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8 weeks ago
jim spooner
Us old guys are fading away.
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8 weeks ago
jim spooner
I haven't seen or heard anything from Emory Harry in a while. Is he still around. Great guy.
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8 months ago
jim spooner
Although I no longer build to sell, I recently sold a couple of bass rods that were made to my preferences. I advised the buyer that the rods really wouldn’t suit his two-hand casting, but he prevailed (snicker). The rods (SC5 blanks) were short (under 6’) with short grips of about 9”. He's happy, and I'm happy for him.
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8 months ago
jim spooner
I’m left-handed, so normal “right-hand” casting reels work well for me. I’ve always been puzzled why bait-casters have a right-hand crank which require a right-handed person to switch hands when casting/retrieving. Spinning reels are opposite (another puzzle) and since they have a crank on the left side, I have the convert to the opposite side…..a convenient feature on today’s spinning reels.
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8 months ago
jim spooner
Single-hand casting still has it's place....where "distance" is not a factor, but "agility" is....especially with shorter rods and shorter grips. Longer rods with long grips can be, and often are, awkward to cast single-handed. There are times when long distance casts are advantageous, but shorter casts can work a lure better and fight fish more efficiently. I guess....whateve
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10 months ago
jim spooner
Ron, tumbling would be a challenge since these are completed rods.
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10 months ago
jim spooner
Thanks, guys. Btw, the reel seats are plastic (polymer).
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11 months ago
jim spooner
Thanks Spenser. I don't anything about glass beading, but I'll look into it.
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11 months ago
jim spooner
I do quite a bit of sculpting (skeletonizing) on my casting reel seats and thinking about sand-blasting them to get a better finish than I get by sanding/buffing. Any suggestions on what gun I need and type of grit?
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
jim spooner
I had several NFC HM blanks that were significantly higher in power than some I previously purchased of the same model numbers. We’re all aware that blank power specs are likely to fluctuate somewhat within a given model, but these were dramatically different. Because the blanks in question were also much heavier, I suspected that they were not sufficiently sanded by NFC. Being unhappy with them,
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
jim spooner
I’ve also been notified of my order placed last Nov is being shipped….long wait. I like their blanks and my only complaint is their significant inconsistencies (weight, Power, Action) for a given model.
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1 year ago
jim spooner
Did that this AM, same conclusions…..although the longer rod did offer more resistance at 90 degrees to lure retrieve . If I had two rods that varied more than 18 to 24” in length, it’d be easier to say objectively that one was much more sensitive than the other. I can only suggest to anyone that they try test casting with different rod orientations as I have stated. It’s pretty easy to make
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1 year ago
jim spooner
I considered using the 2nd or 3rd guide from the rod (same rod) as the tip-top to replicate a “short rod”, but my “test” results enabled me to draw my own conclusions without any further testing or theories or mathematical calculations. I’m pretty well convinced that the rod inhibits rather than enhances sensitivity, so the lightest (least mass), stiffest rod is the lesser of the evils. Btw, I ha
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1 year ago
jim spooner
In spite of my reluctance to believe leverage plays much of a role in “my” version of “sensitivity”, and in an effort to keep an open mind, I conducted the test Tom suggested…..or at least similar. I figured that rather than using two different rod lengths, I could replicate length differences by simply changing the angle of the rod….the rod at 90 degrees to the retrieve obviously representing th
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1 year ago
jim spooner
Yes, leverage with longer rod gives a fish an indisputable mechanical advantage, and it is apparent when fighting a fish. But, I don’t think “leverage” is much of an issue regarding sensitivity with bite detection or lure activity. I think in terms of a “bite” (or lure movement) transmitting a “signal” up the line to the angler’s hand. Any rod (regardless of length) and the reel only acts to degr
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1 year ago
jim spooner
Tom, I agree, some do have different interpretations of sensitivity. I guess where I disagree is where you stated “ I’ve long known that longer rods allow you feel a fish strike better, precisely because you’re handing the fish a longer lever to use against you”. In regards to line or rod movement …..if a “bite” occurs resulting in a line movement of 1 ½” and assuming the tip of a 7 ½’ rod
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1 year ago
jim spooner
I guess we can agree to disagree. Maybe my interpretation of “sensitivity” is not quite the same as Tom’s. I subscribe to Mike Naylor’s and Emory Harry’s positions on the subject in this thread this thread from 2007
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2 years ago
jim spooner
Well said, Steve.
