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Mark Talmo
And so the “spine” versus the “straightest axis” saga continues and probably will well past eternity! Build the rod either way = neither is WRONG!!!
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
Amber, Welcome to the addiction and to rod building.org! You (anyone) would be hard-pressed to find an(y)other source with such valuable information from veterans and newbies alike willing to share their knowledge and experiences which will ultimately flatten your learning curve immensely. The abundance of information comes with an equally abundance of opinions; it is up to each individual to di
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
Drew, Well there you have it: David has experienced the same thing. While it is very surprising for me to learn, I would still, if not certainly, call Stere or Lori.
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2 days ago
Mark Talmo
Luc, As the other replies correctly state, rubberized (or burnt?) cork is not really needed but tougher than plain, regular cork and is heavier. I use the rubberized cork tape covered with X-flock shrink tubing for many of my saltwater builds because it is so durable, quick and easy to repair/replace and weight is not as much of a concern. While I do employ rubberized cork “trim” on freshwater
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3 days ago
Mark Talmo
Drew, It is my understanding the All American Roller Guides, Nep_tune series, are THE ONLY rollers specifically designed for spiral wrapped guides. The roller fits into a formed recess of the side frames to avoid the line from jumping off the roller and into the gap between the roller and frame. I have built two tuna rods sporting complete sets of the Nep_tune guides and have never experienced t
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
Norman, Thanks for the clarification; a FG rod feels sloppy if intended to be a fly rod but built as a spinning rod = that makes sense. Nonetheless, I still do it but maybe I am a bit slow lol.
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
Norman, Thank you for your honest, trusted and veteran reply. I am admittedly surprised to learn the bamboo would feel less “sloppy” than FG. Apparently, archaic natural fibers such as bamboo are a hard act to follow!!! Considering the “sloppiness” aspect, I would have guessed bamboo to be at the bottom with FG in the middle and CF at the top; so much for guessing!!! Thanks again, Norman.
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Norman, Do you find the bamboo rods to be as “sloppy” feeling as FG?
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Roger, I am jealous! If you “took 16 of the rods that I use on a nearly daily basis”, obviously you have exponentially more time for fishing than I do lol.
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
The MN is a great guide for its intended purposes!!! < or > = other Fuji options.
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
Lance, Please excuse my ignorance, but from your supplied photo, I cannot tell if there is actually a ceramic ring insert or not; possibly, but probably not, but… While innovation fuels advancement, haphazardly applied it can prove to mask its effectiveness, not to say such is necessarily the case here.
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
chris, Acknowledged; I will conform with the 99%.
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
Gabriele and chris, Sorry if I am a little slow. If the original question was how to wrap a MN tip top, then simply treat the tang of the MN like a guide foot and wrap over it. I find it difficult to believe people cut off the tang because it is an extension of the leg braces and NOT AFFIXED to the tube = the leg braces would be almost worthless. Wrapping the tang is the only support for the leg
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
Ken, Thank you for the update on the Kingfisher. It sounds like you had productive fun; there is just something special about experiencing a vintage rod beyond recognizing and appreciating how good we have it today with modern advancements in rod construction, CF in particular. I enjoy and actually prefer my vintage FG Conolons compared to my stable of store-bought CF rods even though many othe
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
Gabriele, At the risk of sounding rude, your actual question may have been lost in the translation; “anyone have any ideas on how to tie this tip top on.”?? “The step is very high.”?? Was thing of wrapping a thread underneath.”?? Please do not take offence, but I am a bit confused as to what your actual question is. Apparently, chris is equally confused; why would anyone purchase a MN tip top an
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7 days ago
Mark Talmo
Lance, Most on this site know I am a big Fuji fan. I am additionally a big fan of Alconite rings for their best-bang-for-the-buck status; Torsite and either SiC or SiN may be smoother and SiC dissipates heat better than any other guide material, but Torsite is VERY pricey and SiC and SiN are quite brittle and susceptible to fracturing / breaking under rough treatment. Again, I am unfamiliar w
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7 days ago
Mark Talmo
