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Phil Ewanicki
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Today
Phil Ewanicki
How "vintage" do you want? I think I still have some old ring-and keeper guides - AKA "floppy rings".
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Yesterday
Phil Ewanicki
Every fly rod does not need to conform to the same standards, nor does every fly rod component. The weight and size of guides for a 5wt. that will seldom if ever have to cast over 40' are quite different than the requirements of guides for a 9wt that frequently needs to cast 70' or more.
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2 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Which is more common, matching the reel to a rod or matching the rod to a reel?
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2 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I believe the most common causes for the problem you describe are a partially filled spool, line with too great a diameter, or old mono that has lost its flexibility. Everybody knows how to cast a spinning reel.
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3 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Lefty Kreh and other accomplished fly-casters have used the thumb and forefinger of their stripping hand to form a circle around their fly line just after they released it in the cast until the fly lands. This not only "tames" loops in the line entering the guide train but also gives the caster immediate control of the line and the fly as soon as they land - no more groping around for t
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3 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Thanks. This is the way to go if you build big lots of rods.
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3 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I can determine the O.D. of a blank with multiple measurements despite the fact the O.D. constantly changes, but how do I measure the I.D. of the grip since the diameter of the opening must change constantly with depth? Sounds terribly complicated. That's why I use a section of broken blank with a taper close to that of the build blank and glue a spiral of sandpaper around it to ream out cork gri
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3 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
How can I measure the gap between the grip internal diameter and the blank outside diameter?
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3 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
What is an acceptable tolerance between the outside diameter of the blank where the grip will go and the inside diameter of the grip channel - or is "close" good enough?
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4 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Conflating line weight for spin rods and line weight for fly rods is like comparing dead-lifts to frisbee tosses.
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4 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I distrust advertising hacks, including those for fish poles. Manufacturers give lip-service to antiquated (1961), long defunct AFTMA line and rod matches, but their ads ignore or corrupt those standards to sell their products. We read: "Most powerful 7 weight rod made!" That's because you must aerialize 40 feet of line and/or have the double-haul of a gorilla to get the rod to perform
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4 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
You can build a very accurate, centered tool to bore out cork grips to fit your rod bank, and it will cost less than $5. Find a piece of a broken rod about 2 feet long and a bit smaller in butt diameter than the the rod you are building. Buy a sandpaper belt for a hand-held belt sander at a hardware store. #80 or #100 grit is about right. Use a box-cutter to cut a continuous 1"-1 1/2" w
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5 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Great lakes tributary fishing for steelhead is pretty much "chuck and duck" - leader, split-shot, fly. Forget about rules for fly casting. You will spend a lot of time smacking your guides against something hard to clear the ice off them. I have found Recoil Lite snake guides easiest to clear of ice build-up because they are so flexible. Don't forget a couple of Forhan wraps.
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5 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I use a section of broken rod butt and use contact cement to glue fairly coarse sandpaper to it. If you use paste-type flexible epoxy to secure grip to blank "close" is plenty good enough.
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6 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
One redeeming feature of buying quality guides, regardless of how heavy or light they "feel", is that if you break the rod or don't like it you can always salvage the guides and use them on a new build.
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6 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
The Aussies are into long-cast, big-fish surf angling. Postage on a 14' one-piece blank from Australia might be prohibitive.
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7 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I used a knuckle-buster revolving-spool casting reel when I was a lad. We called them "knuckle busters" because they were no anti-reverse, no star drag, 1:1 direct drive reels. When you hooked a good one the backward-spinning reel handles would truly "bust your knuckles". I'm surprised they are still in use?
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7 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Rod builders unacquainted with fly casting and fly fishing may be willing to sacrifice performance for appearance and build fly rods with ceramic guides. The difference in coefficient of friction between a ceramic and ni-ti alloy is minute, and the considerably greater surface area of a ceramic guide - compared to a snake guide - creates more line friction than a snake guide. I have never seen an
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8 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Looks like the feelings have it. I resolve not to recommend my feelings to other rod builders. It seems the decent thing to do.
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9 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Spencer: So it's back to feelings, not facts? Fortunately, this will not discourage meticulous builders from recommending light guides.
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9 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I searched unsuccessfully for a chart comparing the weight of line guides of the same size. Is there a comparison chart of guide weights by make and model or is this a case of what feel best is best?
Forum: rodboard
10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Lynn - How do you know the horse is dead? Did you take his pulse or do you on balance, feel he is dead? : )
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10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Does "rod balance" refer to a fulcrum where weight X distance is equal on both sides, or is "rod balance" one of those touchy-feely qualities impossible to measure and which varies from one person's opinion to another's? If "rod balance" is an immeasurable quality which depends upon individual opinions there isn't any future trying to describe how to build "bala
Forum: rodboard
10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
What would be the advantages of using ceramics on a fly rod - assuming you would use a fly line on a fly rod?
Forum: rodboard
10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Ed: You nailed it! There is a simple deflection test you can do to determine the weight of a fly line a blank is best suited to cast. It involves clamping the butt end of a fly rod to a horizontal surface, suspending a one ounce weight from the tip-top, and measuring how far the rod tip bends toward the floor - simple and informative: much more so than ads promising "The most powerful 5 wt.
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10 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
I assume this "rod balance" refers to a time when the rod is NOT in use, with no sinkers, lures, or bait hanging from the rod tip? I don't think I'll ever manage to build a fly rod that balances, or a casting rod either.
Forum: rodboard
11 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Ceramic is unnecessary for most fly rods. I have never seen a fly rod guide grooved by fly line - or backing. The biggest difference between a single foot guide and a snake guide is looks, and there's no accounting for taste. They both work.
Forum: rodboard
11 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
How a rod balances in your hand when you are actually fishing depends upon how much weight you are casting. An adjustable (sliding) reel seat could solve this problem, although I don't think I have ever held a rod that balanced while I was fishing with it.
Forum: rodboard
12 days ago
Phil Ewanicki
Try pressing the male ferrule against the side of your nose and rotating the ferrule 180 degrees.
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