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Tom Kirkman
There is an article on this in the RodMaker issue that just mailed. ..............
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Tom Kirkman
Epoxy doesn't really get old in terms of how it sets, cures or performs. The hardener will darken a bit with age but that's about it. ...............
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Kerry Hansen Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > It isn't always foot thickness/stiffness. I have a > rod that I had a big weave on it that someone > wanted to show at some function so I wrapped the > guides and shipped it to him. Without the rod > being used, the epoxy had cracked. I concluded > that the only reason that fit the circumstances
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
This is a common issue with epoxy and when guide feet are not tapered shallow enough. Most offshore rod guides have very thick feet and it can be difficult to really obtain a thin, shallow taper at the foot ends. The good news is that this rarely creates any real durability issues. ........
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Phil Erickson Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > All of us on this site, need to keep in mind, that > we are not the market for our rods, our customers > are! Many if not most could care less about rod > nomenclature. If a species specific blank fits the > bill for them, so be it! Exactly. Any time you're in a business position and you primari
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I like any of the nylon composite seats for the simple reason that they hold a reel securely and are not prone to come loose from vibration, temperature changes, etc. And... it's easy to fabricate a combination rear hood/fighting butt for the type seats if you wish. In fact, you can swap back and forth if you like. .........
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
It won't shrink much lengthwise. Very, very little in fact. Most of the reduction is in the circumference. ............
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
They have not purchased booth space at this time, although it is still very early. I would suggest you call them directly and ask. ..............
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
It's not necessary but use one if you think it looks better that way. ...........
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The list continues to grow... As of September 30th- All Around Fishing Anglers' Resource/Fuji American Tackle Composite Forge Decal Connection Decorative Studio Dream Weaver Custom Rods EP's Rod & Reel Flex Coat Company Get Bit Outdoors International Rod Building Challenge North Fork Composites Mickel's Custom Rods RodMaker Magazine Spiro's T
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
No, you can get into that with just a line tied to the tip. Guides are the problem. Improperly spaced or sized, you can force the rod into a bend that it would not otherwise take. ............
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The term I used for the article title was "Oddball Guide System." But it doesn't have a specific name. It's something I discovered 20+ years ago and played around with again recently. It does add about 10% in additional casting distance in most cases. It won't matter if you're using a NGC or KRT or whatever. The results are typically the same. The one drawback lies with stress distr
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8 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Use a larger and larger reamer as the bore opens up. Twist it rather than use a push-pull motion. This will help keep the bore centered. .............
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10 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I tried the current "return to the top" format early on. It didn't work for the very issues that John outlined. It's not a matter of opinion, it's a matter of what we know happened. That's why I got away from it and the forum flourished under the descending posts format. Alex has said that something having to do with the ability to post photos on the forum requires the return to the
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Another handle type that was covered in a RodMaker Magazine article by Raymond Adams. I should probably re-run at some point due to having been a much earlier article. It was in Volume 14 #5. Raymond suggested punching the rings and gluing them up on a core - this saves a LOT of weight as leather is heavy. The final process of shaping them is much like what you'd do with cork. The final result
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Because most builders and fishermen wouldn't know what the heck RF was or how to use it. You'd have to spend untold amounts of money to educate the general public and most wouldn't care to begin with. The other terms you used are very, very important. They describe the action of a rod and over many decades a good many rod builders and fishermen understand what those terms describe. If your goal i
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Plenty of physical facts have been presented on this forum over the past 20 years. Ten times that number have been in the magazine over the past 25 years. Data. Facts. Measurements. Test results. You choose not to look at them. ..........
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Our epoxy wrap finishes are typically 100% solids. .....
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Roger sat for an interview which was published in an early issue of RodMaker back around 2000 or so. Interesting stuff. ..............
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
You are, and that's fine. Somebody has to push things along for the other 99.9%. ............
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Nuno Paulino did some articles for the magazine on this type of thing. The exact issues escape me at the moment (Bob?). It can certainly be done. There are several ways to hide the seam. I think Nuno often uses some stitching, ribbon, etc., as an aesthetic component that hides the seam. I'll try and take a look in the book I put together for him this past year. I'm sure the article is in t
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Less than 1/10th of 1% are "curious" anglers. And the market is not interested in the most knowledgeable anglers - just the ones that buy their goods. Industry statistics over the past decade show that the two most important aspects of fishing rods for the vast majority of people who buy them are "species specific" and rod color. No kidding - these two "features" dri
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Again, the CCF is for making relative comparisons. And that it does. Trying to fault it for not doing something it was not designed to do is of no value. ...........
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Spencer is correct. Go with the tried and true products. ............
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Michael Danek Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > " The CCF was intended for making comparisons in > rod speed." If by speed you mean the velocity it > attains when recovering from deflection, then it's > dynamic, relating to movement. If you mean by > speed the action description, defined objectively > by AA then it's static.
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Phil Ewanicki Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > For starters, when rod blanks are bent and > released in a cast they oscillate (dynamic > measurement) at different frequencies and of > different lengths of time. The deeper the > oscillations and the longer they persist the more > friction is created and the less efficient and > shorter (
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Michael Danek Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I'm having a hard time understanding how > "frequency" is not a "dynamic property." The word > "dynamic" implies movement doesn't it? Please > elaborate. I don't care if something is static or dynamic in terms of making comparisons of rod speed and adding weight to
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Leslie Cline Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I recall an interview with Gary Loomis in which he > recounted a story of how some people would return > blanks that had a bit of curve at the tip. Gary > assured them it was not a defect but a 'natural' > aspect of blank making. > Gary went on to share that there was another > builder who w
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Mandrels are often only a few human hairs in diameter at the tip - they are rarely dead-on straight, particularly after they have seen some use. The curing process also tends to draw the blank into a less than perfectly straight alignment. However, the natural curve of most rod blanks can be used to advantage. Here is some information for you to consider: .......
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Exhibitors as of September 22nd: As of September 22nd- All Around Fishing Anglers' Resource/Fuji American Tackle Decal Connection Decorative Studio Dream Weaver Custom Rods EP's Rod & Reel Flex Coat Company Get Bit Outdoors International Rod Building Challenge North Fork Composites Mickel's Custom Rods RodMaker Magazine Spiro's Trondak U-40 M
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