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    GP80 Mega for Elbie

    You used every technique known to man on this one! And they're all done perfectly!
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    Two Rainshadow Trout Spinning Rods

    Nice work. We don't see very many mini-rods here, so it's a nice change. Those butt caps are nice.
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    UC Reaper turtle rod

    That's pretty cool Bill.
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    Measuring Tip Top Guide Size/Broken Rod

    You either need to measure it or have several different sizes on hand to test fit. Rod builders have lots of them on hand, so look around for one in your area.
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    4 For Ted

    A set to be proud of! For both Ted and Jake.
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    Stacked Rod Storage

    Pretty sharp!
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    Blue C Del Mar United Composites

    Very nice and very colorful!
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    Looking for a mermaid

    You displayed her nicely in that awesome fade. Great work.
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    UC 76 Viper Wrapped

    That's a very interesting tiger wrap. I thought it was some sort of variegated thread.
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    Looks great!
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    Three Lamiglas Bass Rods

    Very nice work! Hope you show us many more in the future.
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    First build ever....Rainshadow Revelation Swimbait 710MH

    Looks like you've been building them for years. Can't wait to see what number 100 looks like.
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    GP85 Phantom for Fran

    That's a whole lotta' red! LIKE!
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    Enter the Dragon Reaper

    Another beauty!
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    Custom UC100XF

    Looks good.
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    Back to my neon roots. Phenix Ultra MBX

    NICE! The neon looks perfect in the fade.
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    Loreto update 7/12

    Nice post Grant. Hope to see you back down my way sometime soon.
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    Latest build 30-80lb 8’3” nice color blank

    Nice work! Like the colors.
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    Bobbin Mod

    Love your humor Len.
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    Custom roddy

    Nicely done Francisco!
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    Gold Leaf Dragon Scale

    I've never used leaf on a rod before and it's been a long time since I've used it at all, but it seems to me like you could just touch up the blank spots.
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    CE700M "Rainbow Dash"

    I love it!
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    Custom Calstar 765xl

    Looking good!
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    Any guesses for this color?

    Just get them all - you'll use them later.
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    Marbled Calstar

    Looks good!
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    Seeker CJBF85

    I like your unique style. Nice work.
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    Reaper Reaper

    Awesome work, as always Jim.
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    Rainshadow SW1087 w/ marbling and split grip

    Unique look, which is always a good thing. Nice work.
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    noob q - white decorative thread

    Interesting. I have both Gudibrod NCP and Pro-Wrap Colorfast and can not see any difference in the whiteness. Gudibrod has more fuzzies though.
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    Thread Tag End Management for Fade Wraps

    I'm liking your bobbin modification. You can control the tension better by wrapping the thread around the leg and then through the rod tip. Genius!
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    Joker Reaper

    Love it! The SDPW is really exceptional.
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    noob q - white decorative thread

    Are the wraps the same age? Looks to me like the top rod is a lot older and the finish has yellowed.
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    Thread Tag End Management for Fade Wraps

    BRAVO Len! This is a great tutorial and will surely help a lot of builders. Might be beneficial to put this thread in the tutorial section also.
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    Phenix HAX720XH "Astros''

    Fan - Tastic!
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    UC CX70 Viper Rail Rod- Killer Bee

    That's a cool looking rod! Nice work.
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    noob q - white decorative thread

    Nice results - good luck.
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    F.R.O.G rod

    Hope breakfast was as good as the tiger.
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    Rainshadow RSU60XH troller

    Another beauty of a Barney rod! Dem guides rock!
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    Back on the wrapper after 9 years - Seeker Classic 6455XXH

    Looks like you've been building them all along. Nice work - very clean.
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    Another nice one Jake!
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    Cool rod! Captures the Joker theme perfectly.
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    GP80 Terminator / SlayerZ Squadron

    I'm sure that's a beautiful rod, as your's always are, but it did not photograph well. If it's still in your hands try to shoot it in doors or in shadow.
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    the importance of static load testing..

    Your idea about raising the guide height will work, but I'm wondering why a 14" fore grip in the first place. With a level wind reel I would not expect this rod to be for heavy drag pressures or a railrod, so I don't understand why the long grip.
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    "SlayerZ squadron" GP900 Reaper for Craig

    You never disappoint. Beautiful.
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    Baja 2020 Not to Be?

    BCS is opening on the 15th for hotels and sport fishing - FACT. However, those of you that are planning to come down immediately should be aware that you might find your reception "different" than in the past. As stated above many of the small towns have not had any cases of Covid-19 and have...
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    There's a whole new thinking with regard to guides and guide placement on spinning rods. Traditionally the size of the "stripper guide" was sized to the spool size of the reel and distance from the front of the reel was 24 to 28 inches from the front of the reel's spool. Those recommendations...
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    GP 80 Terminator build

    Nicely done! VIVA MEXICO!
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    Built the rod, caught the fish (pig yt). Seeker Pinhead D8

    Well you're hooked now! They're always more fun on a rod you built yourself. Nice clean work on the rods too.
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    Finally finished - wrapping bench & quad rod dryer

    It's way too clean right now. Show it again when it's a vet.
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    It was a rod

    Now THAT'S a worthwhile project executed to perfection! Just outstanding.
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    Bent Butt and Kite Rod Combo

    Looks great!
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    Varmac E-lite

    Looking good amigo!
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    North Fork Composite Salmon Rod

    Very nice work. Did you make the grips?
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    Betty Boop weave

    Betty never looked better! I love your weaves Steve.
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    5/31/2020 Super Cow

    Nice rooster Ken. They are all like that aren't they? Wasn't your daughter a little girl like last week? I've been working on Mike to stick around longer in the spring to get in on some real fishing here. Let me know when you come to Cabo and maybe we can come down a have lunch together...
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    its Mario time !! aka quarantine day 79

    That's a cool rod Alex. Nice work.
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    5/31/2020 Super Cow

    Congrats guys. That's a beauty! Ken, when you coming down to baja again?
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    Oc sb ulua

    Rod looks great! What's Gen 4 finish?
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    I would have thought that a "Kit" rod would have come with guide spacing included. I'll bet you can get the spacing from their web-site. You can build that blank with 5 guides and it will work okey. But, the less guides you use the more important the static test becomes. That type of blank...
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    Is this Bad Luck?

    Hey Fish allure! Where is it you fish that a 500 pound marlin is considered small?
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    HA! Ten years later you want an old fart to remember the guide spacing? It's a 6 foot blank, so I used 7 guides. Probably spaced something like this: tip- 31/2"-4"-41/2"-5"-53/4"-61/2"-71/2" That will get you close, then do a static test and adjust as necessary.
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    Seeker CJBF80H for Brian

    Another beauty!
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    Another Pacbay 30#

    Atta' boy! Clean work.
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    800M for Brian

    Awesome work, as always. I mean like really awesome!
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    Not a rod but.....

    That'll work! Looks great.
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    First Rod that I built

    The "saw blade" in-lay is JT's (Jim Trelikes) invention. You did an excellent job with your first build. You'll really enjoy the fish you catch with it.
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    My quad Rod dryer

    I'm speechless! You could probably make a business selling these.
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    Custom EVA grips - blue abstracts

    Pure art! Very nice work.
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    UC US 80 Terminator

    Really nice work Brian. Cool tiger.
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    Nice work Jake.
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    Pacbay 30# blank

    Looks good Francisco.
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    Twitching Rod (First Build)

    I don't see anything wrong with your tiger or your cross-wrap. In fact, they both look really good for a first attempt. However, when the builder isn't satisfied he should start over. "Good enough is the enemy of the rod builder." (Dale Clemens) You'll really enjoy the fish you catch on your...
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    Tuna Jig/Pop blank for Spinning Setup

    Jamie, that's the most complete answer to a question I've ever seen on line. You got way more patience than I do.
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    Another heavy swimbait rod Phenix 909xhj

    You forgot the neons! Really nice clean looking rod.
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    Tuna Jig/Pop blank for Spinning Setup

    The most often asked question I've got from customers is; Can you build me a rod to do this and that and maybe a little of something else? The answer I always give them is: Yes, but it likely won't do any of the tasks well. The popping rod blanks are designed to throw heavy surface poppers and...
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    Quick black hole build

    That looks awesome! Love that turquoise color.
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    Bentbutts Help

    The difference between short and long is; you use a short butt for stand-up fishing and a long butt for the chair. However, there are other considerations as well. The long butts are designed to be used with blanks made for chair use(i.e.; chair rods), and the back end of the blank is sized to...
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    VC-2-7’6” 20-40.

