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Mike Ballard
Try calling Bingham in case there is an issue with email .
Forum: rodboard
9 days ago
Mike Ballard
American tackle all the way. Their fly blanks are better than you would think. And they’re lighter stuff is as good as any light freshwater fly blank I have used.
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22 days ago
Mike Ballard
Yes but the counties rated ahead of us all seem to have their people wanting to come to the U.S. if they need serious medical care. Funny how that works.The death toll from corona virus is not likely to be as high here as it is in counties with less developed health care. The head of the CDC said this morning it would likely fall into the same range as the common flu, about 1/2 of one percent or
Forum: rodboard
5 weeks ago
Mike Ballard
With all due respect, I have never heard of such a convoluted finishing procedure. All the stuff about cleaning the rod with chemicals and then putting xylene in the finish? Frankly I’m surprised you ever got a good finish job from that. In my opinion you are just trying to do way too much instead of letting the finish do what it does.
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Mike Ballard
So a fisherman comes to you and says to make him a rod that will be sensitive in a rod holder. He will not be holding the rod. How would do it?
Forum: rodboard
8 weeks ago
Mike Ballard
The only thing you are ever going to feel on a fishing rod is resistance. Unless something is pulling on the line like a lure or a fish, nothing else is going to happen that you can feel. And the line has be under tension for anything like this to happen. I understand the point of the article was not to try and define the term sensitivity and agree that fishermen all have their own subjective opi
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Mike Ballard
For those wanting something like this in commercial form the people at Anglers Workshop sell the complete unit ready to go. They had some at the expo last year and I believe they sold out. Had some additional nice features as well. It is made for a quick bolt in installation on any of these type wrapping machines.
Forum: rodboard
5 months ago
Mike Ballard
I am not a very technical guy but these are the type articles I find helpful and Rodmakers is the only magazine that goes into this sort of research and testing to help the custom rod builders. Do not think I could stomach breaking over two hundred first quality blanks for any reason though...
Forum: rodboard
5 months ago
Mike Ballard
Varethane Triple Thick. If you want a one part finish, that'll do it for you. Expect to use about three coats.
Forum: rodboard
5 months ago
Mike Ballard
With no transition guides involved, the Simple Spiral offers the straightest line path. The line wants to go directly to the bottom of the rod and the SS allows it to do that.
Forum: rodboard
6 months ago
Mike Ballard
Thin coat of epoxy on the underwrap. Then overwrap and finish over all. I use two coats over the top wrap for heavy offshore or standup rods.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
It's in the thread title. Diamond. I was told it is one of the Envirotex products.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
There was an entirely new type of two-part thread coating available at the Expo a couple weeks ago. CTS Fishing had it. It is absolutely clear and cannot yellow, or so I was told. Unfortunately it is measured and mixed by weight, not volume so you need to have a scale on hand to get the mix right. Seems thinner than most epoxies but maybe closer to the lite types most of us are used to.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
herb canter Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I have a feeling a lot of builders still check > spine orientation when they get a new blank just > to see how it lines up the question is are they > still insistent on laying out their guides > according to which side the prominent spine is on > . I think it's probably half and half , iv'e &g
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
Maybe I am behind the curve but I was just told by a reputable dealer that is not one to start rumors, that St. Croix has stopped selling blanks to custom builders as of this week ala G. Loomis a few years ago. Did I miss this announcement earlier?
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
I have tried various top coating products but always come back to Permagloss. It is the hardest, lightest and clearest thing I have been able to find. Epoxy is too soft, for me anyway and yellows no matter what you do. I tried some exterior urethane and had reasonably good results with it but due to most of these products moving to water based formulas they are not as hard or durable as their ear
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
There is an easier way to do all this. Go ahead and make your wrap and then double back and return to the starting point. Now you have two layers of thread over the guide foot. Select a thinner or "lite" epoxy and apply that heavily enough that it soaks in all the way. You do not need it to form a thick top coat. This is just a penetrating coat so no need to go so heavy that you might h
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
The number needed for drying and for wrapping will be different. For drying where there is no thread tension pulling short sections of blank, you can get by with just two. For wrapping most any rod of any type then three is better and four is more better.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
At one time Tenkara would not sell blanks. It is a very simple rod and I guess they wanted that market to themselves. Maybe that has changed in recent years. I always thought you could build a similar rod or do the same job with a B&M Crappie Pole.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
The fact is that RBO was not only one of the first rod building message boards but later during a time when flame wars and childish behavior was the norm on most rod building forums RBO was a sea of tranquility where serious rod builders could come to discuss actual rod building without all the silly and childish rubbish going on elsewhere. That it is one of the few surviving with good participat
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
It would seem to make more sense to use a lite build epoxy to begin with.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
Legions of fishermen have used spinning tackle to throw Jerk-Joggers and Gotcha-plugs from piers, fishing in a tip down manner. This puts the guides in the same position that you would have on a casting rod that has been spiral wrapped. Why not just build the rod handle, then use some elastic tape to adhere the guides and go out and try things for a bit. You will learn more that way than just goi
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
I do not know of any type fishing where you catch fish as often as you cast. Even LM Bass required dozens, maybe hundreds of casts per fish. Lures and crank baits do not pull very hard. You are talking about a fairly stout rod blank and it is not going to be twisted out of sorts by your bucktails or crank baits.
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Mike Ballard
For saltwater you cannot go wrong with a graphite-nylon Fuji type reel seat. Same with the similar ones from American Tckl, Pacbay, Batson, etc. Bulletproof.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Mike Ballard
Unless you actually see the broken rods do not believe it. Although I would agree with Tom that you cannot take just any blank and mount it in a UniButt and think you are OK. Not all blanks are made to work with those ferrules, cut or full length.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Mike Ballard
The Minimas will be fine. Make sure to use security wraps on the back side of the ring though. You do not want a guide pulled out when pulling a rod out of a tube or rod box while you are on a once in a lifetime trip.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Mike Ballard
The Bullard product sold back in the 1970'sand 80's was as good as you could get. What is sold under that name brand now is not the same thing. It's OK, but just another repackaged product from another epoxy company. Honestly you might as well just get with Flex Coat or Trondak and see which suits you better and stick with one of the other of those two. They cover the spectrum from end to end as
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Mike Ballard
I like them because the larger diameter is to the front where you want it if you have to apply pressure on a longer cast or larger fish. Also by shifting your hand a little further forwards or back you can find the right diameter for your hand size. One Ritz grip can actually fit many different hand sizes.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Mike Ballard
CCS data for all blanks Instructions on whether or not ferrules should be wrapped Mfg label pasted on very butt end of the blank and loose label in package for builder to use or not depending on his wishes
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Mike Ballard
Lots of good resources right under your nose. On this site along the top of the forum you see buttons for rod building FAQs and Glossary. Also the magazine Youtube channel at What would really benefit you is a good rod building book. There are many of them out there. For a few dollars you can get something that is more than just an amateur video by an unknown builder and something that tens o
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