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10 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Im thinking of attempting my first surf rod build over the winter. I would like to possibly use a different type of grip such as the wraps for the fore grip and rear grip. I think I saw that Wynn has grips via mudhole for this. Would using the microwave guides a good option for the surf? Looking to make the lightest possible build. Thinking about a 2 piece 10' MH mhx blank. Anything I
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10 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I like to have it setup so I wrap away from me. This gives me the ability to see the space between wraps before it gets completed on the rod. I also use a wire as my tension device. Its not much tension but enough for how I wrap. I also like to wrap from left to right. I tried to wrap from right to left going down the guidefoot, just seemed odd to me.
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10 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I guess im on the opposite side. I tend to like prokote more. I like the idea of letting my rod spin for several hours, at least 12, to get the right cure of the epoxy. I don't like the idea of a fast curing time just in case it might start curing while im applying the epoxy to the rod. Everyone has their preference, that's mine :)
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10 months ago
Ken Brown 2
If you are using eva, then I would go with a grip that has a 3/8" ID. You can bore out the middle if you wish. I normally will just put the glue material on the blank and twist/push the grip down until the desired spot.
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10 months ago
Ken Brown 2
A 32# striper caught on 2# line? Now that is an accomplishment! I have seen many people in Pulaski NY catch massive salmon on noodle rods. You wouldn't think it would work at first glance but they do. Probably more difficult to land with all the people in the river but fun nonetheless.
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Billy..when you say 'right down the street', is his shop a couple blocks away in the small shopping center? Im not super familiar with the area but I know how to get to the headboats in Brielle and Pt Pleasant.
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I agree with that. I have been to lakes all too often seeing the newbie angler using his Walmart rod with the tags still on it. The best is seeing someone using a spinning rod upside down! I have seen that too many times to count especially on head boats. My focused fishing is stripers/blues. I have enough diamond jigs and soft plastics to kill a horse but I know how to use em all!
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I was thinking of hitting up some of the flea markets over the winter-time months. Been in Julians, not much that I saw..like you said, hit or miss it seems. The only consistent place Ive been to is Bogan's tackle where they have another room of just rod building stuff. Last I was there, they said to stop over at Fish Poison (Kevin Bogan's place). Didn't get a chance as I was boarding a headb
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
Thx Rich. Bogan's was the one I referring to that I know of. I seen some rod blanks in the shops on the way to the Highlands but not much more than that.
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I normally only order by rod building supplies online through the vendor list to the left. I would like to check out a shop in northern NJ when I go to the Highlands to jump on a striper headboat. I have not seen many options in that area. I know there are some further south (Brielle NJ) but Im not aware of any north of there. Anyone?
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I put way to much pressure on it by tightening down the thread spool too much. I ended up just using some 50lb rigging wire I have. Works great!
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
John..been on the Chesapeake in a strong southerly wind..snotty is an understatement especially Kipotepeak(?) down towards the bridge.
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11 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I recently had an issue with my CRB wrapper where I put too much tension on the 'stick' and it snapped at the placement in the wrapper. I want to get a new one, but don't want to put in an order to mudhole for $3. I will eventually get one when I order next, but looking for a quick fix. Anyone aware of where I can get something to replace the piece? URL of said piece:
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12 months ago
Ken Brown 2
I have since finished up the butt section, it came out pretty good. I ended up applying 2 coats, sand, then apply 2 more coats. Its not perfect but no visible waves and looks pretty solid. Best Ive done thus far. I just put on the underwraps for all the guides. I added the wraps, put on CP then a thin layer of epoxy over each. Next is to prep the guides then star wrapping them.
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12 months ago
Ken Brown 2
That's the first I heard of someone adding pro-kote to the whole rod. I would think perma gloss might not be a bad idea as a finishing touch for a saltwater rod.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
I might try another layer again tonight, not sure yet. It looks pretty good as it is now. Not perfect but a bit better than it was before. I thinned the epoxy because I didn't want to sand the excess off just to add too much again :(
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
I second the usage of U-40 . No issues whatsoever with saltwater rod. Only one application, good to go.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
Well, you left this topic pretty wide open :) First you have to see how much the client is willing to spend. For a cheap build, I would go with a gator blank or an e-glass blank. The grips depend on the size of the blank. I am currently building on a 6'9" blank with a 14" rear grip and 6" foregrip. I am using a 20mm real seat. I haven't finalized the guides yet but I will pro
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
In terms of guide alignment, my first build was visibly off after I completed it. I have used the rod several times with no issues getting nice distance on the casts. Visually speaking, it wont look 'perfect' but it works for me. Now if I was building for someone else, then I would ensure that everything is perfectly straight.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
Well last night I added a 2nd coat with thinned epoxy and it worked great! Its not final yet as I do see some slightly wavy spots yet. I think Im gonna add another thin layer tonight and see if that gets the final spots leveled off. I want to avoid using sandpaper if I can just because I have read horror stories where someone used to much and it adversely affected the existing finish. I have
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks for all the awesome help guys! Based on what I read, I will be adding some more epoxy to see how it goes without touching the current application. Ill post pics once I get it to where I want it :)
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
I added my first application of epoxy to my butt wrap last night. As the usual case with me, I have some high spots in the finish due to areas where the thread is higher than other areas. Previously, I just let it go as it worked fine just had a 'wobbly' look to the finish. This time around I want to try to make the finish as glass-like as possible. What would be the best way to make sure t
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
Thanks for all the response. I thought for sure I read here previously that mineral spirits was ok. That is appearently NOT the case.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
Wow, ok, good thing I asked. I do have a blank I want to strip down and start over with. Would it be ok to use the mineral spirts on that after I take off the excess epoxy?
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
I just finished up my butt wrap where I added some CP to it. I would like to wipe it down with some mineral spirits before applying the epoxy. Ive never used mineral spirits before, so I wanted to check with the experts before I mess up my thread work. Will wiping down the rod mess up the CP? Is there such a thing as 'too much' when it comes to mineral spirits that might not dry which the
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
8 axis optical wrap? That just sounds time consuming. I have about 8 hours into the wrap at this point. I have a couple different shades of blue, green, white, and silver metallic running through it. I only have 1 thread for the metallic that I started the wrap off with. I have been alternating between the 2 blues with 2 passes each with a white between, then a green between. Its very time
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
I am in the middle of a diamond wrap that I am doing pretty much by sight. Its not perfect by any means but I think its gonna look awesome when its done. Ill post pics once I get it done. This will be my first full diamond wrap. I have done partial diamonds (blank still shown) and they came out ok.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
Carefully use a razor blade and cut it back a bit. You should be able to pull it down and cut away as necessary.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
I have only build ultra light rods up to this point so the amount of sanding needed has been minimal. I am guessing that will change once I get to a point that Im ready to wrap the guides on my Striper rod. Using double foot guides up to 40 im sure will need more prep done to them.
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1 year ago
Ken Brown 2
My guess is that the spine wasn't even attempted to be found. When I wrap, I usually will roll the blank on a flat surface to find the spine. Havent had any real issues with the spine. I would suppose its more important with big game fish.
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