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roger wilson
Ben, Only you can make the evaluation. But to get the best idea for your self, purchase two new identical blanks for the type fishing you wish to do. Build one rod with what you think are the minimum number of blanks. Then, build the 2nd one, using 3 FEWER guides. Go fish with each rod and catch 50 fish on each rod. Do an evaluation and write a report about the ease or di
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Today
roger wilson
When I first started building rods, I tried several - better quality brushes - and cleaned them after each use. But, I simply did not care for the brush cleaners around, the extra work required to keep the brushes up and the sometimes issue with losing bristles in a finish coat. So, as Mark posted, I use a Flex Coat or other inexpensive inexpensive single use brush to apply finish. One m
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Yesterday
roger wilson
Mark, You have a non issue. You have a product that doesn't suit you. Pitch it into the nearest garbage can, purchase a new batch of what ever brand thread coating that you prefer and move on. Over the years, I have done this fairly often. But, I also try to forecast my future rod builds and prefer to purchase thread coatings in batches that match my available forecast for builds an
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2 days ago
roger wilson
To assist you with the technique that Michael mentioned, consider the purchase a set of these inexpensive plug cutters: I use the method that Michael mentions. i.e. when gluing up a grip, I make the butt end of the grip of the material that I want for the butt cap. Then, as he mentioned, the entire grip is reamed to size, including the butt cap. Finally using another piece of the
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2 days ago
roger wilson
Ed, I apologize. I neglected to paste the link: Here it is: -- This live center has a live center -- with a 60 degree point: Here is another one of similar design, with the exception that this one has a keyed chuck for the live center. In this case the chuck can free spool if you wanted to clamp in the end of a mandrel for example, or you can lock it into a stationary position,
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3 days ago
roger wilson
ED, I would just pick up one of these $20 tail stocks. Then, I would put stock under it if needed to get the tail stock to the correct level to match up with the center shaft of your head stock center point. Then you should be good to go for under $30. Take care
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3 days ago
roger wilson
Trevor, Just checking. But, you do wrap from the rod blank up the guide foot and then terminate the wrap at the vertical section of the guide don't you? I know that when I do spinning rods with the handle on the right side of me - my preferred wrapper placement with my favored left hand, I am always starting the wrap on the left of the guide because that is the bare blank. Then wrap up
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3 days ago
roger wilson
Keith, To do that I start both thread colors at the same time. Just overwrap the red locking thread as you do the silver edge and then, pull the silver edge locking thread on up the rod and begin to wrap the red for a dozen wraps to lock the silver in place. When doing short sections of inlay threads, I will often do this technique. Sometimes I might have 4 or 5 different threads that I
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4 days ago
roger wilson
Trevor, Yes, you can switch the motor / chuck. However, you may have an issue. The AC/DC universal motor on the alps chuck can not be easily reversed. ----------------------- I am also left handed and have always built all of my power wrappers. I use a thread holder that is behind the rod and the thread comes over the top of the rod toward me and I really would not be able t
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5 days ago
roger wilson
Phil, Here in the upper Midwest, we commonly use a technique called "Lindy Rigging. " This was named after the angler - Al Linder who gave the technique its popularity. It is simply a sliding sinker that is about 2-6 feet behind the live bait hook that is normally baited with a minnow, crawler or leech. Using this technique the weight is dragged across the bottom with the bait f
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5 days ago
roger wilson
In addition to Mr. Kirkman's statement - carefully test for line stacking to one side on the reel with your new setup. After i have the spiral guide setup and taped to the blank, I will run the line from the reel through all of the guides and pull off about a 100 feet and let it stack up on the floor. Then I hold medium tension on the line. I normally run the line through a couple
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5 days ago
roger wilson
Todd, In a couple of words. The line flows straight off a casting reel and there is little need for any sort of very large guide to tame the rod. But for a casting rod with a conventional wrap - i.e. the line running along the top of the rod, you have a line on the blank issue. If you don't care about the line touching the blank or going under the blank, you can use a few micro guides
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Phil, Not if the tension on the main wraps is correct. However, I have really done some wraps that have been a big on the tight side, and then there is a possibility that it is next to impossible to even do a pull through with a metallic thread. If I find that this has happened, I will take the time to go back and do a rewrap with a touch looser wrapping tension. Take care
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Todd, You need one guide in front of the reel and you need at least one more guide 2/3rds of the way up the rod and you need a tip top. After that - use only enough guides to insure that the line follows the contour of the loaded blank. From a casting perspective - adding more guides really doesn't help at all. The reason for this is that on a cast, the rod load up and as the end of th
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Al, If the rod casts well with mono - it will work great with braid. Take care
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6 days ago
roger wilson
No help at all, but any time that I rod is getting overly bent, release the line and let the fish go where it may. Or, keep a knife handy and if the fight is getting too much or out of control, cut the line and save the equipment. I also have to agree that with the use of braided line, the use of a virtually unbreakable glass rod will avoid the blank breaking issues. Once the rod is
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6 days ago
roger wilson
Phil, This method may be unconventional, but it works very very well for trim bands. Before getting to the trim band, lay in a trim thread on your current wrap. Also, lay in a pull thread on your current wrap. Then, at the end of your wrap, execute your two or three turn thread wrap and pull the end of the loose end of the trim band, back under your existing wrap. Cut the free ends
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6 days ago
roger wilson
In addition, if you purchase any tapered pieces for the head stock or the tail stock, be aware that the Wen 3420 uses the MT1 taper. So, buy any accessories accordingly. As Johathan indicated the head stock thread size is 1x8 TPI for any sort of screw on chuck as he indicated.
