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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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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
I have always wondered what benefits occur by "balancing" a rod without consideration of how much weight the rod will be casting? Maybe a previous post on this site explained this?
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
One size does not fit all. A solid glass blank would be most durable but you would surrender sensitivity and casting ability. A fiber glass blank would surrender some durability but cast better. A thick-walled slow taper graphite blank would probably cast even better but sacrifice some durability. Every choice involves some compromise, and only the user knows what compromise is acceptable.
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
In rivers where "chuck and duck" casting for salmon is the norm I would recommend the most durable, rugged blank I could find, short of solid glass.
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Which fly rod blank is "best" for you depends on what you are looking for in a fly rod: durability, lifting power, casting? To find a better casting blank than a Temple Forks Outfitter Axiom II blank or Temple Forks Outfitter BVK blank you will have to part with more than $600.00.
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7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
One key element in "line slap" is the line itself. Air temperature and water temperature play a BIG part in how supple a fly line is and how much it will "slap" in the guide train. Many line manufacturers label their lines with the ambient temperature range for which they best perform. One benefit of belonging to a fly-fishing club is free access to a variety of different fly
Forum: rodboard
7 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
How much weight will you be using and will you be using circle hooks or J hooks?
Forum: rodboard
8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
You could secure the butt of a blank, put a large sheet of paper behind it, weight the tip of the blank until it is deflected 1/3 of its length, and then trace the curve of the blank on the paper. Then use elastic thread to secure guides to the blank, secure the blank in the same position as before, run a line through the guides and tip-top, pull straight down on the line until the blank tip cove
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8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
Interesting question. I'm going to guess the guide spacing which causes, under tension, the curve of the line to most closely parallel the curve of the blank would provide the best rod performance in distance and lifting power.. Proving that by observation and comparative measurements should be possible but might not be acceptable to fly casters seeking "smoothness" or a "soulful f
Forum: rodboard
8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
When the rod is being used its balance point will change with the amount of weight being casted - or do you refer to the balance point of a rod before it is ready to use?
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8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
All true. Well said, Jason!
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8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
The great majority of fishermen fish with bait. For them the advent of circle hooks makes rod "sensitivity" unimportant, no matter how you define or measure sensitivity. Bait anglers using circle hooks do best by leaving their rod in the holder and letting the fish hook itself. Don't pick up the rod until it is bouncing all over the place. This will increase your bite to hook-up succes
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8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
The most important thing in rod building can not be purchased: patience. You don't need a bunch of whizz-bang gimcracks to build rods - it's more of an art than a mechanical operation.
Forum: rodboard
8 weeks ago
Phil Ewanicki
"Sensitivity" is like a deity: It can't be seen, felt, heard, or measured, but it must exist.
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2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
If you, like 98% of today's anglers, have never casted a bamboo fly rod you should consider casting one, or better yet, fishing with one before you invest too much time, money, and effort into building one.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
I'm guessing the ice-shedding abilities of recoil guides are based upon their flexibility and memory which allow them to return to their original shape. I am a big fan of NiTi Recoil Guides and a former "beat the guides against the bucket to clear the ice" hard-water fisherman. Lightweight Recoil guides are tough and resilient as @#$%& but they do flex easily enough so that one foot of
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2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Herb: I have never heard of any such damage, but not all fly lines are coated with the same plastic materials. Formula 303 has been widely used on thousands of different make, model, and year automobile interiors for decades and apparently damage and lawsuits from such use has not discouraged the manufacturers of 303. I don't worry about it hurting my fly lines, and I believe Formula 303 adds sig
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Dry cotton balls have a higher coefficient of friction than a clean fly line dressed with Formula 303 Aerospace Protectant. People who misuse and abuse their fly rods and fly lines and fishing tackle will definitely need new lines, guides, and rods at regular intervals.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
I don't think I have ever seen a fly guide "worn out" (grooved) from using fly line - but then fly line is so thick and soft it would make a very wide and shallow groove indeed, so it might be impossible to see with the naked eye?
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Do fly guides ever "wear out"? I have never observed this phenomenon.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
It might depend upon which side of the equator you intend to do your fly-casting. I think the earth's spin on one side of the equator has the opposite effect of its spin on the other side?
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Sewing supply stores sell elastic thread. Take 2-3 turns of elastic thread around the guide-foot/rod blank and tie a square knot in it. You can adjust the exact alignment of your guide while the elastic thread keeps it under tension. When your thread wraps have progressed half-way up the guide foot just touch the elastic thread with a razor blade. It will pop off the blank, leaving not a trace, a
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Muskies don't give a hoot what kind of guides you use. Advertisers do.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
I have never coated a rod blank with finish since an (unsuccessful) attempt to revive a bamboo fly rod many decades ago. What is the goal of covering a graphite blank with clear finish, or any finish?
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
With no information about the size of weight being cast I would look for any recommended spinning rod casting 10# - 15# braid. I am currently unaware of any fish species which need species specific rod blanks except possibly those fish with very soft mouths.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Performance is not a matter of taste, but that doesn't matter if nobody keeps or reveals actual records of performance.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Thanks, Roger. I suspected that but I didn't want to miss something new. Since 1958 I have used a jeweler's file to prepare guide feet. No problems yet with this method.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
What does this tool do to "prep" the guides?
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
It is HIGHLY unlikely that any rod build/rod winding will be famous or well known five or ten years from now. A fish-pole is a tool, and tools seldom achieve celebrity status.
Forum: rodboard
2 months ago
Phil Ewanicki
Nickel-Titanium guides are light, strong, and absolutely corrosion proof, which make them ideal for salt water use. Beware if you use the "light" REC titanium alloy guides. They are quite flexible a a blow to the guide parallel to the axis of the for can and will cause one snake-guide foot to flex enough so it "back out" from under the wraps. This can be prevented by taking a
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