Great colors. Nice work.
Awesome - Again!
It's always best to start with the basics. You've built a nice rod for your first and you're going to be stoked when you catch your first fish on it.
That's outstanding Jake.
First off, it sounds like this will be your first closed cross-wrap, but you didn't say if you've done any other cross-wraps (open) or not. If...
A rod that beautiful will most definitely make $$.
Love the corn dog graphic.
Very nice look.
Nobody does theme rods better than you Jim. I like the rifling effect.
So, where is it that you purchase these Fuji HB guides with SIC inserts?
Sorry, I don't have that info.
The tuna popping rod is using 80# braid too.
You would most likely find the best guidance for this build from the popping experts (like black hole), as that's a very specialized technique and...
That's a nice looking rod! Is this your first rod post here? Hope it's not your last.
I'm loving this one Jim. Between the extra cool graphic of the wahoo and the very cool STTWs bordering it, you knocked it out of the park.
Silicone Nitrate. You just think they're SIC.
I'm old and my memory sometimes plays tricks with me, but the way I remember it, Fenwick's colors were proprietary. They were similar to the...
As said above - no thread finish for the blank. It won't last and will crack and peel.
I'm going to have to call them SIN guides and not SIC, because the SIC are only available with a gray frame. The SIN insert pretty much looks...
NO PROBLEM! In fact your rod will look good longer by applying a light coat of finish on every thread layer. I've been doing them that way for...
I'm seeing red - and I like it!
Looks good in the shade too!
Killer job Jake. Love the hot colors.
Very nice work.
No doubt about those being custom. Beautiful.
You can use nylon white thread without color preserver to make a clear (almost) wrap.
She did good! Beautiful work, as always Jim.
Excellent work Patrick. Extra points for all metallic too.
Very nice Ray.
Lovin' the blues.
Fantastic work Robert!
Grant, Thanks for making me feel better about my computer skills. The threads are time stamped you know.
Steve, thank you so much for sharing...
A few recent wraps.
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Hope it does well and helps the Vets.
Nice clean wraps - looks great.
Steve Tomiyama (8 Week Wonder) was kind enough to send me a selection of Gudebrod matt finished metallic threads that I had missed when they were...
Always amazing work Steve.
Atta' boy Alex!
Another winner Jake.
Nice work Jake.
Are you going to fishing the rod "stand-up" or from a chair? If stand-up, you need a "short" butt. I'm not sure if Pac-Bay makes a short in...
You be stylin' Mike! Very nice looking rod.
I've done them both ways you mentioned, but I usually make the first one and then match the rest to it. It helps if you keep good track of your...
Do the bristles stay attached Steve?
The flex coat brushes can be easily flattened with a pair of needle nose pliers, just behind the bristles.
Looks good Alex.
Looks killer Barry.
Beauties both. Excellent work Jake.
Really unique work. Love it!
Excellent work Robert.
Awesome on every level. Special is an understatement with this rod.
Doesn't look like you paid too much.
Thanks for your comments guys.
Glad I could help Mike.
Your biggest problem is the lack of taper on the cross-wrap, which causes your tie-off wrap to jump down to the blank, leaving the gap. You can...
I started my wrapping season last fall with a build for a new customer. He wanted a 50# stand-up trolling rod. He liked his rod enough to order a...
Awesome, beautiful work Jake.
I'm thinking your son is going to be an artist when he grows up. Excellent color choices.
You did a great job putting that together. I really...
Glad to see you posting your beautiful work here Jim.
Really nice work. Hope the blank proves to be worth the effort.
From the sound of what you're describing, it would most likely be in need of stripping and re-wrapping.
I coat the base wrap before wrapping the guides.
Exactly what "custom built" means. WTG Art!
There's nothing wrong with that build and doing together with your son makes it a super build.
You should figure the costs involved with building the rod into the final price. Brushes of any kind cost $. So does masking tape, blades,...
You nailed it Brad!
For years I used sable brushes and cleaned them. When the Internet came along and I could see work from other builders I saw that my finish work...
It's official, I'm stuck on fish wraps.
This time it's a faux tigerfish design over a Pro-Wrap "Versa-Blend" variegated metallic base wrap....
Very nice set of rods. Way to go Patrick.
They are for sure different. Nice looking guide wraps.
Yes, the Punta Colorada hotel is closed.
I would have never thought you could have saved that Uni-butt. Must have took a lot of elbow grease.
Nice save Mike.
Thanks for the corrosion up-date Alex. Good info.
Those tangle proof guides are very popular in Florida and the gulf coast. Let us know how they hold up to the elements (corrode).
Looks good KC. I'm sure your daughter is happy.
Is the handle pink came EVA? Hard to tell what it is in the photos.
Please keep posting you...
Well, from what I can tell from the photo and the vids, I'd say it looks like you've built more than one. I'm a little confused about the videos...
Mud Hole has them.
It's doable, but not really a good idea, unless you're an old guy with lots of experience doing that sort of thing. You can buy travel blanks (or...
You can make your own water slide decals with a ink-jet printer. There are some limitations, but as long as you use dark colors over a lighter...
There is another option.
The chrome seat is an old Lakeland ferruled seat, that like the ferrules above, are no longer made. However, the Pac...
Theme rods are always fun to build. As Grant said, you're coming along nicely Alex. Keep 'em coming.
I got some more to load. ?????
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Calstar Grafighter 7465M/L, Pac-Bay seat and gimbal, Fuji SIN guides. At least it's a different kind of fish wrap this time.
Likin' this one!
Like brand new.
