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Old 02-23-2013, 07:18 AM
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You want cheap ? Cheap is my middle name.
They're probably too light weight for a 11' rod, but I like to use spinning rod reel seats...they're around 5 bucks for a good one and very light weight (which might not be what you're looking for). Then you'll need to add a butt cap, fighting butt, or simple glue a dime on the end..
Many official fly reel seats can be installed up or down, but you will need to add a butt cap..... they're like 50 cents tops

Schneiders often has some good deals on rod building supplies.... such as Pac-Bay reel seats half price
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Default Re: Down-locking reel seats threaded vs. slip rings?

Thanks everyone!

Oarfish, I'm not sure what you mean by "pass through" seat.

Dave, that looks like the Struggle seat that are not being made anymore but are still available.

Bill, which threaded down lock seat do you use?

I'll be interested to hear about what you see at the show jackster.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:29 PM
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Bill, which threaded down lock seat do you use?
I either use Bellinger's 690 (pocketed end cap) or 660 it all depend on the size of the butt. Not too bad price wise.
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Default Re: Down-locking reel seats threaded vs. slip rings?

Lemke seats.

The one on the right is his down locking. The one on the left is his Titanium Spey seat. I turn my own inserts, but he offers inserts at an additional up charge.

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Not sure if I can give out the contact information on the forum since Joel and his distributor aren't sponsors so you can shoot me a PM, unless I hear its ok to post it. Sorry, Lemke seats aren't the cheapest on the market.... just one of the best. I don't usually do the cheapest route. Too many cheap seats have the plating start coming off.

Sliding band on smaller rods. I will put a sliding band on a four weight if the customer wants it, but usually I stick with three weight and under. And you also want one with a three degree bevel on the slider to keep the edge from cutting into the reel foot and it also adds more surface area to the bite. At least that's what I was taught when I started turning my own wedding band hardware.

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Default Re: Down-locking reel seats threaded vs. slip rings?

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You want cheap ? Cheap is my middle name.
They're probably too light weight for a 11' rod, but I like to use spinning rod reel seats...they're around 5 bucks for a good one and very light weight (which might not be what you're looking for). Then you'll need to add a butt cap, fighting butt, or simple glue a dime on the end..
Many official fly reel seats can be installed up or down, but you will need to add a butt cap..... they're like 50 cents tops

Schneiders often has some good deals on rod building supplies.... such as Pac-Bay reel seats half price
Dean a pass through is a seat you can put a blank through in any direction, but I blew it and thanks to Rip for waking me up, I only use spinning rod seats, there cheaper and they work fine for me, thanks Rip, I'm getting older.
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I took a gander at the rod builders show and ran across a real beauty from REC, the NSDS in the $50.00 range but can't tell you a thing about delivery.
You already know about Pac Bay seats. Other than those I didn't run across much to tell you. I was there for other reasons but even had the three other guys I rode with keep a lookout.
I reckon DL's aren't too popular since the big guns stopped offering them on their production rods.
Heck, I've been in a couple shops where the attendants never saw or used them they're that rare these days.
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Default Re: Down-locking reel seats threaded vs. slip rings?

although i was never a slide-band reel seat fan, i recently got a cabelas cgr glass with the sliding bands.
at first i hated it, but after a few casts, i felt it was a descent piece

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side note- i would never recommend a slide-band seat for a rod over a 4 wt.


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Hey I almost forgot, check out the CSE seats offered through JD Wagner, pricey but some real nice woods and NS hardware.
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