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16 days ago
david taylor
The Yellowstone Angler shootouts make fun reading. They do collect and present some objective data. But ultimately they are subjective reviews. They do try and put control measures in their reviews, such as all the rods are tested with the same line. Regardless of rods, I am not a big fan of lines like MPX with more aggressive tapers, so I take the reviews with a grain of salt. It seems Geo
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17 days ago
david taylor
You will need to clean out the inside of the tip top and ensure all old glue/epoxy is removed or you will not get a good bond when you reuse it. I drill bit as indicated above will work but be gentle.
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26 days ago
david taylor
I think you are SOL, especially with a 3-piece. I'd give up the farm and buy a Carbon 4 blank from Rod Geeks. It should be pretty close in performance. P.S. It @#$%& breaking an old favorite rod for which there is no replacement. Did it to a vintage, first generation 5-weight Sage many years ago in a car trunk. It was a two piece. They sent me a replacement butt section from a newer mo
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4 weeks ago
david taylor
Thanks for advice on wrapping. I did email NFC to ask Gary Loomis on his opinion on ferrule wraps. He recommends to avoid possible micro cracks in the ferrule.
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4 weeks ago
david taylor
I guess one could use these as well.
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4 weeks ago
david taylor
Don't know if you were joking or not, but no one was posing as Dave Taylor. That was my own question. I am a casual rod maker and given the current state of the art of carbon fiber blanks, I have tended to doubt the actual need of ferrule wraps. I also make golf clubs, and the plastic ferrules on golf clubs serve no purpose other than aesthetics. Granted they are very different in purpose and
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5 weeks ago
david taylor
As to the issue or point of ferrule wraps being unnecessary on modern carbon rods, I have heard it stated both ways, so does anyone have conclusive facts or a study on that? Does anyone not wrap their ferrules? How long a ferrule wrap do folks generally implement?
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5 weeks ago
david taylor
On my last rod a guide foot was about 3/4 of an inch from the ferrule and I did one long wrap. It looks a bit goofy and asymetrical, I think, but no one is really looking but you.
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5 weeks ago
david taylor
Their Carbon 4 fly rods are basically the same as the St. Croix Imperial, which are very decent fly rods for the money.
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7 weeks ago
david taylor
I am going to build a 10 foot 3-weight rod for euro style nymph fishing. I am planning on using one size 10 stripping guide and going right to 11 size 2 single-foot running guides. It seems to me the taper approach is not warranted, as I did minimal taper (size 4 and 2 after two strippers) on my last fly rod and it casts just fine. Any thoughts, recommendations or experiences? Recommendatio
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7 weeks ago
david taylor
Great message.
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3 months ago
david taylor
Customer might intend on fishing for Orcas. 13 wt. Yikes. Certainly not for brook trout. Who makes a 13 wt line?
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3 months ago
david taylor
As to invest in the West, Mud Hole is located in Florida, so what they are doing makes sense.
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3 months ago
david taylor
I suggest you may want to create a rod kit that is specific to angling for Redfish. While stocking support is one facet, I also hope the funding would go to habitat protection or restoration, water quality and appropriate fishing regulations. Thank you for supporting the cause.
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3 months ago
david taylor
I have moved from my former gradual taper days to a philosopy of one or two strippers and then down to a line of one sized of running guides. The size of your snake running guides need only be large enough to ensure your knot or loop from fly line to leader can easily pass through without getting caught up. That makes landing fish or setting up your fly line a lot easier. I would say your choi
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3 months ago
david taylor
Mudhole link not working properly.
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3 months ago
david taylor
Grooving might occur if one nymphed for 8 hours per day for the next 32 years. But at that angling pace one's shoulder and rotator cuff probably would be non-functional after the initial 3 years.
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3 months ago
david taylor
That far up the blank it would just leave it alone.
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4 months ago
david taylor
How far up from the end of the grip is the blemish? When you position the guides and grip is it on the underside or the upward more visible side of the blank? You could always get thread that matches the blank color and wrap some in that area and epoxy. Other possiblities depending on location could be hookkeeper; decal, rod length and weight, owner's name, etc. Or just don't worry about
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4 months ago
david taylor
How far up from the end of the grip is the blemish? When you position the guides and grip is it on the underside or the upward more visible side of the blank? You could always get thread that matches the blank color and wrap some in that area and epoxy. Other possiblities depending on location could be hookkeeper; decal, rod length and weight, owner's name, etc. Or just don't worry about
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4 months ago
david taylor
Does anyone have a favorite single foot guide for nymphing rods? I will be wrapping up a 10 foot 3 wt. I have used Pac Bay single foot guides on a fly rod before and they were fine. Just wondering if anyone recommends a particular single foot? It seems that just about all OEM specialty nymph rods these days have gone to single foot.
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4 months ago
david taylor
In normal channels TFO does not offer Axiom II blanks.
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5 months ago
david taylor
I applaud your effort. If you need some donations to help fund the build, just post that and I am sure a number of us would chip in. An anlger I knew, sadly he passed away a few years ago, fly fished for decades with a withered, mostly non-functional arm. He was a very skilled angler and it was amazing how went about the sport, which was a great passion for him.
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5 months ago
david taylor
A rod with 4" off the top is going to feel a bit boardy. I would have hit cast a very fast rod before he determnes that is what he wants.
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5 months ago
david taylor
This site indicates they have TFO TiCrx blanks still available. 9 foot. I have a TiCrX 9 foot 5 weight. These rods are quite stiff and are cannons. So for Steelies or salmon I could see one working quite well. Nice blue asthetics , too. Reviews for trout fishing were very mixed, but lots of positive reviews for salt or for large fish. Old blanks but might work for you.
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5 months ago
david taylor
How about Arctos 9 foot 3 inch or 10ft. 3 inch? Termed fast but not extra fast, tho.
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6 months ago
david taylor
Are you building a bamboo rod? Glass or graphite rod blanks will come with ferrules intact and you would not want to cut into them in any way.
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6 months ago
david taylor
I build golf clubs and fly rods, but have never used a Winn grip on a fishing rod, but dozens on golf clubs. The method described above by Tom is spot on.. You can get the two sided tape on line or buy at a Golf Galaxy store if you have one near you, or a PGA retail store. The mineral spirits will work or buy a small bottle of grip solvent at Golf Galaxy. As indicated above, apply a good amoun
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6 months ago
david taylor
They no longer produce Legend Elite fly rods, and now produce Legend Extreme along with Legend Elite for spinnng, casting, muskie, etc. These Legend non-fly rods cost from $280 to $650. The Legend Elite fly rod line had some very nice rods, but as that line of fly rods aged, the technology and weight did not keep up with mid- and high-end competitors, some of whom were using blanks from over
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6 months ago
david taylor
Yeah, would be nice if Rodgeeks made some Legend Elite based blanks. Maybe down the road.
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