You didn't happen to loose a rod last summer near Costa Azul, did you? I have a nice tip section of what looks to be a Cousins travel rod that a...
Yes, there are super pandas in Loreto and larger gringo type boats as well. I've fished there a few times with a captain who uses his own boat....
I probably have most of what you want Mike, but you're going to have to wait till I die to get it. I'll let my wife know you you're interested.
Rod looks great Kevin - GO GET 'EM!
Soriana's and most of the larger markets usually have squid slabs and they're much cheaper than buying locally from the tackle store or the bait...
I believe those reel seats require a special rear grip (it's made for it) and Winn doesn't make one. You could get a regular painted seat and...
That's awesome Steve! Good choice doing the Throop borders.
Looks great, but needs a reel seat.
Sorry buddy, but that's art!
Where were you fishing? Pesdcadero, La Rebera, Muetros?
Yeah - "kinda' pretty." Nice work Jake.
Those are all masterpieces. You really make unique art.
Looks as good as the last one!
Great idea to use the two piece reel seat in your application. Versatility is important in a travel rod.
OK,I looked around and found the instructions. This should help. I don't have a scanner, so just took photos.
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Everyone seems to be on the right track, but explaining it in writing is difficult to understand (even for me).
As mentioned, your wrapping on a...
Thanks for your comments gents.
You'll have to talk to your local rod builder for that info. I'm not a "real" rod builder - I just make art you can fish with.
Really nice Jake. I'm liking all your tape creations.
With regard to your time frame, you need to know that the closer to September it gets the more likely you could have to deal with a hurricane. If...
I think about half the cross-wraps I've done over the years have been fish wraps. They have always seemed appropriate for a fishing rod. This is...
Well, it would most likely be cheaper to fish Baja. Costa Rica and Panama charters are generally more expensive. From where you are time to get...
I've caught them in both locations. Probably the most important issue for your decision would be time of year you're looking to fish.
They look to be color preserved.
I agree Casey, they do make great unique under-wraps. Here's a couple I've done.
I'm trying to figure out how to convert it to a thread wrap.
One pattern would have been a lot of work and taken a lot of thought - but two! You...
Beautiful work, as always.
That is a nice blue. So, what kind of thread is it?
Another way that happens is from not wrapping tight enough as you climb the guide foot. Some guys try to move the thread forward at the start of...
WOW! Stunning work Len.
First off, I'm loving the look of the build.
The finish progression photos and write-up are great. That's almost the way I do them too. One...
Steve, I don't think it's appropriate to answer that here, as MHX is not a sponsor of this site and there is another fine blank maker that is....
These two rods will be the last for the tackle store for a while. These are my cheaper options, so nothing too fancy or time consuming in the...
Awesome work Brad!
I love your sense of humor Len. Nice tutorial too.
The label has both the logo and rod specs on one label and also a serial number of the blank for the warranty. You apply it to the rod.
I think we need more information before we can make an informed recommendation.
What will you be fishing for with these rods? Are you stand-up...
I just wish All businesses were as good as Voodoo.
Well, it's an old one that hasn't been made for awhile. Their designs change and that guide was replaced with a better, lighter "turbo" style...
Maybe I can help a bit.
You're talking about what we call the "tells." It's where each wrap starts and stops. Some builders pride themselves on...
Nice work Jeff.
Looks to me like they were made by a pro. If you can master that fade, you'll do just fine with everything else.
I thought it might be. It will get down to me next month. Hope I can make something worthy with it.
Even the STTW says wahoo! Just awesome Jim.
WOW! I love this one Steve. Beautiful color.
Coming along nicely.
Nice work Einar. The Throop wrap is real "tiger-ee."
You're a better man than me Steve.
That really looks nice. Great work.
Custom rods are always special. She'll love it I'm sure, as it was made "special" for her.
Keep up the nice clean work.
Scares me and I aint afraid of nothing.
Awesome work, as always Steve.
Nice clean work Freddy. You have the right to be proud of it.
You nailed it!
You're welcome Kevin. They needed a job.
This one is a MHX graphite blank that I'm going to keep for "testing" purposes (that's what I told my wife). It's rated for 30-80 pound line, got...
WOW! WOW! WOW!
Well said brother.
Catching 'em with style!
Awesome looking rods! Someone's going to be very happy.
That's going to draw a lot of interest at the show. Looks like you've done SDPWs before (oh yeah, I guess you have).
Looks like fun. I love that area.
For your resin 60 degrees is cold. The microwave trick works, but I'd suggest you just stick it somewhere above 70 degrees for awhile and see if...
Was it cold where you stored it?
Welcome to the addiction Art. The story was great and your work is very impressive for your experience level. Hope we see a lot more from you in...
Very nice Jake.
Awesome colors and perfectly composed.
Well done, as always.
I don't feel the roller bearing guides are worth the extra cost, as I've never actually seen a AFTCO roller fail (they use bushings). And yes,...
That would not work. The frame would need to designed to hold the bearing race.
Did you look at the "thread about thread?"
Twice the fun actually, as I had to cut off the first cross-wrap and do it again.
Looks like I need to check out the Gudebrod source too. As far as a replacement thread goes, in my opinion the Pro Wrap colorfast is a better...
Well, that was nice surprise. Good for you.
Glad you're back at it Bill. Doesn't look like you lost anything in your absence. Nice clean wrapping.
Poly thread is much harder for me to...
Your color combo does not have enough contrast for the bottom wrap. You can always get good results with Throop wraps with simple black and white...
Nick, You'll probably have a hard time finding that thread, as it's Clemens and has not been available for decades. It's more turquoise than teal.
