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1 year ago
John Cates
When building a custom performance fishing rod we always consider three things: Performance, Performance and Performance. In our experience you can't go wrong when keeping these three things in mind when designing and building custom rods.
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1 year ago
John Cates
Great topic. Our tension devices are of the sort that Roger Wilson prefers, except we have recently added a set of teflon washers that work even with the metallic threads. This makes for a smooth consistent tension on any thread, without incident. Also, we offer a top quality rod wrapper that features a top quality USA made direct drive motor that needs no belt drive and can be stopped and
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1 year ago
John Cates
The reason we did this video is we have many people asking how we find the spine of a rod. Yes, sometimes we align our guides with the straightest axis for cosmetic reasons. This is how we do it. Indicator is easy to make yourself. Make it your own. That is what custom rod building is all about. Thanks for the constructive comments that makes us all better builders.
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1 year ago
John Cates

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1 year ago
John Cates
Jeremy We offer many free online videos on our website and Youtube channel that are informative, to the point, and high definition. Here is a link to them on our website:
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1 year ago
John Cates
We have a video on the subject here is a link:
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1 year ago
John Cates
Flex Coat Color preserver will solve this or NCP/NoCP thread.
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1 year ago
John Cates
Some say that yellowing is the most important quality in rod finish. The fact is that all epoxies yellow over time. The number one thing that causes premature yellowing is finish that is not mixed thoroughly. This along with long exposure to the sun's UV rays cause yellowing finish. UV inhibitors can slow this yellowing but the inhibitors are themselves a yellow color, thus comes a balance in
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1 year ago
John Cates
Silicone Contamination Keep your rod clean, keep your hands clean. Silicone can come from all kinds of places. I have even talked to several builders on the phone that have their finishing station close to the kitchen. Not a good idea. Cooking oil that is airborne can settle on your rod, thread, or work surface. Oil or silicone contamination can and will happen with all epoxies causin
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1 year ago
John Cates
Brandon We are in Driftwood, Tx just outside Austin. Give me a call and I would enjoy talking to you. 512-858-7742
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1 year ago
John Cates
Welcome and thank you for your service.
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1 year ago
John Cates
We make a color preserver that many have used for years. It is important to get a good saturating coat. Flex Coat CP is one part, water based and dries in a couple hours. Here is a link:
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1 year ago
John Cates
Some like a faster RPM for application out of preference for their technique and particular rod. As far as curing, I have talked to some rod builders that, for their particular style of custom rod, they like to apply thick coats and they say the 18 spins fast enough to not let the finish drip off but not too fast to sling it off. It may also be important to keep in mind that the slower the RPM t
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1 year ago
John Cates
Sebatian Our products, finishes and glues are designed and built to be OEM quality and last for years and years. We have great short videos that are full of information and won't waste your time. Check out our website or call us. www.flexcoat.com 512-858-7742
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1 year ago
John Cates
Nice, Roger! Looks clean.
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1 year ago
John Cates
Robert The Rod Builders Epoxy Glue (in the red and black label) is an adhesive epoxy for gluing cork, reel seats, EVA, etc... Here is a video on how to measure and mix our epoxy glues: Our epoxy finishes for thread wraps, lures, and such are labeled in the black and yellow. Here is a video on how to measure and mix our finishes: We have new labels, but we have stayed true to the co
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1 year ago
John Cates
St. Croix uses Flex Coat on all their rods. Use untreated nylon thread that matches the blank.
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1 year ago
John Cates
We have a video on how to make the reamers like that one.
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1 year ago
John Cates
109. New Video
High Performance Rod, 2 Hour Build, Keep it Simple
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1 year ago
John Cates
Check out our videos on how we do it. High definition and to the point.
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1 year ago
John Cates
Marc There is some kind of silicone contamination on the blank. We clean our blanks with orange cleaner that we buy from Home Depot in a gallon concentrated jug. Make a water diluted solution and wipe the blank clean with a paper towel, then with water, and finally with a dry paper towel. This process should clean off the contamination. It might be a good idea to test the finish adhe
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1 year ago
John Cates
Power chop saw with a fine 60+ tooth blade. Band saw. Be careful and good luck.
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1 year ago
John Cates
KEEP. IT. SIMPLE.
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1 year ago
John Cates
Paul Great question. If you want equipment that is made in the USA and will last check out Flex Coat, in particular the Flex Coat Small Business Kit. It has all the equipment, finishes and glues you need to get started. See the link below. We back up all our equipment and epoxy with over 40 years of proven experience that is only a phone call away. We answer our phone and have bee
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2 years ago
John Cates
At Flex Coat I like to talk about best practices, and on this subject we say that you should never buy a quantity of epoxy finish or glue that you can use in a year, though Flex Coat can last for much, much longer when stored in a dark, cool, dry place.
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2 years ago
John Cates
Lee Our DL713 is what we have in our shop for wrapping any rods we build and it works great. The direct drive motor eliminates all the hassles of pulleys and rubber belts, and you can manually reverse it if you need to. Many belt driven motors have trouble with this. Foot control included. Also, the motor comes with a lock so that you can use the centerline of the wrapper as a guide alignme
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2 years ago
John Cates
black sharpie
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2 years ago
John Cates
Flex Coat Original Highbuild is the same formula for over 40 years. The best surprise is no surprise. Flex Coat Lite has a thinner viscosity so that it is easier to achieve a thin coat, intended for fly rods. Flex Coat Ultra-V is the most UV Protected formula we offer. Great adhesion and longer working time. Flex Coat is on most high performance USA made manufactured rods. MADE IN
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2 years ago
John Cates
Cork is to fishing rods as leather is to cowboy boots.
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2 years ago
John Cates
I live in Texas and I would argue that our summers that boast 50+ days of 100 degree heat and high humidity will blow the doors off any other summer heat in the USA, besides death valley, but that is a dry heat... Anyway, back on topic, we stand by our Tip Top Adhesive. It would take temperatures of over 270 degrees to soften it. Our adhesive is used on the largest offshore rods you can imag
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