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5 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
For many decades surf casters used tape or lashed cord to secure surf reels to blanks. Strong, lightweight, and allowed them to move the reel up and down the blank until they found the "perfect" spot.
Forum: rodboard
7 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Rod builders tend to obsess over details, myself included. Parsing hundredths of an ounce in guide train weight has been pretty well covered - and re-covered . I hope contributors can shed some light on the measurable physical qualities of rod blanks themselves - something more substantial than "light" or "powerful" or "medium" or "soulful".
Forum: rodboard
9 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
An insert or sleeve is compulsory when repairing a broken tubular blank. How can this not influence the flexibility, the curve, and the weight of the blank? In this age of obsessing over milligrams of weight saved or added by guide trains - and paying more for less weight - is there a different standard for the differences in weight and flexibility which repair of broken blanks invariably causes?
Forum: rodboard
9 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Is there any consensus on the best prepeg material to make graphite rod blanks? Torayca? Hankuk? Some other prepeg?
Forum: rodboard
10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I have made tracings of the arc of a repaired rod blank bent 70 degrees or so. They looked a lot different than the arc of the same blank undamaged. Of course it's possible few people can "feel" the difference, but that would make advertisements or recommendations based upon a rod blank's "feel" rather useless - except for stimulating sales.
Forum: rodboard
10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
A large number of serious fly casters have taught themselves to fly cast with either arm. This is a great help when fishing big water with lots of wind. The arm holding the line does not move much during the cast - you might even be able to double-haul a bit without stressing the shoulder. When the cast is complete the rod can switch hands, enabling you to use your good arm to strip line and reel
Forum: rodboard
10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Your friend should recognize and accept the fact that the action of the repaired rod will be far different from what it was before it was broken. Friendship is more important than fish poles.
Forum: rodboard
11 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I doubt anyone would be tempted into making a surf rod blank into a fly rod, but I did build a hot-shot blank into what turned out to be an 11wt. fly rod. It feels funny but it works, and it has whole lot of lifting power. Your fly-rod blank spinning rod will lack lifting power.
Forum: rodboard
12 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Rolling friction is a tiny fraction of sliding friction. Wheels Rule!
Forum: rodboard
12 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I re-purposed some rollers from an old sliding glass shower door. The nylon wheels have ball bearings and the outside of the wheel is grooved to run along a rail. That groove is just the right size to accept a neoprene rubber O-ring stretched over it. They work perfectly, and they are wicked cheap!
Forum: rodboard
14 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Is there any way to restore a vintage silk fly line? A restored classic fly rod begs to be paired with a classic fly line.
Forum: rodboard
15 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Most vintage cane fly rods were constructed with hide glue. Hide glue is "completely water soluble and biodegradable". This is not true of modern, polymer glues. The claims "authentic restoration" and "completely refurbished" are not synonyms.
Forum: rodboard
16 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Don: Your "refurbished" statement is well taken. Glass and graphite rods are 100% synthetic and do not degrade much over time. Bamboo rods are 100% organic, and like all organic things they suffer irreparable degradation over time. You can refurbish a bamboo rod to look like new, but you cannot restore it to function/cast like new. You will break it.
Forum: rodboard
18 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
As long as anglers buy rods or blanks because copywriters (not anglers) describe these rods or blanks as "smooth" or "powerful" or "responsive" or "soulful" or some other advertising jive then serious anglers will have to borrow or blindly buy a rod to learn anything useful about it. That certainly will stimulate rod and blank sales and fill cellars or gara
Forum: rodboard
18 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Here is a list of things a good rod builder should know and savvy custom rod buyers want to know: (1) How the rod compares in distance and accuracy to similar rods - like in the "Yellowstone Fly-Rod Shootouts" (2) The "hoop strength" of the rod blank (3) the "resonant frequency" of the rod blank - to allow meaningful comparison of how this blank "feels"
Forum: rodboard
19 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I suspect the "best" rod for one angler is not necessarily the "best" rod for another. That's where Objective measurements versus "feelings" come in handy. For example fly-fisher who lacks the ability or a reason to double-haul cast probably won't like the "feel" of an 8wt. TFO Axiom II rod, but the guy with the 80' cast will love it. Heeding subjective fee
Forum: rodboard
19 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Can't have it both ways. Can't reject observable facts and proclaim superior performance. Nobody HAS to accept scientific facts, but many rod users, rod builders and their customers would prefer to have verified objective data about their fish-poles rather than just vague generalities and ad-speak. Fishing is too important to trust advertisers.
Forum: rodboard
19 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Roger: Good question. I would rate a rod's performance in distance, accuracy, and resistance to breakage (hoop strength), all of which are measurable in feet, inches, and pounds, but not "feelings" - which are pure ad-speak. While we are at it let's throw in the blank's "resonant frequency" or what casters call "feel". This measurement of time and movement can enable
Forum: rodboard
19 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Where can I find results (numbers) comparing the performances of rods with different guide trains but built on the same blank? I don't want to pay more and get less because of vague claims made by persons with unknown expertise and motives.
Forum: rodboard
21 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I used LS Supreme Flex-Coat on a number of builds in the past and liked the results. Of course epoxies perform differently in different environments and with different mixing and different drying times, and sometimes "New and Improved" formulas are anything but.
Forum: rodboard
23 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
What is the shelf life of rod-finish type epoxies? Does it vary with the heat or light where it is stored? I suspect the difference in chemical composition between rod-finish type epoxies is minute.
Forum: rodboard
23 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I had the same problem finding small guides for my shark rods, and I've just given up. I just use bigger tip-tops, and to be honest I can't feel any difference.
Forum: rodboard
26 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Mark: fish "winch" - not "wench" I'm a married man!
Forum: rodboard
27 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Mark: The use of tape will make the outfit look less like an automatic fish-winch.
Forum: rodboard
28 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
This deep drop rod will likely be paired with an electric-powered reel/winch - pretty much a necessity for deep-drop, I believe. The issue here is not the ability of modern adhesive tapes to secure the reel to the rod, but adherence (!) to traditional fishing tackle design and components.
Forum: rodboard
28 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Tape is lighter than a reel seat, tape is as strong as a conventional reel seat, different reels can mounted at different points along the handle using tape, and surf casters have been using tape to affix reels to rods for a long time. Different anglers and different rod builders have different priorities.
Forum: rodboard
28 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
A $500.00 blank probably won't out-fish an OEM blank. Rod builders buy blanks and components for different reasons.
Forum: rodboard
4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
A minor bend in a rod is visually displeasing but probably won't weaken the rod appreciably or degrade casting accuracy. There are no "sights" on a fish pole and we don't aim them. We all cast instinctively, compensating for the horizontal angle of the rod, the wind, and the weight being cast. Like a peashooter or an instinctive archer we mentally adjust and adapt to where the rod puts
Forum: rodboard
4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Hotshot blanks are very versatile. I built out an 8'6" hotshot blank into fly rod and used it for fishing fall-run King Salmon. The light tip transmitted the feel of a hit and the rugged butt section put a lot of pressure on the fish. This rod, besides chuck-and-duck salmon fishing also casts an 11 wt. fly line very nicely once you got used to the strange timing. It has whipped 30#-40# tarp
Forum: rodboard
4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
It seems like a hotshot blank would make a good Alabama Rig Rod.
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