This one is for the tackle shop rack once they've sold one that's already there. I don't have much on the books right now and no looming...
OK Patrick, give us a tutorial on focus stacking please. Your photos are amazing and mine always suck.
Adrian had a very merry Christmas. Beautiful work.
Really well done Patrick.
Excellent work Len. Love the marble look.
Well, "cold" is a relative term. Morning temps have been mid-sixties with afternoons mid to upper seventies, but after 30 years in Alaska my...
I don't know why the system double posted the photos on the blue rod, but it was most likely operator error (mine).
These two rods will fill up the rack at the tackle shop and are my more moderately priced selections, so I wanted something quick, but they still...
I think it was just my monitor. You really did good on the build amigo.
I think that's the coolest predator wrap I've seen.
Man that's sharp! Really like it Steve.
I think maybe the matt thread wasn't available for very long, so not many builders have it. I only have...
Well, you're totally addicted now Alex. Welcome to the club.
Rod looks great. I'm not sure if it's the photos, but the JTDS's are hard for me...
Awesome work Steve.
Really like this one - and it even has a reel seat.
The job is professional. Nice and clean.
Yes, it's pretty bright.
I'm sure he'll be happy with that. Nice work.
Lovin' the gunmetal.
Em' Aaron, you have a bunch of answers on your previous post already.
It's beautiful! Really well done Jake.
Likin' me some purple! Very nice work Einar.
Guacamaya is a popular lure color combo here on the East Cape. It's a combo of neon yellow, orange and green. I've been wanting to build a rod...
If you don't know what colors you like, how can anyone else?
Because the blank is brown, all earth tones will work well with it.
It's a pretty basic procedure, but it sounds to me like you'd be better off having a rod builder do it for you.
Amazing work, as always.
Any of you guys notice how old this thread is? Jon doesn't even visit us any any longer.
WOW! Lovin' this one.
Although an aluminum seat is heavier than a plastic one the weight of the reel will be all you'll really feel. As long as your build is properly...
I agree with Chuck. The blank can be built either way with no issues. The popping blanks I've seen are ferruled close to where the handle ends...
You should talk to whom ever is going to build the rod, but unless it's a IGFA blank, it's not designed to just slap a aluminum butt on.
Thanks Steve. This was the first time I've used the Electra. I've got some other ideas for it now.
They look awesome! Hope someone orders a set of trolling rods soon, so I can try them out. I really like the color options with the lighter guides.
Naw - in order to be cheating I'd have had to break a rule.
I really can't build a totally black fishing rod. When I've been asked to do so in the past I've just told the customer they needed to find...
Very nice and clean work.
Another masterpiece Steve. Beautiful.
High sticking breaks are pretty much always 12-14 inches down from the tip. This rod is broken in several places, so I don't believe it was from...
Another beauty Jake.
Looks awesome Steve. Bill's been wanting that for quite awhile.
Not boring at all. I like the sexy wet shot.
Well, you did get some brown in there. Not too sure about the "not fancy" part though.
Nice work amigo.
That rod just looks RIGHT!
That was a great fish story! Thanks for taking me along for the ride.
There's a lot going on there for "nothing special."
That one shines! Love the color combo.
That pops! Nice work Steve.
WOW! The fade over the dragon scales really kicks it up a notch.
Bill's not a quitter - he'll never be done.
Thanks again guys.
Steve - My tigers don't always come out like I'd like them to either, but it's always fun to see what's there when removing...
The red one in my post (Trollers) has a metallic red top. It is also in the base on this one, but I've used NCP on the bottom also.
Better than new!
These two rods are for my display at East Cape Tackle. Both are built on Calstar GF7455XH blanks and have Pac-Bay aluminum butts and AFTCO HD...
Yeah, Voodoo metallics are the best! Almost as easy to work with as nylon thread. One problem is they only come in size A.
I've done very little marbling, so I'm for sure no expert, but I think I read somewhere that when using Testors paint for marbling you should pour...
Thanks for sharing Steve.
FANTASTIC! That's beautiful Steve and it's always extra credit for different.
She's going to be very happy.
Top notch work, as always.
You'll need to make them yourself.
It looks like it's going to punish something.
TEST! Before you try it on the rod. Master it on a test piece.
I think it might be easier than you think. Most likely it will need color...
Beautiful! The spaced over-wrap really bumps it up a notch.
I had some sticky skirts on some lures a few years ago (I think they were Moldcraft) and gave them to my wife for a garage sale, because I didn't...
Thanks for your comments guys.
The customer liked it enough to order another one just like it.
Yes, lot of scales. They're under all the guides. Missed posting a photo of the tip section of the rod.
The season is changing down here and it's been cool enough to do a little rod building. Only working for a few hours in the morning, before the...
Those will work!
You put a lot of time into these wrap experiments Doc. Thanks for sharing them. I've now got about a million ideas floating around in my head....
Yep - nice finish work too. Bravo!
That's beautiful Mark. Thanks for showing it here.
I don't know how to post a link here, sorry.
Hey guys, I'm bringing this thread back up to let anyone interested know that Mud Hole currently has a similar adjustable seat listed in their...
Your guide is wrong about "getting between the teeth" as their teeth interlock top and bottom, like seriated scissors.
I'd stick with the single...
Really nice work Jake.
YOU CHEATED! There's red in there too.
Looks really nice Grant.
So, you want to use mono for trolled flies? They can bite through 180# as easily as 50#. You'd be better off with single strand wire on flies....
Looking good so far. Show it finished.
