Monday, August 22, 2016

ME's Andrew's + MATAGI baitcasting rod

Some old school look for this built up with Andrew's fishing burled wood insert and silver color hardware.

MHX light action blank rated 6-12lb 6'6" in length.

The pre-form cork rear handle comes in 10" length.

Then it was shorten to 7"

MATAGI butt cap

ALPS Titanium zirconium guides and you can rest assured that rust residue will not built up at the guide foot.

Fish weaving that I do occasionally...

After 3 layer of Thread Master epoxy coating

Guides wrapped pending epoxy

Done with the epoxy

Finished rod handle

Fish weaving with rod decal

Rod handle rear view

and full view of the rod...

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SAGE Xi3 refab

A quickie refurb on the snake guides. The original guides are from RECOIL and it was really battered. Signs of groove and erosion on the snake guides , although there are no signs of rust.

If you look closely, you will be able to see the lines on the nickel titanium reel seat.

 The guide replacement is from RECOIL. 

New guides wraped with Blue nylon and epoxied.

The cork grip cleaned.

Translucent #2wt Glass

Just a quick update on my rod building work done last week.
Clear translucent 2wt fiberglass 6'6" 2 section fly rod blank.

Down locking burled wood insert reel seat and AAA grade pre-form half wells cork grip.

To cut the long story short, I will just post the photos of the completed rod.

The cork grip was finished with a coat of U40 Cork Seal and it look slightly darker.

Friday, July 29, 2016

MOCHA 6'6" 3pc 3wt Fast action glass fly rod

Started this many many months ago, but just finished the epoxy a few days back. 

This is a 3 sections fiberglass fly rod with spigot ferrule measured at 6'6" when put together.

Nicely designed blank taper which give it a fast action with lots of power at the mid and butt section and yet not losing the feel of a fiberglass rod.

Giving it a simple straight cork grip. Stacking and gluing the cork rings directly on the blank.

After having to lathed. Perfectly straight.

Down locking reel seat with burled wood insert.

The bare rod with only handle on.

Getting the guides on. Wrapped with brown nylon thread. Fiberglass fly rods always goes nicely with nylon threads wrapping.

Done with the epoxy.

Straight cork grip

Agate stripping guide

Signed and done....

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Привет мои российские товарищи ..

Спасибо за посещение моего блога..


Sunday, July 24, 2016

Ultralight BC North Fork Composite

This will be the last ultralight bait casting rod that I will build for myself..... I hope.

I have a 4-8lb bait casting rod and wanted one slightly lighter, I dug up the stock of blanks that I have and I found what I needed... a 2-6lb, 6'6" North fork composite blank.

Since the 4-8lb rod was using Fuji skeleton reel seat, I wanted something different. Getting bored of Fuji components and so I planned to use components of other brands.

This skeleton reel seat is from Sea-Guide. Looks kind of unique but I took me awhile figuring how to mount it on the blank, until I saw the similar reel seat being used by a rod builder from USA.

I mean seeing is one thing, but I still have to find the suitable material to use for the installation of the reel seat.

Elevation view of the reel seat mounted on the blank for test fitting

Bottom view.

Reel seat aluminum trim and a small straight EVA rear grip on the reel seat.

The handle set up before epoxy.

I made some changes at the fighting butt to make it more interesting. The earlier version was just too plain.

Then I decided on the hood. Plain carbon tube with silver aluminum trim to finish off at the top.

The guides are from ALPS. Titanium frame SiC ring micro guides size #4.5 - #6.

On with the rod decal.

And epoxy.

The guides wrapped. I only put up the guides after getting the decal done.
That's the first coat.

Final coating.

ALPS butt cap

The handle

Completed rod with micro guides.

Just a quick update on the rod testing..

I was using a 4lb fire line in the Quantum Smoke reel.
Tested with LC Wander 60 (6.2 grams) and a few other micro lures and have no problem casting 5 grams to 14 grams lure.

Caught this peacock bass on a spin fly .