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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 02-17-2019, 08:01 AM   #1
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Started it last night. The handle is on. Underwraps later today. I re-did another rod in between. I fixed the spacing on a ODM Nex1 that I made 2 years ago, moved the reduction guides and added a few more runners. That one comes off the dryer later today.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:24 AM   #2
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I see your completing your CTS line up. Great blanks.
Always wondered how individuals transition their fore grips to blanks. So many different personal ways. Back in the " cork" era, we would taper the cork with sanding /filing then apply a thin coat to incase and finalize to a neat ramp. With shrink wrap I use TM rod bond and form a ramp while slow spinning. Formed cork I was doing winding checks but now I create a ramp transition after I thread the butt wrap.
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Old 02-17-2019, 08:33 AM   #3
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I do like their blanks. I also still need to finish a flyrod (but my saltwater fly days are likely over unless I learn to cast lefty).

I will work on the ramp today. I will just use some D thread and then apply finish for a smooth transition. I will then wrap over and apply finish as needed with the goal of having everything even with the grip. I was just short on the last one but decided to leave it as it was since it looked pretty good. For me, the more that I mess with finish the better the chances of screwing something up.

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Old 02-19-2019, 05:41 PM   #4
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Underwraps on and first coat of finish.
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Old 02-23-2019, 04:45 PM   #5
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Old 02-23-2019, 05:19 PM   #6
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Golden rod? I like that base. The silver under makes it bright. You using blue over?
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Golden rod? I like that base. The silver under makes it bright. You using blue over?
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Yes and probably yes. I want ot see how it looks first tho.

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Even NCP red. I kinda like that with yellow. If not,u can't go wrong w/Black.
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Old 02-24-2019, 12:34 PM   #9
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Guide weight - before & after foot prep
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Those KT8'S r a pain to prep. Luckily its a quick grind.
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Old 02-25-2019, 07:50 AM   #11
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Yes, fingers get very close to the dremel.

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Old 02-25-2019, 07:53 PM   #12
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Manicure!!!
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Old 02-25-2019, 09:21 PM   #13
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Hopefully, I can get all the guides on tomorrow.
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Old 02-26-2019, 07:23 AM   #14
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Those looks real boss. Nice flair to the build. Beautiful change from today's stealth look. Looking way back at old rods built , color variation was popular.
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Old 02-26-2019, 10:29 AM   #15
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thank you

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Very nice. That is what makes it yours. Everything you can buy like was said before is all stealth.
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Old 02-26-2019, 06:43 PM   #17
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First coat of finish on today.
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