Great colors. Beautiful work, as always Jim.
Because we all build rods from scratch, we don't know much about factory rods to make the comparison. I was trying to find a blank that compared...
I did a test a number of years ago (when I found I couldn't get Godebrod any more) with Godebrod, Pro Wrap and Pac Bay black. They all looked to...
swami805 basically answered this question right below your post Jim. The poly thread is stretchier and doesn't burnish well (using the same...
I have to agree with Grant. I haven't had any issues with PacBay thread either.
It should be mentioned that Madeira, Fuji and Voodoo Selects are...
I've found knots in every brand of thread I've ever used.
Sorry Barry. That hurts.
I had one come in recently too. A Phenix.
Gotta' keep the graphites away from the nimrods.
OK guys, I feel like I need to set the record straight (or at least straighter). You guys that come down once or twice a year and fish for a few...
That's another masterpiece Doc. You need to do a tutorial on water slide decals next.
Yeah, that's me - the old fat guy.
OK old man, you failed to notice that this was an old thread and it was for the same guy that I made the 4 rod set for last spring. You saw those...
Alex, The rod in the photo belonged to the charter boat and it was the frame of the reel that failed (it's a lot thicker than any reel seat). You...
Hi Robert, The jigging rods like the Black Hole are parabolic actions and they bend all the way to the seat, which is why most of those type of...
Classic and classy. I really like this one Jim.
This goes with the question above about a reel seat for an 60-80# spin rod. Plastic is not a good choice for heavy drag pressures. If your build...
For that heavy of line I'd use an aluminum seat.
You told me that before Doc. Seems funny to me as there are a whole lot more people killed in auto accidents up there than down here. Also, it's...
Another Oscar worthy production Cecil.
My favorite thing about STTWs is the "not knowing for sure what you're going to get" until you pull the...
For trolling rods they're about all I use. Makes the rod much easier to remove from the rod holder with a big fish pulling on the line.
With a 91/2 inch cut your build should end up right at 6 foot with a #2 short butt.
You put the second photo in just in time Bill. I was going to give you shit for showing only one. That yacht be stylin'
Line rating is the important factor. If the rod is for less than 20# line, the single footers are fine, but if more then I'd use the double foot...
With your blank options I'm assuming this will be a stand-up rod and your choices are both good for that application. The blanks are designed to...
You wanted "custom" and you got it.
Well I like it a lot! That's beautiful Steve.
I'd say you had a worth while walk (hope the cramp departed).
Cool story. Thanks for sharing it.
Nice fade. Thanks for posting and keep 'em coming.
FANTASTIC! Beautiful work Steve.
Beautiful work on all Mark. Good to see your work here - it's been awhile.
Black/white and beautiful.
WOW! Really liking the JTDS variation.
Your thread work looks great Tanner.
Very nice. Like the scales wrap.
Super STTW and everything else looks good too. I don't understand why you'd cover the cool tiger with the company logo though. Do they pay you?
Sad that I have nothing else to wrap at the moment
A true rod building addict will find a way. You're doing really well.
An attention grabber for sure.
Saltydawg has a video in the tutorial section here that has a better option than the rustoleum mentioned above.
Very nice for your experience level. Keep 'em coming.
Fantastic! I really like the marble job on this one Jake.
Way to go Bill!
Perfect - as always.
Yeah - what Chuck said!
It's OK for you to post all those views of the tiger, but please lets not make it a requirement. Taking pictures is the...
Nice looking rod - like THAT'S a surprise.
The votes were tallied before I saw it, but the decision was the correct one.
Looking forward to seeing the final product.
June is normally a great month for big roosters. We have good numbers of them here in the Los Barriles area at that time. However, if you want...
Beautiful rod Doc. I'm sure Mike will love it.
I like that this thread has inspired some new blood to post their work. Hope you all will continue to share your work here.
Here's a few more of...
You nailed it Alex!
I think I'll start ordering mine from you Alex.
I'd have bought both too Alex.
It's going to be a custom rod - you don't get paid to advertise for the manufacturer, so why put their name on it?...
I like your fade. What will you fish for with this rod and what line size?
The photos are not coming up for me.
I don't really know about monel. Didn't even know it was used any longer.
That's a cool looking rod Barry. I like the two color branch work.
Another masterpiece in Bill's art collection.
Yes, they look like Hardloy rings. And yes, they'll hold up just fine for your application.
When a Urishi isn't a Urishi! I like Different.
WOW! Colors match the theme perfectly.
That's pretty much the same as I've done them. Didn't want a big bump with a pull under.
Extra nice! The mono over-wrap looks really cool.
That one shines! LIKE!
The fly blank is for 8 weight line.
Can you give some more details on the 51/2 footer? Tip size and butt size. The number seems to be for a...
That thing is wild!
Just start surfing these pages.
More nice work Jake. I'm liking the different colors and marbling style you used.
I don't see anything wrong Patrick. I'd have failed several times with a decal that long - so you did good. As Doc says - progress not perfection.
Looks like a Pro made it to me. Nice and clean.
Well that's a bit of a different build for you Jim. Size wise that is.
Really nicely done.
I'm sure Mike will think it was worth the 20 year wait.
Awesome work Doc.
Yet another beauty!
OMG! I think I might have a problem.
the X-Raps get bit much better on mono. You'll loose one now and then, but mostly you won't loose them. You'll need the wire for the...
A lot better than my first one. Now catch something with it.
Looks like you mastered the fade in the end, so worth the effort. Beautiful rod.
Beautiful - again!
That's just superb!
