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    Default Are my thread wraps too long?

    Hey all,

    So my first rod is under way, and I've just noticed I did something a little irregular. It seems I made my thread wraps pretty long, with some extending 6 or 7 mm past the guide foot. Although I think it looks fine, will this have an adverse effect on rod performance? Perhaps because more rod finish and thus more stiff rod area?

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    I can't think 7mm would make for much difference in the action or weight. If they're even, if they look uniform, if you're happy with it ... that's all that really matters!

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    Nick...I dont think it will make a real difference...as a rule I go about 1/3 the whole snake over...just try out the finish knot a few times and get your own recipe down...

    the rod blank probably does not even know the guide is there...

    aesthetics... maybe 4-6 turns past the snake tip is all that is necc...my best suggestion is to just lok at other rods you like...and copy that...

    there are few things cooler than catching a nice fish with a rod you made yourself!

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    If you even imagine that there's too many wraps.... then there are.
    You don't want to be looking at this for the rest of your life thinking that you should have done less.
    I try to do 5-6 before the 'step-up" onto the foot.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie Em View Post
    I can't think 7mm would make for much difference in the action or weight. If they're even, if they look uniform, if you're happy with it ... that's all that really matters!
    I couldn't agree more. It's your rod. If you like it than nothing else matters

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    Some folks who are always concerned with weight of a rod would say more wraps= more weight due to finish required to coat the threads. More weight = damped rod action (supposedly). Me? I don't cast well enough to be able to tell the difference.

    If you like it, that's all that matters. That why they call it "custom rod building"

    Pete
    "Blessed is the fly fisher who's quiver contains grass, glass & graphite custom rods." Book of Rods 3:16

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    Thanks for all the help guys. I definitely don't think it looks bad, as I like the colors, I was just afraid of performance issues. Seems that's not a problem though.

    I just have the tip top to do now and then coating the wraps. Almost there.

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    Fantastic! As for the epoxy ... it's easier to put on a couple THIN coats, than try to remove a too heavy coat ... just sayin' ... not that I EVER did that in my early attempts!!

    And remember ... we need PICTURES!!!!

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    Default Re: Are my thread wraps too long?

    Thanks for all the help guys. I definitely don't think it looks bad, as I like the colors, I was just afraid of performance issues. Seems that's not a problem though.

    I just have the tip top to do now and then coating the wraps. Almost there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Auntie Em View Post
    . we need PICTURES!!!!
    +1 Pictures!
    - William

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