler, your 9’ Lamiglass had what is commonly known as a cone of flight (COF) guide train. It’s an old fashion set up that uses large ringed guides to gradually choke the line coils coming from the reel. These large ringed guides added unnecessary weight to the rod and didn’t do a great job at choking the line coils. The most modern guide train designed for braided line is the KR concept, which
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29 days ago
Norman Miller
The NFC soft touch EFX casting grips I have used are all the split grip version in both the 1K and 3 K design. Being a split grip there is no trimming involved, and you can make the handle any length you want. Both the rear grip and fighting butt are included. The rear grip contains a polyurethane foam arbor with tenon already glued in place. The fighting butt, is not arbored and uses the EVA end
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29 days ago
Norman Miller
You can’t go wrong placing the RV6 about 19 to 20” in front of the reel. The PB731MHXF is an extremely nice blank, I have built several of them. With your handle length you will not need to worry about balance, in fact, because of the way they are built it’s very difficult not to have Point Blanks balance. For my PB731MHXF I used 10 guides total, not including the tip top, but used size 4.5 KB/KT
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30 days ago
Norman Miller
The only good thing about fishing vintage rods and reels is that it gives you a real appreciation for just how well modern tackle performs in comparison. Norm
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4 weeks ago
Norman Miller
A very good thread never had any problems with it. Just use like any other thread. Norm
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
Eric, it was one of your posts that got me interested in trying the SeaGuide HLG match reduction guides and MKG runners with the Adaman coating. If I remember correctly Rick Hall chimed in gave some interesting facts concerning the Vicker hardness of the Adaman coating, which I believe was about 1100. They are really quite nice guides, so thank you for your post. Norm
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
Mark, he wants the Minima-like guides without the ceramic insert. Michael, the SeaGuide HLG guides are really nice, I have used them several times and like as much, if not more, than the Minima M guides. I have tried both the black and gun-smoke Adaman finishes. Don’t be afraid to try them. Recently CRC, within the past year or so, also offers a Minima M like guide, but they are out of stock for
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
Try the SeaGuide HLG match guides in the black Adaman coating from Rodbuilders Warehouse. They are basically a match for the Minima guides and are really quite nice. Norm
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
The same is true for my trim wrap. If replacing a guide, the trim wrap stays in place, just remove the main wrap. You are correct in saying to each their own, it’s a matter of what’s most comfortable for you. In many cases there are different methods for doing the same thing. The way I do it is just an alternative method that I find extremely easy, fast and versatile. Norm
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
Here are some photos showing the sequence for the way I do my trim wrap. I start the trim wrap just like any other wrap, and count the number of turns I make. In this case it’s a 3 turn trim wrap, so I turn the blank 3 1/2 times. I then bringing the main wrap thread in between the trim wrap and the trim thread, make one turn to catch the trim thread and to start the main wrap. I put my thumb
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
I would have never guessed that most people do the wrap first then do the trim afterwards with a clove hitch/nail knot. I’ve been wrapping rods for 52 yrs, and have always done the trim as I described, I find it logical, quick, easy and looks good. Because of this I thought most people did the trim first in conjunction with the main wrap. I have a few pictures of my process that I have sent to bo
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
The MB874 does feel more powerful than the PB731HXF. However, the PB731HXF has a very unique feel about because of it’s light weight, softer tip and very powerful butt section. Both will set the hook and turn a fish with no problem. Here is the Rod House comparator showing the ETEC74HF, IMMC72MH, and MHC MB844 Blanks. Unfortunately Rod House doesn’t have the MB874 or the PB731HXF. As you can s
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
This was also posted a couple of months ago. Norm
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
I would probably start with a 1/8” or 3/16” sharp wood drill bit, and then move up to a 1/4” bit. You can wrap masking tape an appropriate distance above the bit point to get a good fit to the hole in the fighting butt. This will keep the bit centered in the hole. Using a wood backer is a good idea. This should minimize any tearing of the rubberized cork. Once you have a hole it should be easy to
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
The MB874 has a fast tip, not as soft as the PB731HXF, but throws and works a frog very well and has enough power to pull a bass from pads or slop. The MB874 has an IP=1047gm and an AA=72, The PB731HXF has an IP=947gm and an AA=77. Both work well. Norm PS - I should mention that the NFC MB709 IM has an IP=878 gm and an AA=64, and the NFC MB739 IM has an IP=926 gm and AA=65. In case you ar
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5 weeks ago
Norman Miller
Try the IPS carbon fiber grip, I like it better. It has a fatter profile and fits my hand better than 16 VSS. Norm
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