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Forum: Fly Rod Building 02-24-2015, 12:03 PM
Replies: 1
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Posted By petee
Re: Sage Approach outfit or custom build?

Not seeing anything in your post about a custom build. You might get more responses about what reel to get on the setup you mentioned in a different section
Forum: Fly Rod Building 02-15-2015, 04:58 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 388
Posted By petee
Re: Components?

Reel seat hardware: Ron at Southwest Custom Rods.
Guides: Mike at Snake Brand
Cork: Matt at Proof Fly Fishing
Agate Strippers: Joe Arguello
Blanks: Fiberglass: Epic, Graphite: Proof and acid...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 02-07-2015, 09:21 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 294
Posted By petee
Re: Epoxy help

Couple drops of denatured alcohol will do the same thing as the acetone, if you don't like acetone fumes. Either acetone or alcohol will thin the finish and increase the pot life. It will also...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 02-02-2015, 09:41 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 538
Posted By petee
Re: To do a complete strip and rebuild?

I've done it and hated every minute of the stripping process. To me the time required to strip a blank really isn't worth the effort. That being said, if there is a loving attachment to the rod by...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-31-2015, 09:00 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 955
Posted By petee
Re: Inexpensive lathe for wood turning and other questions

Do the lathes that have been mentioned have enough bed to do a 16" handle? My Sherline metal lathe has about 18" of usable bed length.

On that note, do you really need a 16" handle? The rule of...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-31-2015, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 253
Posted By petee
Re: Number 7,004: Building my first fly rod with some friends! Need some help

Alignment dots: best way I have found is to dip the point of a toothpick is some model paint. and just touch the blank with the end. I bit of trial and error, but you can get a perfect dot to the...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-27-2015, 08:12 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 198
Posted By petee
Re: Filling male ends

They use to be called moisture barriers. Never really saw the need for them the inside of the blank is the same material as the outside, as in waterproof. I could see filling the tip if the butt...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-23-2015, 11:29 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 150
Posted By petee
Re: 14'3" CND Solstice build questions

It isn't a heavy seat but you might look at the Lemke Titanium seat. Saltwater can't touch it. If you are building a rod that you want to keep nice for its entire life you have to look at the...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-20-2015, 08:26 AM
Replies: 12
Views: 420
Posted By petee
Re: Build from a new guy

Welcome to the addiction. This forum section is all about having fun building rods. Being an "accomplished" builder has nothing to do with rods in this section. It's all about sharing the addiction...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-18-2015, 04:57 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 282
Posted By petee
Warning!!! Lots of pink

Finally finished my donation rod for the Southern Calif chapter of Casting for Recovery. Ran a rod building challenge between the fly fishing clubs associated with the South West Council of the FFF....
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-16-2015, 01:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 327
Posted By petee
Proof 5wt.

Been off my game for a few months, but I'm baaaaack. Latest off the bench. It's a graphite colored blank by a new name in the game "Proof Fly Fishing" Matt wanted to design a rod for dry fly...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-15-2015, 07:45 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By petee
Re: Where are all the new builds?

I have a Blue Halo 3wt. I built for customers to try out. You are correct, they are slow with flex all the way thru the handle. At least the 3wt. Nice rod, especially for the price. I...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-15-2015, 07:34 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 341
Posted By petee
Re: New Build: Pete, ask and ye shall receive!

Oh man, do I feel better now. Thanks Andy for taking care of my withdrawals ;). I really like the matte finish the 000 steelwool gave the rod. Good looking stick.

I believe that you are dead on...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-13-2015, 04:22 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 150
Posted By petee
Re: Air under guide foot?

Oh ya, it's air, it happens and it stinks. I notice it in some of my stripping guides, espically with silk. Typically it is noticable on your larger guides, since there is a bigger tunnel (gap...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-13-2015, 03:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 369
Posted By petee
Re: choosing cane for first rod build

Sorry for the late reply. To answer your question as to what makes it bad cane for a bamboo rod? Two words "power fibers" or better yet.... lack of power fibers. Yes, you can build a rod that will...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-13-2015, 12:34 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By petee
Re: Where are all the new builds?

Hopefully I can get back into full rod building mode. Have several builds coming up in the next few months.

Just completed:
Proof Fly Fishing dry fly rod 9', 4 piece, 5wt., came off the dryer...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 01-13-2015, 08:05 AM
Replies: 14
Views: 395
Posted By petee
Where are all the new builds?

Geez, I go away for a couple of months and there haven't been any new posts since Oct???? :confused: Come on, I know somebody has built a rod in the last three months. Oh the shame of it all!!!! ...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-27-2014, 12:12 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 350
Posted By petee
Re: New to Fly rod actions and confused

Just because the Orvis guy can't cast a Bamboo rod doesn't mean all is lost. There is a line to suit any rod out there. Problem is.... you might have to wade thru some lines to get there. See if...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-25-2014, 02:53 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,111
Posted By petee
Re: So.... I'm a bit stuck in a rut.

Only personal opinion here, but a long rod in those conditions works great on pocket water fishing where casting isn't necessary. But in water like you showed a short Bamboo 6' 2 wt. or something...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 08-25-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 357
Posted By petee
Re: Applying finish on factory label?

I say its about 50/50 for folks who have had at least one issue with labels. Some swear by using CP on the edges. Me? I have never had a problem with the edges lifting. If they did, I would let...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 08-15-2014, 03:44 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 428
Posted By petee
Re: Beginer Rod Builder

1/0 - 4 3/8"
1/0 - 8 13/16"
1/0 - 14 3/16"
1 - 20 3/4"
2 - 28 5/8"
2 - 36 1/4"
2 - 45"
3 - 52 5/16"
9MM - 60 1/8"
Forum: Fly Rods 08-14-2014, 07:16 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 333
Posted By petee
Re: .5 wt TFO Finesse

FYI, it cost me about $50 US to ship a custom rod down under. That was including full insurance and all. Went with the USPS and it got to their customs in two days and then sat for a few more but...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-12-2014, 06:58 AM
Replies: 30
Views: 1,377
Posted By petee
Re: Input needed on new 5wt :)

To quote you: "I have cast the A4 a lot when my girlfriend was shopping for a rod. I liked it a lot and thing that it would be a good all around performer if you weren't getting to technical with...
Forum: Fly Rods 08-11-2014, 02:57 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,043
Posted By petee
Re: I need Help identifying an antique fly rod!

It sure looks like a wood rod. Even an octagon Bamboo rod would have flats on it. That blank looks to be too round to be Bamboo. I think its even older than the vast majority of Bamboo rods. Either...
Forum: Fly Rod Building 08-10-2014, 06:13 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 915
Posted By petee
Re: Ceramic one foot guides

All good and valid points Silver, but as I have posted before how many anglers are capable of using the equipment to the fullest of its potential? Save one or two on this forum I doubt any of us,...
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