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3 days ago
Robert Flowers
In a nutshell; Stripping guide - the large guide closest to the reel, be it for a spin casting, or bait casting rod. Spine - the top side fof the blank when the tip is bent, while the thicker part is rolled on a smooth, hard surface, i.e. the natural flex point of the blank. Belly - the underside of the blank, opposite the spine Belly guides - the same as running guides, ut aligned with the b
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7 days ago
Robert Flowers
Where can you get rod cases with your logo on it. I'm looking for cases for 9 foot, four piece rods, preferably wthat will hold the reel/s. Tight Lines and frisky fish. RJF
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7 days ago
Robert Flowers
Thanks. You've given me what I need to knoe. Tight lines and frisky fish. RJF
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8 days ago
Robert Flowers
I have a customer who wants to explore a really high end fly rod with the stand out aesthetics, and performance.. He aske me how fancy I could go. I told him I could make a rod worth over $1,000.00, if he wanted. I have seen some beautiful agate guides. How well do they hold up to modern fly rod blanks, say in the 6 to 8 weight region. Are they light enough to use on a three weight. If
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11 days ago
Robert Flowers
I agree with Norman. His instructions are spot on. The only thing I might add is that I like this guide better, as r it is a tangle resistant guide - ICMNST Tight lines nad frisky fish. RJF
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20 days ago
Robert Flowers
Herb Ladenheim Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Robert, > I should add - that the latest "fad" is using > typical fly rods of typical lengths to be used as > "single-hand" Spey and Skagit. > Line companies like Sci Anglers, OPST and Wulff > make lines specifically for this use. > So, I should have asked if your cust
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20 days ago
Robert Flowers
As the title suggests, what is your favorite blank for a skagir rod" Tight lines and frisky fish. RJF
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23 days ago
Robert Flowers
My advice is simple as well. To really get dialed in, do a static line test with the rod tip having a line, and weight tied to it, and a weigh tied onto the line comin off of the reel, and trough the guides. Adjust the guides so that the fishing line closely follows the bend of the rod blank, without touching the blank. This will give you the correct number, and placement of guides'. The
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25 days ago
Robert Flowers
I have a #7 BIIIX that I love. I built it a few years back. Has anyone built on the new Winston Pure, or Air blanks, and if so, what hardware did you use? Tight lines and frisky fish RJF
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26 days ago
Robert Flowers
Mark Brassett Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Speaking of Ugly Stiks, you can't build or buy a > better, tough as nails, abuse taking, cheaper and > yes, uglier snapper bottom fishing rod than an > Ugly stick! Just sayin' ; ) I snapped the tip off of one trying to show off how far I could cast a big Cleo. It was really too heavy for the ultr
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26 days ago
Robert Flowers
Todd Andrizzi Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Robert!! One of the best posts I have read. > Thanks! Only thing I would change is "tight lines > and frisky WIFE. Haha. Yep, a definite typo on my part. I''m glad you enjoyed the post. You brought a little humor into this thread. Thank yo. Tight lines and frisky fish (i;m too old for a fri
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27 days ago
Robert Flowers
Kent Griffith Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > This is an interesting subject. > > One would think if the manufacturers of guides > thought they needed to be ground down they would > do it as part of the manufacturing process. Isn't > this reasonable? > > I would suggest that the only reason many rod > builders do it is becaus
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28 days ago
Robert Flowers
Newton's fist law a motion comes into play here. T paraphrase, all object at rest will stay at rest until acted upon by another force. All objects in motion will continue the direction, and speed of that motion unless acted upon by some other force. What this means to us, as wielders of fishing tackle, is that the direction, and velocity of the tip will move our lure/fly line in the directio
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28 days ago
Robert Flowers
I choose to use the belly to place my guide son, to take advantage of the softer tip, which will then act as a shock absorber for my tippet. i use placement of my guides on the stiffest axis on the lower 2 sections of my blank to generate more casting speed, and give me greater lifting power. I believe that on spinning, and casting rods, lures such as Swedish Pimples, Kast Masters, or a heavy
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4 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
To find the spine/belly of all segments, start with the tip end. Place the thickest part of the blank against a smooth, flat surface. Flex the tip while gently rolling the blank. It will snap to an orientation where the belly faces straight up. Repeat for the next segment. For the third segment, assemble from the tip, with the third segment attached. Use the same procedure. I'm not sure h
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4 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
I watched a video by Gary Loomis. In it, he stated that the guides should be placed on the spine, or on the belly of the rod blank. His reasoning was that when the rod is loaded, and unloaded, there is a natural oscillation that takes place at the tip. If the guides aren't aligned properly, then the caster will cast, usually, with the guides facing skyward, or toward the ground. The rod will
