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nick k 06-21-2013 01:43 PM

Size 3 tip tops?
 
So I was planning on buying some 4pc 9'0'' 7wt blanks from Anglers Roost. I reached out to John who runs the place to ask the butt section OD and tip top OD so I could get the appropriate winding checks and tip top. He then told me that the tip top was a 3.0. After a few back and forth emails to confirm whether he was telling me it was 3.0mm or Size #3.0, he confidently told me that it was a size #3.0. The problem is, I don't think they make size 3.0. I can't find any tip tops that go below size #3.5, and I assume those would be for UL rods.

I'm completely new to rod building but I feel like I'm being misled. Thoughts anyone?

williamhj 06-21-2013 01:57 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
Yeah a lot of tip tops don't come that small! Here's one I found on mudhole's site, not sure the finish you're looking for but they do have some others in that size. Also found this on ebay.

nick k 06-21-2013 02:23 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
Should that lead me to consider another blank instead? Something not appealing about a blank that takes a tip top size that is all but non existent.

dean_mt 06-21-2013 02:34 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
It's hard to believe that a 7wt rod could have a #3 tip top. That is really small! Hard to say, I do not want to accuse anyone of the anything, but it sounds "fishy" too me, and not the good "fishy"!

nick k 06-21-2013 03:04 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
I find it hard to believe too. I want to email him again but I think he's getting pretty pissed at all my questions. His last email was all caps....

To be honest it's making me not want to buy the blanks.

Liphookedau 06-21-2013 03:21 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
Hi Nick.
I've dealt with John an Englishman living in Florida however I'd check out Pacbay or one of The other retailers for tip sizes or buy The Blank first then chase The Tip.
The US system for Tip tops are usually in 1/64 inches ie a # 4 is usually 1/16 of an inch.
If a # 3 is 3 mm it would be around 1/8 of an inch which would be a big tip for a 7 Wt Fly Rod ??
Brian.

dean_mt 06-21-2013 03:28 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by nick k (Post 566049)
I find it hard to believe too. I want to email him again but I think he's getting pretty pissed at all my questions. His last email was all caps....

To be honest it's making me not want to buy the blanks.

GET OUT WHILE YOU CAN! :D

Kidding, but all caps email is pretty sure sign of somethings. ;)

nick k 06-21-2013 03:29 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
#3 is a small size for tip tops, the largest ones I've seen so far are size 7.5

williamhj 06-21-2013 03:32 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
Brian, when you mention an Englishman living in Florida who sells blanks do you mean Brian Barnes at Ye Olde English Fly Shop? The John that Nick is talking about is with the Anglers Roost is in New York.

Nick, if the blank is on it's way, yeah just waiting and measuring it yourself might be the way to go. If you don't have one, grab a caliper from home depot etc, I got a digital one for about $20 that I use a lot with rod building. Otherwise, you could look elsewhere, for example Ye Olde English Fly shop, built two rods off his graphite blanks and like both of them. He has a 9' 8wt in blue on his site. Might have others in stock if you ask. He's a real easy guy to work with.

nick k 06-21-2013 03:48 PM

Re: Size 3 tip tops?
 
Thanks for the suggestion. I hadn't ordered anything yet so I think I'm actually gonna go with the mudhole MHX blanks. I checked online and they got some really good reviews. I guess they were based on winston blanks or something like that.


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