    Well done Todd.
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    Because it Gets addicting SB Honey Ullua

    The green will work on top. As said above do some test wraps with different combos and pick the one that works best for you. You can't get too much practice!
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    Padres Throwback colors

    Two beauts!
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    GP80 Monster for Peter

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    Blue CJBF80 & 80H

    Clean machines!
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    2nd tiger

    It won't look quite as dark when finished, but with the black on top it will be dark over-all. It looks really good to me.
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    Seeker Pinhead 8' PH-36

    Sounds like you're hooked - welcome to the addiction. Your rod looks great!
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    Rod I.D.

    If you love the rod, what difference does it make?
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    8 Week Wonder Still Around?

    Glad to see you're still here Steve.
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    Nice work Jake.
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    New color scheme

    Not your fault if the thread was mis-marked. The guide wrap looks great to me though. I agree it would have looked even better with a metallic gold base and no CP. Nice work all around.
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    Phenix XXH swimbait setup.

    That's a masterpiece!
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    Very nice work Jake.
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    Novice builder

    Sadly, it's likely where you'll ruin your work most often in the beginning. Don't worry about it too much though, as it's just part of the learning curve. We always learn most from the failures.
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    US80 Terminator for Brian N.

    You left nothing out on this one! Amazing work, as always.
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    UC MH76 “Operator Ed”

    Thanks for the explanation.
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    Seeker BS706

    Nice work.
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    “Tiger King” ULUA

    Pretty cool!
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    UC MH76 “Operator Ed”

    I like the cross-wrap. It captures the Marine Corps well. I have no idea what you mean by "rattle can."
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    Novice builder

    Flexcoat makes a Lite version. D-II is a medium build that works well. Remove excess epoxy glue with DNA or Acetone (while it's still fresh). I think you mean Elmers Rubber Cement. Try Home Depot or a hardware store, Corse sand paper - but you're just giving the area some roughness to help...
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    New color scheme

    I like it Todd - but I'm old.
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    3 FOR MIKE

    Excellent work Jake.
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    Gift for the Capitan

    That's beautiful work my friend.
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    A tale of two cranks

    Really nice!
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    2 more quarantine builds.

    Very well done! I like the pink too.
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    Experimental Neon Tiger Wrap

    You're a fast learner. That ones nice.
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    1st Color Change Weave

    Looks great to me!
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    Experimental Neon Tiger Wrap

    No, the contrast needs to be in the bottom layer. As I said above you can always use black and white on the bottom layer of a tiger wrap and then use the color you want the tiger to be on top. So if you want a blue tiger then use a blue thread on top. The best advice I can give with tiger...
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    Experimental Neon Tiger Wrap

    That's a better photo for sure. Your tiger looks better than I would have expected with two greens as the base and the purple on top. Generally you want as much contrast between the threads on the bottom as you can get. That's why black/white can always work. If I would have been doing a...
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    1st Color Change Weave

    I think Doc Ski has a video about packing and tightening weaves. What you have shown here looks good to me.
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    I better get to cuttin and tuckin

    The result is worth the effort. Nice work. The NCP (also colorfast) threads are always larger than regular nylon thread. No matter the maker. Your Throop should work just fine.
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    Is this Bad Luck?

    Just keep at it. It took me about 10 years of trying before I got my first.
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    Seeker 7X White Tiger for David

    So now we gotta' call you Steve Martin? I don't see it as wild or crazy - I just see creative and awesome!
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    Varmac 7’3” 25-50#

    Unusual color combo, but you pulled off nicely.
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    Shout out to someone at Mudhole

    That's awesome!
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    Looks good Francisco.
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    CX76 Centaur for Brian

    Another beauty!
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    Really nice work Jake.
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    Seeker CTSF63XXXH

    Very tasteful look. Nice work.
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    GP900 Reaper

    Always perfect!
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    Epoxy glue

    I didn't know Flexcoat made a paste epoxy, so I haven't tried it. I was referring to the liquid type. Try to Pro-Paste - I think you'll like it.
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    Shakari 8025

    Really nice work. My favorite part is the little star. Whether they're pretty or not, they must be able to do their intended job.
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    Epoxy glue

    I use Flexcoat glue a lot. It works as well as any other epoxy glue. Because others here have mentioned Rod Bond and Pro-Paste epoxies, I think the Pro-Paste is a much better product than the Rod Bond, because it mixes much more easily.
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    Finished wrapping my first rod!

    "because it's my rod so why the hell not" That statement says it all. I'd like to be the first to welcome you to the addiction. There's no escape! Excellent work for the first build or the hundredth.
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    More nice work Jake.
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    Fuji K series question

    Although I would mostly agree with Skrilla, I think they'll be fine on a 60# outfit. Shimano is using them on their TEREZ line of rods with line ratings to 200 pounds. I've been using customized TEREZ for several years and have had no issues at all with the guides, although I'm only using 50#.
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    UC GP80 Mega

    That's purdy!
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    First guide wrapped on first build.

    You have exactly the right attitude. No better way to learn then by making mistakes.
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    United Composites Reaper

    Your noob ass is doing good!
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    Acidrod Abalone Veneer

    It came out great!
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    First guide wrapped on first build.

    Looks like you're going to be a pro in no time. Yeah, you'll want to make your wraps shorter as you go forward - you got this.
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    Last one for a while. Seeker CJBF80XH

    Very nice work. Thank you!
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    EVA Inlay Pattern

    Way to go!
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    Safety vest

    Looks good to me.
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    US80 Terminator for Brian

    Always amazing work!
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    Raider Colors - Black and Silver

    Nice to see you've made something Jeff. Looks good to me.
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    Nice contribution PICKLEPORK.
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    UC US80 mega and monster.

    Those are beautiful! Nicely done Jake.
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    Some new Quarantine builds

    Excellent work across the board! I'm really liking the sparkle in the marble and I may steal the spiral wrap.
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    Acidrod Abalone Veneer

    I have some of that stuff too, but haven't used it yet. You cut it to size and then use a spray adhesive on the area you're putting it over (or the back of the ab?). I think I would do a temporary thread wrap over it till the glue dried. You can put it over a thread wrap or a lighter painted...
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    Seeker CJBF80 for Jean

    Awesome, as always!
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    WTS SS C ULUA - Glow in the Dark

    Very well done - and it glows!
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    Rainshadow SP844

    Cool! Nice variation of the JTDS.
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    Seeker Ulua for David

    Awesome! Thought for a minute that there was something wrong with me, because the guides seemed to change colors as scrolled through the photos. I decided that they actually did change - hope I'm right.
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    Is this a good time to get into rod wrapping

    That's a really good offer Mike!
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    Rainshadow "Cat"fish Rods

    Not only do I not see any mistakes, I'm very impressed with your creativity. Great work.
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    Nylon thread question

    Poly threads are some-what different to work with. They are more "strechy" than nylon and for me are more difficult to burnish. The Madeira threads mentioned above are sewing threads and require CP due to silicone on the thread. One plus is more color selections.
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    R we back on business?

    Well, it looks like you've found it again Steve. Been wondering where you were.
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    Rainshadow SB783-3 - Three Piece

    Really nice work!
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    Clint Eastwood weave

    Awesome work as always Steve.
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    Womans WR Pacific Blue Marlin

    Where and when?
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    Sword Fish Deep Drop

    They look bad ass!
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    Nancy's Jigger

    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    Nancy's Jigger

    Well, this is the first time I've used this product and it wasn't made for rod building, but I've used many similar products in the past with no problems. There's two layers of thread and about 5 layers of finish on top, so I don't expect there will be any problems at all.
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    Nylon thread question

    The Fuji thread is poly.
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    Nancy's Jigger

    It is not an issue. I know there is a guy who thinks differently, but he is not correct. I've built several with aluminum seats and have never had any kind of issue. The seat is arbored and there is no way there is any shear issues.
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    “Girls fish too”

    Very nice work.
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    Nancy's Jigger

    This is a sister rod to one I made last year. The customer's wife tried his jigging rod and found she liked it, so we made her one of her own. Custom Builder blank, rated for 40-60 pound lines and 4-6 oz. lures. Built as a spinner. She wanted the Throop wrap to look like a wahoo colored...
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    First build post

    Looks to me like you're a natural. Very nice work for your experience level. Photos are better than mine too.
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    Very nice! Is it a raffle rod?
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    Seeker 530

    Great looking rod! Please let us know how the guides hold up to use.
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    Poison Apple

    Looks wicked to me!
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    UC RGP 80 Predator

    That looks great! Well done.
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    RodGeeks SGTR90MM2

    Classic and clean and matches the cool reel well.
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    Super Seeker CLB804 FH2020 Build

    Looks really cool! Like the cord work and the Electra pops.
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    It looks just as bitchin' as the first one Jake.
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    GP90 Mega and GP85 Phantom for Lance

    Simple work for your "norm" but as top notch as anything else you build. Excellent work.
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    East Cape/Marlin

    Jim, You'll get better responses if you post in the Baja section. There are lots of charter boats available on the East Cape. For a first time visitor I always recommend you simply book your fishing through your hotel. I live in Los Barriles, but I'm not associated with any commercial...
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    Should I double or triple wrap

    So Mike - what have you decided? It may help to understand a little history. Nylon thread has not always been around. Silk was used at one time for wrapping fishing rods and silk is not nearly as strong as nylon. The norm for nylon thread back in the sixties was to use E or larger thread for...
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    Twisted Sisters

    Thanks again guys.
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    Twisted Sisters

    Thanks guys.
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    Seeker - ESM 7650

    Looks great Brian! Nice combo of blues.
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    Another beauty Jake!
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    Is there a NON-YELLOW Epoxy out there?

