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Mark Talmo
Phil, Thank for the compliment, but I have always been one to give credit where credit is due just as inversely condemn when condemnation is due. I am confident you will be equally as impressed with Crystal Coat and I would like to learn of your experience and opinion, either here on the site or my personal email. Norman, You offered a very good point in saving unused CC by refrigeration or free
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Yesterday
Mark Talmo
Oh, Ben.
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Yesterday
Mark Talmo
When I started rod building some 4 years ago, the tackle store I purchased my “start-up kit” from only sold ProKote so that is what I used. It has always worked well, both regular and high build, and I had no reason to change. With a few years experience, I decided to experiment with other popular brands that you other builders use and speak highly of, and discovered that while each may have subt
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Yesterday
Mark Talmo
Thanks Ron and Ben.
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Yesterday
Mark Talmo
Drew, Another approach, and the best approach in my opinion, is to employ the outrageous benefits of a spiral-wrapped roller guide train. The heavier the load = the more beneficial a spiral becomes; I cannot imagine fishing an 80lb tuna rod without a spiral wrap ever again. The difference is unbelievable! All American Roller Guides are the only rollers developed for spiral wraps, are very well-b
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
Thanks, Roger. Good to know. I will be even more careful than previously!
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
This is an interesting subject for a non-fly guy like me. Hopefully there are many replies and opinions for me to follow!!!
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4 days ago
Mark Talmo
I am extremely interested in learning from more replies. While seeing heavier telescoping rods, I would be very interested in finding a 6’6”- 7’, 2-6lb / 2-4 weight BLANK. Can anyone point me in the correct direction? Ron, sorry to step on your thread!!!
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Charles, The choice of rod finish really depends on how “period proper” verses best protection you want to achieve. I build a fair number of rods from 50-60 year old vintage FG Conolon blanks and always use PermaGloss. Granted, I am not producing period-perfect museum pieces, wouldn’t want to. PG is the industry standard, has been around for quite some time, is a great product, quite durable, qu
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5 days ago
Mark Talmo
Rob, While Soler Composites has just about the most extensive stock of different types of composite sleeving available, they may be lacking in the tubular/cylindrical foam core area. Talk to Jon Soler. Give them a shot! I have dealt with Jon for years and apparently so has Tom K.
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6 days ago
Mark Talmo
Touché, Anthony!!!!!
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7 days ago
Mark Talmo
Tom, Donald and Eric, Thank you for the replies. Although it does not surprise me that you replied, it is very much appreciated!
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8 days ago
Mark Talmo
I built a 6-piece, 7ft, pack-rod (yes, a vintage FG Conolon if you can imagine that) with a Tennessee Handle to accommodate either a spin or fly reel and typical KL-H 16 down to KT 5 with a LG 5 top. While obviously set-up more for UL spinning, will the guides be large enough for 3-4 weight fly line? While I realize the selected guides may not be optimum for fly use, it is my understanding spin g
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8 days ago
Mark Talmo
Lynn and Don, I am sure Norman is following this thread but is too humble to reply. I can guarantee that he takes immense satisfaction in helping anyone and everyone and that assistance is backed by 40 years of experience = one can bet their last dollar the advise is right-on-the-money! Heck, Norman builds more than 200 per year; most of us will never catch-up with his knowledge, insight and und
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8 days ago
Mark Talmo
Jim, I cannot imagine Norman ever having a bad day!!!
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10 days ago
Mark Talmo
By the way, I was using 50-60 year old, NOS, vintage FG Conolon blanks with my CARL ferrule system as compared to my previous, sub $75.00 CF rods.
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10 days ago
Mark Talmo
Although also feeling obligated, I sincerely WANT to thank those of you who have helped me shorten my rodbuilding learning curve by answering my (multitude of) newbie questions and enduring my “Habitual Over-Thinking”. I would have never guessed a properly constructed custom rod would out-perform a counter-part store-bought rod by such a huge margin. I finally got the opportunity to experience t
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18 days ago
Mark Talmo
Adam, Many will agree it is much better to utilize a fly blank to produces an ultralight spinning rod rather than the inverse. I have done it numerous times and have been very pleased with the results. Granted, I prefer a full-flexing ultralight rod to enhance the Fun-Factor of fighting smaller mountain trout, but locating a 7-8 ft, 1-4lb spinning blank produces minimal results. Many have argued
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22 days ago
Mark Talmo
Randy, Initially, I thought you were referring to spinning guides, but apparently you are concerned with fly guides. Follow the suggestions of the veteran fly guys for guide suggestions. You will be hard-pressed to find Fuji fly guides!
