I
nternet gathering place for custom rod builders
  • Custom Rod Builders - This message board is provided for your use by the sponsors listed on the left side of the page. Feel free to post any question, answers or topics related in any way to custom building. When purchasing products please remember those who sponsor this board.

  • Manufacturers and Vendors - Only board sponsors are permitted and encouraged to promote and advertise products on the board. You may become a sponsor for a nominal fee. It is the sponsor fees that pay for this message board.

  • Rules - Rod building is a decent and rewarding craft. Those who participate in it are assumed to be civilized individuals who are kind and considerate in their dealings with others. Please respond to others in the same fashion in which you would like to be responded to. Registration IS NOW required in order to post. You must include your actual First and Last name and a correct email address when registering or posting. Posts which are inflammatory, insulting, or that fail to include a proper name and email address will be removed and the persons responsible will be barred from further participation.

    Registration is now required in order to post. You must include your actual First and Last name and a correct email address when registering or posting.
SPONSORS

ICRBE 2020
EXPO ON FACEBOOK
CCS Database
Int. Custom Rod Symbol
Common Cents Info
American Tackle
Anglers Rsrc - Fuji
Anglers Workshop
BatsonRainshadowALPS
BRC Rods
Bingham Enterprises
Cork Specialties LLC
CRB
HNL Rod Blanks–CTS
CTS New Zealand
Custom Fly Grips LLC
Decal Connection
Flex Coat Co.
Get Bit Outdoors
Hitena USA
HYDRA
Janns Netcraft
Mickels Custom Rods
Mudhole Custom Tackle
MHX Rod Blanks
North Fork Composites
Pacific Bay
ProProducts
REC Components
ReelSeatBlanks.com
Renzetti Inc.
Rod Builders Warehouse
RodHouse France
Rodgeeks
RodMaker Magazine
RodMaker Blog
Schneiders Rod Shop
SeaGuide Corp.
Tackleworks
The Rod Room
Trondak U-40
Utmost Enterprises
VisualWRAP/VisualWEAVE
ZipCast