    That brings back memories!
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    Twisted Sisters

    This is a pair of Am-Tac Bushido vertical jigging rods. One for 40-60# lines and 5-10 oz. lures and the other for 50-80# lines and 6-14 oz. lures. Both rods have Acid Wrapped guides. I built myself one of these about 5 years ago and I now think acid wrapping is mandatory for speed jigging, as...
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    Rasta US80 Terminator

    Awesome! Love the CTHD.
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    Seeker CJB80H and ESM7660

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    2nd RCJB90XH for FHS Batson Raffle

    Love it! All the people that are lucky enough to win any of these rods (from all the builders) at the show are lucky bastards for sure.
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    Blank painting how to

    It took awhile to find, but here is the Dawg's blank painting tutorial.
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    Seeker CBW810 swimbait rod

    Nice work.
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    Rod blank paint

    I tried the Krylon on a blank, as I had used it with good success on reel seats, but when I applied a coat of CP-Xtra for a hard finish it was too hot for the paint and lifted it off the blank like paint remover. I don't think the Krylon would hold up as a blank finish for long on it's own...
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    United Composites CE800XF for Josh

    Nice! That STTW rocks!
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    Fred Hall Raffle Rod RCJB96XH

    You are right about that marbling being COOL! Nice work Todd.
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    Varmac 9’ 25-50# - 2 piece

    Nice work. Bet pop's happy.
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    Rod design for a Alvey reel

    Pat - Nick hasn't shown himself here for many years.
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    United Composites GP76 Predator

    You always make color combos work and look awesome when they don't seem like they would work at all. I really like this one. Regarding the BD change - I was not happy about this latest change at first, but I now think it is an actual improvement. The only thing I miss is that the peoples real...
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    AFTCO unibutt question

    The number one is for 30#, that's why there's no bent butt for it. You probably don't need a bent butt for 50# either, but if you want it then get a #2 bent butt and get the ferrule and collet nut and install it in place of the #1 ferrule. It may glue on over the #1, or you may have to remove it.
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    New to BD and New to rod building

    Well, I don't think you're going to find much help here for ice fishing rods, but we can answer some of your other questions. A kit is a great way to start, as all the components will be correct for the build and properly sized. One of the hardest parts of rod building for a newb is selecting...
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    Cal Star 700L Spinner Set-up.

    Teal and black is a great color combo. Looks like your first post to me - hope it's not your last - keep 'em coming.
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    Conolon and a Buda

    Classic and classy! Nicely done.
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    Glass 670 9'

    Nice clean work.
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    Seeker SJ90F Build

    Clean for sure!
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    Punisher Calstar 6460h

    Amigo, that came out great! You're improving with every build - keep it up.
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    Metallic Thread Fade Test

    About four months before doing the fade test I made a jigging rod for myself that used purple, blue and silver metallic, so I thought a comparison from then to now might be of value to someone looking at this thread. First as NEW. This is how it looks today (5 years later) The smudge mark...
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    Rod For Military Event

    Nice work on the grip.
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    Metallic Thread Fade Test

    I noticed the same thing. Maybe Casey will share his results now that the thread is back up. I can add something further also. I found out that the Flex-coat lite I used had UV inhibiter. I hadn't read the label in a long time and didn't realize it had changed. I also tried the 303...
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    Metallic Thread Fade Test

    Here's the fade test.
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    Metallic Thread Color Fail

    Color preserver won't help with fading. Epoxy yellows and thread colors fade (all of them). It's just a fact of life.
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    Metallic Thread Color Fail

    Sorry to say that ALL brands of metallic thread fade. Purple is by far the worst. Search "Metallic fade test" in this forum for more info.
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    Help with length of wrap on a tuna rail rod.

    You'll always get better looking wraps if you start thinking metric.
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    First two piece rod question

    What I do is check the straightness of the butt section and orient any curvature to be facing to the top side. Then spline the top as normal.
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    Los Barriles fishing in March

    I live in Los Barriles. There are many options for charters here, from large operations like Hotel Palmas de Cortes' (largest charter fleet in Mexico) to small one boat operations. Because this will be your first visit, my advice would be to just chill and go with a charter through your hotel...
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    Long Beach Super Seeker Ulua Rewrap

    Looking better already!
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    CUI F100 teal deckhand build

    Nice marble - well done.
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    That's a bad-ass build Todd. That grip looks like a whole lotta' work! It looks perfect to me. The photos are gigantic with this newest change. I can see all my errors too. Don't sweat it though, nobody else really will see the things you do - you know where to look.
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    Rainshadow 70M

    Good luck!
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    Rainshadow 70M

    Nice work Hector. What's the raffle for?
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    urushi G urushi

    Now that I can see them - they look killer!
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    All New Website Bugs and Crying Go Here

    I can see the photos on my post (Reg. Pasta), but nobody else's is showing. Every time they "up-date" the site gets worse. Maybe that's why so many don't visit here any longer.
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    Lightening Strikes 3 times

    Yeah, I have. They work well.
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    Lightening Strikes 3 times

    [QUOTE="so lucky to have Steve around every Tuesday." You guys are lucky! I got to meet Steve last month when he and his wife came through Cabo on a cruise. I even got him to be a mule and smuggle down some thread for me! One day I hope to stop by the class myself (at least for the food).
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    Regulation Rasta

    Thanks Jake.
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    Regulation Rasta

    Thanks for your comments everyone.
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    Classic Seeker 196-6

    Very nice.
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    #Squidlife Ulua

    Excellent, as always. I really like the photo wrap on this one.
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    Regulation Rasta

    This is a I.G.F.A. 24KG (50#) chair rod, that my customer is presenting to a charter captain in the Turks and Caicos islands. I guess he's big time Rasta-man.
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    Calstar GF700XL

    Excellent cross-wrap Ron. The scales pattern is not an easy one either. All around nice work.
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    Let's get back on track.
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    Syndicate build

    Killer colors in that STTW. Nice work.
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    My 2019 builds

    Glad you posted your work Bryan. Sounds like you're fairly new to this addiction. Your wraps look great! Keep 'em coming.
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    I think you meant All glass and not solid glass. Black and white is one of the harder combos to make look good, so you're doing real good.
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    Seeker CEX CLB704

    Welcome to the addiction Robbie.
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    I'm not sure what "too much" means, but 60# is at the bottom of it's rating, so it's likely more than you really need.
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    last couple for 2019

    You done good!
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    2020 Donation Rod

    Thanks gents.
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    GF 875XH

    Well, it looks good.
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    2020 Donation Rod

    I made this one for the Orphanage Fund raiser. Ten foot surf spinning rod, on Am-Tac blank. The STTWs in the split-grip and ahead of the fore grip are a Doc Ski variation of the tiger wrap. It's a double open tiger over a base wrap of Voodoo Flash (a mini-braid). Basically two tiger top...
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    Phenix Black diamond 700ML with formal attire

    Cool rod Mike. Nice work.
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    Varmac Christmas rods

    Welcome to the club.
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    Wood Grain Seeker ESM7650 (pic heavy)

    Did you paint the blank? It really does look like wood. Clean wraps too!
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    Varmac Christmas rods

    Kirk, we all started with the first build. I don't see anything rookie in your work. Good job and keep them coming.
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    Seeker I've been lagging on

    Looks good.
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    Gen 1 WTS Seeker re-wrap (pic heavy).

    Greatly improved.
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    Patriotic Calstar BTG270-H

    Just plain ole' awesome!
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    AT BA build

    Looks good Steve.
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    Another ULUA Unicorn

    Very nice design on the cross-wrap.
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    Rainshadow SB842 USA Theme

    Nice job. I really like the wrap on the guide.
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    First time wrapping...