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26 days ago
Mark Talmo
Randy, In 50 years of fishing, I have never had a guide frame failure or pulling out from the wraps. Do you know what brand of guides you purchased? Since you seem to transport the rods carefully, I suspect the guides are an off-beat brand and apparently of questionable quality. I never have to worry about the quality of Fuji guides; they are the best.
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26 days ago
Mark Talmo
Pandor’s Box may have been dramatizing a bit. But you will find vastly varying opinions even amongst the veterans. I am surprised you have not received more replies, both pro and con.
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26 days ago
Mark Talmo
James, “Desired” and “needed” are completely different entities. You may have opened up Pandora’s Box, especially concerning the “needed” aspect. From an aesthetic point of view or the “desired” concern, if you like the looks and can afford the additional weight of the underwrap, then by all means go for it. From a structural or “needed” point of view, many, me included, feel an underwrap affor
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26 days ago
Mark Talmo
Without using one, I cannot imagine any EVA cutting tool performing as well as Bill Marchisella’s design which was featured in RodMaker Magazine. Great job, Bill!!! Although I use very little EVA or Hapalon, Bill’s system appears to be so good that I will employ the concept while designing a cork cutting fixture for my own use. Thanks again, Bill!!!
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28 days ago
Mark Talmo
James, The Fuji KR Concept is so awesome, especially the “Rapid Choke” aspect, I employ the theory on all of my builds, even if using size 6 runners rather than true micro guides. I feel confident the theory carries over well to spiral-wraps also. While unfamiliar with your blank choice, and I do not know your definition of “heavy action”, consider double foot KWs for the first two or possibly t
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28 days ago
Mark Talmo
Tom, Thank you for your clarification as I was under the impression a “simple spiral” employed a 90* guide (maybe that is referred to as the “bumper spiral”). From your description, I may be producing a modified “simple spiral” by offsetting the “up and down” transition guides to avoid blank contact plus one or possibly two additional guides to smooth out the line flow. I may be old but not enou
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28 days ago
Mark Talmo
James, A properly set up spiral-wrapped rod will cast as far as a rod with conventional guides-on-top. I am such a proponent that I think a spiral-wrapped rod should be considered conventional. However, the lighter the rod the less the benefits are noticed with spiral-wrapped guides due to the smaller fish not loading the rod as much, creating torque to twist the rod. I used to think spiral-wrap
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28 days ago
Mark Talmo
Having only 4 years experience building rods, I certainly do not have as much experience as those replying above. Heck, four years ago I didn’t even know what a spiral-wrapped rod was. But I immediately realized the benefits, have become a huge proponent and have now built 8-9 spiral-wrapped rods for lighter (20lb) to heavy (80lb) saltwater use. I have not built a simple-spiral (0-90-180*) becaus
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29 days ago
Mark Talmo
I was under the impression the splinter was still attached, hence my suggestion of an open spiral of thread. Norman’s suggestion is also a very good one to disguise the repair but may require more time to repair. If the splinter is missing, Roger is certainly correct with his suggestion. Keep us posted on which procedure you employ and how the repair goes.
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30 days ago
Mark Talmo
Dan, The fact that the CF is splintered WILL eventually result in failure, especially in the small diameter tip section, and probably sooner than later. An open-spiral thread-wrap-splint may be the best approach to strengthen where splintered while affecting the natural flex of the blank the least. Although not a structural epoxy, apply your favorite THIN wrap finish around the splinter and work
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4 weeks ago
Mark Talmo
Ed, I am puzzled why the rod requires rebuilding after only “a couple of years”. That stated, seriously consider stripping the entire blank of all blank finish down to the last coat of epoxy covering the fibers (CF or FG) originally holding everything together. This really depends on how picky you, or your customer, are. Scraping, NOT shaving, with a single-edge razor blade works exceptionally w
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