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David Baylor
If CCS numbers mean anything to you as far as equating numbers to power and action, I did CCS tests on the rod built on the MB 709 blank. IP: 1045 grams. AA" 69 - 70. As I mentioned above, my primary use of the rod is flipping and pitching for bass in heavy cover. I normally fish baits that probably total somewhere around 3/8 oz. That would be for the bullet weight I use, and the bait
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2 days ago
David Baylor
I'd take a look at the MB 709 IM blank. NFC calls it mag heavy. It's rated for 3/8 - 2 oz baits with a mod fast action. I have a rod built that blank (soon to be two rods because I have one of those blanks on the way to me as I write this) that I use for flipping and pitching. I've also used it for Carolina rigs, as well as spinnerbaits. Nothing as heavy as you mentioned, but it will definitely h
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9 days ago
David Baylor
Thanks Ben, I think it's going to be too. It's going to be a pretty one as well. Now if I can just get it done and get out on the water before the water freezes. lol
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9 days ago
David Baylor
I just got done placing the guides for the build I have in progress. As I mentioned in my prior post, I was going to try the KR casting set up instead of the normal three double foot guide reduction train I have been using. Whenever I have mentioned using the 3 double foot guides in the past, I said that I used that set up because it just looks right to me. I'm used to seeing it on casting rods,
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11 days ago
David Baylor
I am glad to see others talking about comfort of split reel seats on spinning rods. I agree, they are not comfortable to fish with. At least I don't think so. When you're using a spinning rod, you're holding the reel seat, and the split seats cause unusual pressure points on your hand. I'd go with the pipe style seat as others have suggested, or a skeleton seat with an insert, which is pretty muc
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11 days ago
David Baylor
You could also take a look at the Revelation series from Rainshadow. I am building on my first blank from that series. A REVS 68ML SB. It's listed under spinning blanks, but I am building it as a casting rod that I'll be using for jerkbaits. It's a nice blank, and seems pretty sensitive. I cut the blank down to 6' 2" and I currently have the rear grip and reel seat installed on the blank. Pr
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15 days ago
David Baylor
Aaron, I'd love to hear your description of the power curve of the SJ732. With the baits you listed using I would guess that it has a fairly soft, but not overly soft tip, and that it transitions into the back bone of the rod in the upper 1/3 of the blank. I realize that with an IP of 422 it's not going to be a powerful backbone, but I am hoping it has a little guts to it. Anyhow, love to hea
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16 days ago
David Baylor
I am liking the numbers for the SJ 732 as a drop shot rod. Not one that I would use for the types of weight mentioned in this thread, but definitely for the weights I use most often when fishing a drop shot. Hmmm .... do I really need another drop shot rod? lol
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19 days ago
David Baylor
With that kind of weight, I think you are on the right track with the types of blanks you're looking at. I just don't think an actual drop shot blank would fish that kind of weight particularly well. Especially if you'll be making longer casts and dragging it, and even if you're video game fishing it. Actual drop shot blanks (at least the ones I have experience with) have notoriously soft tips, a
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21 days ago
David Baylor
Jay, I just went back through this thread and see that you mentioned considering the RX10 ETES72M blank. A member of this site, I believe it was Michael Danek, built a rod on the RX10 ETES72M blank. Perhaps he will read this thread and give you his opinions on the rod he built on it. I do know that he mentioned the CCS numbers he got for the rod he built on the above named blank. I did CCS te
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21 days ago
David Baylor
I just built (a couple of months ago) a spinning rod on one of the new RX10 Eternity ETEC72M blanks, and for me, it is the perfect tube jig spinning rod. Here is a link to a little write up I did about my first time out with the rod. The funny thing is, while I built this rod specifically for fishing tube jigs, I have actually fished a shaky head jig with it more often than I've fished tu
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22 days ago
David Baylor
Joseph, thank you for your response, I appreciate it greatly, and am happy to see that you've had no problems with the metallic blues from Pro Wrap. Like yours, my rods are stored indoors so to speak, as they are stored either in my rod box or in my house when not in use, so the only exposure they get is when I will be using them during the day. I have an order from Mud Hole for the guides for my
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23 days ago
David Baylor
And I thought I was getting old ......
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23 days ago
David Baylor
Lance is right, this question has opened up a can of worms. lol For instance ..... one builders "too many guides" may be another builders, "the right number of guides".