    So nice for a first rod that I can't wait to see #100. FYI - metallic threads are harder for most to use and metallic black looses it's reflective properties when finish is applied, so you're better off just using nylon black. The Electra "black" really isn't black at all.
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    Coffee grinder

    Now THAT'S how to test rods!!!!
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    Coffee grinder

    Now that's outside the box! Awesome!
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    Starter Set

    I'd go with the Mud Hole wrapper and you should check out their custom rod kits also, as they'll have everything you'll need to build your first rod and the parts will all fit as well. Wrap a couple of rods before investing in a power wrapper - it might not be your thing.
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    Thrasher Albacore Build

    They look good under the tree.
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    Seeker S665H

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    Varmac VCBG 3-7 Seahawks Theme

    Cool looking rod.
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    Calstar 6455L

    It even looks like a Christmas present! Beautiful work, as always Jim.
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    #3 calstar unibutt

    Looks great amigo!
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    Seeker S665H

    Looking good so far Robbie. Show it finished please. I'm sure your dad will be very happy.
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    Experienced rod builder recommendation

    Yep - Grant. He's in Squim at Utmost Enterprises.
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    Rev62ml walleye

    Gotta' call it "Cute." Where do you fish for walleyes?
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    SD 70 XXH Blue flame

    Likin' that one!
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    Update pics cowboys rod

    Looks great Francisco.
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    Another beauty Jake.
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    MHX Cowboys

    Well done!
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    New to building...

    Welcome to the addiction Robbie. Looking forward to watching your skills advance, so keep posting your work. Looking good so far!
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    80 MONSTER

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    RainShadow RX9 2 of 2 done

    They make a nice pair.
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    A couple of builds

    Nice work.
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    That's an awesome looking rod Jake! The fades on the guides really work well.
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    RainShadow Eternity RX9 build

    Pretty cool look.
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    RCJB 84XXH for the Batson Booth

    That's a good lookin' rod!
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    Ralphie (A Christmas Story) weave

    That is SOOOO cool Steve! Excellent work, as always.
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    A few recent builds

    Looks like you've built a lot of rods. I don't see any rookie mistakes on any of them. Nice work.
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    Last of 3 for Cosmo

    Thank you Bill.
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    Last of 3 for Cosmo

    Thanks Steve.
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    Seeker 7X

    Nice work.
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    Last of 3 for Cosmo

    Thanks Ali.
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    Last of 3 for Cosmo

    Thanks guys.
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    Last of 3 for Cosmo

    This last rod has a story. I made Cosmo a popping rod a couple of years ago on a close-out blank (he was aware) and he loved the rod. That was the first popping rod I'd built, so I was happy it turned out so well for him. In the thread for the first rod of this threesome, I mentioned him...
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    OH!! Calcutta!

    Very cool! We expect to see dead fish with it sometime soon.
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    2nd of 3 for Chef Cosmo

    I really couldn't tell you. When I first met Cosmo (5 years ago) he was in Chicago. He's now got a place at a vineyard outside of Ensenada.
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    Rainshadow RCJB 84 XH

    That's really nice work Bill.
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    2nd of 3 for Chef Cosmo

    Robert, I don't think that's what Cosmo meant in this case. Thanks for the comments guys.
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    Fades galore. Phenix XXH Swimbait Setup

    I'd be happy with that fade too Mike - it's excellent! I also really like the little blue trim on the guide wrap. Nice work all around.
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    Unicorn ULUA build - WTS Blue Glass

    Looks great Steve. Like the reversing chevrons.
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    2nd of 3 for Chef Cosmo

    This one is built on a Calstar GF700M/H, has a gold seat, custom EVA grips, a rubber gimbal and Fuji HD casting guides. Cosmo wants this one for local yellowtail fishing in Ensenada. When I asked him about colors (via e-mail) he said gold, copper and brown -"unless you think that would be...
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    1st of 3 for Chef Cosmo in Ensenada

    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    1st of 3 for Chef Cosmo in Ensenada

    Calstar 6460H shortened 5 inches from the butt. AFTCO seat and gimbal, smooth butt rear grip and EVA fore grip, Am-Tac turbo guides with blue rings. This wrap was inspired by a rod Cosmo had purchased from my tackle store display several years back for his wife and lost while returning to...
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    Varmac VCBG 3-8 build

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    Phenix M1 for my pops

    That should make Pops happy.
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    Well, the workmanship is flawless and the rod is really unique, so gotta' call it a winner!
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    That's nice clean work Ralph. Excellent for your experience level.
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    US80 Tilefish for JW

    I hope JW kills 'em with all those beauties.
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    Ulua 99

    Nice color choices and clean work.
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    Gods and Warriors rods 5-9

    All look great Patric. Nicely done.
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    CX76 Invictus for JW

    Nice - again.
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    770XH for Neil

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    Patriotic viper

    Awesome job!
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    CX76 Viper for JW

    JW's getting himself a damn nice set of rods!
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    CE800Mega build

    That's pretty cool!
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    CX76 Raptor for JW

    Another beauty. Nobody does theme rods better than you Jim.
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    CX80 Raptor for JW

    Lovin' this one!
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    Lookin' good Victor.
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    Yes, readers will get you back to normal. You'll find you'll have to get more magnification as you age. I'm 72 and am up to 3.5X.
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    Very nice.
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    Seeker ESM painted and marbled

    You marbled the entire blank? Looks great, but how does it hold up to use? Seems like that would affect the rod's action too.
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    Lani "Top Bitch"

    Well, that aught to get him laid! Beautiful.
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    United Composites US76HP for Earl

    I was expecting ALL BLACK, so I was pleasantly surprised. You probably got some snooze time while doing the guides.
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    Gold & Maroon Tiger - Donation Build

    Looks great Steve. Hope it brings good $$.
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    Connollon build

    Yeah, better photos would be good (without your foot). Looks like good work from what I can see.
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    Another Phenix Swimbait rod. 8’, 20-50lb

    Nice work Mike. That's a wild STTW.
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    4 Batson Rainshadows: 3 RCJB84XHs and 1 RCLB70ML

    Awesome rods! You always put a lot of time and effort into your trip rods Brad and they're always top notch. The problem is you don't make enough trips. Seems like we have to wait a year to see your work.
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    Who makes the best Stainless boat guide?

    That does look "simple" - I'll go out and buy a contraption like that right away.
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    Truline D8

    Clean machine.
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    Looks good.
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    Seeker GTS80H

    Another very creative piece of art. Keep 'em coming Steve.
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    Neptuna 527 Beefstick

    Another awesome rod.
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    UC 800 Mega Red White & Blue

    All your work is excellent.
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    CalStar Graphiter 875H Build

    I'm liking' your style.
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    UC76 Viper - Aztec color palette.

    That's beautiful work Steve. Hope you continue to share your work with us.
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    Spinning rod to Conventional Conversion

    Curtis, It doesn't sound as if you've got any rod building experience, so what you're thinking about doing is likely much more than you'll be able to accomplish. However, I don't know you and maybe you can do it. All the questions you're asking have been asked and answered on this board many...
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    Adding a fuji reel plate

    I'm the guy that thinks deckhand style grips are DUMB AS HELL, so the Fuji wrap on seat makes sense to me. Or better yet a real reel seat. It sounds like you want to put a wrap-on seat on a rod that already is made deckhand style, so the Fuji would be a good choice. I don't understand your...
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    Red Sabre 670

    That's a lot of red! Nice work, as always.
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    Cal star 700XXH uncut

    Well done!
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    Super Sayajin Rod

    They don't look too bad for two years of charter use in a panga. Ware looks normal for that use. Are the guides double wrapped or single? If single wrapped you might want to double up. In fact, I'd just do another layer of thread over them to repair them.
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    Purple Progression

    Hey! You're pretty damn good at that shit.
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    Thrift store Calstar build

    Great score! That's an awesome light line blank. Nicely built as well.
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    customizing some factory rods

    Alex, Those are all excellent and way cool. You will never be perfect and no one else is either. You will always know where the errors are, but nobody else will ever notice. I think you've really upped your game with these. Wraps are tight and finish is smooth and clear. That's close enough...
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    White Tiger Ulua for Aaron

    Really nice!
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    Calstar Unlimited for Jeff Clary

    That's an unusual color combo and you did a great job with it. Bravo!
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    I haven't heard of that one. Nice looking stick.
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    Can these be called fishing rods?

    I call these things Poor Man's Center Riggers. Center console boats, like mine, usually have a rocket launcher (rod holders) at the back of the T-Top for storing rods that are not being used at the time. A number of anglers down here actually fish (while trolling) their shotgun rod from the...
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    post your shop

    OK Alex, here's the photos you requested of my thread carriage and such. This has been modified over the years, but the rollers and thread tensioner were from Jann's Netcraft and they still have a similar hand wrapper for sale. The current version does not use rollers - it's just notched to...
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    post your shop

    Why you want to embarres me Alex? I'll try to get a photo for you.
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    Invictus for John N

    Always top notch work.
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    Who makes the best Stainless boat guide?

