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 Post subject: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 7:40 pm 
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Brown Trout

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Anyone going this year? http://www.icrbe.com/ I am toying with the idea of building something like a 6.5 ft 4 wt pack rod. Would it be possible to find a high-quality blank of such configuration at the show?

I would also consider building a 10 ft. 4 wt for midge fishing on tail waters.

Thanks.


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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:00 pm 
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Don't mean to change the subject, but I'm looking to build a REALLY good 8 1/2' rod, med-fast action. Anyone know where I can find one? A kit, maybe.


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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 8:51 pm 
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Aaron, that is THE rod building show. All the manufacturers, all the big name suppliers, all the best builders.... Being as it's almost here, I'd check it out before ordering from somewhere.

Steve, chances are they'll have what you are looking for as well.


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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Thu Feb 03, 2011 10:32 pm 
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Great! Thanks, Paul.


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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 8:29 am 
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This is where I got my last couple of blanks and bought a kit to build a rod for my son.

Dan is a great guy to do business and will help you out with whatever you need.

Check it out.........http://dancraftent.com/

Ralph :D

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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
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Aaron, I have a rod wrapping jig/tool and a motorized dryer I made that you can borrow if you decide to try it.

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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 12:11 pm 
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Christensen wrote:
...like a 6.5 ft 4 wt pack rod. Would it be possible to find a high-quality blank of such configuration at the show?


I'm not certain what you mean by high quality, but there should be a blank that meets your needs. The 7' 3/4wt 4 piece rod I'm putting together now came from the show 2 or 3 years ago and cost me $22. Can't tell you a name but I don't care, it met my requirements for quality. (straight, good finish, no blemishes)

One thing I've noticed about folks wanting to build their first rod. They always want to start with a rod that would fill the hole in their arsenal. It is either a 2wt or something that is 4 piece. While rod building is easy, I've always felt they are handicapping themselves a little. I'd suggest you buy a 5 or 6 wt 2 piece. I just think they are easier and learn what your mistakes are. You can buy a second blank (or 3rd) at the same time that meets your spec's and when you put it together you will have all the experience you need.

That is just my belief.
wilhelm


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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Fri Feb 04, 2011 5:01 pm 
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I would also consider building a 10 ft. 4 wt for midge fishing on tail waters.

Thanks.[/quote]

This is what I'm leaning towards as my next Rod down the road.

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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 8:26 am 
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wilhelm wrote:
I'd suggest you buy a 5 or 6 wt 2 piece. I just think they are easier and learn what your mistakes are. You can buy a second blank (or 3rd) at the same time that meets your spec's and when you put it together you will have all the experience you need.

That is just my belief.
wilhelm


To echo my twin brother, I would first "practice" on a rod that will not be your pride and joy. Better yet, practice wraps and experiment with varnish finishes on a piece of scrap rod, broken rod section, or an old casting rod you don't use any more. While I was self-taught, it took me the first 150 rods before I was finally satisfied with my varnish-work, inscriptions, and methods of perfecting grip/reel seat bonds, etc. AND..............there are a lot of tips out there that can be shared by people like Tim or me that you won't read in a book.

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 Post subject: Re: ICRB Show
PostPosted: Sat Feb 05, 2011 10:09 am 
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Mstash wrote:
I would also consider building a 10 ft. 4 wt for midge fishing on tail waters.

Thanks.


This is what I'm leaning towards as my next Rod down the road.[/quote]

Building one right now! ;) :P

Ralph :D

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