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5 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
How do you find the strongest axis on the lower half of a 4 piece fly rod blank? Tight lines and frisky fish RJF
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6 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
Links for bright yellow blanks - Hope one of these works for ypu/ Tight lines and frisky fish RJF
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6 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
I use size 8 gel=spun fly tying thread, and only wrap 8t wraps over the thread. I generally use Uni brand thread in a highly visible color. I also tie a square knot on the thread ends to make a continuous loop. Make sure your loop is large enough to easily thread the wrapping thread thou, and cut the wreaking thread so that when you pull it through, it goes half way to the exit point of the pu
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6 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
I built a doble duty ice rod, 38" long, using AT Airwave guides. Tt works great for ice fishing,; and I had no trouble with the guide feet. The second duty was using this small rod for both small stream brook trout fishing, and still water bass, and panfish duty. On the lake, it casts surprisingly well,. Catching even small fish on it is a hoot, Catching a big smallie is a blast. I now
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6 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
I believe the spine does matter for certain applications. I set my guides on the belly,from the tip halfawdown the blank, to top to take advantage of the softer, slower action. On the lower half of the blank, I set my guides on the straightes axis, to improve lifting strength. This gives me a forgiving tip that will act as a shock absorber to protect my tippet, preventing it from snapping if
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6 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
I would put decals on near the winding check. For tem colors, I would use double foot guides with one side as 1/2 of the team colors, and the other foot wrapped with thread of the second color. Wrap every other guide with team colors, and the other guides with a neutral color. Tight lines and frisky fish. RJF
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7 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
Again, we all differ in what we like. For line to leader, I Like the blood knot, and the nail knot. They are both slim, and strong. I have yet to have either of these knots fail me. There are also some great knot tying tools that make it very easy to qujickly tie your knots. Tight Lines and frisky fish RJF
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7 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
I haven't done the ,ath, but vector algebra is required here to determine the forces applied to the guide, wraps, and blank. There is forward and backward friction, which works to move the guide on the blank, and then the guide feet can apply the load of the line perpendicular to the rod, with one foot or the other on two foot glides, feeling more stress due to the direction of line travel. The
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7 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
ben belote Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > As a good fishing buddy use to tell me when i was > getting a little too silly about anything:"Maybe > it,s all in your imagination." lol.. I wish it was just in my imagination. Check this out: . and this: Tight lines and frisky fish RJF
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7 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
A hundred people will give you a hundred variations. For your rod blank, Check with CTS out of New Zealand. They make some of the best blanks in the business, both in carbon fiber, and fiberglass. You also have other options for guides as well. Recoil guides are nearly indestructible, made of titanium, and if you step on one, it's like a spring, and comes back to its original shape. As far
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7 weeks ago
Robert Flowers
The Great Lakes, indeed all of the world's fresh waters are stressed due to many pollutants. I've been paying attention. A thought came to me, micro plastic particles and fibers. These are miniscule in size, but are entering the food chain of the tiny critters that feed on algae. These get eaten by small bait fish, then by larger fish, then by us. The fibers have been found in trout, pike
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3 months ago
Robert Flowers
Can natural cork rings be placed on a mandrel, then hit lightly with a propane flame, then rubbed, and sealed with cork seal? this might give you the look you want with the natural cork. Tight Lines and Frisky Fish RJF
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4 months ago
Robert Flowers
I prefer multiple sections in my rods. From a physics standpoint, the area of the most stiffness, perpendicular to the rod length, will resist hoop collapse best. This means that the rod blank will have more lifting power, and sensitivity. However, the tip bends into a straight line, and so isn't stressed as much as the bittiom.opposite the spine) on the top two portions. The rod will bend to
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5 months ago
Robert Flowers
What I was getting at., my Winston BX3 7 wt. cost 900 to over 1000 dollars from the Winston factory, or a good store that sold high end fly rods.. It cost me 450 to purchase the blanks, and really good hardware. The only thing that was less expensive on my Winston build, compared to a factory built, was the reel seat. I didn't get the nickel-chrome. My other builds have been similar, wit
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