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Tom Kirkman
Rick Shaffer Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > So....Mr. Kirkman......If I had a 7'6 Heavy /Fast > Blank....take 3 or 4 inches off of the butt......I > could possibly end up with a Heavy/Medium or > Heavy/Med. Heavy Fast blank???? I don't know what a Medium/Heavy, Heavy/Medium, etc., etc., blank is. Can you put a number on it? If you cut from
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
In that case, cutting from the butt won't result in a stiffer "feel" nor make it stiffer. The slight loss in power won't likely be noticed by much. Action will be just a tad slower. If you just want to make the blank shorter, that's the way to go. .........
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2 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Very, very early yet but these are the first exhibitors to contract for booth space at the 2013 Expo- As of August 5 All Around Fishing Decal Connection EP's Rod & Reel North Fork Composites Mickel's Custom Rods RodMaker Magazine Trondak U-40 More TBA- .............
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
John DeMartini Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Lynn > > If you were to go out for a beer and I sneaked in > your shop and cut 3 in from the butt, you would > never know it. Unless you measured the length. > > John In which case - why cut it? Maybe if we knew what it is that you are trying to accomplish we could give you a better
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The will become slower cutting from either end. A bit higher lure weight ability if cut from the tip, overall power the same. If cut from the butt you will have less power but a similar casting weight range. What is your priority here? "Stiffer" may not the right term. You can't make it stiffer unless you add something to it. Are you trying to up the casting weight range? Take a litt
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3 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Mike Colley Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > I have been reading on the ccs and haven't gotten > an understanding of what these numbers mean to a > blank. thanks for your advice The higher the ERN the higher the power. The higher the AA the Faster the Action. If you want to correlate the numbers to something you have now for reference, measure
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Until and unless you have a person or diver submerged in the water watching your retrieve, you cannot possibly know what you are NOT feeling. .............
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4 days ago
Tom Kirkman
When we slapped the worm we did not stop it. If we had stopped it, the guy on the rod end would have felt it. Pick up a copy of the Doug Hannen-Glen Lau book. Glen video taped these sort of scenarios, including actual fish strikes in real-world fishing situations, with the same results. ......
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
A taut and a straight line are not the same thing. A line that isn't straight between rod tip and lure isn't necessarily slack. If water or current are sufficient to put the line in tension, you can feel resistance even if there is a large deviation or curvature in the line path. But if a line is truly slack, you will not feel anything. Impossible. ............
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
For lack of a better, all encompassing word, what you're "feeling" in a fishing situation is always some form of resistance. .............
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
David Baylor Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > So I can't feel something ticking my line? I can't > feel a blue gill slap my line where it enters the > water? A rather common occurrence, not just for > me, but I'd imagine for many other anglers as > well. > > I can't feel the ticklish feeling I sometimes feel > when a ball of fry
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5 days ago
Tom Kirkman
As the worm passes, you slap it from the side. The water slows you down a bit but you can knock if off course. The guy on the rod end won't feel it. The only thing you can feel on the rod end is resistance of some sort. Anything that isn't pulling on, stopping or resisting the lure or bait won't be felt. Even the crankbait or spinnerbait that you think is creating vibrations that you feel with
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
A lot has been learned about guide systems and casting distance since the 1970's. Quick line control via higher and smaller ringed guides is proven to increase distance. Not to mention the lighter weight of such systems which relieves the rod of weight so that more of the caster's input will translate into the cast and less into starting and stopping the rod motion. ...................
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Mark Brassett Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > When you slap at the worm are you actually making > contact or is the pressure wave from the water > movement moving the lure? The guy I performed these experiments with was slapping the worm. I was so upset that I couldn't feel it I tended not to believe him. I got some more guys, good fishermen, to jo
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
David, No, you won't feel it. I'm not guessing here. I spent dozens and dozens of hours trying it. Slapping the worm doesn't stop it. It only changes its course momentarily and you won't feel that. I'm not guessing or stating theories. Get a buddy and go try it. Conversely, stopping or resisting the lure is something you will feel. What we most often talk about in regards to sensitivity isn
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6 days ago
Tom Kirkman
If you use those large, heavy guides, you're not building it for long distance casting. What size reel and line type and size do you plan to use? ............
