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Tom Kirkman
Before I'd try and iron it, you might see if you can introduce some humidity to the document and then press/place it within a heavy book, etc. Stop shy of getting it wet but maybe somewhat damp and see if that helps it flatten without a crease. ...........
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Yesterday
Tom Kirkman
If the grip inlet bore is larger than the seat hood OD then yes, provided it is only a slight difference and could be shimmed with thread or tape, etc. If the opposite is true and the seat hood OD is larger than the cork inlet ID, you may not have enough cork to work with to allow you enlarge it enough to accept the seat hood. ........
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Yesterday
Tom Kirkman
This is probably beside the point and perhaps semantics but I think there is value to those who build rods for sale to know and use the correct terms. I've been doing this a long time and can usually tell what a person means even if they use the terms incorrectly. But if you think about it, would you trust an auto mechanic that didn't know the difference between an alternator and a generator? Or
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
This new Magic Wand Series is also by Rich Forhan but pertains to saltwater specific rod types. I might do another compilation book on this series but that wouldn't be until the series is complete, which will likely take a full year. There will be a new special edition RodMaker publication at the Expo this year and I think it contains the most important work the magazine has done over the past
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
It would have been somewhere around 1973 or 1974. I'd guess either Fenwick or Lamiglas. Don Green was certainly working with carbon at Fenwick in the early 1970's. ..........
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Yes, Rick can answer any question pertaining to SeaGuide. He'll also be at the Expo in a few weeks. ..........
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I think there are probably various ways, such as vibrometer, that can measure how quickly, how much, etc, imparted vibration gets from the rod tip to the fisherman's hand. The question is this - does the imparted vibration mimic that of a fish or lure in actual fishing situations? Perhaps it's not necessary that it does, on the other hand, it might be. So the best test would be to use the vibrome
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Pawel, I wanted to add something from Emory Harry who wrote a very good article on rod sensitivity for the magazine some years ago. We disagreed on one thing and he was willing to try a practical test. Here was his reply which I published in the following issue: "In my article on rod sensitivity I wrote “… sensitivity comes down to how much of the energy in the fish’s bite gets to th
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Pawel, You would have to define "vibration." A pull or resistance on the end of your line does not become some sort of electrical or harmonic pulse that travels up your line, down the rod and to you hand. Rather, it's a movement or change in movement that you feel because it resists you. You may interpret it as a vibration, but that's not what it is. Frequency and/or stiffness to
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I'm not sure how it ships but if you contact John Cates at Flex Coat I'll bet he can answer that question for you pretty quickly. He might also be able to cater to your specific needs with something there. .........
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Dr. Hanneman never claimed the relative frequency measurement (CCF) had anything to do with sensitivity. It is a relative measure of rod speed/recovery or what Dr. Hanneman often called "feel" (not to be confused with sensitivity). .........
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
We did a hammer handle turning article in RodMaker but I'm not sure that's it. I'd have to go back and look. ..........
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
"Thump Deviation" is not my term and misses the mark. Lures, bottom structure, fish, water tension, etc., don't "thump" anything. .........
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Here's the issue - the area between the centers becomes smaller and smaller as you move up the rod. The rod diameter decreases the further you go up the rod. Much of the time it is possible to burnish and spread the closing threads closer to the butt and squeeze and pack them closer to the top of the wrap and have everything work just fine. But on longer wraps and/or steep blank tapers, this may
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
No axis of a rod blank is "stable" under load. Only guide placement can make a rod stable. This was the impetus for the spiral wrap all the way back in the early 1900's. It, and such contraptions as the "Bass Handler" handle in the 70's, were designed to combat the inherent instability of all casting rods, yes, even those built on the spine. Over the years I have had many r
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The spine is irrelevant to anything having do with casting, deadlifting, etc. Casting distance has to do with the amount of weight being cast plus the input from the person casting. It is a two-pronged thing and has nothing to do with the spine effect. The spine only has an effect in a spine finder or in your rod shop. On the water it goes out the window. 50 years of this mythical nonsense
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The pressure remains and will force out additional resin when the blank is "cooked" in the oven. The resin liquifies during that process. .................
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
PermaGloss. Don't use epoxy for the top coat. ............
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The tip of a rod doesn't rotate around in any manner that would affect the cast. It would require some pretty major manipulation with the rod to change the cast at that point. ............
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
David, If you have the guides on the bottom of the rod the blank won't twist or torque, regardless of the spine. ..........
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Daryl Ferguson Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Tom, I know I'm probably driving you nuts by now, > but one last question just so I am 100% clear on > this. You stated: > > Once you determine the straightest axis, mark it > and then flex the blank against that axis. 99% of > the time you'll be flexing against the rod's > strongest
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Spine orientation will not stop a rod from twisting or torquing. This is the great fallacy of using spine finders, rolling a blank by hand, etc. - None of them approximate what happens in actual use where you have a fish pulling on the rod via a line which is passing through guides bound to the rod shaft. Once you do that, the lever arm effect of the guides takes over and easily overcomes any spi
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The natural curve is visible. The "stressed" curve would be where a pressured blank jumps away from the strongest axis and then settles into the weakest axis. That curve (weakest axis) is usually referred to as the "effective spine." It is not a physical thing, of course, just an effect created by various manufacturing anomalies. The easiest way to find the straightest axi
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
You cannot compare golf shafts to fishing rods in terms of what they do in actual use. Bending or flexing a rod by hand or via a mechanical device and finding the spine effect in no way replicates a real world fishing situation. Fish don't jump out of the water and pull on your rod tip with a fin. They pull on the rod via a line that is running through a series of guides bound to the rod blank. I
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Daryl Ferguson Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I read the article and understand what it's > saying, but I still have my reservations about any > of this mattering unless, perhaps, you're building > rods to catch huge salt water fish. But, again, > I'm new and may soon learn I'm off my rocker. But, > on my first build, I put the butt of th
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Daryl Ferguson Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I'm a new rod builder so I'm not stating anything > as fact, just different opinions I've read in my > short learning journey so far. I've watched a lot > of the "This is how we do it" videos at Flex Coat. > They're pretty informative to me. One thing I > picked up on from Roger Seid
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
El The spine is almost never, ever in line with the straightest axis. Start checking the blanks you build on and see for yourself. Keep in mind that what some people call the "spine" is really the stiffness axis, which is the straightest axis. The spine as defined by nearly all rod building books and authors is the outside of the weakest axis. This will almost never be in line or opp
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Spine would be the weakest orientation. Straightest axis is generally the strongest orientation. The two are rarely 180 degrees apart. You may find this interesting: ..........
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8 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Pick a similar rod with the same length and usage and start from there. Good articles on guide spacing are in the on-line library here. ............
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