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Rod Building So, you've landed a nice fish on a plug you made, eh? Now, the next step, building your own RODS!

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Old 10-09-2018, 03:40 PM   #1
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Winter builds

It's a bit early, there's still plenty of fishing to be done but wrapping season will be here before you know it. I have less on the table this year. Another 3-6 vapor trail (deep blue) is the only surf stick that I have plans for. I picked up 2, one for a back up. The exchange rate is extremely favorable right now (vs last year, ~$150 less for 2 of them). Other than that I have 2 conventional rods that are half built. I'd like to finish one of them at least. Same goes for a affinity X 10wt flyrod.

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Old 10-10-2018, 06:18 AM   #2
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Looking to build another 9' (ish) spinner, something to toss maybe 1 - 4 oz. Havent purchased a blank yet, still looking around.

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Old 10-10-2018, 06:49 AM   #3
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Have a couple tip section repair/rebuilds to start .
Ferrule explosion on 1 and a stress break on other.
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Old 10-10-2018, 11:03 AM   #4
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I've had a Lami TriFlex blank sitting around for a while that needs to be built. Should be a nice BSB and Tautog rod. Maybe a light spinning rod for my wife and it sounds like I'll be getting orders for a light trolling rod from a few of the charter guys.
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Old 10-13-2018, 10:42 AM   #5
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Just stripped a xra1083 built as a conventional and rebuilt it as a light spinner using Titanium KL20H-KL10H-KL8m to KT 8 runners. This is a great layout for 9-10ft rods and 4000-5000 sized reels. The rod itself looks awful (since there is no foregrip to cover the old scars and I had no interest in repainting the blank) but casts the nuts. Plan to try it for shore albie stuff.
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Old 10-29-2018, 08:16 PM   #6
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The blanks were ordered 10/9, I should get them friday (or monday at the latest). Last year it took almost twice that to get them.

I will get guides around thanksgiving (good sales then) and start building it after the holidays.

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Old 10-31-2018, 07:51 PM   #7
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Good news - the blanks came today. the not so good news - they were 2 pc 50/50 split (not the one pc (28"/8'8"split). Trying to sort it out.

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Old 10-31-2018, 08:18 PM   #8
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Ouch! Plan on returning them?
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Old 11-01-2018, 08:36 AM   #9
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I got them thru HL. Heís checking to see what happened and what can be done. I donít really want a 50/50 blank.
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Only good reason is when the tip breaks. Seriously the 4-8 2 piece I did feel , cast & fish nice . Tip broke and trimmed to #9 . Still fishes great. Actually feels better with high end weights.
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Old 11-01-2018, 05:41 PM   #11
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I have considered that but aspect but it donít need 2 of them. Still waiting to here. Iím hoping it wonít be an issue. Iím not getting started on the builds until January. So no rush.
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Old 11-03-2018, 06:35 AM   #12
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Herb took care of it, getting 2 at the correct length. The others were sold at a reduced price.

Ps - Actually decided to get a 2-4 and a 3-6.

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I bet that 2-4 is a sweet action rod.
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Old 11-04-2018, 08:02 AM   #14
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Thatís what Iím hoping. It would cover the stuff that i throw 90% of the time.
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