Friday, May 5, 2017

The GREEN glass

This green fiberglass rod project was 2 months behind schedule... LOL .
Not because I intentionally delay this build but I was sourcing for the green agate stripping guide.

The green acrylic insert for the fly reel seat just blend in nicely..



Setting up



Close up..




Feather inlay deco








Tip, guides and agate stripping guide




Transparent wrapping







Outcome of the feather inlay deco..






The cork grip was coated with a layer of U40 cork seal




Completed . 6'6" 3 piece 3 weight glass!!!




**(2017 - 08)**

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Light JIGGING rod - CUSTOM Blank

I sold my light jigging rod last year and I guess it's time to build one for my upcoming trip mid of this month.

Trying to use light components to compensate the weight of the blank which is quite heavy due to its' thick blank wall. 




Carbon composite handles



I am leaving the carbon fiber as it is  and not applying any epoxy onto it. Hope this will give me a better grip.



Early set up of the handle.




I am using SG Titanium RSOL guides for this rod which again, I want it to be as light as possible. 



Completed the handle and guides



Overall view of the rod




I would say it's pretty much balanced up.



Tried my best and it still weighs at 141 grams.




( 2017 - #7 ) 














Megabass Butt extention

Another butt extension project. Second megabass rod for butt extension. Don't know why but most rod of this brand comes with a heavy tips



Removal of a few pieces of cork end to ease the removal of the butt cap                                



Very very thin butt section. I think originally there is another joint near the reel seat.




I took quiet a long time to find a blank that fit the butt end of this rod. The cork rings are stacked and glued 1  by 1.




Shaping the cork handle to match the jointing part.



Lastly, a coat of the cork seal and finish off with the butt cap.

















Sunday, April 30, 2017

GLoomis IMX Refurbish - RT


Another old rod for refurbishment. It's a GLoomix 2 pc light action rod and it's made in Canada. Have not see any of this here..

I have the guides removed and replace them with some newer Fuji titanium sic guides.



But first, we need to do something about the soiled cork grip.  Sanding it down with  grit 800 sand paper under running water. 

Then dry in under the hot sun before coating it with cork seal.



Recycle Fuji SiC titanium guides from other broken rod.



Re-guide the rod and it's as good as new...







** Refurbishing and reguide **



















SABRE Stroker PENN reguide


It has been a long time since I last did any repairing work on any boat rods.
This old USA made rod original have steel ring guides and wore off..




All the guides removed.



New set of boat rod guides for this rod.



New guides wrapped and epoxied. As good as new...





** Refurb and repair Work **








Friday, April 21, 2017

fCJB "Prototype" with Titanium RSOL guides

A couple of months back we started sourcing for some jigging blanks for local waters as there are not many choices of blanks here. Not all the blanks available here are good for jigging.

We managed to make a deal with this factory in China where they produces blanks for some big players in the region. This reputable OEM factory does have a MOQ in order for them to run production for my blanks. 

After a few rounds of blanks sampling and testing, we have decided on the taper, raw material and rod finishing for the blanks.



We wanted to have slimmer blanks and thus, the blank wall have to be thick enough to take the loading and torturing of ripping shear force when the rod is loaded. 



Then came the so called prototype design of the rod. Simple trigger reel seat with cork grip.



Rear view of the rear cork grip.



Setting up of the handle. Noticed the EVA butt at the end? It will be changed to a rubberized butt later on for some reason.



The requirement of guides should robust, light and rust-free. 
We decided to load the rod with SG titanium RSOL guides. A compatible to Fuji Torzite and cheaper...



After assembling the handle, a coat of cork seal was applied to the cork grip.



Wrapping above the fore grip.



Hand scratch rod identity



Wrapping up the guides.



Double check before epoxy



Epoxy to guide wrappings



Cured for 24 hours before seeing the sun light...



Simple black thread wrapping over the guides



Rubberized butt fixed. The rubberized butt is much heavier the EVA butt and we needed the weight to counter balance the rod. 



Balancing act. Now that is why we need to have a heavier behind.




The overall completed rod weigh in at 199 grams, but it felt light in the hand and your arms will be less fatigue when using it. 



(2017 - 6 )