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Re: Graphite build - any suggestions?

Postby Junglefisher » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:25 pm

When I built a couple of rods, I used my Auspit as the motor for the dryer and some chunks of pine with a V cut in them to hold the rod.
If you are only building one or two, I can't see much point in spending hundreds on equipment that will never be used again.
If you get your gear from Mudhole, you can get a kit that includes epoxy and whatnot, enough for a couple of builds. Then all you need is thread.
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Re: Graphite build - any suggestions?

Postby nog » Mon Sep 17, 2012 12:32 pm

x2 what Craig said. Hell I used to sit in front of the TV turning my first few rods for drying.
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Re: Graphite build - any suggestions?

Postby anselmo » Tue Sep 18, 2012 1:30 am

gra wrote:Indie dog currently has the dryer you linked to, but it is available for ongoing loans to the membership once he's done. He's building a shit-out Tuna-caster, cant wait to see it.

300 bucks is a good budget for what you want to do. Seriously, you can build a great rod for that. Check out Mudhole for some ideas. You need to consider the following things -
Line weight you will most likely use
Lure weight you will most frequently cast (probably more important than line weight really)
Lure type (HB or plastics)
Rod action you want. I suggest a small sacrifice of rod-action (call it stiffness for want of a better term) is worth the trade-off for durability in a kayak.
Handle / reel seat combo you want

Gra.


What he said

Mudhole have some excellent own brand blanks that were based on the original G Loomis blanks, and they're a very good price for what you get

for something more bling check out matagi.co.jp

Give us some more info re line rating, length, pieces etc that you want and you'll get some more specific direction re blanks
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Re: Graphite build - any suggestions?

Postby anselmo » Tue Sep 18, 2012 5:24 pm

nezevic wrote:Reel seat: I'm after super feel. So cork or naked. Is the weight saving that great by making it a split butt? Will i notice?


IMHO cork is overated on the feel factor
Cork is actually a highly effective insulator AGAINST vibration (think cork floor tiles)
dense neo grips are possibly better but bare blank is best for feel
carbon tubes that over lay the blank look nice but take away the feeling (remember there going to be aayer of glue between which ever grip you choose and the blank as well

for SPs you need to have a short foregrip so your finger can touch the blank when retrieving so you can feel any vibration, chane in vibration or stop of vbration that may indicate a bite

split butts - i like them
they save material (and a very small amount of weight)
gives you an area to do some fancy wraps or have a sticker with your name on it, or a hook keeper
(or a rod leash attachment point ...)

your first blank is littler heavier than what you're looking for - check out the lure weight recommendations
no description for the second one

try these:

http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog ... /SJ841-MHX
http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog ... -Rod-Blank
http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog ... -Rod-Blank

or best
http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog ... -Rod-Blank
(though your reel might be a litle large but the advantage of a custom build is you can balance it properly)

this is a curve ball - not what you'd expect but could be very good for Oz based SP tactics:
http://www.mudhole.com/Shop-Our-Catalog ... P842-MHX_2
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Re: Graphite build - any suggestions?

Postby anselmo » Wed Sep 19, 2012 5:36 pm

There are reports that the recoils may be prone to wear issues when used with braid
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Re: Graphite build - any suggestions?

Postby anselmo » Wed Sep 19, 2012 10:02 pm

nezevic wrote:I think I've got the blank sorted now with the SJ842. Now just for the rest!


did you get the one or 2 piece?
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