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Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-10-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
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Posted By dsmith1427
Re: 3wt broke at the joint line

LiphookedAU, I am not sure where the blank was made. I purchased it from Allen Flyfishing. Neither rods that broke were fished with very much. This last time it might have been 30 to 45 minutes at...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-10-2015, 07:15 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 257
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: 3wt broke at the joint line

Thanks Paul.

The blank was an Icon from Allen Flyfish. I sent them an email but did not get a response yet. Their website shows they don't carry the icon anymore so replacement sections are...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-10-2015, 05:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 257
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: 3wt broke at the joint line

Thanks for all the insight.

I tried several methods for removing the broken piece from the tip top section without success. Then I tried pushing what little - maybe 1/16th of an inch - into the...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-09-2015, 07:41 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 257
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: 3wt broke at the joint line

I'm not sure why the picture isn't showing. I reduced the size. Anyway, it's a graphite rod and I don't think the sections were loose. The lower piece is still in the upper section and won't...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-09-2015, 06:49 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 257
Posted By dsmith1427
3wt broke at the joint line

I built two 3 wt rods and both broke at the same place-where the tip top piece joins with the next piece. It is a four piece blank and the break is just below the top piece. In both cases, I don't...
Forum: General Discussion 02-05-2014, 04:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 1,800
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Lanyards

Like others, I bought some cheap Para cord and made my own. If I am going for a while, I take it with a small waist pack. If it is a quick jaunt after work, it's just me, the rod and the lanyard.
Forum: Fly Rod Building 11-17-2013, 10:40 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 420
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Recommend a fly rod building book

I built four based on this video series of by John Carver:

Building your first Fly Rod - Part 1 - Introduction - YouTube

As well as internet surfing a lot of rod building sites. In the end, I...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 11-06-2013, 11:23 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,511
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Birch Bark Grips

This was my first go at a birch bark handle. It does take a lot of time but I am enjoying the process. I am using Tung oil to finish it. I definitely like the dark ends better. I will remember...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 10-31-2013, 05:29 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 3,511
Posted By dsmith1427
Birch Bark Grips

I have a blank to build and I have been reading about birch bark grips. A couple of weeks ago, a storm took down part of a birch tree. After converting a bench top drill press into a vertical...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-11-2013, 07:32 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Salvaging parts from broken rod

Again, thanks for your help. I salvaged everything but the reel seat assembly. How long do you typically soak the seat in boiling water? I soaked it for about five minutes and everything was...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-02-2013, 07:35 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Salvaging parts from broken rod

Thanks for the info. I will salvage what I can and purchase what I cannot and build a new rod when I get the blank.

Don
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-01-2013, 06:50 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 641
Posted By dsmith1427
Salvaging parts from broken rod

I broke a rod last week and wanted to know if anyone has ever salvaged parts and if so, how. I built the rod a little over a year ago and if possible I would like to recover the reel seat and handle...
Forum: Coldwater Fly Fishing 04-06-2013, 11:09 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,013
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Worm problem!

Are your flies deep enough? Can you feel your fly/flies bouncing off the bottom? Also, what is the water quality? Are there mayfly, stonefly, and caddis hatches? Flip over some rocks and see what...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 12-11-2012, 11:55 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 534
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Sage SPL 181-3 rod build - Anyone want to help ?

I am starting my third build and I really enjoy the process. PM me some pictures of the rod so I can see the thread wraps etc and let me know your expectations. I can send you some pictures of my...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 12-07-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 4,944
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Tiger eye rod blanks?

I agree with Auntie Em. I got two blanks from him a couple of months ago and am just about finished a 4/5 wt build. The rod came out really nice and using the "common cents" method the effective...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 09-05-2012, 11:39 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,699
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: looking for a builder, or thinking to build...not sure yet.

Glad to hear you are going ahead with the build. I built on and have two blanks waiting. I was my worst critic until others saw the rod.

I used the rotisserie motor from my BBQ grill for a...
Forum: Fly Swap 06-29-2012, 05:14 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,834
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Brook Trout Fly Swap, Spring 29012

Got mine in the mail today. Thanks to all that participated. I'm looking forward to using them.

Don
Forum: Fly Swap 06-20-2012, 09:17 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 999
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Fly Swaps

No problem... Thanks for all time and efforts! I appreciate it.

Don
Forum: Fly Rod Building 05-23-2012, 09:46 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,048
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Rod blank kit suggestions

Tiger eye from Siever manufacturing makes a resonably priced blanks. I recently order two and the turn around time was quick. I will probably order the components this weekend. These blanks will...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 04-30-2012, 06:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,071
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Green Machine

Nice work! Thanks for sharing.

Don
Forum: Fly Rod Building 04-21-2012, 06:50 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,613
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: A pair of fours - my two new #4 rods

Welcome to the forum. Very nice builds. Are they your first builds? I built my first one last month and order a couple of Tiger Eye blanks yesterday. Rod building is an addictive hobby.

Don
Forum: Fly Rod Building 04-20-2012, 11:01 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 585
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Starting out

I finished my first rod a few weeks ago and I really enjoyed the build process. My son is moving to Colorado this summmer and I plan to make him one before he leaves. Anyway, I made my own wrapping...
Forum: Fly Swap 04-14-2012, 06:40 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,834
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Brook Trout Fly Swap, Spring 29012

I have not been on the site for a while but I did not forget the swap. I got a good start tying up my flashback prince nymphs last night. I am expecting to complete them by the end of the coming...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 04-10-2012, 08:30 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 833
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: First time builder looking for guidance

I built a Xa blank from Allen Fly Fishing but I am going to build another one. I had a hard time getting through to place the order. However, I am planning to build another rod, 4/5 wt, and want to...
Forum: General Discussion 03-11-2012, 06:21 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 388
Posted By dsmith1427
Re: Midwest Fly Fishing Expo

I was there Saturday morning. Unfortunatly I didn't have much time but what I saw was great! I will definitely have to carve out more time next year.

Don
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