Lance, I admittedly have no experience with REC Cerecoil guides so I cannot answer your question directly. Large fish and heavy drags not only induce more strain on a guide train but, more importantly, the line itself as well. For rods up to 50lb or possibly 80lb, a quality ceramic ring is a safe bet while over 80lb rollers are by far the best choice. I have learned that rollers are becoming les
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7 days ago
Mark Talmo
Gary, I am surprised to learn proper hot-melt tip top adhesive has reportedly failed, even for heavy-duty rollers. Even under extreme conditions, it is not like the tip top is subjected to, say, 20lb of force trying to pull it directly off the tip of the rod. I will stick with tip top adhesive to facilitate replacement if required down the road and readjust my perspective if and when I ever enc
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10 days ago
Mark Talmo
Tom, From your statement “By its very nature, graphite does not like to take a very sharp bend over a very short area” within you outstanding “Building Live Bait Rods” article in RM magazine, it would appear you have an understanding of CF properties. That statement was/is very true; your present statement that CF is not brittle is false. chris, Be careful how you use the term “strength”; for
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
Russell, Your comments are acknowledged, understood and accepted. I also like your saying, “Different horses for different courses”. I have not heard that one before, like it, consider it to be very true and will probably rip-you-off. I am anxious to test my “identical” old casting and new spinning rods back-to-back; who knows, maybe I will end up agreeing with you.
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
Roger, The only CF guides I have seen were roller guides; and if you thought titanium guides are expensive, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet! The fishing rod and component industry is highly competitive and hence manufacturers are looking to be the first to discover, offer and increase sales with the newest products and materials, whether fad or functional. One cannot really blame them; it’s a dog-ea
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
For what it is worth, given the same ring size, Fuji KH-Hs are a bit taller than the others I have seen; Minima Ms may be the closest.
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
Bob & Ken, To be honest, I am actually in the process of building a ~20lb saltwater spin rod, basically for Calico. But there is always the possibility of hooking into a 30lb Yellowtail of 50lb WSB. The rod will be a spinning duplicate of the casting rod I built from the same Conolon blank, just for comparison’s sake and simply because I can lol. Most guides, single or double foot, are inh
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
Michael, An interesting concept for a reel seat. I am curious what you were attempting to accomplish with two moveable / adjustable hoods?
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
Mike, It is common knowledge that not only the ring diameter but the height of the ring as well are important factors in a KR Concept reduction guide train; the whole concept involves smaller rings atop higher frames. A size 20 ring is a good choice for 20-30lb braid and your 2500-3000 reel. I do not know the height of your LZR but a Fuji KL 20-H is 50.8mm.
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11 days ago
Mark Talmo
Rick, Trim bands, or “accents” as you call them are basically produced by simply “adding and / or dropping” threads. Search for such here or facebook videos which might prove easier to understand than lengthy text explanation attempts. If not, come back or email me directly.
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12 days ago
Mark Talmo
Bob, Personally, I would use a conventional reel / rod but if you are H-bent on a spinner, stick with the KL-Hs, KBs out to a MN tip top. Also consider stepping up to a 50lb braid with a 20-40lb leader. A KL 25-H, KL 12-H, KL 7-M or 6-L with appropriate sized KBs out to an equally sized MN tip top will get the job done. Obviously, single-foot guides are not as robust as double-foot guides which
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12 days ago
Mark Talmo
Ernie, Although I have never had a guide pull-out in the 60 years I have been fishing, I always employ a locking wrap on single foot guides for the added insurance. Also, it is obvious evidence the rod is custom and that the builder took the extra time to do it. I developed my own method but most simply use the Fohan type which only requires an additional 30 seconds max. Lee, Thread the locki
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13 days ago
Mark Talmo
Guy, The links to Anglers Resource provided by Cris are invaluable to know, understand and apply to all spinning rods. Granted, only Fuji guides are listed, but for someone just starting out in rod building and to make it much simpler and less confusing, stick with Fuji! Even after gaining experience, many such as myself stick with Fuji. Rods used with conventional / bait-casting reels do not
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13 days ago
Mark Talmo
Roger, Since I live in LALA Land on the Left Coast, will you ship my rods for me? I’m jealous.
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