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3 days ago
Bill Hickey
There are several forum sponsors that carry the Crafty Cutter, plus several others that are not that should could have them in stock. Google could be some help.
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7 days ago
Bill Hickey
Just to add, most silk comes in 50wt, 100wt, and A. 50wt is a tad bit smaller in diameter than A, 100wt is smaller than 50. All will be plenty strong enough for guide wraps on a fly rod. I typically stick with A and 50wt for most of my work and use the 100wt for tipping.
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7 days ago
Bill Hickey
All 3 are quality brands. YLI in Natural, has given me the best results when I am looking for the thread to become clear, transparent look. I would recommend that you buy each brand and do some test wraps on your blanks. Put the test wraps where your grip will go, easy enough to remove once you find which thread gives you the look you are after.
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10 days ago
Bill Hickey
I'll say the same, if you are happy with Flex Coat and get good results, stick with it. I played around with a few different finishes over the years, they all work well, but they have certain quirks that you'll need to figure out. I settled on Threadmaster until the Gen 4 showed up. My experience is exactly the same as Michaels with it. Bubbles have never been an issue for me either. The one
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28 days ago
Bill Hickey
Having the first two or three guides of the same style starting from the butt will make no difference in how well a rod will cast. All it does is add extra weight, not much in your case due to the type of guides you are using, but it will add some. I’d go with the 16 as the Stripper (only the first guide is called a stripper, rest are running guides) maybe a #5 or #4 next, then 3’s the rest o
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4 weeks ago
Bill Hickey
I use the Rubbermaid drawers, labels on front of drawer for organizing by colors and brand.
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4 weeks ago
Bill Hickey
It happens, they break down, the outer coating near the factory loop. I’d do what Tom K says. Nail knot and perfection loop. Personally, I like the factory loops, but a well tied nail knot is just as seamless.
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6 weeks ago
Bill Hickey
I use Nylon 90% of the time without CP. I've done the same thing Terry has, "sample" wraps on scrap pieces of various blank colors, both Carbon and Fiberglass. I would recommend you do the same. If you want your thread color to be more visible on a dark blank, try using a color that will stand out more, example: Candy Apple Red on a Natural Carbon or Black Blank will darken a bit, but n
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7 weeks ago
Bill Hickey
If your looking for the thread to have almost no contrast to the blank color, I would recommend you buy a couple of colors, from Black down to Greys and do some test wraps on the butt section where your grip will go. Personally I think Black thread is going to stand out more than you may want. Pro Wrap A nylon is a fine thread and it will darken a bit when you apply your finish. Something like #8
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7 weeks ago
Bill Hickey
You kinda answered your question yourself, if your first coat looks great, why are you attempting to “clean it” ? If you have a bad spot in your first coat, like a dust particle, use a razor blade to shave it off. Never put any type of tape or liquid on freshly cured thread finish. Your just asking for problems when you apply your second coat. Any type of cleaning agent is going to leave a re
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7 weeks ago
Bill Hickey
If your looking to get totally invisible wraps, you'll need to use Natural color Silk. YLI has a Natural color silk. The ones labeled White will not work, especially on a darker blank. Nylon thread will not go invisible. As for your trim bands, if you are using a contrasting color, you'll need to do some test wraps, and keep the trim band thread the same or smaller diameter than the main wrap
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
While not in my golden years, I’ll second Spencer’s opinion.
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
No, this is the unbraced version. Rod has only 6 guides on it, so all is not lost if I cannot locate the 18, will go with the braced models for all of them, most seem to have all the braced version in stock in the sizes I need. Thanks for reaching out Ron.
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
I'm in a bit of jam, I am doing a repair on an old glass Boat Rod, and the only guide I cannot lay my hands on is the #18. I need one, Pacific Bay XB in Bright Chrome. I have checked with all the suppliers that are sponsors here (that carry Pac Bay products) and I've reached out to other companies. Everyone is back ordered on 18's. If there is a forum member that has one and would be will will
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
Use the smallest guide size that will pass your connections, using larger sized guides does nothing for performance. All you are doing is adding extra weight, which will dampen the blanks recovery. I'd use an #8 Stripper, then a #1, rest 1/0 or 2/0. Snake Brand has the Universals which go as small as a 1/0 and the Originals which go down to 2/0.
