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4 months ago
herb canter
I agree with Lynn , even though SIC is an incredibly hard ceramic and being such can crack if whacked against something it is a superb tip top material . If you're careful and inspect regularly with a cotton ball to check if any cotton catches within the ring which would indicate a crack it's still worth having and utilizing as a tip top material because of it's heat dissipation properties and e
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4 months ago
herb canter
Michael Danek Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I respectfully think that with a priority of being > light, a 25 is overkill for braid and 6 sizes of > guides is just not the optimum setup. To pass a > knot, unless the leader is over 15 pound test, a > 4 1/2 will pass the knot. I appreciate Batson's > response, but I think there is a much
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4 months ago
herb canter
I have tried the boiling water technique because others said it worked for them , didn't work for me . Cutting it off with a Dremel with a thin cutting wheel with the Dremel spinning at 30,000+ rpm is what many experts rely on but you got to be so careful . I believe Phil Ewanicki loves the Axiom II fly blanks and he knows fly rods so good choice there.
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4 months ago
herb canter
Winn Grips are mostly EVA just much much thinner with the overwraps . I hate EVA foam grips UNLESS they're on offshore rods . Much much too thick .
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4 months ago
herb canter
I never file or grind guide feet either , haven't found a need to do it . The guides i have used for recent builds have been Fuji's RV, KW, KL, KL-H, KB and KT's and not only do they lay perfectly flat on the blank but have glass smooth bottoms . As far as the thread climbing up the foot , i actually wrap a little forward of the start of the foot and nudge the thread backwards while packing it
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4 months ago
herb canter
Winn Grips are not the grips to use if you expect a lifetime grip that doesn't eventually need replacement . There is nothing i have used that offers the incredible feel and stickyness of Winn Grips though , you really have to experience it to appreciate it . If you get two or three seasons out of them i would be thrilled since you can buy a 44" overwrap for $10.00 to replace an entire gri
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4 months ago
herb canter
Ken Brown: " I would only assume that these types of rods are used infrequently or solely as a piece of art" I would tend to disagree , the overwhelming majority of builds you see in the archives are everyday rods built by people who want to fish a rod that shows their creativity & talents . Many are real works of art that you can't help being impressed by . They don'
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4 months ago
herb canter
If you look through the archives you will find very few rods that are built for as John Cates said " Performance performance performance " .The overwhelming majority have wraps that are far far longer than necessary extending well past the end of the guide foot and it's not by mistake either. Many have underwraps to enhance appearance and these ARE NOT offshore rods where underwrap
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4 months ago
herb canter
Adam i really do not think you should be having the experiences you have had regardless of whether the guide has a "Flanged" designation or a "Recessed" designation so i still think it's got to be some type of manufacturing flaw related to a certain "Lot" number . I know the Fuji's RV guides all have the "Flange" design and Fuji i believe does offer &quo
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4 months ago
herb canter
Just one other point about Adams comment about the ring design and shape. Torzite offers certain sizes in an " F " designation which means "Flanged" and an " R" designation which means 'Recessed" i believe and the F versions are more rounded in their designs to prevent the things the OP has experienced. I chose the "R" version for certain guides an
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4 months ago
herb canter
I also prefer an alcohol burner for quickly heating tip tops , the heat is not as intense as a butane flame and doesn't leave discoloration & soot on the metal tube of a tip top like a BIC lighter does . I also agree that caution must be exercised when dealing with heat sources that are difficult to see . Everybody has their way and if it works that's good enough.
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4 months ago
herb canter
Well somethings not right , i have yet to hear a single complaint from anybody about a Fuji Titanium Torzite guide having issues . I would have bet the house that a SIC ring would be more crack prone than a ring made of Torzite but as your situation has proved anything can happen. Did a ball of cotton indicate the crack in the tip top ?
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4 months ago
herb canter
I just cut slivers off the glue stick , pack it into the tube and heat , glue melts instantly and slide the tip top on blank and align , very very simple . Much much much less complicated than some make it sound.
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4 months ago
herb canter
I have been using Fuji's locking collar nut on all my spinning reel seats for the last few years , they work great . I prefer downlocking seats .
