I used a heat gun to remove the butt cap and the threaded barrel. The spacer I just had to hack out. I used a hacksaw and put several "X" cuts in the spacer around its diameter. A lot of patience was required to avoid cutting too far through the spacer and into the blank. So far, so good. Now the spacer is coming out in chunks, and I used channel locks to break up the spacer. I thought I was outside of the diameter of the blank when I was doing this, and thought I had cut enough through the blank to just start pulling the spacer apart with the channel locks. Heard a crack...oops!Sounds like a fun project. What method are you using to remove the reel seat? I have used a heat gun (set of low) and it has worked extremely well at softening the epoxy.
William, my daughter is a patient of Colorado Children's Hospital, and she has benefited directly from the efforts of people like yourself and Justin at Allen. I rarely get an opportunity to personally thank the folks who make the camps and the care possible, and I am thus grateful to be able to thank you now for your contributions (if a thanks over an internet forum counts as personal). I don't know if the Burn Camp you reference is Roundup River Ranch, but that is another Colorado Children's Hospital endeavor that is the highlight of the year for so many of the kids who attend, my daughter among them.Just finished two builds - reminds me I need to post some pictures. One is a 7wt Blue Halo fiberglass - fished streamers with it on the Colorado last month and it is a blast. My first fiberglass and I'm very happy
Have the last coat of finish curing on a 7'6" 3wt Proof Fly Fishing Vivant. It's a build for a friend who will be fishing it here in Colorado this coming weekend at his annual "fish camp" near Steamboat. Can't wait to give it a cast before he picks it up I'll have to snap some pics too - he wanted teal wraps, which look sharp.
I have two 2 piece 8wt blanks sitting in a corner - want to build them for a couple family members to fish bass up in Wisconsin but haven't gotten around to it. Maybe this Fall finish them as Christmas gifts? Also planning a fiberglass rod to donate to Colorado Children's Hospital Burn Camp. Build a 5wt fiberglass for their silent auction 2 years ago and it was a hit. Justin at Allen donated a reel to go along with it, which was awesome! This year plan to do a fiberglass.
Wow that's a lot of building.
Thanks, got it! Back at ya!Thanks for your kind words - I sent you a PM. Children's is a great place, I know some very good, caring folks who work there. I wish you and your daughter well.