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24 days ago
David Baylor
All the responses about more guides slowing down the reaction of the rod are exactly right. You're adding weight, not just the weight of the guides, but also the weight of the thread and finish for those guides. While it may not seem significant, and I personally don't think it is, it is still adding weight, and weight slows the response of the rod. My personal feelings are this ....... I am g
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25 days ago
David Baylor
Lynn, I could say I need my prescription checked, but in actuality I just need to write the right name on the spools. lol You are absolutely right, 831 is Smoke Screen, and it is the color giving me the trouble. I actually have it on two rods. The rod I built on the Quickline blank, and my drop shot rod that is built on an NFC DS 6107 IM blank. The IM blank is a natural graphite finish and it is
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26 days ago
David Baylor
Mark, I use regular nylon thread, with no CP. I bought CP with my initial purchase of rod building supplies, but have never used it on a build. I did some test wraps using it and thought it took away some of the shine when compared to the same color, without CP. No, the thread color didn't change, but it just didn't have that same shine. I've never tried the NCP thread. I just don't like the way
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28 days ago
David Baylor
Yeah Lynn, I just read about that on another message board that I frequent. What a bummer. In watching Aaron on many tournaments he had a personality that could rub you the wrong way at times, but he was a heck of a fisherman. He could put them in the boat with the best of them. Especially if it was finesse bite. One of if not the best drop shot fisherman on tour. He will be missed.
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28 days ago
David Baylor
Michael, the Pro Wrap 831 Silver Smoke, is the color I am having the trouble with. As far as the trouble with the mid shade tan you mentioned, that kind of makes me worry about my most recent build. I used Pro Wrap 755 Chestnut on it. I will be seriously bummed if it ends up streaking eventually, because it turned out to be a gorgeous deep brown color with a goldish sheen to it. I'm keeping my fi
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28 days ago
David Baylor
I've only used three different manufacturers thread over the 5 or so years that I have been building rods. For one of my builds I used the Fuji Ultra Poly, and really liked it. I wrap with pretty high thread tension, and it just seemed to pack a little easier than others I have used. Less fuzzies. I've used FishHawk on a couple of my rods. It wraps nicely as well, but it's pretty much the same as
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28 days ago
David Baylor
Spencer and Thomas thank you very much for your replies, they are very much appreciated. Spencer, I really like seeing you mention that some of your builds are approaching 15 years, and haven't faded. I've seen Sulky mentioned in pretty much glowing terms on this forum, so I will definitely be checking out what they have to offer as soon as I am done with this reply. Once again, thank you guys.
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29 days ago
David Baylor
Lynn, you're awesome !!! Reading what you said about Hitena fade proof metallics I just got done looking at their web site. Seems that even some of their blues must fade, because some of the shades of blue they offer weren't on their list for UV fade proof guarantee. But the color I will use if I do decide to go with trim rings, is 1076 Navy blue is on the fade proof list, so I ordered a spool
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29 days ago
David Baylor
Question concerning reported loss of color over time with blue metallic thread. I've read, here and on other sites with rod building forums, that blue metallic thread eventually loses its' color over time. Supposedly it turns white? Has anyone had this happen with builds they've done, or is this simply a myth? The reason I ask is, I am starting to order components for a new jerkbait rod I'm g
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
Plano 3700's for me as well.
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
In cases where the arbor is a finished piece that is going to be seen, you're at the mercy of the manufacturer. But as far as the foam arbors are concerned, Mud Hole sells arbors from size 11 all the way up to size 30. I'm with John. Making something smaller is a lot easier and a lot less time consuming than it is making it larger. For me it's a no brainer
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
There is no doubt that it can be difficult, if not seemingly impossible to ream a foam arbor concentrically. They just ream so darn easily. For me, other than wrapping the guides, it's the most time consuming part of a build. I use a reamer that I made out of one of my old factory rods. I used a 1" wide, 150 grit sanding belt that I split down the middle, as the abrasive on it. The finer
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
Interesting .... I use micro spheres in the plastic of a couple of soft plastic baits that I make. I use enough of the spheres in the plastic of one bait in particular, that will float a 3/0 Owner Down Shot hook. I originally made it for use as a drop shot bait, but using the amount of spheres needed to float the hook adds a lot of firmness to the soft plastic. It just doesn't have the action I w
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
Norman, that thing is slick as heck. Not only does it look like it works great for threading guides, seeing it used to get line through a casting reels line guide is a must have. Thanks for posting that link. I just added one to my Mud Hole cart.
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
Being older, my eyes aren't what they used to be, as well. I don't use leaders so I have no connecting knots to worry about passing so I go between 4.5's and 5's for running guides. The 5's are easier to pass line through when stringing up the rod, but then I think I only have to do that maybe once or twice a year.
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4 weeks ago
David Baylor
I go the route that John goes. If I can't find an arbor that fits the reel seat perfectly, I go a size larger and sand it down by hand to make it fit. I only use the foam arbors, so sanding them is quick and easy. But yeah, it is extra work.
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