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Old 07-26-2013, 05:31 PM
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I have gotten into rod building the last few years. I own several 5 and 6 weight rods including Sage Zaxis, SLT, Flight; Winston B2 & 3X, St Croix Legend. I have built 5 or 6 wt 9ft rods from Batson RX7 and PacBay Quickline blanks and am not satisfied. Although light and straight, they seem too stiff. Without buying a Winston B3X blank, is there a blank that resembles the Winston action. I have considered looking at the Mudhole MHX or Dan Craft Sig V.
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I have gotten into rod building the last few years. I own several 5 and 6 weight rods including Sage Zaxis, SLT, Flight; Winston B2 & 3X, St Croix Legend. I have built 5 or 6 wt 9ft rods from Batson RX7 and PacBay Quickline blanks and am not satisfied. Although light and straight, they seem too stiff. Without buying a Winston B3X blank, is there a blank that resembles the Winston action. I have considered looking at the Mudhole MHX or Dan Craft Sig V.
Does anyone have any wisdom to share with me?
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Ah but the price. Winston blanks I've seen cost more than what I usually pay for a whole rod build (more than 2 or 3 times some rods).
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I have an mhx 6wt and rather enjoy it. It's not exactly what I would call fast but not moderate either. It's right between a tip flex and mid flex I would say. I've landed some bigger fish on it including carp and drum over 10lbs.

It seems to be a rod that casts best when you let it do its own thing rather than trying to push it.

Not sure how it casts compared to a Winston but hopefully my description will point you in the right direction.
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Ah but the price. Winston blanks I've seen cost more than what I usually pay for a whole rod build (more than 2 or 3 times some rods).
It doesn't always cost more to buy American (St. Croix), but it does cost more to buy the best.
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The Dan Craft is going to feel a lot more like a Winston than the MHX will. You might be better off trying out a fiberglass blank. Look into the SFRC black glass blanks for affordable, MIUSA, slow action blanks.
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Which Dan Craft line are talking about as being similar to the B3x?
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Which Dan Craft line are talking about as being similar to the B3x?
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I couldn't really say anything with regard to a B3x--I've only cast a Winston WT. I was just saying that between the two I'd expect the Dan Craft to be more like a Winston, i.e., slower than the MHX. I've built a 7wt MHX and it was pretty fast. I built a 1wt Dan Craft Sig IV and it is pretty slow.
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I couldn't really say anything with regard to a B3x--I've only cast a Winston WT. I was just saying that between the two I'd expect the Dan Craft to be more like a Winston, i.e., slower than the MHX. I've built a 7wt MHX and it was pretty fast. I built a 1wt Dan Craft Sig IV and it is pretty slow.
Pretty fast? Sorta funny how 2 different people can get 2 different things out of the same thing. As I said previously, I wouldn't consider the mhx fast. Medium to medium fast at best with most of load almost hitting mid rod. There is a little bit of reserve there to ramp it up if needed but not much.

Now my batson rx8 is definitely fast

Edit: I should add that I highly prefer faster action rods
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Pretty fast? Sorta funny how 2 different people can get 2 different things out of the same thing. As I said previously, I wouldn't consider the mhx fast. Medium to medium fast at best with most of load almost hitting mid rod. There is a little bit of reserve there to ramp it up if needed but not much.

Now my batson rx8 is definitely fast

Edit: I should add that I highly prefer faster action rods
I'm not sure where we're getting two different things? Unless you're trying to say that the MHX blanks are slow?

Compared to a Winston, at least my Winston WT, the MHX is "pretty fast" and I'm not sure how anyone could argue that point.

In any case, my original point was that I think the Dan Craft Sig IV blank is going to be closer to a Winston action than the MHX.

As with so many things, YMMV.
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