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Mark Talmo
Thanks to all. Maybe I 'll try an extra beer before going to bed to subdue the nightmares.
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
From an aesthetical or customer-pleasing view, Norman and others are certainly correct = belly down. I have even read Tom K. stating it makes for a more stable-casting rod. All belly-down beliefs are understood and I will certainly not say they are incorrect. That being said, I still prefer to build belly-up to provide a tick more” oomph” in the cast and when explained to my customers, most agree
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thank you for all the replies. While my feeble attempt may not have precisely described my difficulties adequately, I will put that spool of metallic twist in a separate section labeled “Add $50.00 to the build!!! Joking (but not really) aside, metallic twist thread seems as though to be problematic to many other than myself. Maybe it is more prone or inherent to certain brands. None the less, I
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
Yet again, I agree with Roger, however for a different reason. While the general consciences is to build a rod with the “belly-down” to achieve more fish-fighting power, I build mine “belly-up” to aid in further casting abilities. An Angler worthy of the title can employ angling while combating a large fish. However, we all know the fish are always 5ft further than we can cast!
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
I responded to a similar post a few weeks ago. I do not see the point of going through the hassle, mess and time of casting a foam core to eventually be skinned with CF or other fabric! Unless the mold is absolutely perfect and of a simple, straight taper, sanding will be required anyway. Why not eliminate the hassle, mess and time required to cast the core and simply start with a foam block spec
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
Steven, Great post! Let me (or all of us for that matter) know how much Lynn helps you; I’m still in the denial stage!
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
Agreed, with tension on the thread I have no issues but as soon as it is cut, BOING!
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks, Billy. My head is going to start bleeding from all the scratching!
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
First and foremost, I appreciate the responses. Secondly, and possibly of more concern, I am very disappointed that not a single blank manufacture has responded to afford us with their vast knowledge on the subject. We can only speculate as to why. Ben’s reply / question is one of which prompted my original post. While basically agreeing with Tom’s statement, pressure on the fish will still incr
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks for the replies from Michael, David and Spencer. If I understand correctly, Sulky is a non-treated thread which requires CP. I typically avoid CP. While I would certainly not wish any wrapping difficulties on anyone, it is a bit comforting to learn I am not the only one experiencing difficulties with metallic twist thread. Hopefully others will add their experiences and solutions as well.
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
My guide wraps tend to be on the more intricate, involved side and generally of softer, muted colors. I rarely use metallic thread. However, when replacing a guide for a customer, I purchased a spool of ProWrap metallic twist thread to match the three-turn spiral inlay theme of the rod. The metallic twist was a nightmare to work with as jumped off the spool in coils and got caught on the tensione
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks, Phil. Are you talking about a fishing rod or a shoe lace? Gary’s video and your description of a rod have me totally baffled as to the limit a rod or blank should be flexed.
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Gary, Thank you for the great, if not disturbing video. I also cringed. None of us rod builders should ever allow one of our customers to see that video! That blank must have been made of wheat fiber, as in noodle. Drew, I think you are point-on and agree with every point you made. None the less, I am still scratching my head after viewing the video posted by Gary. That rod must have been 98%
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thank you, Tom. While certainly not questioning your vast knowledge, I hope others will offer their insight in general, blank manufacturers in particular. It is possible by replying, concerned blank manufacturers could minimize their number of broken rod replacements. While the number of rods I have sold may pale in comparison to many of you veteran builders, let alone blank manufacturers, I have
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
It wasn’t until starting to build rods that I learned a fishing rod / blank was never designed or should ever be flexed more than 90* over its entire length, especially held mid section and the tip flexed. With my experience and understanding of composites, this certainly seems appropriate, if not a bit over-cautious, but especially with CF. We have all been guilty of over stressing a rod under n
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8 days ago
Mark Talmo
Do you mean women will not be allowed to use them?