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7 days ago
roger wilson
Al, Just curious. If a person is catching lots of nice fish in the way that he goes fishing and he is really happy with his setup, why would the person want to change to a different type of line? Yes, I know all of the advantages of braid. I also know all of the disadvantages of braid. I mainly fish with mono - because it suits the type fishing that I am doing. But I do have spool
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7 days ago
roger wilson
Phil, I just have to say that it won't be visible unless it is. Do a test wrap on a broken blank and test the concept. You are doing it, your hands are doing the glue placement so - it does not matter what others do or say, because you may do it differently. Try, test, evaluate. Best wishes
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8 days ago
roger wilson
Al, When rebuilding an old rod to be used for fishing, I will generally strip the blank, remove the reel seat, and grips and do a wet sand on the blank. Then, put on the grips and reel seat of choice - along with a size 20, 10, and 6 runners to the tip. I would use a double foot on the first guide and single foot on the rest of the guides. You don't say whether this is a spinning or a
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8 days ago
roger wilson
Trung, Easy. Select the correct size collet for the rod / mandrel that you are going to insert into your head stock. Place the collet in the nut for the head stock shaft. Run the nut down and then, do a final adjustment on your mandrel / rod length. Then, using the lock on your head stock do a final tightening on the head stock collet nut. One thing that is very nice about using the c
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8 days ago
roger wilson
David, I think that your selection of the Collet type system is about the best possible choice for this application. Take care
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9 days ago
roger wilson
On hard to match blank colors, I will often wrap the guides in black with a silver and metallic medium or light blue thread as trim wraps for the guides. It seems that black will go with virtually any blank color - particularly when you can't find a perfect matching color. You can always use the color wheel to find a nice complementary color or a nice contrasting color. Take care
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9 days ago
roger wilson
A nice demo for a G3 chuck:
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9 days ago
roger wilson
Jordan, A few years ago, I picked up St. Croix SCV blanks in the light and the medium light rod blanks. These are really wonderful blanks and they are my go to rods. I use the light for 1/8th and lighter jigs and possibly 1/4 oz jigs. I use the medium light for 3/8ths and heavier and now and then a 1/4 oz. jig. Even as I see the tip start to move I am already setting the hook b
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9 days ago
roger wilson
Its wonderful, unless you don't like a perfect performing rod and reel combination.
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9 days ago
roger wilson
Its wonderful, unless you don't like a perfect performing rod and reel combination.
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9 days ago
roger wilson
Phil, One of the big reasons why some blanks cost so much is because the company sells the blank with an unlimited warranty replacement policy. The blank price is elevated to essentially take care of warranty claims in the same way that any other insurance company charges specific rates for various types of insurance. The cost of insurance is such that the company does not lose money for clai
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9 days ago
roger wilson
In addition to the comment's made by Brian, don't discount the importance of a very light reel. It makes 0 sense to have a very light jigging rod for sensitivity and feel and then turning it into a "plug" by putting a 10 oz reel on it. The real key to the best walleye jigging rod is the tip. If the tip is not light and easy to feel the "tick" of the fish - the rod
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