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» 27 February 2012 blogs.noreast.com/pdspeh69

RB 101 ~ Con't ~ BLUE rod Wrap ~ 2-24-12

Got the Red rod all wrapped and ready to Epoxy by Friday night...

The 3 St Croix rod blanks arrive Fri as well as the U-40 supplies to finish each rod.

In between wrapping - I wen to micheals Art store and bought a whole bunch of paint / gel/ marker pens to test for writing the stats on the rods.
Seems that the Uniball gel was the thinnest and most consistent to write with..just have to spray FIx it when complete..
Sharpie extra fine points where to wide..

can't wait to get 'em wet ==

the blue rod came out much better than the red -- the metalic thread is harder to work with..

pd

Gas @ $3.95

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» 24 February 2012

RB 101 ~ Con't ~ Handle Wrap & 1st guide Wrap ~ 2-24-12

Decided to get a few wraps in after work.

I really disliked the rear grip since I over sanded it nearly to the blank.. so after lookin@ some split grip rods...I decided to make a split grip look.

Came out really good...much better than the Hook keeper section.


Moved on to Guide wraps...1st one went well.. started @ the 30 guide...second one...not so much... unwrapped itself twice and looked like crap.. got really really made @ it...temper - temper... took me 2hrs to do 2 wraps...rediculous.
but I get it done..

should take me 2 more weeks...

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» 23 February 2012

RB 101 ~ Con't~ 1st Wrap - Homemade wrapper ~ 2-23-12

Built a wrapper this weekend
- much better than the one I bought @ Mud hole.
.so glad I looked up different homemade designs..

Slow going on the rod build... Still waiting for the U-40 finish..
Should be here in a day...not ready for it anyway.

it's 60 ~ degrees out!! == That's got to be around the record for Feb.

gas prices on the rise again...$3.95 per gall....$5 by summer?



pd



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RB 101 ~ Con't~ 1st Wrap - Homemade wrapper ~ 2-24-12

Built a wrapper this weekend - much better than the one I bought @ Mud hole..so glad I looked them up..

it's 60~ degrees out== got to be a record for Feb.

gas prices on the rise again...$4.09 per gall..



pd



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» 20 February 2012

RB 101 ~ Con't ~~homemade CORK LATHE / dryer~ 2-19-12

After looking @ many different designs for a Homemade cork lathe using a drill...

went to the hardware store and picked up the parts + the parts for a drying chuck/ finish chuck..
+ parts for a custom wrapping spool tower.

got it together in 1day and was spinning down some old rod handle ASAP.;.

the chuck is a little off and had a death wobble or 2 -- just takes many adjustments.

went a little overboard on the rear grip...went too deep..not bad for a 1st try.

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» 17 February 2012

Rod Building 101 ~ Con't ~~ Right parts +++ ~ 2-16-12

got the new parts in tonight..
`wind checks -perfect--
`but caps -perfect.

made some V-stands during the week to rest the rods on..

spend thrift since I sold $1k on Ebay -- turned around and bought a few rod things...
bought:
a little motor for drying from china.....we'll see

u-40 cork seal, permas gloss &

plus 3 St croix blanks on Ebay....a little over board -- I know..


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» 12 February 2012

Rod Buidling 101 ~~~~~~~~~~ 2-12-12

waited all week for my mudhole oredr.. couldnt wait to get started..Watched youtube vids of builder all week..great place for info..

Package arrived Fri - right on time for the weekend..

inspected all the parts....

and none of them would work...
-tip tops just too small...
-reamer to small and junk..I relized I need 3-4 differrnt sized reamers anyway..
-Rod handle kits ( like st croix ) too small..would be any cork left after I fit it..
and they forgot the Epoxy..

so I returned just about everything - except the hook keepers & another Fuji hardalloy guide set ( BYLG-309)

----
Decided I didnt want to pay $70+ for a set of reamers and I would make my own,,,, went to the store and picked up some sand paper, Epoxy, china marker and other supplies... Cut up some old rods with the right tapers and supper 77 glued 36 grit to - it --- WORKED PERFECTLY ! 2 buckS!

also - picked any organizer to put everything in


Made the 3 reamers I needed and was on a roll... got the grips and reall seat on..Sat night..solid as a rock the next day..

Step 2 = re order the exact items i needed based on the dims.. went to the Grand opening of Harbor Freight and picked a nice pair of Digital Calipers...so Now I know I have the Right Parts!

can;t wait to get the guides on//

Ebay Sales @ $900...sweet..


Pd

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» 06 February 2012

Rogue BLanks ~ 2-5-12

2-5-12...superbowl Sunday giants vs pats
Giants 21 Pats 17

went to the LI fishing Expo @ the Mariott ex 58---- 15 min form my house.. nice when the show is so close..
Not a big show.. and mostly geared for the surf fisherman.

Had the intention of buy a rod -- maybe a G>Loomis... but Stopped by a booth woth rod builder Steve Petri.. had tons of blanks

Bought 2 old stock Rogue blanks for $60 -- blanks worth $119 and $149 new..
711MB4:
1@ 10-20lb 1/4-3/4oz 90.125" (7'6")
MB703:
1@ 6-12lb 1/4-5/8oz 85.875" (7'2")

also got some Fuji seats and some cork...but it looks like I will need a few things from Mudhole to do the job..: ($96 more worth..)

1/16" tip ID .. Need 2 tip tops fuji..

Cork butt ends= 1/2" long
1@ 9/16 insert -1/2"

1@ 19/32 insert - 9/16"

5/8 dia @ the end... Look for corks
Front cork set 3"
Rear cork 8". At croix = 7.25"

2 hook keepers
2 plastic rings to hold the top corks in place

How to affix corks to blank..

Each rod:
$30 for blank
$15 for guides
$20 For Cork/ seat kit
$4 for tip top
$2 for thread
$1 for sticker
$2 for epoxy

$74 each...


St Croix Bass spinning rod spec:
rod Guide Spacing Inches from top Guide size

7'0L-M" 4"-8.5"-13.5"-19.5"-27"-36"-49" 30-20-16-10-8-7-6

7'6L-M" 4.5"-9.5"-15.5"-22.5"-30.5"-41"-54" 30-20-16-10-8-7-6


pd




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» 04 February 2012

1984 Treasure Found === Nick Karas Guide to Saltwater Fishing ~ 2-4-12

1984 Treasure Found === Nick Karas Guide to Saltwater Fishing ~ 2-4-12

While Digging through some old bins & cleaning out the basement this winter-
I found a few treasures of mine:
1983 & 1984 Nick Karas Guide to Saltwater Fishing both signed to me @ the Boat show of that year. It's really great to see these again..I thought they were thrown away long ago.

pd



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TWINS ~ 2012 Shimano Stradic 3000FJ ~ 2-3-12

Just picked up 2 new twin 2012 Shimano Stradic 3000FJs

Nice to have 2 new reels - Nicest reels I have ever had to start the season... $149.99 ea on the Bay..

We'll see how they hold up.

-The bail wire is smaller than the Saros.

-the clicker is different...they changed the shaft to Plastic gear? WhY?I will be closely monitoring that.

-Wider body than Saros

- Handle is smaller as well. but the new X-ship brought down from the Stella is suposed to improve the amount of pressure you can put on the handle / fish.. we'll see about this as well..

- Doesn't even come close to loading 145yds of 20lb braid on..I over loaded the real @ 125ish..takes more like 110yds.

-trying out the NEW Power Pro Super 8 ...havent bought new braid in a few years..suposed to be smoother casts and silent..we'll see about that as well.


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