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Old 11-13-2009, 02:52 PM
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Hey folks,

I was looking into getting more into rod building, and wanted to build a couple rods on Batson blanks, basically because they're cheap and I'd feel comfortable practicing wraps, etc without destroying a 200 dollar blank. But if I can get a couple serviceable backup rods out of it too, that's all the better.

What are your opinions of Batsons blanks?
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Old 11-15-2009, 03:38 PM
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Batson blanks are dandy!! Responsive, quick, attractive, reasonably priced. I've probably built a dozen or more, and have never run in to problems with them.
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I picked up a couple of 5 wts the build as gifts for Christmas. I have fished a 4wt before and it is truly a great rod. Hard to beat for the money.
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I was just going to post this same question, haven't built any rods in awhile and I'm getting the urge...Glad to hear the good reports on the Batson blanks...

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The two 5 weights I built really turned out as beautiful rods. Gave them away as Christmas gifts so I have not cast either of them yet. I will have to report back on how they cast after I get Dad and my brother out on the water with them.
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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)
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I have not had any problems with the Batson RX7 blanks. The 4 and 5wts are pretty nice, but up around 8 and 9wt they get pretty moderate and limp. I agree with the poster above about the PacBay rods. The rainforest II is IM7 (47 million modulus) And is a fine rod at any price range, and its cheaper than the batson RX7 with a faster tip and a little more reserve power. IMHO.
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I used the Batson 10'8" 6wt blank for the switch rod I recently built and am happy to say I like it. It throws a great line and it's been useful also when nymphing with it.

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All the rods I sell are on Batson blanks. THEY are the best we have used.
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I really like Batson blanks. Utmost Enterprises has some "blem" (new old stock) blanks for sale really cheap now, if you don't mind a 2 pc.
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