Current Page: 4 of 7
Results 91 - 120 of 197
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I have done several with both and I prefer the single foot ceramics. In the interest of full disclosure, I have never measured much of a difference in casting or shooting distance except with a clean new line. The snakes actually seem to perform the same no matter how dirty the line is, while my experience was that the ceramics slowed down a bit with a filthy line. The set up / spacing is
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Mike - Bill is correct - Renzetti makes a 'large spool attachment' that allows you to use the 4 oz spools. Like all of their products it is very well designed and well executed and works great. It is essentially a larger threaded rod that replaces two of the rods that come on the thread carriage. You can also use this attachment and your lathe to respool from your 4 oz spools onto re
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Richard - In my experience the set up you describe will fish fine. To me the only downside (besides adding a bit of weight out at the tip) is that it will look funny. I have found that I want the tip top ring to be the same size or within a half size of the running guides or else it looks 'wrong'. To my eye a Fuji 4.5 ring top looks okay with Fuji size 4 running guides. But Fuji
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
You can also get an invisible glue line with Rod Bond it just takes more care. Spread both sides of your cork rings with Rod Bond, and then literally scrape off all you can. I like a dental spatula for this. You will leave a very thin film that just wets and slightly darkens the surface. Then clamp using enough pressure to compress the grip maybe 5% - 7% of overall length. As long as you scr
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
This is definitely an opinion question, but if I had to pick only one adhesivie for everything I'd pick U40 Rod Bond. To me, it wets out better than most epoxies (including many liquids), can be applied very thin, or can gap fill if needed. Since it is a paste it stays where you put it and does not run or sag on you. It can also be tinted and tolerates additives - either pigments or fillers
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hey Bob - Sorry for the delay in responding. Yes, it is okay to go lightly into the carbon fiber on grips with a clear finish. You need to be super careful of high spots / corners as you can actually sand through the carbon fiber fairly easily and then the grip is shot. I would not use anything heavier than 220 and only make light passes...like once up and once down. Then make sure stop th
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I guess I can only speak to my personal experience, but I apply PG to both West Systems and RR321 routinely after they have cured for 12 - 24 hours at about 73 degrees. I have done this several hundred times with no problems.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Bill - You want to let the epoxy set completely (or at least enough so that it is hard enough to sand without problems) before applying the PG. 24 hours is plenty with both West Systems and RR321.. Someone can help me with the Volume and Issue number but this technique was detailed in a back issue of RM and is definitely worth a read if you are interested. The video is really helpful fro
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
That's the one - Chris beat me to it. CAUTION: Watching this video has been proven to cause both lathe and workshop envy.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I lived in Arkansas for the better part of a decade and spent a lot of time on the white and Norfork rivers doing exactly the kind of fishing you describe. All of the above are good recommendations, but the St. Croix 2S70MLF is purpose built for exactly what you are doing and it excels at that type of fishing. And the SCIII and SCIV versions are even better! Not in your price range I real
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Chris - Technically it can be, but often - depending on the humidity where you live and in your shop - it can begin to cure in the bottle as soon as you have opened it and introduced moisture. The two solutions that work for me (and thanks to RM and Ralph O'Quinn for these - I did not come up with them) are Bloxygen and the 4 oz paint can trick. Bloxygen is a commercial product that disp
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I have built two #8s in the last two months - one was an MHX F908-4 and the other was a Batson REVF908-4. I got the blanks from Mudhole and Utmost who are both sponsors at left, and I am very pleased and impressed with both blanks. They are both in your price point and are both a great value IMHO. I have also built several 4F908 and 5F908 St. Croix #8s in the past. These are wonderful rods b
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hard to answer specifically not knowing exactly what you are using, but I'd recommend at least one more sealer coat of the same epoxy you used for your wet lay up no matter what. This is a variable that has not changed since the original RM article and is what Tom is referring to above when he says you need to have enough epoxy top coat to have something to sand down to smooth. If it were me
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
My son did really well with the underspins until he transitioned to a spinning reel. At risk of going on a quality rant, be aware that there is a VAST difference between the cheaper underspins and the better made ones. We had very good luck with the ZEBCO and Pflueger brands....not so much with anything else. If they have great success and learn to love fishing it's worth $45 for an underspin.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Well...it does look a little different but it works great! It loads much faster than the old page for me - especially when using the 'View Larger Image' feature. I like it!
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
+1 on the RCLB70L or ML....great blanks and exactly what you are describing. I have used them for a variety of applications and have never been disappointed. Slightly large butt diameters but will still fit a palm support size 22 seat.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Geez...how did I leave that out. Sorry Tom! The best finish method for these grips (in my opinion) also appeared in RodMaker. The urethane foam brush application is definitely the clearest and toughest wearing method. Can't remember the Volume and Issue...but worth looking up. Tom also has a great video on urethane top coating carbon skinned grips on YouTube as well.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Geez...how did I leave that out. Sorry Tom! The best finish method for these grips (in my opinion) also appeared in RodMaker. The urethane foam brush application is definitely the clearest and toughest wearing method. Can't remember the Volume and Issue...but worth looking up. Tom also has a great video on urethane top coating carbon skinned grips on YouTube as well.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Doug - There are as many ways to do this as there are rod builders, but I started getting very consistent results when I started using a tip provided by Capt. Mike Pedersen at Riley Rods. Specifically, once you have turned your foam core you apply a light coat of your epoxy to seal it. So, yes - coat the grip with a thick coat of epoxy and then remove most of it. You can use your wet
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I'll add my $0.02 as most of my fishing these days is saltwater and I am using braid with fluorocarbon leaders almost exclusively. Two options that seem to work well for most: Size 6 running guides will routinely pass up to 30# fluorocarbon leader for me in both casting and spinning rod guides. I use the Red Phillips Knot exclusively. It is both the strongest I have found and has a shape /
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
+1 on the Fujis. I have used both SIC LSG/TLSG and Alconite CLAG single foots for 12+ years in the saltwater. I don't know how many I've wrapped on rods but it easily numbers over 1,000. If you rinse them regularly, you will have no corrosion issues even with the non-titanium frames. And in all that time I have never had a guide ring pop out or a Fuji guide otherwise fail. That's a great trac
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I used to spend a lot of time chasing breaking fish throwing topwaters on very deep, very clear impoundments (like Ouachita and Bull Shoals) in Arkansas. The fish were spooky, shad were only 1" long during the hottest Spring and early Summer action, and casting distance and accuracy were at a premium. While I would not use a casting rod to throw a grub on a 1/16 oz jighead - I agree with R
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
I agree with Ellis...I use the P843 for Super Spook Jrs all the time and it does the job well. Also handles a popping cork and my new favorite the MirroDine 18MR18 Heavy Dine very nicely. I set them up these days with an NPS18 integrated into a carbon fiber handle and Fuji KLAGs going 20-12-8 and then use CLAG 6s or 5s to a matching tip for braid with a fluoro leader and CLAG 6-5-4.5s out
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
114. Re: Pink
All you need is a matching pink carbon fiber grip.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
For what it is worth, Roger helped me design and build a machine specifically for finishing carbon fiber grips. It is really slick and there is nothing else like it on the market. If you got something special you want he can definitely build it for you. I have been very satisfied with it for more than a year now.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Sergeant Butters - You are gonna need a strike indicator more buoyant than yarn if you are going to a copper line... Didn't James Taylor already cover this in a song? Bill
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Carlos - What you describe is generally what I do - leave either some bare blank or the tenon turned on the butt grip for the butt cap / end cap exposed. Either of these can be chucked both in my power wrapper and in my drying motor chucks. If you get one that wants to slip out - usually a blank with a lot of taper at the butt - I wrap a layer of masking tape, then reverse the tape bac
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Phil don't worry - if we are lucky enough to boat them I don't plan to release any of them...except into an ice bath in my cooler! And while I am a novice, the captain does this for a living and gives the same warning. It is my intent to be ethical and responsible. And well fed.
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello All - Am in the early stages of my first fly rod build for Tuna. Will be doing a few days out of Venice, LA in late September. This will be my first trip and the main goal is to catch big Yellowfin Tuna on poppers with conventional light tackle gear. But according to our captain and my comrades who do this every year there will be ample opportunity to catch 40#-60# YFT (and LOTS of oth
Forum: rodboard
5 years ago
Bill Falconer
Hello Wes - I have used the RCLB70XL and RCLB70L extensively. I build them into kayak rods (both casting and spinning) for general purpose live bait and for throwing plugs / poppers. These blanks are light, strong, and have proven nearly indesttructable. While I originally started using them thinking I was going after Kings off the beach in the Gulf, I quickly found out that they were capab
Forum: rodboard
Current Page: 4 of 7

Webmaster