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8 months ago
Mel Shimizu
Click on the library. Here it is:
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8 months ago
Mel Shimizu
Click on the library. Here it is:
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10 months ago
Mel Shimizu
Paul Wray Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Mel Shimizu Wrote: > -------------------------------------------------- > ----- > > Ok, I understand now what you are saying and my > > answer is that I do not use any set formula > such > > as equal spacing as each blank is different. > You > > have to put your guides on
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10 months ago
Mel Shimizu
Ok, I understand now what you are saying and my answer is that I do not use any set formula such as equal spacing as each blank is different. You have to put your guides on and do your stress test to try to get a good straight line path and equal distribution of load on each guide. I will give you my spacing that I use but my measurements that I have recorded are based on my selection of a ful
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10 months ago
Mel Shimizu
Paul Wray Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > All, > I am building my first 2 rods ever. 1st is a CRB > 50-100lb class rod and a black hole cape cod > special 450g rod. I have been practicing on the > CRB and then doing the Black Hole blank. I am now > at the point of guide placement, which I want to > be acid wrapped. I don't have a clue
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11 months ago
Mel Shimizu
Spiral roller guides are very difficult to set up properly. I have tried and have come to the conclusion that SIC ringed guides are much easier and better to use. For giant bluefin rods that I build for PEI I use the Fuji HBSG guides. I find that I only need two sizes in my builds. I start with a size 20 and the rest are all size 12 using a three guide transition and a aftco bent butt. No ne
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Salt water rods are not often layed down like a bass rod would be. My spiral always goes to the left for a right handed angler to make laying the line onto the reel easier but I really do not think that it matters very much.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
I dont think you can print on those.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
No Tom, I am not the one that had a failure. Mine have never broken at the ferrule nor anywhere else. I feel confident that my builds are strong.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Thanks everyone. And yes, lots of wall thickness where I cut.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
My builds are all spiral wrapped and the broken rod was spiral wrapped as well although I do not have any information about guide placement. In the 12 rods that I have built, I have had zero broken. In fact a couple rods have caught over 20 giant tunas on it ranging up to 800 + lbs.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
The blank is 6 ft long. It is necessary to cut from the butt about 12 inches to fit into the unibutt to maintain its 6 ft long length. I have cut over a dozen of these blanks in the past few years and the wall thickness is the same at the end of the butt and at where I cut. A uncut blank will not fit a #2 ferrule but any cut from 6 inches up will require a shim so no sanding would every be re
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
No the rod was facing the water and is stiff enough that it cannot hit the gunnel.I can only guess that it was properly glued and would not move in the ferrule. It was not my build and I was asked for my opinion by the distributor. I am not sure about the breaks usually occuring right at the reel or foregrip. Is this common? I assume that that the most common place would be where the blank be
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
The video that i saw where the rod broke was only with 35 lbs of drag on a blank that normally we fish upwards to 65 lbs of drag. The fish weighed 350 lbs whereas we have landed giants over 900 lbs with no problem. The only difference was that this was being fished on the gunnel whereas we only fish standup with pad and harness. The rod was not in a high stick position as the fish was out from
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
I build giant tuna rods using aftco ferrules and short bent butts. None of my rods have ever broke but recently heard of several that broke at the ferrule. I was asked how this could have happened? My first response was either builder error or faulty blank. I have been giving it more thought and now I think that it is most likely builder error. I now think that the metal ferrule creates a s
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
I like a single layer of electrical friction tape to keep it in place.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Photo of the break. Sorry don't have the other part.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
What would cause a heavy tuna rod that was built with a bent butt to shear off at the ferrule? This question was asked of me by a angler that was fighting the fish while the rod was inserted into the gunnel of the boat. What kinds of reason would the rod shear off at this location where presumably it is the strongest part of the rod? Can the method of installation of the ferrule be at fault?
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Well, then the only alternative is to use a metal ferrule like those sold at Mudhole.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Make a handle with carbon tubing getting eva, reel seat etc and then epoxy the top section to it and make it a one piece rod for an easy fix.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Hoping that all of Texas survives this Harvey.
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1 year ago
Mel Shimizu
Mark Talmo Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Mel and Norman, > Thank you for taking the time to respond. The > additional information both of you have afforded > me is appreciated very much. The blank is, indeed, > a rather bright orange or possibly golden yellow > with extremely simple (yet perfect) guide wraps > along with exceptionall
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
Kencor is no longer in business. It was a company that was based in Gardena California. The owners name was Kenny. Sorry, I only met him a few times long ago and do not remember his last name. He was importing his blanks from Japan and built the rods in his small shop on Rosecrans Avenue in Gardena. The fresh water rods were golden yellow in color. They also had a blank called the zebra sti
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
Ron Schneider Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Putting a gimbal on a spiral wrapped trolling rod > would be a help in holding the reel on the > "upside" while paying out line, > especially with down-riggers. > Once the rod is loaded, it is not much use. > The spiral wrap itself will take care of it. My heavy tuna standup rods
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
I think that the end user is likely to have heard of the spine and would look for it. For this reason, I build my rods on the spine. Easier than having to explain how it does not matter...lol
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
I use microsol and microset solutions on my water slide decals. Does anyone else use these. Seems to help.
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
If you are buying from Mudhole, then call them to furnish all your components. Of course you need to tell them the dimensions of your handle but they should be able to do it for you.
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
The rubber cement only method was used a long time ago. Now it is epoxy. I have taken apart some grips with only rubber cement and it literally peels off the blank very easily without any adhesion. Likely, the culprit of the split was the 1.5X stretch.
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
It has been suggested to me that to make the job easier to slip that hypalon on is to use rubber contact cement . Apply it to the tool suggested by Ron Weber and use rod bond epoxy on the blank where the hypalon will end up. Make sure that the contact rubber cement fully coats the inside of the grip to facilitate it slipping onto the blank. The rubber cement will not conflict with the bonding
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2 years ago
Mel Shimizu
Just a further update to this question. I looked into the Granger suggestion for carbon tubing but found that they are too expensive. Just thought to try that @#$%& site and found some sold from China that were much cheaper so decided to try it. Only thing is the wait time for shipping from China.
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