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3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Decal Connection, they have made several small flag decals for me, great people and they are a sponsor of this forum.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Go with a Lemke seat.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
I'll second Don's advise. I do mine the same way, just use a different brand of epoxy. The only thing that matters to me about the epoxy to use, is to stay away from the 5 min cure stuff. Longer the cure, better the bond. I would not use cyanoacrylate for this, 2 part epoxy is best. I use Ultimate Epoxy from Rod Dancer. Pro Kote and U-40 also have very good epoxies.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Mike, if you want to go with Graphite, CTS Vintage would be my only choice. I would also recommend looking into Fiberglass, CTS Quartz, Livingston Rod Co, Steffen, Tom Morgan, Epic, and McFarland, I've built on every one of those brands in 6wt for customers and I own a Quartz, Steffen and Livingston as my own personal 6wts.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Herb should be able to order that for you, his link is too the left, CTS Rod Blanks, he might be take him a bit to get back to you, I think his area might get smacked with a hurricane (Florida East Coast).
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Phil, you forgot ceiling fans.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Yes, mainly for the Fiberglass crowd, especially for the blanks that are made with Spigot style ferrules, example, Steffen Brothers, his 2 and 3 piece blanks have a very loyal following, along with Tom Morgan's Glass, which mainly come in 2 piece, although a couple are made in 4 piece too. I have also built out plenty of the CTS Quartz Glass in 2 piece, although I probably build just as many 3 an
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Dave, unhide your email. I have that #521 Navy Blue, size A regular nylon. I can spare a spool or two, I have it in 100 yard spools. Email me if you want it.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Best option, buy a few different brands in the colors you want to use, do some test wraps on a piece of scrap blank in the same base color as your blank, pick the one that suits Your eye the best. You're probably going to several opinions of what is the "best" brand, they are all good. I rarely use NCP thread, but I get asked what brand of nylon or silk do I like the best pretty f
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
You might try Penn State Industries or Arizona Silhouette, they both have dyed turning blanks, the only problem might be the size the square stock, they cater more to the pen blank market, so the inventory of 1" might be slim. Reel Seat Blanks also has dyed wood, but I don't think I have ever seen Box Elder Dyed on his site. Maybe Ron Weber might chime in, he might have something like
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Try Ricks Rods, he is in Denver CO.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
The older Lamiglas S glass (they are a sort of translucent honey brown color with brown/grey spigot ferrules) are real nice casting rods. You'll see blanks show up on the @#$%& sites now and then. The newer Lamiglas (Yellow blank) are not in my opinion as good as the old stuff. I have cast a few models of each and the older ones are better. The new stuff is just too soft for my taste, especially
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Yes, 2 that come to mind are CTS (any of their fly blanks can be ordered with an extra tip, just email Herb) and Anglers Workshop has a USA made IM-6 blank that comes with an extra tip. There might be others too.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
CTS Affinity MX 864-4 is a great dry fly stick in Graphite, if you want something with a softer action, look at the Affinity N or Vintage series, all 3 are very light in the hand and cast very well. I'd also go with an 8-6 length for a 4wt, they just seem to cast better in that line weight and length compared to 9ft blank in 4wt. Herb can hook you up with any of those blanks.
Forum: rodboard
3 years ago
Bill Hickey
Go with the CTS FX-1002-4 that Herb mentioned, I just delivered one to a guy on the Irish National Team this past spring. the guy loves it, he wanted it for small nymphs, smaller than #20 on gin clear streams in Europe. The CTS blanks will easily rival or exceed the stuff the USA market is making in my opinion.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I know Orvis does still make their upper level blanks (both carbon and glass) in Manchester VT. Not sure about the entry level stuff. Add Burkhiemer and Mike McFarland too.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I only have experience with their Fly Rod Blanks, both the E Glass and S Glass are great casting blanks. At times they will show up on some of the @#$%& sites, but they are getting kinda scarce these days. Their Glass Fly Rods blanks have a bit of cult following.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Agree, Snake Brand products are top shelf. Yes, Joel Lemke does make the hardware for Mike, Joel used to work for Struble. Plenty of Pro and Hobby builders use his stuff. Ron Weber at Southwest Custom Rods also sells Lemke hardware, slightly different style from the Snake Brand product.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
No experience with the American Tackle guides, I use Snake Brand guides 90% of the time, REC Recoils now and then based on customer preference. Both are very high quality and light in weight.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
The quality on the MHX is very good, I just think they are a bit too stiff for my taste. I would steer you towards a CTS Affinity X blank. In the Carbon Fiber market, they have the best stuff today in my opinion. My primary indicator nymphing stick is an Affinity X 965-4. It also handles dries and dry/dropper rigs very well even though I prefer a much "slower" rod for that work. I have
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Try stuffing up the rest of the epoxy on that wrap and apply another coat of finish. It should cover it without any issue and you'll never know you had a bo bo there before. I have done the same to a couple of rods where a customer got "scratches" in the finish from a fall and I was able to sand them out without getting into the thread and just applied another light coat of finish.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I have built and fished a CTS Quartz in the P2000 finish, that blank is "raw" no paint or clear top coat, I had another Quartz in the same configuration that was painted, (both 805-4's) and they cast alike, I could not tell a difference. Shipping from USA to UK is not that bad, I have sent several rods and blanks over to the UK, it cost me about $25 to $35 depending on the length an
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I have a lot of experience with CTS Glass, the 764 in either 2 or 3 piece is a great stick. I have not done a 5wt in that length, but plenty of them in 8ft and 8-6, again great casting rods. The Epics are also really good, CTS rolls the Epic blanks, in some configurations they are a bit different, bit more power than the same blank in a CTS. The 7-6 and 8ft models in each line weight seem to me t
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Get rid of the larger sizes, the 3, 4 and 12 stripper. Continue with the #2's all the way to the stripper and use a #8 or #10 for that. You don't need all those different size guides, 3 at the most, object is to create the straightest line path. Having a taper of many different guide sizes does nothing except add unnecessary weight to the blank. Use the smallest guide that will pass your line
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Like Herb said, CTS, there are several tapers to choose from as well as lengths. Really cannot go wrong with a CTS, either Graphite or Glass. I build on them and I fish them, a lot. Steffen Brothers and Epic also have some neat Glass in "bass" sizes and shorter lengths too.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
It really comes down to personal preference, all my Graphite bass rods are 9ft, my Fiberglass, 8ft 6in. I do find myself reaching for the glass more often nowadays, I just like that deeper load and more elegant loop you get with glass, and how they bend when a small mouth tanks a streamer.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I get this same question posed to me quite often, anglers wanting to use the same fly rod for bass and trout fishing. The question and information I give back to them is, what size flies do you plan on using for both species? Consider this, most trout anglers use flies from lets say #8 down to #20 most of the time, dries weight almost nothing, bead head nymphs more, maybe some small streamers
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Joel Lemke makes some nice hardware in the LC-1 Downlock, Garrison Style GS-1, look at Southwest Custom Rods or Custom Fly Rod Crafters, Mike McCoy at Snake Brand has Lemke stuff as well. You won't find a better looking seat for the money.
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Lots! CTS Quartz Epic, Swift Fly Fishing, CTS Rolls their blanks to Epic Spec's. Steffen Brothers Seele Kabuto Livingston Rod Company Tom Morgan Rodsmiths The above stuff is all higher end stuff, there are other import blanks that are in a much lower price point, but I don't have any experience with them. Take a look at the Fibe
Forum: rodboard
4 years ago
Bill Hickey
If they are Glass, 2 or 3 piece, and that also goes for the majority of my customers too. Graphite, I really don't build many of them that short.
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