I think your "stab" hit the mark.
Love the color pallet.
Nice work on the fade.
Yep, I can see them now. Very different and I'm sure blingy in the sun. What type of thread did you use?
Lovin' dat one mon!
I've just got question marks where the photos should be.
Nice tribute - beautiful rod.
Looks like pay backs are a bitch. Still wrong though.
OK, where did the guide train suggestion come from? Is the suggestion a general one or was it for a specific blank/type of fishing? Was it for a...
Of course, I don't like the theme (GO BRONCOS), but this rod is cool! Like the alternating guides (they're crooked though).
My advice would be to practice wrapping some guides on an old rod or piece of dowel before actually working on a rod. You can also practice...
First time I've seen that under a guide. Looks killer Len.
If you already knew the answer, why did you ask the question and waste my time.
Build your rod as you like.
The guide train they gave you was for a conventional rod.
Double wraps of size A is all you needs. In fact, wrapping with A thread has been shown to be stronger than C or D, due to more wraps on the...
I'd agree with Chuck.
Chris, the first thing I see that could be a problem is using 40# line on a blank rated for 20-30#. Next issue is you don't need that many guides...
Liking this one Jake. Nice work.
Lucky winner! Nice tiger.
That's nice Steve.
I think your formula was intended for a fresh water spinning rod. For offshore rods I generally use a 10 inch rear grip, which comes out about...
I really like the marble style - works perfectly with the dodo theme.
Nice work Tim.
Nicely done Bill. You've got that place nailed!
Yep - what Len said.
I'm starting to think that maybe Bill needs an intervention.
Beautiful work, as always Jim.
Nice clean work - BRAVO!
Nice work Tim.
I'm a big fan of that HOT fade myself.
OK Doc, I watched these videos again and except for the hat on the giant tuna and the tarpon with a gators head, I couldn't find anything unusual....
You got some really pretty wraps there Doc.
In regard to the video, we were all just paying attention to what you were doing. If we'd have been...
Doc, I suspect that any builders that weren't on Bloodydecks years ago when Comidie (Dave Houser) was posting his CKW (comedies' kaleidoscope...
Really cool Steve. It's always fun to be creative.
I think the tape will hold up fine to the sun. Even thread fades in time. I'd put a coat of...
I like these colors.
How was the "catching?"
No blotchy CP on this one Doc?
OK, I'm familiar with the boats and the captain and mate. I just didn't realize they were charter boats.
Looks great Jake.
I've used the tape as a base and wrapped over it with thread, sans CP, for a interesting effect. You can also do a double open...
I've never heard of them and I live here.
Who is it?
Bill - try it on a test wrap first. Try everything on a test wrap first.
After seeing Jim's work, we ALL suck! Just gotta' get used to it.
Love this one.
Glad you found these Doc, as they do show the blotchy CP effect better.
The mono side almost looks like abalone.
Tell Rocky I hope he recovers soon.
That's a really nice looking rod!
I believe that last year was the first year for the tuna shootout. They've held a dorado shootout for about ten years though.
They have the...
Although every year is different, mid- May to mid-July would normally be your best option for both species.
Keep em' coming Doc.
Don't worry about boring anyone Doc. You aren't!
The mono topped side on this test is fantastic!
More interesting stuff Doc.
I'm kinda' liking the base wraps in all three threads, as art on their own.
Awesome! Love the color combo.
Nice work Patrick.
I believe those are e-glass blanks. I built a few of the Pac-Bay blanks and they are fine, but they were less powerful models than what you're...
As always, leading the way and teaching others.
Cool stuff Doc.
Very nice work Jake.
I like it - it don't look too Raidery.
STTW works for me.
Well done Jake.
Really nice work Steve.
Pretty rod. I don't think I know anything about that blank. What's the line rating?
Cool patterns in the Throop wrap. Nice work, as always.
Either will work in your application. Time to make your own choices (and mistakes) Alex.
Really liking this one Jake.
That looks great Robert. And Scott likes it too.
OH YEAH! Love the color combo.
More eye candy!
Solid glass blanks are better now then they once were, but the main difference is purely price. E-glass is not as prone to breakage from high...
Jim doesn't always do cross-wraps, but when he does they're perfect.
Flex-coat lite for me and DII. If you're just getting back to building, do some test pieces and apply finish with what you're used to and any...
This one's extra nice Jake.
Another clean machine.
Dorsal fin says it's a striper. At least 200 pounds (assuming you are normal size).
Nice work Einar.
Bill has the most awesome set of rods on the planet!
OK - that's cool!
That's a very cool look Steve. Is the faux snake skin a SDPW?
East Cape Tackle rents the rods/reels (the place mentioned at the entrance to town). You can buy your lures from them, but nobody rents lures....
Not really a trick - you just have to measure them.
Like the camo marble. It really looks camo.
Up locking or down locking depends mostly on the application. The idea is to keep hands off the threads, as they're uncomfortable.
A few more.
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Naw - you added trim rings - so it's OK. Very nice work Grant.
Top shelf, as always.
WOW! This one pops!
Thanks again guys.
Nice work. Liking the spiraled base on the grip.
Really top notch work on both rods Patrick. I don't think there was any problem with your burnishing on the tiger - they just sometimes come out...
No better memorial to a fisherman than a set of Trelikes rods.
As always, beautiful work Jim.
Jim, there is no such thing as stealing in regards to rod building. Who did the first cross-wrap?
I'm glad to have inspired you to try it. Just...
Very distinctive look Tim. Nice work.
Alex, since your going with the Rainshadow order everything from Utmost and Grant can size everything for you.
