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Tom Kirkman
NC doesn't have the means to stop people from crossing our borders. ...............
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Yes, but in practice "balance" doesn't always work out that way. The weight of the lure or line or even the technique used may dictate that the rod should balance somewhere other than what you would think of as being "neutral." Some builders simply build the rod as light as possible and let balance fall where it may. ..............
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
EVA, being soft, will tend to move away from the sanding medium. To keep heat low, you need to apply more pressure with your sandpaper (power over speed), which may be hard to do with a common drill type set-up. You may also want to move to 60 or even 40 grit for basic shape, then move up from there to smooth things back out. ...................
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Struble Manufacturing has joined us as a sponsor. Their link is now active in the sponsor column to the left or you can visit them here: ..........
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Contact Cement remains the best product for gluing these pieces. Try to employ a pick or tweezers for manipulating the pieces rather than using your fingers. There is another thing you can do that may help move the pieces into place - after the cement has dried on the piece, you can apply a thin wet coat on one of the mating pieces and this makes it easier to slide them into place. It'll still
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Then you are back to the use of cold (ice) and/or enlarging the diameter so you can gain a better purchase on it. ................
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
I guess what I need to ask, is the ferrule integral to the rod or is it something that has been glued onto the rod sections? ..........
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Is this a metal, or glass to glass ferrule? It makes a difference. ...............
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Your rod is novel but has little monetary value, even in excellent condition. In useable shape maybe$100. ............
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7 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Is this a metal ferrule? ............
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8 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Don't heat it - that's a mistake. You need a larger diameter surface upon which to apply your hand force. The magazine has covered this with a simple tool but I can't explain it here. Wrap something around both sections, some non-slip padding, tape, etc., and twist the two sections apart. You just need some way to get your force to the problem without slipping. ...............
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10 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Get some spectra type fishing line. Wearing heavy gloves, wrap a few revolutions around your hands and shave the EVA off the rod with the spectra. Easier than you might think. .............
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
How hard the fly hits the water is on the fisherman - not the rod. There is only one spine, and it is not the stiffest axis, nor is it 180 degrees from the stiffest axis. Keep in mind that "spine" is not a physical thing, but rather an effect caused by the combination of several manufacturing anomalies. You may find this interesting: .............
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
12 to 4 to 2's on out. You don't need all those different sizes. ............
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14 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Look in the glossary again under "Throop 3D Tiger Wrap." ...........
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
We're still 3-1/2 months out from the Expo and with the Covid19 situation a concern for many if not most builders around the world, I fall back on the only way I have ever known to do things - full speed ahead. Thus, without knowing where things will stand at the end of February, preparations for the Expo remain ongoing. As of today, November 13, the early exhibitor list is as follows: 2021 IC
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15 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The SE5 CD includes articles from all volumes related to the particular subject matter listed on the CD description. ...............
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16 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Like Michael, I would lean to the manufacturer's instructions as to the required drying time. ...........
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16 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Not on the EVA portion.
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17 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Yes it works but will not perform miracles. If you intend to preserve the color of say, a light yellow A sized thread over a dark charcoal or black blank, you're going to lose a shade at best. Otherwise the stuff is cheap - buy a bottle and make up a test stick with various thread colors and see what you think. ...........
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18 days ago
Tom Kirkman
You could do it but would probably want to seal the outer surface to make it a bit harder. Permagloss might serve well here, or perhaps some type of urethane paint or finish. Essentially this is what we do when we put a carbon skin over a urethane foam core - there is no magic in the carbon skin. It's just there to protect the urethane core. .................
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19 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Wiping a wrap with DA can cause such problems. don't do it. Don't touch the wrap with tape, either. It's another possible source of the problem, although not as likely as the DA. Assuming your thread hasn't been contaminated with anything, nor your brush, and you aren't running your fingers all over the thread during or after wrapping, these problems won't occur. ...........
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26 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Pink and white, with perhaps metallic gold trim. ..........
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27 days ago
Tom Kirkman
What are you using now and where is it coming up short? ...............
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28 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Carbon Fiber isn't at all brittle. That's a common misnomer about it. It simply doesn't take much of it to build a rod with the same stiffness as those rods made with lower modulus fibers, therefore the structure isn't as substantial and is not able to take the bumps and bangs that larger diameter, heavier walled rods can. .............
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29 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The "RDA" is just a knock off of the CCS Big Picture where only a portion of the rod blank is measured. If you are not measuring the same portion-length as someone else is, then the results are not relative. It should also be mentioned that the CCS does not measure fly rods, nor casting or spinning rods for that matter. It measures action, power and speed and any rod blank (or even a
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30 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Parting or Bedan tool on the lathe. ..........
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4 weeks ago
Tom Kirkman
Cleaning the surface of the wraps, or a first coat of epoxy, typically causes more problems than it solves.
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4 weeks ago
Tom Kirkman
There is no acetone in the U40 Brush Cleaner product. The U40 cleaner is made to simply set the brush in until next use. There is nothing to "clean." It won't evaporate at a rapid rate so even a very small container will last weeks if not months before it disappears. Wipe the brush off with a paper towel to remove any excess finish. Pour maybe an ounce of the Brush Cleaner into a
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4 weeks ago
Tom Kirkman
Yes. .......
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