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roger wilson
I would suggest going with the Fuji Hardalloy guides for a budget rod that will come out great. When throwing big baits, hundreds of times a day using braided line, the noise of the line running through a non ringed guide can become a bit irritating. I would also go no smaller than a size 6 running guide and tip top for the reasons mentioned above. I would run 3 double foot guides and th
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Yesterday
roger wilson
Scott, It is my understanding that the Batson - Rainshadow Eternity line of blanks are now being made by NFC in the US. I just finished a build of one of the Eternity and I have to conclude that it is one of the nicest rods that have ever come out of the shop based on the blank alone. Give them a try. But, I will also say that their other blanks are still very excllent blanks. In
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Yesterday
roger wilson
Here is a view of a large (1/3rd hp) 120V DC motor connected to a Taig head stock and Taig chuck. The DC motor is a 120 DC motor of about 1/3rd hp. The speed can be varied from 0-3000 rpm by changing the voltage on the DC power supply. The DC power supply was constructed using an AC variac followed by a full bridge rectifier and a smoothing capacitor. The motor is connected
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Yesterday
roger wilson
Mark, I can't imagine any reason why they would be any better than conventional guides. But, by all means try them out and let us know your results.
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2 days ago
roger wilson
There have been some recently introduced reels seats that have a universal style inside on their reel seat. i.e. they will fit a large size variety of rod blank diameters with no reaming and no insert required. Basically, they have internal fins that are straight out for smaller blanks and fold back for larger blanks. Be safe
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3 days ago
roger wilson
10-4 on Erics comment. Any time that I am not using the thread, I pull the thread end on the spool into the groove on the edge of the spool. No need for tape. Also, when taking thread off of the spool, I keep my fingers on the spool and the thread under tension for the length of thread that I will use for trim. Then, I pull the thread into the groove on the spool and with the thread
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3 days ago
roger wilson
10-4 on Michaels comment. I generally buy size 17 arbors and turn each one down by chucking a rod in a variable speed drill and mount the arbor on the rod. Then I hold the spinning arbor against my belt sander with the sander turned on and continue until the arbor is a perfect fit for the inside of the reel seat. Good luck
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3 days ago
roger wilson
Yes, Align the guides and reel seat with the bend in the tip. Folks suggest building with the bend pointed up on the correct thory that this lets the rod have more power. However, I will always build with the bend going down at the tip if there is a bend. I do it, because the blank is plenty strong, whether the bend is up or down. i just find that the bend is less noticeable with the
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5 days ago
roger wilson
Phil, It depends on the hotshot blank, but most of the hot shot blanks on which I have built would not have a stiff enough tip to carry the load of an Alabama Rig rod. This rig is heavy and needs a pretty stout rod, including the tip. Good luck
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5 days ago
roger wilson
Michael, 10-4 on the final check. Over the years, I think that I have had about 3 rods come off of the dryer with one or more of the guides misaligned - much to my dismay. The fix was never very nice to accomplish.
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Paul, ' Can you unhide your e-mail?
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Steve, That is the wonderful thing about custom rod building. A custom rod builder can use any components that he/she wish to build the rod that they care to build. Take care
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Steve, In a word. Masking tape is convenient and works just as well as anything else, especially for thin arbors. Be safe
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7 days ago
roger wilson
20,16,12, 10, 8,8
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7 days ago
roger wilson
the simple thing to do is to use masking tape arbors with a slight gap between the rows of tape to completely seal the tape in epoxy when you glue on the reel seat. Simple, quick and a forever build. Good luck
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8 days ago
roger wilson
Robert, Stripping the existing butt section should take no more than 5 minutes. A pair of slip joint pliers to chuck off the grip. A dremel tool and abrasive cut off tool to cut through the reel seat on each side without touching the blank. A screwdriver to insert into the cut slot and a twist of the driver will split the grip and it is off. Then, a heat gun and a straight edged raz
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8 days ago
roger wilson
Frank, If this were my find, I would strip off the guides and finish and polish the graphite and rebuild it with current components. A wonderful blank that will be even better with some of todays guides. Best wishes
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8 days ago
roger wilson
Frank, Just double check the grip. Often a rod can be submerged for years with the blank and guides just fine. But, depending on the composition of the grip - it is often gone with long term submersion, especially in the ocean due to the creatures that lurk in the depth. Be safe
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9 days ago
roger wilson
Robert, The length of the fore grip is exactly what you want it to be. Your rod, your grip. Enjoy
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9 days ago
roger wilson
Robert, What part of the grip is uncomfortable? Is it only the rear grip that is behind the reel seat, or is it the reel set itself with its nested cork? One can always chop off a rod and put a different reel seat and grip on the rod. But, it this case, there is a much easier way. If the problem is only the rear grip behind the reel seat, just cut off the butt cap and the rear gri
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10 days ago
roger wilson
Ed, Actually, there is only one consideration when building a rod. Build the best rod possible for the client, his needs, and the fish he /she is going to catch. Best wishes
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10 days ago
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12 days ago
roger wilson
Johnathan, As important as anything else is to avoid high sticking and to make sure that the drag is set correctly. Have the drag set well below the breaking strength of the line. The reason that I suggested going to smaller guides even with no match guides at all is because the rod is a back packing guides. If you go no larger than a size 10 sv guide you can go with a pretty small tube f
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12 days ago
roger wilson
Johnathan, Since this is a relatively short rod, you could just forget about the first couple of guides and start with a #6 guide 1/2 way between the reel seat and then go with #4s or #3s to the tip with about 3 guides. Since you are using light line, I would guess that this setup would work just fine. If you find that the line is not calmed down when it gets to the first guide midwa
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13 days ago
roger wilson
Chris, If you have poor hand writing - use the services of a good friend with excellent hand writing - if you want script on the rod. Then, just use acrylic ink and a pen and nib to do the job. If you don't have access to a hand that does good writing buy a printer and make your own labels. Or, just have a logo made and order a hundred labels at one time.
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13 days ago
roger wilson
Jody, For years, I have used the following method to set up guide spacing. I take my blank with the grip and reel seat on it, and I have a roll of 1/4 inch wide tape to mark locations. I just take the blank and press the tip against the ceiling, wall or floor. I observe the blank, and at the location, where I first notice a bend - I mark the spot for the first guide. Then, depending
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13 days ago
roger wilson
The significant thing about the use of the KR concept is the slant on the guide. As a result, the occurrence of wind knots and tangles is much reduced when using limp line like braid. Best wishes
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13 days ago
roger wilson
Use a 10-6-4 Or, you could just forget about using the first guide and just put the first #6 guide as 3 feet down the rod. Build it that way and give it a couple of test casts. You won't have a lot of rod bend in the first two feet, and you could try building the rod without the first guide and see how it goes. With that light line the line should be calmed down by the time it gets 3
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14 days ago
roger wilson
In a word, using a braided fishing line pull thread is simple, easy, foolproof and reliable. Any questions?
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14 days ago
roger wilson

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