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2 years ago
jim spooner
Adam, I'd look for a Fuji Speed Stick handle (and/or rod). Some are glue-ins and others use a collet system. There are still some floating around. Try Google search. Just about any blank can be adapted. Btw, one advantage of these old grips over modern blank-thru grips is that they allowed the reel to sit much lower on the rod, making for a shallow angle of the line from the reel to first guide.
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2 years ago
jim spooner
Yes, trimming from butt end does lessen power, but ironically, the rod will feel stiffer.
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2 years ago
jim spooner
Phil, Extending the rod length will actually increase the power.
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2 years ago
jim spooner
It is a question of patience. As Roger suggests, 100 grit would be good start. I went from 60 to 150, to 220, then used green, then gray Scotch-Brite pads to polish.
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2 years ago
jim spooner
Mo, I recently received several NFC HM blanks that were significantly higher in power than some I currently had of the same model numbers. We’re all aware that blank power specs are likely to fluctuate somewhat within a given model, but these were dramatically different. Because the blanks in question were also much heavier, I suspected that they were not sufficiently sanded by NFC. Being unhap
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
jim spooner
Since “short” rods are no longer popular, very few blanks are available shorter than 6 1/2 feet. All my personal builds are under 6’, so I have no option but to trim. Other than having to pay for unusable “footage”, there’s not much downside. In fact an advantage is having the option of “tuning” the Power/Action by trimming from the tip or butt end of a longer blank to achieve the desired perform
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3 years ago
jim spooner
Joshua, Your friend’s use of the 6’ rod may not be as dramatic and/or extreme as it seems. I can relate to being old (dinosaur) and favoring shorter rods. Most of my bass rods are 6 foot or less and although they provide increased leverage over longer rods, the shorter grips don’t usually allow as much force to be applied. Some of my fishing is much the same as described and I can even get by wi
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
jim spooner
I consider myself suitably chastised.
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4 years ago
jim spooner
Disappointed maybe, or disgusted, but not not angry. When petty animosity precludes open discussion, no one benefits. I think there’s credible pros and cons for both CCS and the so-called RDA, but perhaps they’d best be debated on more of a one-on-one venue. I did question your rationale for the cheap shot “knock off” label, but your explanation as to what you see as plagiarization of the “Big Pi
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4 years ago
jim spooner
Okay, now I get it. So I guess there’s a sense of moral/ethical consternation because of the use (theft) of some methods prescribed in the CCS article. Evidently there’s a contentious history of debate regarding the subject, so I’ll refrain from giving further reasons why I think RDA can be useful. Obviously it’s not a subject open to discussion and no sense risking being banished from the web-si
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4 years ago
jim spooner
I agree with all of the above….most of it anyway. And I don’t dispute Tom’s proclamation as to which system came first…..for those of us that care. His reference to RDA being a “Knock-off” may be a bit irrational. Although I think CCS is the most effective way to make relative blank comparisons, I think it’s unlikely that all blank manufacturers will provide it any time soon, and even if they
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
jim spooner
This subject came up in another thread (http://rodbuilding.org/read.php?2,467692), so I thought it may be worthy of a new thread. It seems that whenever the RDA (Rod Data Analysis) measuring system is brought up, the proponents of CCS begin to hyper-ventilate, and unless there’s a viable copyright infringement, I don’t get it. I can’t imagine referring a rod builder to the “Big Picture” articl
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