Now that's what it's all about. Nice butt!
I like it.
Truly a masterpiece! The metallic pieces is genus.
Yes Grant, it's really purple.
Todd, the winding check is from Mud Hole and are available to 20mm ID.
This lady customer picked all the colors used in this build, however, because I'd been wanting to make this design for quite awhile, I may have...
The original seaweed soup was one of my favorite works of art from you Jim. This one looks equally awesome.
Good story too.
Really nice work Len. The variegated gold comes out looking like real scales on a "real" dragon - which is very cool.
The path is clear
Though no eyes can see
The course laid down long before.
And so with gods and men....
Awesome work as per usual Doc.
Lots of work there. Nicely done.
Slacker! Looks really good.
Yep! That's pretty refreshing looking. Nice work.
I'm guessing the 80's versions didn't have the JTDS though.
Perfect work, as always.
Yep, that one looks good too!
The results look great! Doesn't look like you're rusty at all.
Now THAT'S old school cool!
Nicely done Jake.
Los Barriles pangas:
Cuyuyo's (from the U.S.) 011-52-624-2059
Tito Cota Perez (from the U.S.) 011-52-624-113-1935
Hotel Pescadores (good option...
As stated above the whole area has good roosters and you will do much better with a lot of sardinas for chum. So, a panga is your best bet. They...
Just right - as always.
They will repeal the finish in places and stick in others. If you do a thread wrap over it the finish will stick just fine. You need a couple of...
Yep, black metallic looses its metallic properties with finish. Where is the dragon scale on the rod?
Liking this one.
Looks perfect to me!
You can't improve unless you keep doing them.
Looks pretty damn good! I like what you did with the grip and can't even guess what you did on the guide wrap.
Nice save Don.
The problem with experience is there's only one way to get it.
Nice looking set Jake. Jim's going to be happy.
Well, these earth tones aren't seen much on big water rods and it had been quite awhile since I've built one in these colors, so decided to knock...
Everybody applies finish differently, so you'll need to take all this advice and figure out for yourself what works for you.
I apply by hand to a...
I'm sure they'll think the rod is TOTALLY worth the wait.
As always the best from the best. And I always like your stories Doc.
Leading the way once again. Those basket weave handles don't look like fun at all.
Looks like lots of good family memories. Nice report and photos.
Are using the rod on the East Cape? If so, I suggest using 12mm guides as your smallest (including tip), as leader knots will pass easier. The...
Thanks Jim. That's helpful info.
Another beauty Jim. What do you think about the Winn Grip?
Thanks for being YOU Doc!
That's a lot more than "semi photo worthy." That's top notch.
This is all so cool Doc. Thanks again for posting it here.
You've come a long way in a short time Patrick. These are very well done.
A salute to Captain America!
More awesomeness! Thanks for posting it here Doc.
Nice experiment Jake. I'm sure it looks better in person, but most Throop wraps do. I'm liking the rest of the workmanship too.
She's beautiful Bill. But, my favorite rod build of yours was the "rat rod" you did years back. Been missing seeing your work here too.
Awesome work Doc. Sorry to say that I haven't heard the band, but I'll be listening to them before the day's done.
That's a lot of work, but the result is awesome!
This is a spinning rod for the tackle shop rack. Calstar GF700M, AFTCO seat, EVA grips, rubber gimbal and some older style Fuji SIC spinning...
pushing the envelope again! Beautiful.
Didn't leave any marks on this handle and it's tight.
Swami805 - Yes, tightening the hoods to the reel also locks it in place.
Mtnfshr - I don't remember seeing them in the catalog, but I don't use...
Once again, you show us a masterpiece and and how it was made. I love your work Steve.
I was doing some random searching here in the rod building section and got caught up looking at posts about deckhand grips and the issues involved...
Very nice work Einar.
Those CTHDs are fantastic.
I think we need some more. So, here's a few more of mine - show me yours.
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I'm old too, so I know what you mean about vision problems and other age related issues with rod building. It takes me a lot longer to do things...
I don't know what the cut-offs looked like, but your results here look perfect. That's an excellent wrap, even if it had been your hundredth.
We got spammed!
Lookin' good Jake.
Last year I posted a old school style rod that was an addition to a set that I've been building for a customer/friend for about 12 years, a couple...
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Perfect, as always.
Hi Frank, There may be some evidence somewhere that proves you can get more line on the reel with hollow braid, but I have both types and I'd...
Looks great Jake.
Excellent! Love the red/black fades.
I think I've run out of words.
I figured there was wallboard tape involved, but couldn't figure out how. Good "outta the box" thinking.
That came out great Alex.
Still looks cool. And I'm still clueless as to what it is.
Really well done Brad.
That's awesome! Bet it won't be his last rod from you.
Thanks Jim Jeff and Robert.
Looks cool Jeff, but I have no idea what I'm looking at.
Going to be some happy folks at the show.
Looks great. Somebody will be very happy.
What color will your background be? As I'm seeing it now it looks like you want white for the back ground and the fish will be defined in black....
If that thing had a reel seat it would be perfect! Killer tiger and beautiful colors.
The cap was a rubber cap. The metallic silver and red are thread wraps.
Yes, it is longer than most, but the customer ask for it that way. I think the idea is to get the reel away from the body and this will do that,...
This one is a first for me. It's a Lamiglas 101/2 foot down-rigger/mooching rod, rated for 15 to 40 pound line and 1 to 6 ounce lures. It's not...
The guys that restore classic rods would be all over that stuff.
So talented and so sharing - you got it all Steve.
