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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.
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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
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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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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
You didn't ruffle my feathers either, just trying to save you and other builders some misery down the road.
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Tom is correct, they do weigh different amounts even if the volumes are equal. Years back I weighed a couple of different brands of thread finish, 3 different ones to be exact. I cannot remember exactly what the difference was, and they were all slightly different from each other too, but it was roughly a 10% to 15% difference between the two parts. Thats quite a bit when only mixing up 3cc of ea
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
Light Wire Universal. Anglers Workshop does carry Snake Brand guides.
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I have done a gang of builds on the 905 CTS blanks, all models. Tom is totally correct on not using more than 3 sizes of guides, the rod will cast much better having a straight line path thru the guides. I am also a big fan of Snake Brand Universal guides, low profile, round profile and very small foot print on the blank. I'd use a #10 double foot for the stripper, then a #2 snake, followed b
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
CTS, four models to choose from, I have an Affinity X 863-4, its is a great rod for tiny dries in spring creek conditions. Don't let the "fast action" label of this blank scare you off, it is a power house for a 3wt, but it is a 3wt, 4wt lines overload it in my opinion. CTS has a new series called the Affinity N, that will be somewhat similar to the Sage LL, I have not built on them
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
As far as I know, Stuble is still in business. I do not believe they are selling reel seats anymore. They are selling Agate Guides and Winding Checks. I ordered some stuff from them about a month ago. I would make a phone call before you file a paypal dispute, you'll probably get an amswering machine, but Jeff will call you back.
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
CTS is still a top of the line blank manufacturer, I build on their Fly Rod blanks, both Carbon Fiber and Fiberglass, in my opinion their Carbon blanks are the best compared to other companies. Their Fiberglass is equal to a couple of other small fiberglass blank manufacturers.
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
I do a lot of indicator style nymphing, both with a "float" for the indicator and dry dropper combos. Larger guides are not going to help anything out except put more weight on the blank. Now my personal experience for the best rod for using a "float" as an indicator with several nymphs under it is a CTS Affinity X 905-4 or the 906-4. I'll go with the 5wt most of the time,
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4 years ago
Bill Hickey
How big are these salmon he wants to tangle with? A 12wt in some cases might be over kill. Look into CTS, they can make any line weight, length and taper you want.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Eric, the Dremel tool will work and their is another tool that will go in a power drill, Crafty's Cutter, several of the sponsors sell it. Another option, I would bet there is a local builder that could help you out. Visit the tackle shops in your area, most will probably know of a builder, wheather they are a pro or hobby builder.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Your decision between the 7 and 8wt should be based on how large of a bass bug you want to cast. The 8wt will turn over the bigger stuff much easier. I do a lot of bass fishing with an 8wt, both in Glass and Carbon Fiber. I rarely reach for my 7wts for bass, one reason is many of the waters also hold pike too. The RX-6 would be okay, but take a look at the Rod Geeks offerings if you want to s
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Many of the well known Bamboo builders use a Marine Grade Spar Varnish. McCloskey Man O War, Helmsman Spar and Epifanes are popular brands. Also many of the folks building Fiberglass fly rods use Spar Varnish too. The Spar Varnish is available at some hardware stores or marine supply stores. There is a bit of a learning curve, like any other thread finish and the Spar Varnish's do have a longer c
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I'm with Spencer, CTS Affinity X.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Mark, I have built several of the 8-6 Vintages in 5wt, plus I own one myself. It is a much softer blank than the Affinity MX. I don't have any CCS data for them, but in my opinion they loaded up very well with several different 5wt lines. If I want more distance I put the Cortland Finesse on it, for closer work the Cortland Precission Platinum. My firend who owns one loves the Rio Trout on his.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I'll second Ron's color choice, thats is my favorite color for a blank of that color. Rust or a Dark Orange will also look very cool. Best bet is to buy a couple of colors and do some test wraps on the section where the grip and reel seat go. Get both regular and ncp thread in the same colors, you might be suprised at the look of NCP thread for a full guide wrap.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
John, according to my Vic Johnson books, it was 1966. Described as a merger which brought Jimmy Green, Don Green and Phil Clock and probably some unmentioned talent together. And like John mentioned, the Fiberglass Fly Rodders forum is a great place to research and ask questions, several members that know the Fenwick stuff lurk on there.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
A guy named Victor Johnson Jr wrote a book on Fenwick's history. You might want to try and find a copy, they do show up on the internet sites that sell books. Vic did a couple of other books too, the one on Fiberglass Fly Rods does have a bunch of Fenwick history in it also, but there is a book totally about Fenwick. Grizzly made Fenwicks early blanks, then Fenwick bought Grizzly, not sure on
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I would also strip and re wrap them. I have also repaired a few of those rods, the stuff they use is very brittle and did come off with ease.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
The Flex Coat you used, did you "thin" it with anything or apply it straight up? Reason I ask is that I saw a similar problem once where a builder used a Solvent to thin the finish.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Recoils are a very good guide, would be right at home on that blank. Yes, I would go with your second option of 12-10, then 3's rest of way out, but, the 3's could be a bit "large", 2's would work as long as your knots/connections will pass thru them. If your worried about possible Ice in the guides, then stick with the 3's. The weight difference between a 2 or 3 is really not all that
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I was in on that same order with Craig, CTS has really improved delivery times and once Herb gets the blanks, he gets them on their way. I have never had any issue with buying thru Herb.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I do the same as Tom K, I do ask the question to customers, but I have never had one request one that is removable.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Snake Brand Universal light weights, best double foot on market for light weight rods. The Snake Brand are expensive, but they have a very small foot print on the blank, are concave and have a very low profle.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I also use both, on an 8wt I would lean more towards a Snake Guide. If you search around there are several brands of Snake Guides that are very light in weight and the feet are relatively small, so added weight to the blank is not any different from a single foot. Use the smallest guide that will pass your connections and the least amount of changes in guide size as you go from butt to tip, 3
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
Ron sells the Lemke cap and ring seats, very nice stuff and you can also look at Snake Brands site (Lemke made harware), its very nice stuff and both have great wood. REC also has this type of seat.
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
I have used the same methods as listed above, all with mixed results. The water method has worked a bunch of times, but every once in while you get a seat that just won't budge. It really depends on what type of glue or epoxy was used in the first place. If it was glued up with something like Rod Bond or Ultimate Epoxy it is on their for the long haul, that stuff holds! If they used a 5 min e
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5 years ago
Bill Hickey
You might try an outfit called Goodwinds, they are in Washington State. You can get either solid or hollow fiberglass and grahite material for making spigots.
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