    Maybe the water is saltier in Montana. If you don't grind the guides, then you'll get cracks at the end of the guide foot and water will penetrate and the guide will rust.
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    Michael Myers (Halloween) weave

    Scares me! - and I ain't afraid nothin.' Nice work, as always, Steve.
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    Conolon 11ft rewrapped

    Very well done Nhan.
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    Tilefish Jr for Romel

    That's simple for you Jim. Simply beautiful!
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    United Composites CP 80HP

    Nice as can be!
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    UC 90 Mega Sarape

    Lots of work, but worth the effort. Top notch.
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    Tan 100j Mag

    Nice work.
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    76 VIPER

    I think this one might be my favorite from you Jake. The marbled reflective tape pumps up the volume.
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    1st dragon scale

    Great first attempt. The dragon scale was conceived by Jim Trelikes (Webspinner), which is why they're often referred to as JTDS.
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    United Composites UC70H Baitcaster

    I'm drooling all over the key board. Love the color combo.
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    RCJB 90XH with new titaniu

    Well, I'm glad you're OK. Rod's beautiful!
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    RCJB 90XH with new titaniu

    Are you OK Steve???
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    Cabo Early October —-Just Good Old Fashion Fun....

    Looks like you're having a lot of fun.
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    Cabo airport to Los Barilles?

    I'd book it ahead of time. Turs Pancho - [email protected] 011-52-624-127-3122 (dialing from the states)
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    Seeker CSL 8030 for Peter

    Awesome, as always
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    Wrapped another for Marcel

    You're doing fine Mike. Doing it for a cause is big bonus points too.
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    Got my 50

    That's a moss-back for sure! WTG.
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    Acid Wrap trolling rod problems

    As long as there's no sharp edges it's the same as rubbing on the guide ring.
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    JTOB Varaition Tutorial revised

    Is this what you're looking for Kerry?
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    G, Sorry to see you've removed your photo post. That was not my intent at all. We all want to see your work (as well as other's that have posted on this thread), so please show it off. You guys are better than you think you are, so don't be shy. Again, I apologize. I must have sounded like...
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    What do you use to shape foam grips?

    I'm a hand wrapper, so I also shape grips by hand with a vibrating hand sander. Just have to keep turning the grip to keep everything even when sanding. Here's some examples. All are EVA, I'm not a fan of Hypalon.
  343. FAT CAT

    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    That's beautiful G. However, it's not a guide wrap. Start a thread to show off your great art.
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    CE800 Del Mar for Todd

    NICE! Like the colors.
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    Regan (The Exorcist) weave

    Amazing work, as always Steve.
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    OSP 1 X 3

    Looks great!
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    Pj 83

    Nicely done! Hope your bendo with it now.
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    Tack cloth pre finish

    X2 on the painter's tape.
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    Another beauty.
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    Rasta tiger wrap

    Nice tiger you got there.
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    Rasta tiger wrap

    Cool one!
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    Live Bait Rod for Joey

    Looks good Francisco.
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    2 for Mile's and Ken's Fall Classic

    Beautiful work Len.
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    Seeker csl270h-8

    Nice work.
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    Extended D7 rework

    You did good Mike. Looks like the guide belongs there.
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    Nice! Great colors.
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    Conventional Rod without trigger grip?

    The trigger is for a level-wind reel. With a conventional reel the trigger is in the way. For sure, you can re-guide the spinner to conventional. The spline won't be an issue.
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    Super Seeker BH89

    A clean classic.
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    If all your work is this nice, you really do need to show it off here for the dinosaurs, like me, that don't do other social media.
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    Black Hole 761MH re-wrap

    Very well done Barry.
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    Decal in between throop / tiger wrap? Requesting for pics

    If you are asking about text decals between the thread layers, I don't think anyone has done that, as it would likely be hard to read, but I've put fish decals between layers several times.
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    That's a good looking rod!
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    Team Hoo' Terminator

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    UC US76 Predator! All alps! All Business!

    With the thread title, I was expecting all black with no trim. So looking was a nice surprise. CTHD is cool.
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    Seeker SJ90 for Brian

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    WOW! "That's hot."
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    Railrod for Capt. Rob

    Nice work Einar.
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    Rasta'd out Calstar 775XXH

    I'll toke that!
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    Nicely done Jay! Now you can fish it till you're 112.
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    OSP 2X4

    Nice work Jake.
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    Old Harnells... restoration

    Better than new!
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    RCLB70l 15/30

    That's sweet Steve. She'll love it, I'm sure.
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    Jigstickjeff, that white/silver rod is a masterpiece on every level.
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    US80 Tilefish for Karen

    Killer scales wrap Jim!
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    909h I built for myself

    Nice one! Great Throop warp.
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    Rainshadow Jig Stick

    Looks great, but it looks more like a marble job than a but-wrap.
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    A batch of Rainshadows

    You gotta' be way ahead of the deadline with these. Nice selection of fishing rods.
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    Help with tuna jigging rod please

    Joe, what MHX blank are you using? I thought the jigging blanks were "Custom Builder" and those are 6 foot or less.
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    "The Man with the Golden Gun"

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    4 New Seekers for Bob K

    More awesomeness!
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    Found one on the 152.

    Very interesting fish story. Hope you tell us more of them. I also fish marlin solo (in my case it's "old guy extreme sport) and I was afraid for you while reading your story. What would have happened if you'd have fallen in while steering through the window? You might have ended up in your...
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    Turk Head. Looking for feedback

    Better than mine.
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    UC CX80 Raptor by Moon

    Moon does nice work. Hope you catch a monster with it.
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    Casting lures for Marlin?

    You can get bit with just about any casting lure, but you'll lose most marlin due to the hooks. Replace trebbles with a single hook - that will help.
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    Road Trip to BOLA

    Nice Jurel Alex!
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    Finally the movement on my tiger wrap

    Nice Throop wrap you got there.
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    Show off your handles

    Like the Guide Wrap thread, but for handles. OK, here's a few.
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    Flex coat high build Vs. ?

    FYI - It's no longer Bullard D-II, it's Voodoo. Like most things with rod building you'll need to figure out yourself what finish works best for you, but they all work just fine for someone. I use Flex-Coat Lite and D-II.
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    Applying 2nd coat of wrap finish

    If you talking about a second coat on a new build, you don't need to do any sanding, just apply the finish. If it's a second coat over an older finish, you STILL don't need to sand, but you DO need to clean the wraps well with DNA. The alcohol will roughen the surface enough for the new coat...
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    Well done Jake.
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    Calstar 610 for Steve

    You never disappoint Jim. Another beauty.
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    Temporary Import Permit - TIP - Question

    Brian, I live in BCS, so I got my TIP done in La Paz. I started a new one, as there was only about 2 years left on the original and I bought the new engines in the states and was about to bring them down (to be installed down here). When I came across the border with them the motors were then...
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    CX80 Raptor for Barry G

    Nice one!
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    Temporary Import Permit - TIP - Question

    Sorry amigo, but you're wrong about that. If you get checked by the Navy and your engine numbers don't match your paper-work, they will assume the engines are stolen or there is something else not legal happening and they just might confiscate your boat. I've re-powered one boat here already...
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    Three more rods for my EXCEL Charter.

    Nice stuff Brad. The rods, the charter, the anniversary rod - WTG!
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    CX80 Raptor for Anthony

    Another beauty!
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    Gudebrod 9252

    Jim, I also found a hundred yard spool, but figured it wasn't worth the effort to get it to you, but it now sounds like it might be worth it, so I'll get it to you eventually (I have to send it back north with someone).
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    CE1000 Wahoo for Kyle

    Very nice! Those SDPWs really personalize the rod.
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    Black dragon scale

    Black metallic just looks like black nylon once finish is applied, so it won't have the reflective values that other metallic threads have and that's what makes the scales work.
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    Lamiglas GP1022MH

    Very cool build Jim. You know I like the fish. I think the cord grips will work well with cold wet hands.
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    Set of Rainshadow RCLB70MLs

    Unfortunately, The Cops just figure insurance will cover everything, so they don't look very hard.
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    "Bluefin" Viper for Mike

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    I love that! Really a cool marble job Steve.
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    In's and out's for making custom rods

    It sounds like you're just starting to build, so it seems kinda' strange to me that you already want to start a business, but you will need a business license in order to buy blanks wholesale. I'd suggest you get good at building rods before you go pro.
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    Calstar GF-7400M for Richard

    Yes, painting the areas where light threads are to be used will make the light colors brighter.
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    First build

    Outstanding fist build Kirk. Looking forward to the next one.
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    Fuji bmnag and bhnng

    Len that is a perfect description.
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    Marlin Moon

    They call it a marlin moon because they bite better during that moon faze. The blue ones get very aggressive. So, go marlin fishing.
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    Could not be a better match - excellent work Jake.
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    Getting finish down through 2 wraps

    Most rods built have their finish applied after the wraps are complete, so you'll be fine as is. The finish is for protection of the wraps and is not about strength.
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    Star Spangled Monster

    I'd salute that! Awesome work.
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    Guide feet prep tool & 30" belt sander

    You obviously have latent engineering tendencies. Can I send you my guides? Nice build!
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    Kangaroo having a beer weave

    Now THAT'S cool!
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    Very nice and very clean.
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    White over Metallic

    Seems like that should have worked without CP. You likely need to pack the white thread tighter. CP won't cover gaps.
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    Tiger wrap guides

    While I don't think it's right for your build, it is possible to do tiger wraps on the guide (not the under-wrap). Here's a couple I've done.
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    I have very good results with the acid brushes. Don't use blow dryers, as they introduce contaminates like dust to the finish. Use an alcohol torch or a cig. lighter to bust bubbles. The best advice is to NOT apply too much finish, so that the bubbles can escape faster. Don't use too much...
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    mixed bag

    Like the blue combo.
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    Blue Seeker OSP2x4

    Always perfect!
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    Calstar GF-7400M for Richard

    Your getting better with each build and that's a good thing. You never stop learning with this addiction.
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    Rods 2 & 3 for ME!

