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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I ordered a fly rod from muhole because it seemed like a good deal. I didn't get a reel seat for it yet because I was a bit confused about them. I see there are different sizes. The rod is a 5 wt so what would be the best size reel seat for it?
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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I fully understand that something could become stressful. Has anyone stopped building rods because it did become too stressful? I get frustrated sometimes with it just because I want the rod to come out a specific way and sometimes it just doesn't work out that way. Since it is a hobby at this point, its not that big of a deal. If I as building for a customer and it didn't come out right, I
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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Lots of things to consider for sure. Like I said previously, no money made as of yet. So far, thinking the feasibility of the business probably isn't that great. I would love to devote all my time to get it up and running but the reality is that there are other things that are more important. Ill keep researching and seeing what is possible. Thanks for all the replies.
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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I haven't thought too far into it yet. I would like to do volume, however, you kinda need a customer base first :) Infancy stages at this point. Just trying to determine the feasibility while having a full time job.
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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I am familiar with creating spreadsheets and such so the 'being organized' is one thing I tend to lean towards. I would definitely invest in a QuickBooks version. I would definitely need to keep track of my expenses and such. I have my various components laid out in different plano boxes. I would just have to invest in a label maker to identify the different guides and tip-tops. I was th
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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks for the responses! LegalZoom sounds like a good starting point as I have absolutely no clue where to start for that. If I go down the road of starting up a business, I will definitely have an accountant on retainer. I had no idea there was a special tax for custom rods..thanks Tom. So on top of the taxation of the income I would receive from any rods sold, I also have to pay an extra
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6 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I know there are many of you out there that build rods for a business. I am currently doing it as a hobby and was curious how much is needed to move it into a business. I am putting a good amount of $$ into components and such, curious to see f I can actually make some side money as a result. With all the technology available, it seems that getting a customer base is somewhat easier today.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Sweet! Thanks.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I thought of maybe a slick butt as well. This should reduce the cost of the rod as well. I thought about 'rail rod' because I would assume fatigue could be a real thing when wrestling a decent size fish. Decisions, decisions...
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks guys. I wasn't sure about the length issue, but it makes sense to use a shorter rod to have a better angle on the fish. I thought that the roller guides would be the way to go. I could see that the line could get pinched in the guide if it slips while moving up and down the boat. I saw that Fuji has some decent casting guides. Looking at the Fuji HB Not sure about the blank yet...t
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I am thinking about building a tuna rod to be used on headboat canyon trips. I am looking at roller guides, prob Aftco, aluminum butt and the blank :) Question is, what size rod would work best for head boat canyon trips? Would a short one around 5' 6" do well or go longer with like an 8' blank? Not sure what the best would be for this type of trip.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
The only thing that you might want to do if the rod doesn't have a finish on it is to apply some permagloss prior to adding the components. If it is a brand new rod blank then chances are you don't want to do that either.
Forum: rodboard
7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
As long as you take care of the rod by cleaning it after each use in salt, you can use whatever components you wish. Most of the rods you get in the store have cheaper components that will degrade quickly without regular maintenance and cleaning. I normally wash the rod and reel down with freshwater and dry them completely after a saltwater fishing adventure. I use a reel that is meant for fre
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I am not a fan of the 5 minute epoxy. It dries way too fast for rod building in my opinion. When fixing something that is broken, whole different story.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Wow Herb..thanks for the updates. Yes definitely future project. Wife would kill me if I get the components this early to Xmas! I could use my smaller Quantum Energy PT 40 instead of the massive reel. I use this reel when I go on headboats as it MIGHT be 18 oz..I think that is pushing it. I have it setup with 30lb braid and use it on a rod with 25,20,20,12,8,8 as the guide setup for a 7' rod
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
To expand on the placement, I do my initial spacing without anything on the blank. I then add the grips and reel seat. I attach the reel I am going to use for the blank then adjust the guides to fit the reel more precisely. The spacing is usually pretty close to what I had initially but almost always some adjustments.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
If you are using braid, I would say anything over a 25 for the first guide is too much. If you are using mono, you may go up to a 40 if you are using a beefy spinning reel. Like Tom stated above, I normally do a build with a reel in mind and usually don't change out the reels so my setup is very specific. If I was to build a 'general purpose' rod, then I would go with the strongest and biggest
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I packed mine up way differently. First things first, the rods go in the truck last. I take similar size rods and place them together so that the guides point outwards. I then take packing tape and wrap them at top, mid and bottom. I do this for all my rods on multiple moves. Nothing got damaged. Difference here is that the rods were the last on and first off the truck..no way for them to g
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Herb..just thoughts at this point. I dont have the $$ to do any of this yet. Thinking of the MHX because it is cheaper but if i had the dough, would go for the Lami. I do have the reel. I have smaller reels but they don't have nearly as much line capacity. I just planned on using artificials up to 8 oz jigs. I don't plan on using bait really at all.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
If I remember correctly, in my initial start-up kit it had a list of ideal spacing for the rod blank I received. This was a CRB blank from Mudhole. That was the only time I used the spacing and didn't move because I just didn't know. Now I just go for the right feel of the spacing. Works for me.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I have not. I would assume many replies here. My thought would be to have your base thread work laid down. Then add a thin layer of epoxy or CP. After that application is cured, then add your weave. This will help prevent any slippage of the weave into the base thread work.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks for the replies. I am thinking more than likely I will use the Salt Striker SS 50 that I have tor the surf rod. It is a fairly beefy reel. I started to put things in my mudhole wishlist for this build, and its already over $200. I am leaning towards the microwave guides because I want a light rod that I can throw lead with all day. I don't want to use double foot guides if I can avoid
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
The static load will allow you to modify the placement of your guides. Like stated above, an unnatural bend in a blank wlll occur if you place the guides incorrectly. I like to take a piece of mono, tape it at the butt, affix guides on the blank with rubber bands and feed the mono through the guides. I then pull on the mono to see how the bend is. If the guides are off, you will see it immedi
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Roger...I think you misread, it is big enough for my hand wrapper. I have a lot of stuff on the bench so it is crowded that way but functions just fine.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
It will be my first surf rod so Im looking at all possible builds. I also haven't used shrink tubing either. I figured using eva wouldn't be the best approach but I just don't know for sure. I would like to use cork grips but that could get quite expensive finding grips long enough for a surf rod. Also have not used Fuji KL-Hs either, so lots of firsts.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I may try threadmaster again as I have gotten better with applying my finish. The first time I tried it, I felt like I was working against the clock. The end result was not too good. I find that I now like to have a thinner epoxy and apply multiple coats. Using a thicker epoxy might be great for a single pass but also is easy to put on too much finish resulting in footballs.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I like using the tester model paint as well. It combines well with the epoxy and gives a nice bright color. I have also used the CRB marbling pigments with the same results as testers. If you don't want the nasty smell, go with the marbling pigments.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I have limited space so I got a workbench from Home Depot. It is fully assembled and has a shelf underneath. Its roughly 8' long and about 3' deep. I would love to have something at least double the size if I had more space to put it. It functions fine with my hand wrapper. It is too small to use for a power wrapper.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks Phil, forgot about the shock leader knots. The microwave guids are substantially smaller than a normal guide I would use. My shock leader knots do tend to be on the bigger side as well.
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7 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Ill look into the carbon grips. I also just read up on cork tape. I think that might be the direction Ill take. I think that will probably be my lightest weight option.
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