Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Recycling PALMS

How often do you recycle parts from your broken rods? Hmmm.. Let me rephrase that question, how often do you break a rod? LOL... Some broken rods are worthy to have their components recycled and some don't.  I am sure you would not want to have a custom rod done up with the USED cheap low quality components.

Normally the guides and quik-lock can be savaged easily but reel seat and butt cap are case to case basis.

These are the guides savaged from the rod. The condition is still good despite of some dirt around the rings. After some soaking and brushing, it will look like brand new... at least from afar.    

All the components will be on this MHX blank.

I will try to retain its' original design as close as possible but using EVA foam handle. A new Fuji ACS reel seat with the old KDPS quik-lock from Palms.

Slight different at the butt section. I fixed a butt cap instead of the eva butt.

Putting it all together and it look something like the old design...

A new winding check in front of the fore grip.

The new decal for the new rod.

The guides up. Same number of guides used.

A full view handle of the completed rod.

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

The RED SAGE wannabe..

This is a 9' 5wt 4 section red blank. The color is quite similar to SAGE fly rod in red.

The components used are also similar to SAGE. Full wells Grade AAA cork grip and anodized black uplocking aluminum reel seat with a little fighting butt at the bottom.

Hybrid graphite arbors for the reel seat.

Testing fitting the handle.

ALPS titanium zirconium strip guides and REC snake guides.

A closer look at the titanium guide

I used RED nylon thread to give the similar looks as the SAGE rod. The epoxy finished thread will be slightly translucent and the guide foot will be seen after epoxy.

Rod decal was not available and as per request, hand cribble will do...

Completed product...