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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
In the wintertime when humidity is low, you often get a static charge or shock when you touch your car key to the car door, to simply touch a doorknob in the house. This rarely happens in the summer when the air is a bit more humid. The solution is simple. Don't make a big deal out of how you resolve things. .............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
I used to sell those in my fly shop. Good blanks and rods, medium fast actions in a lower to mid-range carbon material. If I recall most of the finished rods built on these blanks came in at $99 to $130 or so. The "T" was for Travel if I recall correctly. They were easy to cast rods but did not have the speed of the upper range St. Croix rods from the same time period, such as the Legen
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Using an elephant gun to shoot squirrels is rarely efficient. ............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
The new books, Magic Wands and Legacy by Rich Forhan and Creative Rod Crafting by Nuno Paulino, will begin shipping tomorrow. Orders have been brisk and I may think about printing several hundred more of these in short order. They're mailing at book rate so if you have ordered please allow a week to 10 days for receipt. ...........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
No the slight increase in humidity will not attract nor cause dust to stick to anything, nor does it affect how epoxy sets and cures. ................
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Try increasing the humidity in your shop area a little bit. That'll take care of it. .........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
The only way to make that rod faster in action is to extend it from the butt. .............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Some of the exotic cork blends are much heavier than plain, natural cork. But they can be cored, of course, to return their weight to no more and sometimes even less than natural cork - .............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Adding line weight to a rod won't change the action - nothing can. Action is built-in. It's where the rod flexes, not how fast or slowly it flexes and recovers. .....
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
I think you're talking about speed, not action. Action is where the rod initially flexes, not how quickly it reacts and recovers. If you have any modern carbon rods that you have trouble loading, most likely you don't have the right line on them for the distance you're casting and fishing. Upline by one, even two, and you'll have a rod that feels like your old glass rods. .........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Because of the material and epoxy resin involved, graphite rods are not prone to take a set the way many older glass rods with polyester resin could and often did. ............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
You can do a short piece of heat shrink just to bind down the ends. If you like, you can overwrap the shrink tube with thread in your choice of color. It's actually easier to wrap thread on the shrink tubing than it is on the cork tape. ..............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
If your photo is too large the software can't render it for viewing. The internet is a low resolution medium and you don't need large image files for good viewing. I suspect if you reduce your image file size (quality) it'll go up quickly and show perfectly. ...........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
The "skid" marks on the black thread will disappear when you apply epoxy. .........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Action doesn't change by additional weight rod will still flex the same as it did before. Speed will be reduced, however. You are correct that additional coats of PG beyond the initial covering of the thread offer no further benefit, other than aesthetics. But even then you'd be hard press to ever get enough PG on the wraps to equal the weight of a single average coat of epoxy. You could put a
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
I can't imagine anyone trying to apply PermaGloss (or epoxy) under power. Joel is correct in terms of the best way to do it. I generally wait 1-hour between coats but because PG sets and dries by the amount of humidity present, this can be a little less or a little more. .........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
The advantage of PG is that it is water white clear, harder yet more flexible than epoxy and stronger. It really comes down to the look you're after (PG is more of an eggshell surface) and how much time you wish to spend applying finish. Epoxy is pretty much a one-step deal. PG is easier but takes multiple coats to get where you'll likely want to be. ............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
If you have a lathe just turn down the cork to the bare blank - creating the sort of tenon that you mention. Install a brick foam (urethane) arbor to the blank and mount the a butt cap over that. If you do not have a lathe you can still do this with a common wood rasp. You'll want to cut a smooth edge into the cork with a razor blade at the point above the portion you wish to remove, then file of
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
You shouldn't need a turner when working with PermaGloss. It goes on thin and sets very quickly. It's not likely to sag or drip. By the time you get to one end of the rod or the other, the rest will already be set. Prepare for multiple coats - a half dozen is not out of the question if you want a smoother finish. Apply it the same way you would epoxy - wet the brush and hold it just to the wra
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Mud Hole has some very firm EVA in bored un-shaped blocks. Remember that turning it at high speed creates heat that can soften it a bit. Use coarser grit or even turning tools to cut rather than abrade it and you'll keep the heat down. ...................
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Too many people from that "store" were using this forum as their personal advertising medium. It got to be a daily thing. So now you know why I had to disallow it. Otherwise, thanks for the kind comments I look forward to getting back to some more videos and other upgrades to the magazine. ...........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
The forest green may have been a lighter line weight series. Action is where the rod bends, not how stiff or soft it is. ........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
It has been awhile since I've been able to make new instructional videos for the magazine's Youtube channel but that is about to change. Over the next couple weeks I'll have 2 or 3 new videos up and hopefully can continue on that pace for a few weeks afterwards. In the meantime - ..............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Don't bother measuring where either guide is from the "end of the rod." Measure from the reel to those guides. Rod lengths vary. Guide placement per butt and choke guide are based on the reel, not rod length. .............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
No. ..........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Additional copies are available. They are in the process of being added to the RodMaker website. It will probably be sometime late next week. ..............
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
I feel your pain. The best thing to do is just not bother reading posts from other users that you know are not posting anything that would interest you. That's about the best you can do. ................
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
1960's. ...........
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3 months ago
Tom Kirkman
Turn it when it needs to be turned. No sooner and no later. How often will depend on the finish you use, where you are in the setting process and the temperature of your shop. Turn it when it needs to be turned. Do not turn it unless it needs to be turned. ...........
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