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    Unhappy Re: Sage XP 596

    Wow that is Awesome well done on the winding. Like the cork looks sweet .
    Last edited by sumojo; 03-24-2013 at 05:41 PM.

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    Default Re: Sage XP 596

    I finally finished the rod and got it out fishing last weekend, as you probably already know.

    I was slightly disappointed in the final product after getting the finish on the rod. The light gray I chose for the trim wraps was meant to compliment the light pewter color anodized reel seat. And I am happy overall with the colors. But the tags of the gray NCP thread's bands are clearly visible under the nylon wraps. That bummed me out ... until I went to the shop and looked at some $700+ Loomis rods that had the same look, only sloppier. The tags of their trim wraps where long, inconsistent and plain bad. So then I felt a better about my job.

    Though I used "flor grade" cork there were inevitable pits. I used Elmer's wood filler as recommended by more that one person but it is far too light and doesn't match the cork. I am hoping it will soil with use.

    Other than that, I am pleased with the finish. I used Thread Master Lite for first time and appreciated all the qualities and characteristic they tout: easy mixing, long pot life, very little air bubble issues and great crystal clear finish. I focused on making a smooth, even surface by hand rotating the rod every 20 minutes or so while watching for sags and brushing them out, then rotating 180 degrees and waiting again. After a few reps of that I let it turn overnight.

    Insights and critiques are welcome and encouraged! I am still learning quite a bit after this, my 5th rod.



    The light trim band tags can be seen here on the guide wrap:

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    Default Re: Sage XP 596

    Wicked bro!!!
    Oh I live to be the ruler of life not a slave

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    Default Re: Sage XP 596

    I think you did an outstanding job.
    Go forth and fish with pride!
    "Whale oil beef hooked !"- Traditional east coast fishermen saying

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    Default Re: Sage XP 596

    Some things simply astound and amaze me. This is one of them.
    I'm currently out of my mind, but feel free to leave a message, and if you would like to reach me by phone, please hang up now.

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