01-13-2010, 06:56 PM
Re: Batson Blanks
I've built a 5wt and a 9wt on the Batson blanks
The 5wt I gave away. Didn't really care for it, can't really say why.
The 9wt was a problem from the start
The ferrules were not fitted together correctly. I broke that rod three times. Once on the first cast, all three the first day of use
I got sick of stripping it down for the parts and rebuilding on a new (free) blank so I ended up using different sections from different rods and piecing them together. One black, three green
(I did end up with a lot of free components in the deal)
Now I rarely fish that rod, I'm always afraid it will break even though the problem is solved.
I like the Pac Bay blanks. The Rainforest is a quality IM6 that you should be able to find at a closeout price as there's now a Rainforest II (IM7)
You'll like it
The simpler the outfit, the more skill it takes to manage it, and the more pleasure one gets in his achievements.” --- Horace Kephart