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
Rick, it’s probably a long shot that you’ll find an answer to the exact color. But, give this a shot, get several colors and brands that look close. When you peel off the remaining thread, look at the underside of the thread and try to match it. Another point of concern, given the age of the rod and how much time it has spent out in the sun, there may also be some fading, so getting close may
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
In regard to size, use the smallest size that will pass your connections and keep your drop in guide sizes limited to 3. Snake Brand Makes a very good guide, I use them almost exclusively on my builds.
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
Spine does not matter. Like Herb stated, any position that you want or base it on customer specifications. When a blank is pre labeled by the manufacturer, I typically put it on the top of the blank and my decal will go 180 degrees, or bottom side of blank, unless a customer says do it a certain way. Sometimes, like in the case of Tom Morgan Rodsmiths or Livingston Rod Co, they supply a ro
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2 months ago
Bill Hickey
Like the other Gents have stated, its not about the brand, all the brands are good, personal preference when it comes to that. I'd lean more to tension, guide foot prep and how/where you position the blank to get the wrap started.
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3 months ago
Bill Hickey
Fiberglass has developed more of presence in the last 10 years with flyrodders. Like a few others have stated, the Fiberglass Fly Rod Forum has a wealth of information on it. Still, many of the older glass rods still hold a decent presence, Fisher, Philipsons, Fenwicks to name a few. Today both E Glass and S2 Fiberglass are still used for blanks, as well as a few people rolling combinations o
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3 months ago
Bill Hickey
Here in the Northeast, Carp are a popular target with fly fishermen. While most are taken on nymphs, they will take dries. One of my home turf rivers, we will find Carp mixed in with trout taking mayflies off the surface, they are actually tougher to fool than the trout. When the Grasshoppers are out, we’ll find them in back eddies sipping the ones that get blown into the water. Of the species of
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3 months ago
Bill Hickey
Rio USA Idaho Cortland USA NY Scientific Anglers USA Michigan 406 Fly Lines, made by Scientific Anglers, Sold in Montana Orvis USA, their lines last I knew were made by Scientific Anglers, but that could have changed. Some of these outfits do 3rd Party line work, but most are not going to say who makes their stuff. Years back when Rio first showed up, their stuff was made by Cortland Line
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3 months ago
Bill Hickey
10' Fly Rod, typically 11 guides, that includes the stripper. Look up how to do a "static load test". The object is to have the guides placed so that as the blank is put under a load (and bent) the line will run parallel to the blank. You can use any guide placement chart as a starting point. Tape the guides on, run a fly line thru them, put the blank under a load and look at how th
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3 months ago
Bill Hickey
I’ve been using it since the beginning of last winter. Like the other gents who have posted their positive comments, I am also impressed with the results. Yes, it does take a bit longer to reach full cure than Regular Threadmaster, but it’s not a big deal to me. The big thing that I have noticed is when it is applied to a “clear or natural fiberglass” blank, you can see a difference in how cl
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4 months ago
Bill Hickey
First off, The thread holds the guide to the blank, the holding strength is in the thread wrap, does not matter what material the thread is, but larger diameter thread does have more strength. Silk is a bit stronger than Nylon, but it is really not all that much. I'm not sure where Polyester Thread falls in on strength between the other two. Does not matter, they all have plenty.
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5 months ago
Bill Hickey
I’ll second Tom K’s recommendation. I’ve built a gang of glass blanks in that length and line weight using that guide train. I’d also recommend Snake Brand Universals for the snake guides.
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5 months ago
Bill Hickey
2nd Spencer’s comment.
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6 months ago
Bill Hickey
Use the smallest size that will pass your line connections and knots. Also the least amount of size changes, typically limited to 3. You want to keep the added weight to the blank at a minimum. Personally, I am not a fan of single foot guides on fly rods. I use Snake Brand or REC Recoils on my builds. I'll go on to say that a lot of the mass produced Euro rods that you see today do have singl
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7 months ago
Bill Hickey
I've been using the Gen 4 for about a year now, that "blue" tint will disappear when you have it mixed. I've also used it in a couple of CTS Shine blanks as well as Natural Fiberglass, it has stayed "clear" just fine so far. The one thing I do notice with the Gen 4 compared to other brands, the luster of the thread is more enhanced in my opinion, the cured product result just
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7 months ago
Bill Hickey
Get yourself a copy of Mike Sinclair's book Bamboo Rod Restoration Handbook. It is out of print, but used copies can be found. He covers in easy steps how to do what you are looking to do.
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