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In Topic: MHX 905-2

04 September 2014 - 07:34 PM

Looking at the ccs numbers, the 2 piece mhx blanks in 5,6 & 7 have much higher erns then their 4 piece counterparts. I am part way through a 5 weight version as another loaner but have a surf rod and boat rod for clients to do and a holiday in a week so it may be a couple of weeks off completion.

In Topic: MHX 905-2

02 September 2014 - 06:39 AM

You're right about the cork. It isn't flor but the suppliers next grade. No deep pits but it is more marked and I hate using cork filler. Keep in mind there is a chance that the rod could come back a 5 or 6 piece after the first loan. The seat is a PAC bay (5 or 6 dollars) and I have a ready supply of burl. The only expensive part is the blank which to be honest isn't too dear either.

As too the photos I am going to need advice or a point in the right direction. I used a bit of white cardboard initially but the photos were way too washed out and I couldn't pick up much detail. I was using an iPhone. I don't know what I was doing wrong.

The blank itself is incredible but is a six weight not a 5. I had a 5.5 line on it and it felt good but I didn't think it as performing as well as it should. Ok feel in close but at distance I struggled to get it to 70ft. I put a straight 6 line on it and feel went through the roof in close and u drifted it out past 80. Took it down to the oval on the weekend with my mate who is a cci studying for his masters to see if I wasn't imagining it and he threw 96 to the end of the fly line (I have it on video if there are any doubters). In comparison he was throwing his 6 weight GLX just over 100 to the end of the fly line.
I am now considering recommending them as a 6 weight.

In Topic: Any good ideas for a dust guard?

23 August 2014 - 08:11 PM

Further to what John said, search Drying cabinet or Rod drying cabinet also. With the addition of a light globe you will also be able to play with the temperature in the cabinet as well

In Topic: Custom Made or Home Made

16 August 2014 - 05:25 PM

Fortunately for me, I have only done two rebuilds. Never again!!! Well, unless they want to pay my jacked up prices for the rework. They are the worse, with the amount of time and effort it takes to strip the blank properly.

They don't realise it takes as long to strip as it does to build. I may be a little weird but I take pride in restoring a rod back to as new condition. You do have to charge though.

I have seen several custom builds and I usually either pick them apart or admire the work for inspiration. My father in law has a beautiful St Croix 9' 4wt with a near perfect and very thin epoxy finish, and he hates it because he likes a heavier coat of epoxy and thinks my finishing job is better.  Mine is good, that job was better, but people have different tastes. But I always inspect factory rods, and try to make sure my own work is better than that.  If not, then why bother!

We were rummaging through a bunch of old rods in the back of the major fly shop here. My mate said come here I have something to show you. He picked up an immaculate 6 weight sp. I can't remember the reel seat but the guide and epoxy work was some of the best I've seen. Asked about the builder as I was going to see if I could pick up some pointers but unfortunately the guy has left us.

In Topic: reel seat help

16 August 2014 - 05:44 AM

I have one of the lemke uplocking seats on one of my personal rods and when ever someone picks it up their eyes are always drawn to it. They inevitably always end up holding the thing six inches from their face trying to get a close up. It certainly has an affect.




Keep in mind both photo's were taken under less than ideal conditions.