    Looks like you're coming along nicely. Give us some closer photos please.
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    Green saber for Jeff Clary

    Clean build. Looks great.
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    Seeker CBW809

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    700mh blue abalone

    Robert, regarding the seam - it hides itself by letting it overlap itself about 1/16." Once finish is applied you won't be able to see it.
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    Winding check question

    No cure for that without the machine shop, except maybe replacing the grip with one with a larger OD.
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    700mh blue abalone

    Very nice work Robert. When you screw up the ab - heat it and peel away the ab and then use Goof-off to remove the adhesive from the blank. Clean the area with alcohol before trying again. I've found that it doesn't take much heat to bend it around the blank and too much heat makes it worse...
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    Last one of three for Jerrett

    Nice work Jake. I'm liking the subtle red inlays against the purple.
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    A bunch for team Rainshadow

    Really nice work Grant. And lucky you - they didn't have to look the same!
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    US80 Predator for Thad

    You da' man!
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    2nd one for Jerrett

    Nice work Jake.
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    CE900 Monster for Robert

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    Very clean and classic looking. Nice work Jake. I usually paint the wrap areas for white (or light) threads.
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    Decal removal

    Yes, wrap over it.
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    Seeker OSP 2x4 twisted Barney

    Real men don't care what others say. I like the colors. Nicely done Barry.
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    CX76 Viper for Brian

    Nice! The CTHD is a winner!
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    CX76 Raptor for Brian

    Beautiful! I'm liking the way you've been finishing the cord grips with thread wraps. Really improves the over-all look.
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    80lb shark/rail rod

    Outside the box for sure, but very interesting. Hope you used a pipe with a heavy wall thickness for the butt.
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    Unlimited rod build

    I hope you don't get hurt Chris.
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    United Composites Phantom

    Unique = good going.
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    Now THAT'S cool!
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    LORETO REPORT (striped marlin) - June 22, 2019

    I wondered where they went! Nice that they weren't picky about color.
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    Phenix Black Diamond "FRANK THE TANK"

    Nice work. Bet dad's proud.
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    Calstar 665 refurb. "Steelers"

    Looks great!
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    Maximum Carnage

    Another masterpiece!
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    WAAAAY Better than black on black would have been. Really nice work Jake.
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    Seeker OSP3X

    Great looking rod!
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    Black Hole Cape Cod Nano

    Great colors. Nice work.
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    Seeker CJB80H for David

    Awesome - Again!
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    First build coming this looking about right?

    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.
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    That's outstanding Jake.
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    Mystery cross wrap

    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 you haven't done a few easier wraps then I wouldn't recommend you attempt one as challenging as the one you show here. Try doing a chevron over a base...
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    A rod that beautiful will most definitely make $$.
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    Mixed quiver

    Those'll work!
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    Rainshadow RPT100MH Tuna Popper

    Love the corn dog graphic.
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    Rctb 70xxxxh

    Nicely done!
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    Hula Girl 775XXH for Michael

    Very nice look.
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    007 Terminator for Chris

    Nobody does theme rods better than you Jim. I like the rifling effect.
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    SIC guide input

    So, where is it that you purchase these Fuji HB guides with SIC inserts?
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    GT Popping Rod Help

    Sorry, I don't have that info.
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    GT Popping Rod Help

    The tuna popping rod is using 80# braid too.
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    GT Popping Rod Help

    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 a relatively new one too. I've only built one popping rod in my 40+ years of rod building, so I can't call myself an expert, but I can make a few...
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    8' varmac

    That's a nice looking rod! Is this your first rod post here? Hope it's not your last.
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    550 weave

    Nice work.
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    Super Seeker 6480H for Kenny

    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.
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    SIC guide input

    Silicone Nitrate. You just think they're SIC.
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    Original Fenwick colors?

    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 standard Godebrod browns, but just a bit different. Most large manufacturers did that to prevent inferior copies being sold under their name.
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    Epoxying Base Wrap

    As said above - no thread finish for the blank. It won't last and will crack and peel.
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    SIC guide input

    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 like the SIC, but it is not as hard. It is plenty hard though and will do any task the SIC will do.
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    CE900 Wahoo for Jeff

    Awesome work.
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    Epoxying Base Wrap

    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 30 plus years. I also often refresh rods with another coat of finish years after they were built with no "delamination" from the original finish, by...
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    Vendetta Predator

    I'm seeing red - and I like it!
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    Calstar 800ML for Wesley

    Looks good in the shade too!
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    Last one for Adrian

    Killer job Jake. Love the hot colors.
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    Rainshadow unknown

    Very nice work.
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    2 UC's for Jason....

    No doubt about those being custom. Beautiful.
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    Ulua White Tiger

    You can use nylon white thread without color preserver to make a clear (almost) wrap.
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    3 Seekers for Lea Anne

    She did good! Beautiful work, as always Jim.
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    Varmac VCG 4-8 with metallic tiger

    Excellent work Patrick. Extra points for all metallic too.
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    CX76 Viper for Gail

    LOVE IT!
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    Very nice Ray.
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    Juggernaut Invictus

    Lovin' the blues.
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    UCMC Themed Bass Rod

    Fantastic work Robert!
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    Will this qualify Steve?

    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 your stash with me. This was a fun build. Thanks to everyone for your comments.
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    Guide Wrap Color Combinations...Post yours!

    A few recent wraps.
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    Harley colors for a pet rescue silent auction

    Hope it does well and helps the Vets.
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    Skinny ulua

    Nice clean wraps - looks great.
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    Will this qualify Steve?

    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 available. Steve had only one requirement, which was, to "make something cool with them." So all threads on this rod are from that thread selection...
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    Eric Clapton weave completed

    Always amazing work Steve.
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    HAMACHI weave

    Looks great!
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    Another winner Jake.
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    Very nice.
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    Triple for Adrian

    Nice work Jake.
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    Which Bent Butt?

    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 anything but a #2, but that's likely what you'll need. I'm not familiar with your blank, so don't know how much you'll need to cut it, or what diameter...
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    Phenix Swimbait Rod, 7-8 mh with carbon fiber galore

    You be stylin' Mike! Very nice looking rod.
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    Matching Rod Sets

    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 measurements on the first rod (guide spacing, wrap lengths etc) so you can lay out the next one correctly.
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    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.
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    Seeker SSR 3X4 with Winthorp Butt

    Looks killer Barry.
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    Beauties both. Excellent work Jake.
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    Seeker 2×4

    Really unique work. Love it!
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    Set of Rainshadow RCLB70MLs

    Excellent work Robert.
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    Vertical Jigger-Spin

    Thanks Jake.
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    Vertical Jigger-Spin

    Thanks Brad.
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    Kyle Kinsinger CX76 Viper memorial rod

    Awesome on every level. Special is an understatement with this rod.
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    ID Fishing Rod Maker

    Doesn't look like you paid too much.
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    Vertical Jigger-Spin

    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    White blank phenix

    Nice work.
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    WT-old thread-Gudebrod.

    Glad I could help Mike.
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    How To Finish End Of Chevron / Daimond Wrap

    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 do a safety wrap as described above, or you can start the tie-off wrap and cut and taper the cross-wrap as you go. If you do the method above, you'd...
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    UC CX76Viper

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    Vertical Jigger-Spin

    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 second one to match. Below are the pair. He next wanted a vertical jigging rod, but was not sure about just what he needed. So, while he was...
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    Invictus for Keith

    Another beauty.
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    A couple for Sergio

    Awesome, beautiful work Jake.
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    Latest build - this is what happens when a 1y/o picks the colors...

    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 like the spiral.
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    A few pics of a couple of rods built for my fav lure builder!!

    Glad to see you posting your beautiful work here Jim.
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    Old blank restored for rock fishing.