Very tasteful and nice clean work. Bravo!
If you have a copy of Dale's book then you have the language at your fingertips. That's where rod building lingo comes from. Just read it from...
Seriously Joe, every wrapper that wants to do cross-wraps should have a copy of Dale Clemens book - Custom Rod Thread Art. It contains everything...
Awesome - again!
You don't need no stinking' pattern.
All cross-wraps are combos of diamond wraps, split-diamond wraps and chevron wraps. For the fish, start...
The rod give away is all the reason any one needs to go to the show.
Masterful work as always.
Makes me wish I could go to the show. Very well done Einar.
Nice work, as always Jim.
I'd go for a tight fit, but then cut some groves (not too deep) for the epoxy.
Sounds like there isn't much difference between the blank diameter and the ferrule ID, so I'd just remove enough from the blank to make it fit.
Well, we know at least three people will be very happy.
Love those photo wraps Bill.
Like this one!
So, are you going to visit us in the future? Been making anything cool?
Nice clean work. Good job.
Nice work Mike.
Work looks good and wrapping tips are always helpful to someone.
Test wraps. Practice makes perfect.
I think it's the epoxy yellowing.
If he isn't happy with that he's too picky. Nice work.
I have a new neighbor that has agreed to bring down rod building supplies. He's from Chicago and in route at this time, so I threw together a...
Now that's a cool looking rod!
It's a great blank for 20#. I wouldn't fish heaver braid than that.
The guides are Fuji Hardloy and they'll work just fine with the braid.
Sounds like it will be your first time, so I'd say stop worrying about, as they're all pretty good.
Hey little Cobra! Awesome!
Thank you Steve.
Another masterpiece Steve.
If they're breaking in the top 16" it's due to high sticking. High sticking is a bad habit and also an inefficient use of the rod. You just need...
Thanks for your comments guys. Cosmo says it the perfect amount of purple.
Yeah, I knew you'd like it.
If I'd have had one in stock, it would be on this rod.
That's basically what this customer said he wanted for this rod. Bout as purple as I know how to make.
Blank is a Phenix Black Diamond Hybrid...
Very nice looking rod.
Because you mention the lighter weight of the Talica compared to 50 wides, I expect that you'll be stand-up fishing. If so, I'd recommend you...
Your in luck. We have lots of pangas available here and lots of good captains to put you on the roosters. The summer months are the best for the...
Looks like a very successful "attempt" to me.
Que bueno! Love the colors.
That looks killer Jim. You're always leading the way with great ideas. I see you used white thread in this one, which certainly makes the...
Very nice work Jake. Go catch a cow!
I'd say that's nice work. We always know where the mistakes are, but nobody else notices.
I can see your gaps in the guide wraps. As stated...
This is a 71/2 foot MHX tuna popping rod. Rated for 40 to 80 pound line. Features Fuji SIC surf spinning guides, Am-Tac seat, X-Floc over EVA...
Nice save Alex.
Very generous of you Steve.
As sexy as she is, Homer would only notice the donuts.
That's just stunning!
Love it! Of course, I'm a BRONCOS fan.
You've got a lot more detail in your wrap Patrick, so I'm going to have to catch up to you. Very nice work (especially with the mishaps and work...
The rake reduces line foul.
For reaming the cork, just keep rotating the grip as you ream to keep the hole centered. I'm assuming the seat is graphite and it can be reamed...
I think you meant auction. It's a local thing done by a group of snow bird gringas. There's no state funding for orphanages here, so they rely...
You'll laugh, but I started by taping it in place with black electrical tape. Then I wrapped over with black size D thread, building up the...
I'm donating this one for an up-coming auction to benefit a La Paz orphanage. Ten foot blank for 20 to 40 pound line and 3/4 to 4 oz. lures....
I haven't used many, but the ones I've built on are as nice as any other brands I've built on.
Top notch work for sure. Finishing the guide wraps like that would be challenging.
Thanks all, for the comments.
Nice to see your work posted here Kerry. That's weave will make your friends son very happy, I'm sure. Please post it again when finished.
Mistakes are always the best teacher. That's why I'm so smart today.
As Jim said, you can use the fact that nylon turns translucent without CP...
Unusual color combo and it works! Really nice rods.
A matching pair of Phenix Black Diamond Hybrids. A PHD660XH and a PDH660X2H. They feature AFTCO seats and gimbals, Fuji SIN guides, Smooth Butt...
Top notch, as always.
That looks like fun!
That's sweet Bill.
Your'e doin' fine. Nice looking rod.
Nice clean work.
Looks real nice.
"I murdered a Smurf." Now THAT'S funny!
Really like that blue. Are you going to do some pin striping on it?
You seem to have a factory rod available to look at, so measure the length of the seat and it's OD, which will give you an idea as to the size...
Well done Steve. I can imagine Santa Claus waving that thing around, like a magic wand.
Nice clean work Jeff. Keep 'em coming.
I've used Pro-Coat and it works OK. Found that mixing for the time they recommend is a necessity, or it...
Basically, your building a regulation 130# rod (Chair rod), so a number 6 butt, Big Foot guides sounds right. I think Seeker makes a...
That would be the way I'd do it.
So, now you've got some more experience, so it's all good. Mistakes are the best teachers.
Good luck with your search. I've never seen one listed in a catalog anywhere.
Given' up the goods again! You're just too nice Steve.
Sure you can do that. More work than it worth though.
Because your epoxy is colored, you could heat the high areas a bit and slice off some of the bulky areas and you'll still have the color. Then...