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8 days ago
Mark Talmo
Pierre, I too have not heard of that guide. Granted I have only been building rods for four years but am rather dedicated to Fuji and have used a number of different styles. Are you certain you have the correct letters? Maybe MN rather than NM? I have no idea what type of ring material a VA would be. Fuji makes a RV, LV and SV; the RV is no longer available in Alconite but the other two are. I a
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10 days ago
Mark Talmo
So the rest of you on this site consider me to be the Habitual-Over-Thinker? Careful, Ed, you are close to stepping on my toes as it has taken me quite a while to earn that cherished title lol! Even with all the programs, formulas, hype and opinions out there, there really is NO generically best or proper guide height, ring size, spacing, number, type, style, blank, length, thread, epoxy, grip ma
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
If he is a serious backpacker, he will not use a tube to save weight. As long the rod is in a sock and packed well within the backpack, he will be fine.
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13 days ago
Mark Talmo
Quiet Tom, that’s why we rod builders make the big bucks lol !!!
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13 days ago
Mark Talmo
Joe, Rightfully so as the KR Concept is the optimum guide layout for all but the heaviest class rods. I am sorry to step on your post but Jim Isling needs to be commended here. Thanks Jim for clarifying what may have been misunderstood previously. I consider myself lucky to only have started building rods 4 years ago so as not to have been possibly confused with the transition from COF-to NGC-t
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13 days ago
Mark Talmo
Jonathan, I recently built a 6-piece, 7ft pack rod to achieve the same broken-down length of about 16in. using my comfortable high-frame 16-8-5.5 guide recipe as usual. While realizing it probably would not actually be used while backpacking, a storage/transportation plastic tube needs to be a minimum of 2in ID to accommodate the 16-H stripper. Utilizing a size 10 for the stripper could reduce t
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13 days ago
Mark Talmo
Chris, From your post, I could not tell if you are against the decal approach. I too have used MudHole for one-off decals and bulk decals with my logo as well. While the quality was OK, the price was high and the shipping time pathetically unacceptable. There is an immensely better choice concerning quality, price and prompt shipping = DECAL CONNECTION!!! They are a site sponsor to the left. The
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14 days ago
Mark Talmo
Stan may be referring to dealing with guides that slat forward such as Fuji KL-Hs. As others have mentioned, a heavy, stable hand rest and turning by hand for the ring side of the wrap works for me as well. I tried masking early on when starting to build rods, but even with pulling the tape immediately after applying the finish to each wrap, the edge did not flow out as nicely as doing it “Hero”.
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14 days ago
Mark Talmo
Alex, Thank you for posting an interesting question. I will be following this topic to learn. Being guilty of over-thinking from time to time, I have also wondered of a different way to tie-off a wrap. While always employing the FG knot for my saltwater line-to-leader connection as well, I am unfamiliar with the Rizzuto knot and cannot quite picture how it works. I also cannot picture how Tom’
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15 days ago
Mark Talmo
Norman, You beat me to it. The threaded barrel is too long on the top end.
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18 days ago
Mark Talmo
Vendors and their customer service is a different, yet should be considered similar, subject. Some excel, others pale at best. If you do not receive your order from a vendor within 4 days, there are many other who will. Without naming names, a few of the biggest suppliers to the left are the worst at customer service and prompt shipping. Amongst the best is Anglers Workshop.
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20 days ago
Mark Talmo
Joseph, From a component aspect, no one can go wrong with Fuji. Their commitment to the industry and vast R&D has produced products and complete systems all the others can only mimic. Yes, I employ Minima M guides on certain builds but if Fuji manufactured ringless guides, I would probably purchase them from Fuji. With the exception of MicroWave guides, virtually all advancements in guide te
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21 days ago
Mark Talmo
Jody, Do we get to see?
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22 days ago
Mark Talmo
Scott, Thank you for your time and insight. I should have been more explicit when asking about the typical 1-to-1 thread epoxies as opposed to the typical 4-to-1 structural epoxies. Coming from the composite industry, I have more experience with the latter than thread finish. While I am aware the overwhelming majority of rod builders use PG to coat their foam-core CF grips (constructed with str
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