    Really nice work. Hope the blank proves to be worth the effort.
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    Rod Flex coat repair

    From the sound of what you're describing, it would most likely be in need of stripping and re-wrapping.
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    Finish on base wraps

    I coat the base wrap before wrapping the guides.
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    United Composites US800Mag

    Exactly what "custom built" means. WTG Art!
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    For The Kid

    There's nothing wrong with that build and doing together with your son makes it a super build.
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    You should figure the costs involved with building the rod into the final price. Brushes of any kind cost $. So does masking tape, blades, thread, etc, etc.
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    Finished Marine Corp emblem wrap rod

    You nailed it Brad!
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    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 could use some improvement. So, I found a guy here on BD, by the name of Randy Search, who's finish just looked better than anybodies and found out...
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    Versa-Blend Fish

    Thanks guys.
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    Another all Batson build

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    Versa-Blend Fish

    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. This will be the last "future" rod for the tackle shop for this year and is one of my cheaper options. Built on an Am-Tac glass blank, rated for 30-60...
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    Set of 4 Seekers

    Very nice set of rods. Way to go Patrick.
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    A few funny painted seekers

    They are for sure different. Nice looking guide wraps.
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    Roosters - Baja or Costa Rica?

    Yes, the Punta Colorada hotel is closed.
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    Another restore...Chocolate IGFA Uniibutt Sabre

    I would have never thought you could have saved that Uni-butt. Must have took a lot of elbow grease. Nice save Mike.
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    Super Sayajin Rod

    Thanks for the corrosion up-date Alex. Good info.
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    Super Sayajin Rod

    Those tangle proof guides are very popular in Florida and the gulf coast. Let us know how they hold up to the elements (corrode).
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    Latest build - kind of worth sharing.

    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 work here for all of us to enjoy.
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    First Rod Build - Rainshadow RCLB 70M

    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 though. Are those the same tiger wrap? Looks very different in each video.
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    DIY Travel Rods

    Mud Hole has them.
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    Question about travel rods

    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 rods) today.
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    Make Your Own Decals

    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 thread base they look good. You can get a kit from C&M Tackle (Acid Rod) with everything you need to do them and also the decal paper.
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    DIY Travel Rods

    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 Bay seat is currently made.
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    Super Sayajin Rod

    Theme rods are always fun to build. As Grant said, you're coming along nicely Alex. Keep 'em coming.
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    My kids new stick

    Great tiger.
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    Thanks guys.
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    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. Sorry, there's something different going on here. I'm being told my photo files are too large and I've cut them down several times, but they're still too large. Never...
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    Love restoring!!!

    Like brand new.
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    Heading to the east cape

    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 Mexican friend of mine found while snorkeling last year. It's in perfect condition, so it wasn't in the water long.
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    Súper Panga abailable in Loreto?

    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. His name is Alejo and his house is about a block from the marina. I have his contact info somewhere and will look for it and get it to you. He's a...
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    WT-old thread-Gudebrod.

    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.
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    Great Community

    Rod looks great Kevin - GO GET 'EM!
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    Heading to the east cape

    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 sellers on the beach. They also sell market squid which would probably work as well or better for the yellowtail and snappers, as you won't be...
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    Help needed: rod build for Broncos fan. Stuck.

    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 should work with the grips.
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    Rainshadow RCJB86H

    Very nice!
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    Grim Reaper weave completed

    That's awesome Steve! Good choice doing the Throop borders.
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    Seeker SS-CJBF80H

    Looks great, but needs a reel seat.
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    Lightening Strikes 3 times

    Sorry buddy, but that's art!
  556. FAT CAT

    East Cape Report 3/2 & 3/3

    Where were you fishing? Pesdcadero, La Rebera, Muetros?
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    Yeah - "kinda' pretty." Nice work Jake.
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    Lightening Strikes 3 times

    Those are all masterpieces. You really make unique art.
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    Seeker CLB806

    Looks as good as the last one!
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    Ultimate Road Warrior?

    Great idea to use the two piece reel seat in your application. Versatility is important in a travel rod.
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    Seeker ESM 7650

    Another beauty.
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    Need some pointers on the fish scale pattern?

    OK,I looked around and found the instructions. This should help. I don't have a scanner, so just took photos.
  563. FAT CAT

    Need some pointers on the fish scale pattern?

    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 cone, so there is less space to fill with threads on the tip end than on the butt end, so basically you need to allow for that fact. A simple way to...
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    More fishies

    Thanks for your comments gents.
  565. FAT CAT

    More fishies

    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.
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    Really nice Jake. I'm liking all your tape creations.
  567. FAT CAT

    Roosters - Baja or Costa Rica?

    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 you're wanting the rooster/billfish combo, I recommend the last 2 weeks of July and the first 2 weeks of August. The blues normally peak in that...
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    More fishies

    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 my latest version, done on a Calstar 6465H blank, with Fuji Hardloy guides, Pac-Bay seat and gimbal and EVA grips.
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    Roosters - Baja or Costa Rica?

    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 there would favor Costa Rica. I live in southern Baja and time of year is important if you're looking for "Bubba class" fish, but there are small...
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    Roosters - Baja or Costa Rica?

    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.
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    For some creative inspiration....

    They look to be color preserved. I agree Casey, they do make great unique under-wraps. Here's a couple I've done.
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    Fire plait

    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 da' man Todd!
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    "Ursula" Invictus

    Beautiful work, as always. That is a nice blue. So, what kind of thread is it?
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    Epoxy Cracking At Foot

    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 the foot and push it back as they wrap up the foot. That results in a too loose wrap that shows up just like you are showing here. It looks like just...
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    another one for the '19 Batson booth

    WOW! Stunning work Len.
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    Batson Fred Hall Rod

    Likin' that!
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    another one for the '19 Batson booth

    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 thing I do different is before wrapping the guide on I apply a coat of finish to the area between the guide feet, which helps everything even up with the...
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    Last for the rack

    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    Last for the rack

    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. I'll PM you. But I can say that I build on everyone's blanks.
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    Last for the rack

    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 builds, but they still have to look good. Both are built on the same MHX Power Tip blank. Six footers, rated for 50 -80 pound line.
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    Marine Corp Weave

    Awesome work Brad!
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    another one for the '19 Batson booth

    I love your sense of humor Len. Nice tutorial too.
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    Mudhole blanks question

    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.
  585. FAT CAT

    HXW Raptor Trolling Blank.

    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 fishing or using a fighting chair? You mention weight, which is not normally a factor with a trolling rod, as they spend most of their time in a rod...
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    I just wish All businesses were as good as Voodoo.
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    What kind of Fuji

    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 guide. I think those used aluminum oxide rings.
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    Some rods in the works

    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 making them perfectly straight and that sounds like what you are trying to achieve. So the answer is you just gotta' practice. I'm not one to worry...
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    Some rods in the works

    Looks to me like they were made by a pro. If you can master that fade, you'll do just fine with everything else.
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    Varmac VCBG 6-7’ 40-80 lbs.

    I thought it might be. It will get down to me next month. Hope I can make something worthy with it.
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    Super Seeker SS-CJBF80H

    Even the STTW says wahoo! Just awesome Jim.
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    Varmac VCBG 6-7’ 40-80 lbs.

    WOW! I love this one Steve. Beautiful color.
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    Swimbait rod in the process

    Coming along nicely.
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    Batson FHS Raffle Rod Rainshadow RCJB 84XXH with all Alps/Batson components

    Nice work Einar. The Throop wrap is real "tiger-ee."
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    Sometimes you just want to do something simple

    You're a better man than me Steve.
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    Unbaweavable 540

    That really looks nice. Great work.
  597. FAT CAT

    New bass rod

    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.
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    Grim Reaper weave

    Scares me and I aint afraid of nothing. Awesome work, as always Steve.
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    Rainshadow 10’ tuna popper

    Nice clean work Freddy. You have the right to be proud of it.
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    Viper and Centaur for Don

    You nailed it!
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    Great Community

    You're welcome Kevin. They needed a job.
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    OOPS! I spilled my Crayons.

    Thanks for your comments guys.
  603. FAT CAT

    OOPS! I spilled my Crayons.

    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 some tri-color Clemens grips, AFTCO seat and gimbal and Fuji Alconite guides. I decided to have some fun with color.
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    Batson Raffle Rods for 2019 LB FHS

    WOW! WOW! WOW!
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    Rainshadow ‘s for Fred Hall Long Beach

    Well said brother.
  606. FAT CAT

    Tilefish for Mike...

    Catching 'em with style!
  607. FAT CAT

    Rainshadow ‘s for Fred Hall Long Beach

    Awesome looking rods! Someone's going to be very happy.
  608. FAT CAT

    Rail Rod for the Batson Booth

    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).
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    Fanatastic Trip In Panama

    Looks like fun. I love that area.
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    Resin got really thick

    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 it thins. Finish is the one place where I won't take short-cuts or use anything that doesn't look right. Not worth the trouble to save a few bucks.
  611. FAT CAT

    Resin got really thick

    Was it cold where you stored it?
  612. FAT CAT

    Tilefish for Mike...