It depends on the line rating. Those are pretty light guides. Might cost a bit more, but you can "kit" your build up yourself and use a better...
That's a fantastic looking rod. Really nice.
Do you eat those jacks?
I'm not totally sure I understand your problem, but I'd start over if it was my build. Only going to cost for the grip.
Do I understand correctly...
Always the best work. Photos are special too.
Just awesomely beautiful!
Looks great Tim. I'm sure the recipient will be very happy.
Beautiful work, as always Jim.
What you got going on between the fore-grip and and first guide? Doesn't quite look like a tiger wrap. Maybe a...
Masterful! Love it Doc.
Well, you haven't lost your touch doing those stock rods. Really nice work.
Your tiger will work well with black and yellow on the bottom and black on top with one thread sacrificed.
This one uses the same recipe,...
Looks great! Nice work.
Now that's a cute one. As always, masterful work Steve.
I think that's a real nice tiger wrap.
While I've not used a lot of poly thread,the poly I have used is Voodoo (mostly). It is different to work with compared to nylon. It's more...
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Looks good Tim.
I like it! Matches the grips too.
I can't compare it to a Rainshadow, but I built myself a Bushido jigging rod a couple of years ago and I really like it.
He needs a new name - Lucky Larry.
Fade looks perfect and colors work well together. Nice done.
Another beauty! Really like the marble job.
Now THAT'S a fishing trip! I'd love to do that.
I'm hearing G-L-O-R-I-A Another masterpiece Steve.
I'm really liking this one.
That's cool Bill. Love 36 Fords.
Nice work, as always.
Very nice and very clean. - good job.
Another nice one.
I do it, but I wrap the top first with black size A thread. No issues and no cracking.
I somehow missed this one earlier. Nice looking rod Jake.
Killer work on both rods Brad.
He'll be back for more I'm sure. Really nice, as always.
Yeah, Doc's a great teacher, but you clearly paid attention in class.
Really nice looking rods.
Another beauty. What metallic green is that?
That's why everyone idolizes you Doc.
Like the colors on this one Tim.
That's beautiful Doc.
You always kill 'em Bill. We ought to call you wahoo Willy.
Well, it doesn't look like you're new at this. Very nice work on both rods.
Awesome. I like the minimized marbling with the maximized branching.
Stripers generally bite the longer lures. They're not near as aggressive as blue marlin.
I use Mustad J hooks. I don't like the ones where the...
I'm in the East Cape of Baja and have never fished marlin in California, but there are fishing facts that apply anywhere.
Most important fact...
Perfect for October too. Beautiful work, as always.
On light rods, like fly or trout rods, you need to minimize the length of the wraps. On larger rods it become less important, so go nuts if you...
Looks great - moving or sitting still.
Your still the one Doc.
The biggest difference between then and now, with regard to double wrapping the guide feet, is that it used to be done with size D thread and most...
Well, Steve be styling' now! Got himself a beautiful set of rods.
Really nice. Especially the Throop wrap.
Yeah - what they said.
Awesome, as always.
In the long run you'll be much happier with tension devices that apply the tension to the thread spool and not to the thread itself. This might...
I think Scold has a video in the tutorial section here.
Excellent all the way around.
Always amazing Doc!
Love how clean this one is.
Looks good Jake. The one's that fight me don't come out this well, so congrats on your victory.
Excellent work Grant. What is CCA?
Well done! Expect we'll be seeing much more from you in the future, as you seem to be a natural rod builder.
You're very generous Steve.
It says what it is - just read the writing.
In your case Doc it's mandatory that you post both. Just because you do both so well. Not to mention that the work is always inspirational.
Really nice. Looks like it's on fire.
Nice work, as always Doc. The weave reminds me of a Ray Troll design.
Hot water makes them stronger in intensity. It has nothing to do with steering 'em.
From my experience here, I'd recommend you guys that were...
Stretching the envelop again! Love it.
Very clean and professional looking build. Nicely done.
Purple tuna eater for sure! Outstanding work, as always Jim.
All thread brands have splices. That shouldn't be a problem, but I'm guessing you started over.
That's a real Hot Rod!
Nicely done. The gold blank looks great with your wraps.
It needs to have a large enough ID to fit on the blank at the location you plan to have it. Generally a 22 or 24 mm seat.
Looks really nice Einar
Crap! I've been doing it wrong all these years.
Looks like you haven't lost anything. Keep 'em coming.
Really well done. They look great, so they'll sell fast.
Awesome Jim - just stunning!
Wood work is excellent. What type of palm?
Liking that one!
The rollers are all the same size for the HD guides. The tips are different.
Looks real nice Tim.
Killer work Doc.
Chris, It's a very easy thing to do for a rod builder. It doesn't sound like you're a rod builder, so I'd recommend you just find one to do this...
You can buy a new roller assembly from AFTCO. Or, they can tell where to get one.
AWESOME! That's why I love the blue dogs.
Thanks for posting the vid here.
It comes down to whatever trips your trigger.
Lookin' good Grant!
AWESOME!! Love the colors! Love the tiger! Love the turk's head! And really love the barbed wire variation of the olive branch!
OH HELL YEAH! You don't need that here at all. If you get rained on you'll enjoy it.
That's so cool and so well done!
Well done Robert. It's fun using things on fishing rods that weren't meant for fishing rods.
WTG! Pescadero is north and Pulmo is south though.
Lovin' this one!
Subtle and very well done.
I'm sure the fish will be proud to be hauled around with that.
Nice work Brad.
I'd love to see that tiger in person. Nice work Jake.
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