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4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
A line can only develop a twist at one end or the other, not the middle. Proof? Twist the middle of your line but don't let the ends twist. Twist away, then let go. Presto! The twists disappear, no matter what brand of guides or how many you have between the ends of the line.
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4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Line twist is the usual culprit in such cases. The current could have caused your float to spin, especially if was held tight in the current. Line twist has to take place at the end of the line. Guides are not a factor there. The other possibility is you were using a spinning reel with the drag set WAY too loose, so every time you turned the handle of your reel you put four or five more twists in
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4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I have yet to see any research results about the viability of the Coronavirus on hard surfaces over time or what (if any) precautions are in place, but this is a serious consideration for serious people. China is the chief supplier of fishing equipment to American anglers.
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4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I have yet to see any research results about the viability of the Coronavirus on hard surfaces over time or what (if any) precautions are in place, but this is a serious consideration for serious people. China is the chief supplier of fishing equipment to American anglers.
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4 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
REC NiTi snake guides work well in salt water - they are entirely immune to corrosion. The "regular" weight NiTi's are far preferable to the light ("lite"?) for an 8 wt. As for distance, no fly fisher who can cast 90' ever suffered suffered a bit from it. The wind tends to blow over open water -like the ocean - and quickly turns a 40' cast into a 20' cast in a headwind. When f
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I built my first rod 62 years ago, self-taught, and I think I used nylon tiger-dyed thread.
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
There are disadvantages to the use of any type of glue, tape, or adhesive to hold guides in place. Fine adjustments in guide positioning are nearly impossible after gluing or taping, and glue/tape/adhesives can and will leave residue on the blank which will corrupt your finish coat. Elastic thread solves these problems.
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Sewing supply stores sell elastic thread at a modest price. You can stretch it and wrap it around your blank/guide feet three or four times, then tie a square knot. Then you can slide your guide to the exact spot you want and position the elastic wraps near the center of the guide, enabling you to wrap your thread almost to the guide eye before you touch the taut elastic thread with a razor blade
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Most anglers doing deep-drop fishing today use electric motors to winch their fish to the surface. Deep drop anglers have comprised a major portion of consumers of roller guides in the past. Most likely these anglers can explain the decrease in popularity in roller guides?
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
The main thing is to determine what the customer's expectations, needs, and abilities are BEFORE purchasing blanks and components. Here in Florida an angler is frequently at a disadvantage if he or she can not cast 70 feet, whether using a fly rod or any other type of rod.
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Unlike spinning rods and casting rods, matching the fly line to the fly rod is ABSOLUTELY critical. If a rod builder can't cast a fly line 70 feet or more he should seek the advice of someone who can match a fly line to the fly rod to avoid bad feelings. The usefulness of the number on the fly rod blank and on the fly line box varies widely with the ability of the fly caster. What should be fun w
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5 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Any added weight will be at the fulcrum of the rod - where your hand is - so any increase in effort will be inconsequential. But it would be easier and much more rewarding to take a few double-haul fly-casting lessons.
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Seems like a smooth, hi-gloss finish over cedar would be quite slippery?
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Which blanks (if any) do you find work well for plug/spoon casting AND fishing bait off the beach?
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
If your puck speed (energy) is reduced by a third what becomes of this "lost" energy - where does it go? And why don't baseball players use whippy bats to add energy and distance to their hits?
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Specifying a rod's performance without factoring in the expertise and strength of the caster is pretty much a futile task - but it sells a lot of rods and blanks!
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I have used cascophen resin to laminate bow staves when building stick -bows. Cascophen is waterproof and plenty strong. I don't know about its allergic properties
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
The mechanical advantage generated by a type I lever has been documented for millennia, but for some reason our ancestors always used rigid arms on their catapults launching weights at the enemy when, according to you, they could have gained gobs of distance by simply using a whippy catapult arm! Somehow that bending and unbending adds energy to the system - according to armchair physicists.
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6 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
The instant the rod stops accelerating due to the caster's input a loop forms in the line. This happens with ANY rod, regardless of the line. Watch and see - slow motion photography makes this crystal clear. The rod does not push the weight, lure, or fly because you can't push a rope - or a line. The energy stored in the rod does not push the line. I used to think the rod which delivered the long
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
A common misconception is a fish rod "throws" a line. Lash your rod in an upright position, put a fishing weight in a sling at the end of your line pull it back as far as you dare and let her fly! Your rod tip will decelerate as it moves forward. You could flick the weight farther with your thumb. Casting involves a rod pulling a line, not pushing on it, not even a little. A stiffer rod
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Phil, Most people use a different rod for panfish than they do do for bass. Did you think about Joe's post after you read it?
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Longer rods mean more guides, more guides mean more friction on the line, more friction means shorter casts. There's a break even point somewhere between leverage and friction.
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Also I would like to know how the "Spine" of the rod interacts with its balance.
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Even with fly rods you need to identify the right tool for the job. A 3 wt. rod is often fine for brookies but not for bass. A 7 1/2 foot rod is great for a 15' wide stream but not for wide bonefish flats. Generalized questions receive generalized answers which are generally not much help.
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Now I get it: The rod needs to be balanced AFTER you cast, while you are "using it" reeling in or waiting for a bite - but I'm still not sure how to do this?
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Lynn: As I understand it you need the weight to balance the rod by imitating the rod while it is in use, not to balance it while you aren't fishing. I'm confused because all fishing rods become class-one levers in use: the casting hand becomes the fulcrum of the lever no matter where you grip the rod - except for fly rods which are class three levers. I'm clueless about the leverage of a two-hand
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I think I got it. For display purposes to find the balance point you move your grasp up and down the blank but with with no lure or weight suspended and no weight or load on the rod tip. When the rod remains horizontal you have the balance point. For fishing purposes you put a weight equivalent to the weight of a lure or a fishing weight and suspend it from the rod tip, then move your hand up an
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Without a doubt a hand line is the most "sensitive" fishing set-up. Without a doubt when bait fishing the use of a circle hook and leaving the rod in the holder will produce the most hook-ups.
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Lynn - You are correct, I have asked about rod balance before, but I am a slow learner. I'm not even sure yet whether or not the balance point is determined while the line is run through the guide train while a typical casting weight is attached to the end of the line, or even if the balance point is determined with a reel attached? For a two-handed rod should the balance point lie behind, under
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I agree, and people selling rods are not necessarily informed or helpful. A look-around and ask around of anglers who appear to be successful/competent where you fish would probably provide you the best advice.
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