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Old 10-14-2013, 09:20 AM
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Default Eye replacement

I've broken a few rods in the past but never busted an eye on one until now. Any pointers on replacing an eye?

I just bought the repair kit that includes a new eye, bobbin and thread, razor blades, and final coat.

What am I doing? Taking a razor blade to the rod to scrape the old finish off down to the thread? Any tips on re-wrapping the eye of tying it off? How long to dry? Ect...

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Old 10-14-2013, 09:48 AM
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To remove the thread of the old guide, if the guide is still on the rod, run the razor blade up the guide foot cutting off the thread. This will protect the blank from the blade. Once you've cut the thread over the foot the rest of the thread will often come off in one piece.

To remove the remnants use your fingernail. You can heat the finish a bit with a hair dryer on low, but you really don't want to heat the blank so if you do this be very sparing with the heat. Not a bad idea to put on a movie and slowly work at it. better to go slow with you fingernail than cut the blank with a razor.

A bit hard to discribe wrapping the guide through text, go to youtube and search for 'wrapping fly guide' or something similar and you'll find good instructional videos. You can make a really cheap set-up from a cardboard box. Cut v's into the box to hold the blank and use the weight of the bobbin to tension the thread. You can also use a book, and coffee cup to give you the thread tension you need. Put the thread in the cup and run between the pages of the book to create enough tension to wrap, but if you let go of the blank it might move back a bit but will hold in place.

What kind of finish did they provide?

When you find the wrapping video on youtube it will probably link you into a bunch of other good instructional videos for wrapping the rod, applying finish, etc. They are worth the time.
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Default Re: Eye replacement

The kit came with "hard as hull" head cement

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I've never used that for finish on wraps. Sounds more like an emergency repair option rather than a real, long-term fix. Personally I'd go on a site like J Stockard, Mudhole, etc and pick-up a two part finish, get some cheap plastic cups and brushes and do it right. I use Diamond II personally (google Bullard to get to their site), but there are several other options. Probably get what you need for $20 or so. Or, if you get the guide and residue off and want to pay for shipping I'd be happy to re-wrap it for you.
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I used head cement on a guide repair once on the advice of an experienced rod builder
No two ways about it, that was bad advice and the finish didn't hold up for more than a couple of outings before cracking off.
Get yourself a product made specifically for the purpose or use spar varnish from the hardware store
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I've never used that for finish on wraps. Sounds more like an emergency repair option rather than a real, long-term fix. Personally I'd go on a site like J Stockard, Mudhole, etc and pick-up a two part finish, get some cheap plastic cups and brushes and do it right. I use Diamond II personally (google Bullard to get to their site), but there are several other options. Probably get what you need for $20 or so. Or, if you get the guide and residue off and want to pay for shipping I'd be happy to re-wrap it for you.
Real nice, I go to Mudhole to scope out repair kits, and suddenly I'm searching rod blanks. The wheels start turning and now I think it would be interesting to build a rod.

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I would recommend seeing an ophthalmologist.
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You'll enjoy building a rod from scratch. Mudhole and Netcraft, both, have kits for good rods at good prices.
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