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
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
RodMaker Magazine
RodMaker Blog
Schneiders Rod Shop
SeaGuide Corp.
Tackleworks
The Rod Room
Trondak U-40
Utmost Enterprises
VisualWRAP/VisualWEAVE
ZipCast


Current Page: 3 of 13
Results 61 - 90 of 382
1 year ago
Bill Hickey
Don is giving you some valid insight on stripper guide sizing. Agates and it is going to depend on the brand and are sized by the builder by their ring size. I'll give you an example: Joe Arguello Agates have a smaller ring and frame vs a Struble Agate. Both are very high quality stripping guides and I tend to use more of the Arguello agates than any other brand, his frames seem to be a bit more
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Bill Hickey
Like Don stated, Swift does give you a location guide for spacing and sizes on their website. While I don't agree with the amount of different sizes listed, their spacing chart is usually very close. A size 8 Stripper, followed by a #1, then 1/0 snakes for the rest. On a personal note, I do not like single foot guides, Snake Brand Universals is the way to go in my book. I have built out a gan
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Bill Hickey
I have a St Croix Legend Surf in for a simple repair. Model LSS90MM2. The guy who owns it bought it second hand and the first guide has been knocked out of alignment with the rest of the guides, thread and wrap damage, but no damage to the guide. My question, thread color to match factory wraps, does anybody know what St Croix used on this rod, it is very close but darker to Pro Wrap 407 Cool
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Bill Hickey
My shop consists of 3 areas: The "dirty place", wood working/cork turning equipment; I am going to use the 4ft LED Shop style lights over each piece of equipment and the work bench. Next I have a "clean area", small long room with several shelves with my rod turners where I apply my finish, again the 4ft LED Shop Lights. My other area is where I wrap rods, tie flie
Forum: rodboard
1 year ago
Bill Hickey
Thanks for the Tips! Roger, I tried a couple of the "Daylight LED" bulbs before posting my question, I liked the result, and sure enough your reply and tips confirmed my thoughts. Much appreciated on the replies.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
What type of lighting do you folks prefer to work under in your rod building area, primarily when your wrapping and finishing rods? I'm in the process of renovating one part of my shop area and I am looking for tips on the type of lighting you like to work under. Area is in my basement, so natural lighting will not be a factor. Thanks
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
CTS Affinity X would be my choice. I have built several of them, from 2wts to 4wts for Euro style nymphing. On the expensive side, but well worth the money. Contact Herb, HNL Rod Blanks.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Diamondback, the original Vermont based company did roll blanks for Payne for a very short period of time. They did "third party" work for a number of companies, LL Bean, Cabelas, HL Leonard and Cortland to name a few. In some cases they built out the rods or they just rolled the blanks. Once Cortland Line Company bought Diamondback, they still did a small amount of this "third par
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Here are a couple more options, CTS, they can make a 2 wt in just about any length and number of pieces (there will be some limits). Steffen Brothers does make some 2/3wt blanks in shorter lengths. Like some of the other gents have stated above, J Green does make some nice 2wt blanks also. My question would be why a 2wt, what length, and what are you going to target with it? Example, if your
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Lots of good advice above, one thing to keep in mind. You and your son stand the chance of getting bit by the bug of turning, grips might only be the start. Keep that in mind when you choose a lathe, some of the small ones and not so expensive ones are fine for turning grips and other small items. If you move into turning wood grips, reel seat inserts, ect, you are going to want something with a
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Glass works just fine for dries, as well as streamers. Yes, wets are their hallmark. I am guessing that this rod is meant for small stream streamer fishing. It is a specialized configuration, but it is more popular than you think.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
First choice, CTS Quartz, I have a 705-3 of theirs. Another option, Contact Mike McFarland, he can roll that blank in either S2 or E glass. If you want to see a CTS Quartz, I live about 40 miles from you, near Saratoga Springs.
