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7 days ago
Ken Brown 2
Welcome to the board. There will be many replies Im sure. I am fairly new myself. There is no hard fast rule for reel seat placement. Its all about rod balance and personal preference. If you know the reel you want to use, I would suggest taping the reel to the blank along with the guides and get a feel for where you want to put it. I am assuming you haven't picked out grips either yet?
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23 days ago
Ken Brown 2
Quinn mentioned the company. I thought they were a sponsor, but I don't see them in the list. Waiting on the client to pull the trigger
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24 days ago
Ken Brown 2
I think I answered my own question. I thought they were a sponsor, but not seeing them on the left so I won't mention the company
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24 days ago
Ken Brown 2
I have a potential customer wanting a 'sea foam metallic' rod but the only ones I am aware of are the 1 piece versions by MHX. Looking for a 7' or 7' 6" 10-12 lb MF 2 piece blank. Anyone aware of a 2 piece option that would fit those specs?
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24 days ago
Ken Brown 2
Are you going to make poppers? I plan on doing that eventually but right now Im concentrating on flies for trout (midges, caddis, drys, buggers). Waiting on some supplies from Cabelas that is coming in 5 different packages from all over the place.
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25 days ago
Ken Brown 2
That's a whole other animal there. I went with one of the generic beginner sets.
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25 days ago
Ken Brown 2
My first couple rods I would just leave it as is but as stated by others, you get more comfortable as you build more rods. If I forgot something, or its not quite right, I wont hesitate to remove the guide and re-do. I actually have a Striper rod that I completely removed all the guides, and butt wrap, that is still leaning against the wall. I have been meaning to get back to it, but tying fli
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28 days ago
Ken Brown 2
I checked out the site. The blanks do look pretty sweet! When my budget allows Ill get one.
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29 days ago
Ken Brown 2
Phil Ewanicki Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I just ordered a 4 piece 3wt. 71/2 foot graphite > blank from Amazon for $30 + shipping. I have no > idea if it will be good enough to build on but I > took the chance. I shudder to think what the mark > up is on, say, a $600 fly rod blank - that figures > out to $1,800 a pound for graphite - A
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29 days ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks for the info. Ill check them out.
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29 days ago
Ken Brown 2
I recently build my first fly rod on an OEM blank from Mudhole which is 9' 5 wt. It casts great, however, the length is a bit much on some of the streams I have been trout fishing on. I would love to build a 3wt say in the 7' range in an attempt to cut down on the number of trees I catch. Keep in mind that I got my 5wt blank for $30 so a Sage is waaay outta my price range. I would like to use
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29 days ago
Ken Brown 2
The use of LEDs has been hit or miss for me. The LEDs that I have in my lamps in my living room work great and I haven't had to change them in about 3 months. On the other hand, the LEDs that I have in my kitchen seem to go after 3 weeks. I think it has to do with the application and the frequency of use.
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5 weeks ago
Ken Brown 2
I also echo the stripping of an existing rod and starting there. Don't get me wrong, starting with a blank is great BUT stripping an existing rod you have will show you how the retail shops put rods together. Think of it as breaking down an engine and putting it back together.
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7 weeks ago
Ken Brown 2
Considering I am still considered a newbie in the art of rod building, I would say that catching my first fish on the rod is a definite highlight. Now that I am learning more, I am interested in getting better at the design and functionality of the rod. Learning to create new wraps is my current highlight. The first time I got a chevron to come out looking good was a great sense of accomplishm
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8 weeks ago
Ken Brown 2
I plan on creating a spreadsheet of my passes when Im ready to do the wrap. This way I can check off each one as I move along. The chevrons I have done are all same number of passes, just with different threads. Placed an order with Mudhole for some essential items for the wrap so Ill start once I receive the order.
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8 weeks ago
Ken Brown 2
I believe I have, yes. I have done several cross wraps and chevrons. My last wrap was a reverse chevron(which I didn't know I did until I got the book) :)
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8 weeks ago
Ken Brown 2
I recently removed my failed attempt of a closed wrap because my spacing was off. I want to try either a St John's cross or a Spider wrap this time around. I recently got the Decorative Wraps book so I SHOULD be able to do either. I have 4 different shades of blue I was going to use for the wrap in an attempt to have the colors fade as well. What are the opinions of these wraps? Is one easie
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I haven't used threadmaster in awhile so I don't know if its the same for others.. If the finish is still a bit tacky, I will apply a second coat without any prep. If it is not tacky, then I will scuff it a bit. I normally don't try to put any additional coats on after 48 hrs.
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I would be interested in that if you find it. No pull loop..interesting...
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
The alignment is the hardest thing for me thus far. I did notice that the 'reverse chevron' is what I did by 'accident' on my last build. I like the fact that little variations can yield vast differences.
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
So I just got the 'Decorative Wraps' book today from Mudhole. I haven't opened it yet due to virus concerns. What would be a good starter wrap? I wanted to try the 'fish' wrap, just not sure if that is one of the more difficult ones.
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Dumb question..how do we get the unfinished blanks? I got several from Mudhole which are awesome. If I can get something similar from NFC, that would be awesome!
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I wish I would have gotten more! Not sure where the OEM was originally done, but it is definitely a quality blank. I did some test casts, very sweet. Now to actually fish with it...
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Not yet. I did pick up one of the OEM fly blanks they offered around Xmas time. Very sweet rod. Curious as to the CRB fly rod as well. Thinking a 3wt is in my future
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I mix my epoxy in the plastic cups then transfer to aluminum foil after mixing. By the time I get the rod dryer turned on and brush in hand, any air bubbles have already disappeared.
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
After using solely 2 piece rods up until I learned to build rods, I now only use 1 piece rods (minus fly rods). I have had the 'flying rod' happen way too often when trying to get a lure out just a little further. Granted 1 piece rods are bit of a pain to move around indoors (doors, walls, ceiling fans) but they are substantially better in my opinion.
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2 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I don't see the need to add epoxy prior to the winding check. It will just add more weight and may prevent you from putting the winding check flush against the rod/grip. If you are worried about the threads, add some cp for the adhesive properties.
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3 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Im in Emmaus (just south of Allentown).
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3 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Billy..I saw it on the Mudhole Live's Rod Builders Workshop. I thought you were tagged in it. It was a pic of the rods at the NERB booth I believe. I will have to plan the trip down. A bit of a drive from PA.
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3 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I have found that the steps mentioned above work for most rods. However, I did 'upgrade' a couple store bought rods that gave me some major issues. I purchased a couple rods from Cabela's (their brand) for my sons. I found that the guides were heavily glued on and did not actually have thread. There was some sort of tape used in place of thread. I had to use a razor blade as a chisel because
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