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2 days ago
Laurent Keiff
I think Phil's (very valid) point was not about who's got a big cast, but about a specific need in custom fly rod building: namely to be able to recommend a good line for the rod, which is hard to do if you didn't spend enough time casting fly rods. The way I understand it, just being good at catching fish with a fly rod on your waters isn't good enough, because you'll have to put yourself into y
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6 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
All I can tell, never having tried the head-on magnifiers+LEDs,I'd that moving around the mounted mag is a bit of a pain in the neck...
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6 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
I've got a big magnifying glass with integrated LEDs. Changed my life, the single most valuable equipment for rodbuilding I ever bought.
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6 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
KR works well with 4lbs mono on the trout rods I've used. I can't be positive for 10lbs but I don't see why it wouldn't. And then you get the benefits : lighter tip, better preserving the blank's action, and better sensitivity.
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6 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
I like the spirit and the commitment. Now figures can be used raw just as a means of comparison but it's always better to attach some kind of interpretation to them. What would you say is to be learned from them ? How quick cpm go higher when the beam shortens? Can't wait to read some commented comparison between similar blanks.
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7 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
I just wanted to point out that B. Batson's mail doesn't mean that the Testament that were sold were subpar. We've seen and used a lot of them this year in France, and they are by no means under what you can expect from a top range Rainshadow. If you did pull the trigger, I suggest you check the Testament rep online and you'll see what I mean. Just saying this because the 72M is such an absolute
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7 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
I never read any serious blind test report to back any claim wrt the difference it makes. I'm convinced such differences are not detectable. Now one needs to believe in their own gear, and be confident one did their best while building the rod. So pick up a system an go with it, just please don't forget it's just poorly justified beliefs. I tend to follow straightest axis, then flex the blank
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8 weeks ago
Laurent Keiff
Well, you've got a perfect micro spey with the ST1302-HM. I'm building one right now, and I can tell you it's gonna give a wicked rod. 13' of pure Loomis magic.
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Can't wait to build the 1007. I'm expecting a pure gun for distance.
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
I'd say there's a little bit of both: I like to think of the wraps as reinforced concrete, where the thread is like the metal frame and the finish is like the concrete. Strength comes from the combination. I just stripped bare a rod to change the guides, I had removed the thread but the guide feet was still embedded into finish around it. Let me tell you there was quite some force involved in the
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Quite a generous use of your time, I appreciate the work. Thanks for sharing. I'd be interested to hear about your results if you measure again that 736 XRay blank in your new setup.
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
If you want to go the light way you could build a rainshadow Eternity 1064. True 4wt, probably good with a 175-200gr skagit, but also excellent with a wf4f single handed.
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
In my view, adding another color with the wraps will more often than not make the red flashier. I would try to match the hue as close as possible (testing to see how it looks after.coating, there's always a difference, usually darker)
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Given that AA is an angle you can eyeball it, provided you find a curve where the tip looks like a 1/3 of the length down. Then the comparator gives you the weight needed to get such a deflection. So I must disagree here, in your analogy you would have to merely invent missing data, it's not at all the case here. Does it provide accurate CCS? No. Does it give info similar in kind ? I argue th
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Hi David, We really do appreciate the support, so thanks for the kind words. The grid on the comparator I'd 17cm x 17cm, that is 6.9" x 6.9". There's really no way to add the straight blanks, that would take dozens of hours. But if you think about it it wouldn't be very very useful. To guesstimate AA and ERN is interesting obviously, but especially when you want to compare with a
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2 months ago
Laurent Keiff
You're welcome! It took a lot of work, it's good to see it being used.
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Hi everyone! I'm glad we officially joined this great community. For those of you who had an interest in the récent discussions about the availability of CCS measures of the blanks (and everyone else): if you think objective data about the way a blank reacts to load is useful to compare and choose what to build, you're welcome to visit our website (in English). You'll find there an exclus
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
If you're an avid reader I would also recommend to have a look at Art Schenck's "Fly Rod Building Made Easy" if you can lay your hand on a copy. A most excellent book in all regards, true to it's title, extremely well written and illustrated.
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
I'll have to second the suggestion of a mhx 905-4. This is one @#$%& of a good blank, seriously above it's price range. (Even if the NFC's LMX F590 Gammabeta is better, the best one I ever cast, period. But way pricier.) Now I would also suggest to pick up your own components. This is one of the most fun part of rodbuilding! It's not hard, and sizing is fairly standard. If in doubt, just ask
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Modulus is often more of a marketing thing to assess a blank. You may get better advice if you gave us some detail about what and where you intend to fish with your rod. In any case I'd start saying that rodbuilding is almost fail proof, and extremely addictive, so if you choose a "modest" blank "just to learn", it will probably take dust in a corner while you build a better
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
There's another possibility to get useful data to compare blanks, coming from the distributor and not the maker. I work with a French company and we have a comparator applet, where you can see the shape of any blank in the catalog under 4 different loads and compare up to 4 of them. All curves are legit, vectorised from actual photographs, all taken in the exact same way. In our community, plen
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
There's a touch of bad faith here. When a company designs a blank, they do a whole lot of testing on it, and probably some of them (NFC does it for sure) will measure the CCS parameters (AA, ERN, CCF). Adding that to the protocol, even if you didn't do it previously, would be negligible in the design cost. Anyone who actually did CCS tests knows it's quick and easy. And the figures would help
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Blank frequency is one of the measures in the CCS system. I couldn't agree more with the interest of such measures to be as widespread as possible. It's hard not to suspect that the more you sell snake oil, the less you're interested in objective measures.
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Like Michael already mentioned, NFC st1002 in either Delta or HM yields a great light rod. Some use it in France to fish toc-style, which is long drifting a line with just a couple of shots on it and a worm. Precise, extremely sensitive (an absolute must with this kind of fishing where all you have to detect a bite is the 'toc' (French for 'tug')). And then you've got the legendary Loomis backbon
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
It's tricky. The overall mass of the rig is not the sole factor, maybe not the main one. What really makes a difference is the swing weight of the rod, ie it's moment of inertia : the way it resists when you want to put it motion (cast it). This is related to the mass in front of the fulcrum point. The mass of the butt will also play a role : everyone knows that a well balanced rod is much less
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
Even if you take a nut out, you're still looking at a hefty 38 grams or so. I just put one on the Eternity 1064 because it's less of a problem for long euronymphing rigs to have some weight on the butt. But I agree with the others. I love the TRI, the quality and design is outstanding, but you really should have one in size 10 with a reasonable weight.
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
I've tried the mhx, the rx8 and nfc's ST series. Man, if Aleks says they've got the blank, I'd run for it. They are something else, really.
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
I just translated it in French for Rodhouse. It's quite a piece of work, Tom. Mandatory reading for anyone serious about rod building. Custom builder or not.
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
--double post --
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3 months ago
Laurent Keiff
No we're not, Phil. I'm talking 12-14+wt fly rods for pelagic fish, like for instance bluefin tuna. You'll get very long rushes from a 70lb tuna, and your line/backing will be "coming off the reel" indeed. It's been stated from the start by Tom that casting-wise, you won't gain anything with ceramics, and I agree. So it's been about fish fighting all along... I think ceramics were
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