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Snake Brand, both Universals and Originals. They are expensive, but the feet require very little prep work. REC Recoils are another quality guide that I'll use if a customer requests them, but on a personal thing I don't care for them myself. Those are the only 2 brands I'll use, unless I am doing a repair and I need to match what is on the rod. As far as Stripping Guides, all of them require
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Ebony is very dense, but with sharp cutting tools its really not all that difficult to turn. I have turned a few pieces for fly rod reel seat inserts, but it is not a popular choice since it lacks the figure/grain that most people want when turning something for a custom build. I went and bought cutting tools that have replaceable carbide cutters, they last a long time and for the amount of turni
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
As to your question of making your thread wraps go invisible: I have used "White" silk on Clear/Natural Fiberglass with Threadmaster Lite, these blanks had no color added to the Pre Peg Cloth and they were Translucent White or an Off White color, Kabuto's, McFarland, CTS Quartz, Epic Nude and Livingston Rod Co. The more translucent the blank was, the better the invisible thread looke
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Herb makes some very valid points. First, a 12 wt is heavy for pike or musky, 10 would serve very well. Moderate action too, a tip flex carbon blank at 7-10 to 8ft is going to feel like a pool cue stick, and like Herb stated, it will get worse as you go shorter. I'd lean towards Fiberglass, 8ft in a 10wt, CTS has made this blank several times. Also Epic has a 10wt called the Bandit, 7-10
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
If you havn't really made your mind up on a blank, you might consider Fiberglass instead of a Carbon one, in my opinion, Glass is much more versatile for small stream work. Something in the 7 to 7-9 length for a 3 or 4wt, I'd lean more on the 4wt, small browns will still bend them deep, but you can use a small streamer with it too if needed. The 3wts are better geared as dry/wet fly sticks. Glass
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Jeff I use the same method of guide placement as M Blomme does, plus the static test. You can use a chart as a start point, taping the guides on then doing the static test, moving guides as needed so the fly line follows the curve of the blank. Typically 3.75 to 4 inches down from the tip is the last guide before tip top. Stripper, use the method Mike stated. Rest go in between using st
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
Best bet is to contact Mike personally, he has been rolling his own glass and graphite for about the last 10 years, but he has been building rods for longer. Early on, I remember him telling me CTS did some of his blanks. Age of those blanks is going to tell you if Mike rolled them or he had someone else make them for him, and only he may be able to answer that. Mike does have skills when
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
If your looking for the thread to "disappear", Silk thread is the answer, in my experience the shade of Silk used depends on the base color of the blank. Some examples: Clear or off White Fiberglass (translucent blank), I have used White Silk, you could not see the thread at all, I did do some test samples with other light shades of silk, 10 total, like Natural Silk or Off White,
Forum: rodboard
2 years ago
Bill Hickey
I've built out a few NFC fly blanks for customers and I did own a 905-4 myself at one time. Yes, the blanks are high quality, but my opinion was that they are a bit stiff for my taste, even the ones labeled "moderate". The 905-4 I built out for myself, I found I had to over line it with a DT6 to get the feel I was looking for. The one you mention, 864-4 moderate, I have built out on
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
I'm another fan of Fiberglass for small stream work, CTS, Mike McFarland, Steffen Brothers, James Green, Kabuto, and Epic. All of these blank makers have a 7-6 (or something close) in 3 and 4wts. To try and tell you which one is the best, real tough, they are all good. I have built more CTS Quartz 7-6, 3 and 4wt blanks than any of the other ones I listed above, so my first nod would be them. M
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
I have a decent amount of experience with both of those CTS models. Built and fished each one in several different line weights, plus a gang of them for customers. I don't think you would be unhappy with any of the 3 models, M, MX or X. Its just going to depend what taper suits your casting style and what your target species of fish is going to be.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
In Carbon, CTS or Mike McFarland Fiberglass, CTS, Epic, Livingston, Steffen Brothers, Tom Morgan, McFarland, Kabuto.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
As Tom said, Warm Varnish is one way. I have used Threadmaster Lite with great success without thinning it to get transparent wraps. The color of the silk used depends on the color of the blank. If you are using a "clear" fiberglass blank, like a McFarland, white silk will go totally invisible, it does not even look like thread was used. If you have a solid color or semi translu
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Like Don recommended, do some test wraps with and without CP. Use a scrap piece of blank that is the same color as the blank you want to build on. If you don't have a scrap piece, just put the test wraps where your grip is going, test wraps can be removed easily. I would recommend the Al's Silk Color Preserver, Anglers Workshop sells it, that stuff has worked very well for me over Silk.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
CTS would be my blank of choice, but the more important question, what does this customer want use the rod for? Most of the folks buying long 2wt's seem to use them for very light weight Euro Style nymphing. If he is looking for a light presentation dry fly rod, you might want to steer him towards Fiberglass and something a bit shorter. CTS makes some awesome Quartz S2 Glass in 8-6, from 3 to
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
The best finish depends on the species of wood in my opinion, whether stabilized or not. Tru Oil works very well on wood that does not have "oils" in it to begin with, for example, Honduran Rosewood, normally this is an oily wood, so a CA finish usually works the best. Something like Cherry, Walnut or Black Ash, Tru Oil can be used, several coats left glossy, or hand rubbed to a satin f
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Look up Southwest Custom Rods, Ron Weber, I think he will turn Acrylic inserts.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Brian, my recommendation based on the above info, CTS Affinity M. While CTS does not show on their site that they make a 9-6, they will on a special order basis. They have done a gang of "one off" special order blanks for me. This series of blank is similar to what Herb recommended (Affinity MX) but with reduced power in the bottom 1/3 of the blank. I own one myself (8'-9" 5wt) and
Forum: rodboard
Current Page: 3 of 13

Webmaster