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4 months ago
herb canter
Not sure about what it's diameter is since Fuji doesn't list it's diameter on the individual spools. Diameter is what equates to "Thickness" but testing at what point the thread routinely breaks out when subjected to extreme stress won't give you definitive results on whether it's thicker or thinner than other manufacturers D threads . A "D" size thread from one manufactur
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5 months ago
herb canter
It all comes down to personal preference and everybody has their own. The only reason i commented had nothing to do with Davids preference for baitcasters it was the comment saying a 15 oz spinner is considered heavy and will wear you out making repeated casts and that they're vastly inferior to conventional's in regards to cranking power ( Which is true) but quality spinners have enough cranking
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5 months ago
herb canter
Wish i had a spinner in the 15 oz range , i have been casting 2-6 oz metals etc... on reels that weigh in the 19 - 22 ounce range on blanks over 10 feet long and i don't find it tiring at all . To each their own , i do agree a conventional is better for throwing over 5 ounce regularly but QUALITY spinners these days are fantastic for throwing 2 -4 ounce. I've winched in even 40 pound rays on
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5 months ago
herb canter
Herb Knowlton Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I appreciate your concern about the blank choice. > I have other surf rods and just got wanted use a > light rod at the time conditions are right to cast > to the close troughs. I have watched a number of > fisherman on the beach using similar size rods. I > realize it will not be appropriate f
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5 months ago
herb canter
I would seriously reconsider your blank choice and i say that based on the length . You mention "Surf rod" and in my experience surf rods need to be at least 8 feet long to deliver worthwhile casting distance especially if casting from the beach . I tried a few 7'6" inch rods in the surf over the years and was very disappointed by their lack of quality distance potential . When i
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5 months ago
herb canter
Rod builders can only inform and the customer will either take the advice or reject it . I held off on using braid for years because change is difficult , when i decided to try it out it changed my fishing for the better literally overnight and i have never looked back and that was decades ago . If an angler in this day and age STILL hasn't decided to take advantage of all the incredibly posi
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5 months ago
herb canter
I'm having a very hard time believing that an article was published that actually said there is no casting advantage in regard to braid , it's basic common sense as braids diameter is considerably less than mono of equal stated pound test . modern braids are far lighter and slicker also , the casting distance advantages are not subtle either they're dramatic. It's main advantages are less diam
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5 months ago
herb canter

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5 months ago
herb canter
Agree with David 100% , Norm is actually the only person that i never disagree with on KR concept recommendations, they're spot on .
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5 months ago
herb canter
Jim Ising Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > The original NGC GPS gives you a read out of the > position of ALL the guide sizes for any given > frame style. You have to choose the three that > will make up the reduction train. We would never > suggest a 13 guide reduction train. > > Herb, the illustration you referred to shows the >
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5 months ago
herb canter
DO NOT follow charts or what the KR concept GPS data says for running guides , use a " Static load distribution test" to determine how many runners are necessary . Fuji's GPS software DOES NOT take into account a blanks natural bending characteristics which is critical for determining how many runners are needed.
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6 months ago
herb canter
On another note , Mike the KR concept is exactly what you want for the reel type and line size and type you're using , the guys here will get you setup correctly . Enjoy the rod .
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6 months ago
herb canter
"A bazillion rods were built without knowing the reel specs'. And not a one will come anywhere close to being as good as a build that takes the reel specs and line type/characteristics into account. Now if NOT building for a specific reel and line type it's a different story . Understanding how critical the reel and line type is to building the most efficient spinning setup IS NOT
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6 months ago
herb canter
Mike , even though the below is not a KR system it is a similar NGC system and will give you an idea about guide sizes and general placement . THE BELOW IS A GREAT EXAMPLE OF THE KR CONCEPT AND HOW IT VARIES FROM THE NGC .
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6 months ago
herb canter
The reel size and specs and line type and pound test will determine the guide types and sizes . Without knowing the specific reel along with the line type and pound test you plan on using it's impossible to recommend anything , just mentioning that it's a spinning reel setup doesn't help at all . Will this be a rod that will be fished from the shoreline or a boat etc...
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6 months ago
herb canter
I left a message in the other thread , didn't even see there was two of them , seems Robert offered good advice . If you don't have rod sleeves , i make my own out of flannel and each has two sections sewn together, one for the butt and one for the top half of the rod . If you have sleeves on the rods then you can just slide a bunch of them into a hard PVC tube if a crushing impact is a possib
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