Re: 5-Weight Revamp
There is no one way to do anything rod building correctly. If it works for you and you get the look you like.... go for it.
Index card and popcicle to mix the rod finish? Short answer: No. Thread finish is much thinner than regular two part epoxy. Imagine trying to keep a milk shake on an index card, pretty close to the same consistency. I mix mine in a small cup, like the dose cup off a Nyquil bottle, after everything is wiped down with alcohol. Then I will pour it on some cupped foil to allow it to spread out.
Letting it spread does a couple of things:
1) Its easier to blow on and pop the bubbles that can form when you mix.
2) Being spread out slows the chemical process allowing for a longer pot life.
"Blessed is the fly fisher who's quiver contains grass, glass & graphite custom rods." Book of Rods 3:16