    You nailed it!
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    Permission To Enter The Dojo

    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 the future.
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    Phenix PHD760H

    Another beauty.
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    Very nice Jake.
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    Seeker ESM 7660 for Brian

    Awesome colors and perfectly composed.
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    Seeker ESM 80M for David

    Well done, as always.
  618. FAT CAT

    Guides for 130lb rod?

    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, I'm experienced with big fish (not bluefin -blue marlin - yellowfin tuna). You'll need either the Wind-On rollers (stand-up rod) or the Big Foot for...
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    Guides for 130lb rod?

    That would not work. The frame would need to designed to hold the bearing race.
  620. FAT CAT

    WTB Gudebrod ncp thread

    Did you look at the "thread about thread?"
  621. FAT CAT

    CALSTAR 660H for the rack

    Twice the fun actually, as I had to cut off the first cross-wrap and do it again.
  622. FAT CAT

    A thread about thread...

    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 thread than the Gudibrod NCPs where. No where near as much dust and fuzzies as the Gudebrod.
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    Bahia Asuncion Report YT and YFT

    Well, that was nice surprise. Good for you.
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    CALSTAR 660H for the rack

    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    RCLB80M Sea Chicken themed

    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 work with too.
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    Tiger wrap question for the experts (or novices)

    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 on the bottom and what ever color you desire on the top. If you want it to be blue then use blue on top. If you want light blue use light blue etc...
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    CALSTAR 660H for the rack

    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.
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    CALSTAR 660H for the rack

    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 deadlines, so thought I'd build a couple future rods. Basic E-glass with Pac-Bay seat and gimbal, Fuji SIN guides, Smooth butt rear and EVA fore grips.
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    Gods and Warriors

    OK Patrick, give us a tutorial on focus stacking please. Your photos are amazing and mine always suck.
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    Calstar 700MH for Adrian

    Adrian had a very merry Christmas. Beautiful work.
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    Gods and Warriors

    Really well done Patrick.
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    Dreaming of a rasta Christmas...

    Excellent work Len. Love the marble look.
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    Viper for Tony

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    A couple of retro-wraps

    Thanks CR.
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    A couple of retro-wraps

    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    A couple of retro-wraps

    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 minimum comfort level is 70 degrees, so it's cold to me. I feel even colder when I see all the tourists running around in shorts and no shirts. It is...
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    A couple of retro-wraps

    I don't know why the system double posted the photos on the blue rod, but it was most likely operator error (mine).
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    A couple of retro-wraps

    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 need to look good, so did old school open cross-wraps with only two thread colors in each wrap. First rod is made on a MHX Power Tip Blank (solid...
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    my first rod built, Steelman by Steelfish

    I think it was just my monitor. You really did good on the build amigo.
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    A couple of recent builds

    I think that's the coolest predator wrap I've seen.
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    Back to Washi tape

    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 a little and use it sparingly.
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    my first rod built, Steelman by Steelfish

    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 to see. Did you use metallic thread on them?
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    Elvira Weave Completed

    Awesome work Steve.
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    United Composites CE900 Monster for Kyle

    Really like this one - and it even has a reel seat.
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    Yes, it's pretty bright.
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    integrating a fabric in rod wrap

    I'm sure he'll be happy with that. Nice work.
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    Thanks Grant.
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    CX76 Viper for Thad

    Lovin' the gunmetal.
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    I need help with colors for a fenwick PJ 83

    Em' Aaron, you have a bunch of answers on your previous post already.
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    2nd one of 2 for Pietro

    It's beautiful! Really well done Jake.
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    Thanks for your comments guys.
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    One eyed one horned flying purple... Calstar 800XLH

    Likin' me some purple! Very nice work Einar.
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    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 with those colors for awhile and decided to build it for the tackle store. It might be on the shelf for awhile, as it's not everybody's cup of tea...
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    Need help figuring out colors.

    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.
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    how do add an adjustible Winthrop butt to Skeer 3x5

    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.
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    CP70H-F for William

    Amazing work, as always.
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    This rod will NEVER be stolen

    Any of you guys notice how old this thread is? Jon doesn't even visit us any any longer.
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    CE900 Monster for Mike

    WOW! Lovin' this one.
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    Spinning Rod Reel Seat Advice

    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 balanced fatigue should not be an issue.
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    Picked up 2 blanks...need a little guidance

    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 and not mid-way as are most traditional blanks.
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    Need advice on a 5'9 blank

    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.
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    A Flashy Murder

    Thanks Steve. This was the first time I've used the Electra. I've got some other ideas for it now.
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    A Flashy Murder

    Thanks guys.
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    A Flashy Murder

    Naw - in order to be cheating I'd have had to break a rule.
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    A Flashy Murder

    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 another builder or just build it themselves. However, there are folks that like that look, so I thought I'd build a dark rod for the tackle shop. This is...
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    New btg690j

    Very nice and clean work.
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    Nativity Scene weave

    Another masterpiece Steve. Beautiful.
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    Broken Rainshadow - Input/Advice Needed

    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 high sticking. My guess would be that he was hung up on the bottom and tried to pull it loose with the rod and the rod broke before the line did.
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    Another beauty Jake.
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    Elvira weave

    Looks awesome Steve. Bill's been wanting that for quite awhile.
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    Rainshadow ISWB Trio

    Not boring at all. I like the sexy wet shot.
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    Very nice.
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    "Can you make it plain brown???"

    Well, you did get some brown in there. Not too sure about the "not fancy" part though. Nice work amigo.
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    Calstar GF775XH for Doug

    That rod just looks RIGHT!
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    2.5 Day with Danny Gomez on the Dhamar II 11-14 thru 11-17 In No Particular Order

    That was a great fish story! Thanks for taking me along for the ride.
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    United Composite Elite RCE 700MC

    There's a lot going on there for "nothing special." Nice work.
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    CX76 Viper "Hulkbuster"

    That one shines! Love the color combo.
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    All red Varmac

    That pops! Nice work Steve.
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    Thanksgiving Day Invictus

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    United Composites CE900 Del Mar Ironman

    WOW! The fade over the dragon scales really kicks it up a notch. Bill's not a quitter - he'll never be done.
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    Tackle Shop Trollers

    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 sacrifice threads.
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    Tackle Shop Trollers

    Thanks guys.
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    Back to building

    Thanks Mike.
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    Metallic Tiger question..?

    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. When you have a tiger idea, it's best to do a test to see how it works before trying it on the rod. I usually do a base wrap with several different top threads...
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    Tackle Shop Trollers

    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 roller guides. Made as 80# stand-up trolling rods. One rod features a STTW and the other a JTDS. My display holds 12 rods, but is currently only half...
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    Worst thread ever

    Yeah, Voodoo metallics are the best! Almost as easy to work with as nylon thread. One problem is they only come in size A.
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    Back to building

    Thanks Alex.
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    Back to building

    Thank you.
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    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 out the thinner and just use the pigment. So, I'm thinking you got the cool effect by not taking out the thinner and that's what is giving the...
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    Foghorn Leghorn pattern and left list

    Thanks for sharing Steve.
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    Different pt.II- purple giraffe - RCJB84H

    FANTASTIC! That's beautiful Steve and it's always extra credit for different.
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    Rainshadow RCLB70L for Rosie

    She's going to be very happy. Top notch work, as always.
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    Decals and licensing.

    You'll need to make them yourself.
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    CX76 Centaur Punisher....

    It looks like it's going to punish something.
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    integrating a fabric in rod wrap

    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 preserved and then applied to the rod. The idea above about making it into a ribbon seems like a good one to me.
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    Beautiful! The spaced over-wrap really bumps it up a notch.
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    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 want to mess with them. She washed them with Simple Green and the were no longer sticky.
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    my 6th rod I believe ulua

    Looks good.
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    UC US 85XF for Chris

    Really nice.
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    Back to building

    Thanks for your comments guys. The customer liked it enough to order another one just like it.
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    Seeker OSP 2x4 "Venom"

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    Back to building

    Yes, lot of scales. They're under all the guides. Missed posting a photo of the tip section of the rod.
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    Back to building

    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 temps are too hot, but got the first build finished for a new customer that's only here for a month and wanted to fish his new rod while he's here...
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    Calstar 770XXH and XXXXH

    Those will work!
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    Compilation of more Tiger 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. Most involving Holland twist and Tri=Mar thread.
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    Grafighter 50-80lb

    That's beautiful Mark. Thanks for showing it here.
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    Deckhand grip solution.(?)

    I don't know how to post a link here, sorry. Check Specials.
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    Deckhand grip solution.(?)

    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 close-out section for $6. It's a large diameter seat for 28-30mm and looks like it would fit a deckhand grip. Might be worth a try.
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    180# leader for Wahoo?

    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 strand wire on a fly.
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    Really nice work Jake.