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8 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Richard Bowers Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > Tom, > > Since July of 1968, my Trout rods have all been > fast-action graphite rods in the 7' to 8 1/2' > range, all custom made by yours truly. My > comparisons are all based on using the same rods > with the different lines. My experiences with the > monofilament and superlines
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8 days ago
Tom Kirkman
There is no "feel" on a slack line. What we most often refer to as "sensitivity" isn't really anything having to do with vibrations. What we feel is the stopping or pulling of something on the line. A crankbait vibrates, but it's really the movement of the lure as it resists movement through the water that we feel. A slack line will not "transmit" anything to the fis
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9 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Richard Bowers Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > It seems the common thread in the prior comments > is the lack of a defined benefit for superlines > over mono. I respectfully disagree with these > prior comments, speaking from experience! > > I have for over 40 years been a light gear Trout > fisherman, primarily fishing spoons. I
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9 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Anyone that wants to better understand "sensitivity" needs to get wet. Rig up a rod and reel with say, a plastic worm. Go to a swimming pool and have someone in the pool pull your line out to one end of the pool. You stand there with a blindfold on and begin your retrieve. Have the guy in the pool slap the worm rig as it passes by him. I guarantee that you will never feel it regardless
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9 days ago
Tom Kirkman
There's no reason that any epoxy should get inside the forward hood. You'll install the seat, with the forward hood already mounted to the seat barrel. Then slide the grip on afterwards. Mop up any excess epoxy as the grip comes down onto the forward hood. It's more than okay to put just a thin layer of epoxy on the hood exterior. Wipe up anything that squeezes out. No reason for any epoxy to get
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9 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Alex, the directory linked above was never part of this site. It was a sponsor at the time and replaced the older directory that was part of the site. I linked it only to have something available. It isn't a problem to unlink it - it's on it's own server elsewhere with it's own URL. It's privately owned. ..............
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9 days ago
Tom Kirkman
One thing to remember is that the forum rules remain intact. That means discuss and disagree all you like, but insults, jabs, barbs, etc., still don't fly here. ..............
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10 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Short staffed. Give them a little time. ............
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10 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The 2023 International Custom Rod Building Exposition will take place on February 25 &26, 2023, at the MC Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem, NC. Booth contracts were sent electronically earlier this afternoon to the exhibitors that were on board last year. Roughly 1/4th of the floor had already been contracted for by 6:30 this evening. I think we'll have another great event. Those
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10 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The location of the choke guide has nothing to do with rod length. That's why on short rods with large diameter reels the choke would fall beyond the rod tip, which is correct. In that situation, you do the best you can and end up having to use the tiptop as the choke guide. Remember that for the same reel, on two different length rods, the butt guide and choke guide placement from the reel wo
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11 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Assuming you are using about the same reel on both rods, your butt guide and choke guide will be in the same position. So the only thing that is going to be different is the additional 6 inches on the 765. I'd think you could probably get by with one additional guide instead of two, although you might have to re-space a few of the running guides by just a tad. Either way, 8 guides on a 7 foot rod
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The test was simply to demonstrate that wraps coated with CP are not inherently weak and are only about 10% less strong on a direct pull than those wraps coated only with epoxy. In any event, both are more than strong enough to do what they have to do. .......
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12 days ago
Tom Kirkman
Phil Ewanicki Wrote: ------------------------------------------------------- > If you are interested in a rod's performance more > than its looks, especially in the case of fly > rods, WHERE a rod bends is more important than HOW > MUCH it bends. And the AA measurement covers that. ...........
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13 days ago
Tom Kirkman
The only thing I'll add is that this site was performing as well when I sold it as it was shortly after I started it. It's never been in any stage of decline. Even in the face of "modern" social media it was still the top of the heap in terms of continuing rod building information. And I think Aleks will keep it just as relevant, if not even more so, as it's been all these years. ..
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